The seasoned reality television veteran also spills on “RHONY” feuds, gives props to “KUWTK” and plays matchmaker for our favorite TV characters in honor of the Primetime Emmy Awards.
"The Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger believes reality television is underrepresented at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
With only two categories dedicated to reality TV during the ceremony — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program — Patti believes either the Emmys needs to be more inclusive, or there needs to be a "another high-end reality awards show that really represents every different category" of reality programming.
"We work just as hard," Patti told TooFab during a recent interview. "We work 14-, 16-hour days, we don’t get trailers, okay? We barely get crafty, most of us don’t get hair and makeup and car service. You know who you are, those Housewives. And the bottom line is we have to come up with our own words. So why isn’t there like a ‘Featured Star of a Reality Show, ‘Co-Star of a Reality Show’? Why don’t they break it down like they do for the other categories?"
"It’s fascinating to watch real people," she added. "We don’t remember the cameras are there, we don’t have lines, we have to come up with our own stuff, we have to entertain you for like 48 minutes and wow you to death so you don’t switch the channel in the quarter hours."
If Patti’s vision of a reality-based awards show were to ever come to fruition, she already has the perfect host in mind: Andy Cohen.
"Who is more reality than Andy Cohen?" she said. "Maybe throw in a little Anderson [Cooper], and we’ve got Anderson and Andy. They are the two people that could carry the show and be really great. And if you want controversy, you throw Chelsea Handler in."
Despite her busy schedule, the celebrity matchmaker says she always makes time for TV. And you better believe two of her favorites are "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor in Paradise." The dating expert said she just can’t get enough of watching young, single hopefuls "fight for dominance of who’s gonna get the girl or the guy," followed by "getting kicked off the island."
Oddly enough, "The Bachelor" has actually been on the air longer than the Emmys reality-competition category has been in existence, which Patti says she "doesn’t really understand."
"You see the A-list stars that are watching it," she said, rattling off names like Jennifer Aniston, Jenna Dewan and Julianne Hough.
"They have like Monday night ‘Bachelor’ night," she said. "I’ve seen Julianne Hough’s house with every A-lister under the sun eating popcorn and couldn’t wait to the next season. I mean, January Jones dated Nick Viall. Do we need to go further than that?"
So why is reality television so narrowly represented at the Emmys? Patti has a theory: "I don’t think they like us very much."
The seasoned reality pro pointed out there is no shortage of reality TV content to shower with accolades. You can watch our interview with her in the video above to hear her easily list a slew of category possibilities if the Academy did ever decide to produce an Emmy Awards geared solely toward the genre.
That being said, the Emmys award far more than what we’ll see on NBC Monday night. Netflix’s "Queer Eye," for example, won three Emmys — Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program — at the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month.
Switching gears from awards chatter, Patti told us what her current reality TV favorite is.
"‘The [Real] Housewives of New York City’ is probably my favorite right now because I know those girls and they’re my friends, and I love watching them goof on each other," she said. "When Carole [Radziwill] told Andy off at the reunion show, I was on the phone with Jill Zarin. She’s my other best friend, so we were watching this together going, ‘Do you believe what just happened?!’ And I had East Coast feed, and she’s on the East Coast. We almost passed out from this."
Patti also spilled that she’s on Team Bethenny [Frankel] following the Skinnygirl mogul’s falling out with Carole this past season. But despite the rumors, Patti doesn’t believe it was just Bethenny who got Carole booted from the show.
"I think the girls unanimously get together and decide," she said. "I can’t imagine that [Bravo] didn’t do analytics, focus groups and study whether she was bringing it or not. I can’t imagine they would just kick somebody off based on [the fact that] somebody doesn’t like you. Bravo’s pretty smart."
Patti’s also not above watching "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," telling TooFab the female-dominated family deserves a lot of credit.
Aside from "clothes and style and plastic surgery," she believes the famous family put interracial dating "on the map." Patti also believes they’re some of the hardest working people in the game.
Find out what award Patti would give Kylie Jenner in our interview with her above.
And we couldn’t let Patti leave TooFab without giving some professional dating advice. In honor of the Emmys, we asked her to play matchmaker for some of our favorite characters from the biggest TV shows, including "Game of Thrones," "Stranger Things" and even "Roseanne." Treat yourself to that experience in the video below.
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