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Woman claiming to be a ‘Selling Sunset’ developer ‘exposes’ Netflix show on TikTok

Chrissy Teigen also recently doubted the show’s authenticity.


Eilish O'Sullivan

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This post contains spoilers for season 1 of Selling Sunset.

A woman claiming to be a developer whose house is featured on Netflix’s Selling Sunset is implying that the drama unfolding on the series is scripted. 

A TikTok user, who goes by @petite_sayo on the platform, created a video alleging to show viewers the “BTS,” or behind the scenes, of the reality show, which follows a Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage, the Oppenheim Group, and its real estate agents.

Her video features a clip from the series in which Christine Quinn and Heather Rae Young, two real estate agents at the Oppenheim Group, are working together. In the scene, Quinn is representing the seller of the house, while Young is representing an interested buyer. Once the co-stars get to the house, Quinn tells Young that she doesn’t have access to get inside and that her client is all the way in Europe and unreachable. To make matters worse, Young’s client, a plastic surgeon, arrives, hoping to be shown the house.

The drama serves as a story plot line for season 1, as Quinn and Young were already at odds with each other at the time.

TikToker @petite_sayo is now suggesting the drama is fake. The alleged owner of the home pans the camera from the house as it’s shown on TV to the house IRL as she sits in it.

“Reality: Hi. … I wasn’t in Europe … I’ve never even met her,” text across the video reads, likely referencing Quinn.


I had no idea this show became so popular and thought I’d share BTS #fyp #realityshow #realestate #luxuryhomes #losangeles #sellingsunset #netflix

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The vague video left viewers sounding off with questions in the comments section and begging for a “storytime.” She answered a few questions, attempting to “clarify” her apparent claims that the show is fake.

She confirmed that she is a developer who owns the house and that the house is for sale and was listed with the Oppenheim Group, though it is “listed with another agent now.”

When speaking of Quinn, @petite_sayo said, “She’s a good actress.”

She responded to one commenter, saying she only let the show feature her house because the producers “said it’d be all about the house, no drama.”

She also clarified in several comments that she believes the stars are actual real estate agents who sell houses on the show. “I’m just saying that the drama for my house isn’t real,” she wrote.

Chrissy Teigen, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to think so.

“I will say,” Teigen recently tweeted. “I look at LA real estate a lot and have never seen any of these people lol (n)either have our agents, who I have obsessively asked.”

Davina Potratz and Maya Vander, two Selling Sunset cast members, addressed Teigen’s implication in statements to E! News.

Potratz said that the reason Teigen’s agents may not know of her is because she focuses in new development sales.

“I’m not offended by anything that she said,” Potratz said, adding, “Any publicity is good publicity.”

Vander, who works in both Los Angeles and Miami, told E! News that she actually sold a house on the same street where Teigen and her husband, John Legend, recently purchased a house. “If she ever wants to buy in Miami I’m here to help!” she added.

Jason Oppenheim, one of the twin brothers who run the Oppenheim Group, also referenced Teigen’s new house in his response to her speculation on Wednesday.

“Chrissy, thanks for watching our show!” he tweeted. “Regarding your agent’s knowledge of members of my team, I respectfully don’t know him either although that doesn’t mean he isn’t successful and didn’t just sell you a stunning home in Weho (seriously, I love your new house).”

And Quinn, who is perhaps one of reality TV’s most fun villains, also said back when season 3 first premiered that while producers may “nudge (them) to address things,” the show is not scripted. “If it was I would be pissed!” she said at the time in an Instagram Story.

Cosmopolitan laid out all the evidence in an investigation into the show’s authenticity on Thursday and came to the conclusion that the show is “likely real.”

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