Interviewing ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Patti Stanger is kind of like going to boot camp: It’s better to keep your words to a minimum and just obey.
The consummate business woman and savvy self-promoter took some time out of her busy life to talk to us about tonight’s season premiere (Bravo, 9/8c) and let us in on her new experience matchmaking in a whole new city—the Big Apple!
The fourth season has a slew of lovelorn millionaires and millionairesses, including some famous faces like ex-wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, Freddie Mitchell; controversial media queen, Judith Regan; and even the the likes of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Caroline Manzo’s sons, Chris and Albie Manzo!
Was your break up with Andy (Friedman) covered on the show?
It won’t be reflected. The only thing that’ll be reflected which is really weird is my best friend…the top astrologer in the world, Terry Nazon at terrynazon.com, and she’s a life and style astrologer. She predicted last season I’d break up…which I was like poo pooing her and it was during the Judith Reagan dinner that you’ll see on the show.
Are you dating?
It’s really hard to date in my own little turf because I don’t date my clients because that could become a sexual harassment lawsuit. Okay, at the same time I can’t go on match.com like I used to in the old days and find a nice guy.
So I’m in like a quandary. I need help right now to be fixed up too. So it is pretty rough right now even though I’m dating sporadically, a lot of ex-boyfriends are coming back. You know I start to look better to them because I’m a famous person. It’s harder I think more when a woman has money than when she has fame.
Why did you want to bring your show to New York?
You have to remember there are five women to every one guy in New York. It’s completely different than any other city in the United States. So we needed to show the millionairess in a light that was true to her form because nobody was getting that concept in LA. Whenever we had a millionairess it really didn’t work in LA. It worked better, way better in New York.
What do you think is the difference between in New York and LA?
[New York] millionaires and millionairess are different because not only do they expect you to go to Harvard, look halfway decent, put on a Brooks Brothers suit if it’s a man—they expect you to cure cancer.
They’re kind of snobs in the education and pedigree department where in LA all they give a crap about is like well what does she look like, you know, how big are her boobs. They’re very shallow in LA.
Could you clue us in on your success rate?
Okay, well I don’t give statistics out because an old rabbi once told me once you start throwing that out at people that’s considered bragging and God will take your gift away. So I’ve really been superstitious about this. But I have a 99% success rate in my business. Now the show, I don’t have that kind of success rate because I don’t cast the show. Those are not my clients.
We hear that you worked with Caroline Manzo’s sons.
Caroline is like one of my buds, so is Dina [Manzo]. And we’re all from Jersey so I was really excited to go back to my hometown.
We headed onto Franklin Lakes [for filming], and we shot the episode of the Brownstone. It’s a different kind of twist so you’ve got to tune into Episode 2 to see it because I’m not giving away the whole enchilada, but Chris and Albie have to be the most adorable two kids on the planet.
Chris is not what you think he is and neither is Albie. They’re completely different than what their show shows them. We show the real true inner side of them.
Do you have any gay match ups?
Yes, actually there are two. And one of them is the worst. I mean there’s a moment I have where the guy who’s gay is Dr. Cookie—Dr. Siegel’s Cookie Diet’s son who runs the company. He is a homophobe and he’s gay. I don’t know if you can believe that but you’ve got to watch the episode. And I take him down. I take him down GLAAD style.
I’m for gay marriage…I actually registered myself as a Reverend, a non-denominational Order of Unity Church about 20 years ago and I’m thinking about paying my dues again so I can marry people off.
Couple things happening in my life. Yes, I’m dating. I’m willing to pay for anyone to fix me up. But the other thing is that I am also releasing a DVD in January called ‘How to Get Married in One Year,’ and it’s through Lionsgate. You won’t see it on the show, but you’ll see it in January.
My book is majorly highlighted through the season. We actually give the tip of the week. This is Andy Cohen’s suggestion. You’ll see a little mini seminar on every episode so stay tuned for your tip of the week. And it’s based on my book, ‘Become Your Own Matchmaker.’
I think that’s probably it. And then I’m losing weight daily on Sensa, and I’m down to 4 going down to size 2. I’m going for a Shape cover, so we’ll see if I can get that.
The season premiere of ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.