The cast of the first season, developed from a crossover through Vander Pump Rules friends, including some faces who are now veterans like Kyle Cooke, Carl Radke and Lindsay Hubbard, but also others like Ashley and Lauren Wirkus, and Stephen McGee.
After being quite a part of the initial series, McGee and the Wirkus sisters left the show after the second season. McGee recently shared how that the output was full of manipulationconfusion, and also a break in some of his Summer house friendships, which he revealed have now been repaired.
Stephen Says ‘Summer House’ Cast Were Real Friends
McGee described being on the show following a group of “real friends”, giving the series an authentic feel. But he recalled how the cast’s idea of how to deal with conflict differed from the producers’ vision.
“In the first season, we were very naive,” he said recently. the plane. “I remember one time, we were all in this big fight when we left on Sunday, and we came home on Friday, all smiling and happy. The producers are like, ‘What the hell are you doing? You can not do that'”.
Leaving ‘Summer House’ was hard
McGee recalled how the Summer house group of friends worked with the producers, but the series was not very produced. “People often ask me, ‘How much was produced on the show?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, not much because we produce it ourselves.’ We are not idiots,” he said. “We know what people want to see. We know what works.’”
But revealed that Summer house Producers and editors did not work in the same space. “There is no crossover between the people who are filming with you and the people who are editing the show. They don’t talk,” she shared. “They get their notes and then the editors respond to other people, it’s not the same.”
He was also positioned as just another supporting cast member, but quickly became a fan favorite. So it was hard when he and others were cut. “When we got out of the show, it was very difficult,” she recalled. “I was young, I was just finding my place. I also got all these very positive feedback from Bravo, so it was a big surprise to me.”
His ‘Summer House’ friendships were strained when he left.
He was also led to believe that Bravo wanted him for other projects. But then, once they released him from Summer house, Bravo cut off all communication, which left him feeling shocked. “[Bravo] He has a policy, which is not to communicate with people,” he said. “People tend to draw their own conclusions when you leave or things like that. It’s pretty much in the narrative of the network how they want to portray anything.”
While he remained in contact with the Wirkus sisters, his relations with Summer house cast members who remained on the show were uptight as their former friends were consumed with the show. He eventually lost contact with Cooke, his wife Amanda Batula and others.
McGee rekindled his relationship with Cooke and Batula thanks to Kristen Doute of Vander Pump Rules who arranged a meeting. McGee reflected on the Summer house experience.
“During that time, I took a lot of those things for granted,” he said. “I used them. I despised them. And it took me a long time to get those opportunities back because for some reason my big head thought they would keep coming and coming, and the opportunities don’t keep coming. Friends don’t keep coming. A career doesn’t come to you.”