Reality show The Real Friends of WeHo premieres tomorrow night on MTV. The show features Brad Goreski, former star of The Rachel Zoe Project, actor Curtis Hamilton of Insecure, Dorión Renaud, CEO/founder of Buttah Skin, choreographer Todrick Hall, influencer Joey Zauzig, and Jaymes Vaughan, formerly of Access Hollywood.
The friend who mysteriously went missing from the show during production was actor Chris Salvatore, who has come forward and alleged that the cast refused to film with him due to his career on OnlyFans. Salvatore could not be reached for comment at this time.
Last year, 3 gays from a certain reality show refused to film with me for having an OF so I was fired by production after filming for only a week. That’s about all I can say…for now
— Chris Salvatore (@CSalvatore) January 5, 2023
Fans of the new show’s cast were disappointed to learn that Salvatore would no longer be included. Media personality Perez Hilton took Salvatore’s side.
I’d like to review the remaining casts browsing histories and apps. I hate hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/GCgVlHUiYQ
— MIKE KILLMON (@MikeKillmon) January 10, 2023
Brad Goreski clarified on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen that he was not one of the cast members to bar Salvatore from filming, as he believes OnlyFans shouldn’t deter people from other opportunities. Goreski also spoke kindly of Salvatore’s friendship with an elderly neighbor of his, who he befriended in 2020.
#RealFriendsOfWeHo star Brad Goreski on Chris Salvatore’s claim that some of the cast refused to film with him due to his OnlyFans: “I was excited about him doing the show, so it wasn’t me.” #WWHL pic.twitter.com/dPJtZCtz6P
— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) January 19, 2023
Many clapped back that to minimize Chris’s personality and career to his OnlyFans account was dehumanizing and petty of the original cast.
— Victor Bryan Stone (@Vic_Stone1) January 14, 2023
The exclusion of Salvatore is only a precursor to the controversies this show drummed up. Some LGBTQ+ fans of other MTV shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race have taken to social media to criticize the negative reputation they feel the show could bring to the gay community.
The show seems to be modeled after Bravo’s Real Housewives. People were quick to call out the lack of authentic friendships on the show, going as far as calling it “gay content for straight people.”
Joey Zauzig took to TikTok to clear up his lack of involvement in Chris Salvatore’s firing.
Replying to @thasklassy
The show has received so much backlash that fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race made a petition to bring back the show’s 90 minute episodes to bump The Real Friends of WeHo from their time slot.
Recent Sex Workers in Television
Chloe Cherry, an adult actress, was famously cast in Sam Levinson’s acclaimed HBO show Euphoria, opposite a star studded cast including Zendaya, Hunter Schaefer, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi and more. Cherry’s past as an adult film actress has been discussed in interviews, and appears to be viewed as a part of her life that doesn’t block her from other opportunities.
Cherry’s humorous personality has been celebrated by fans of Euphoria, and Cherry has even walked in major fashion shows for brands like Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.
Cherry recently spoke on her personal life and her thoughts on hookup culture on model Emily Ratajkowski’s podcast. Cherry has been applauded for changing the public’s view on sex work and paving the way for other adult entertainers to transition to television and film roles.
The evolving perspective on sex work from modern media is why it is puzzling that Chris Salvatore was let go from The Real Friends of WeHo. Cherry is an example of how sex work has become more respected by the general public in recent years, and it is likely that Salvatore’s OnlyFans would not have impacted viewership of the show. This is what has led many MTV fans to suspect that Salvatore’s firing could have been the result of a more personal problem with one of the cast members.
A Deeper Look at the Cast
The cast is specifically made up of millennial gay men whose careers Many of the cast members bring their own past scandals to the show–and do not plan on holding back on discussing them. Brad Goreski was an assistant to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, and the pair parted ways in 2010. Goreski was able to drum up a celebrity client base, and even had his own reality show for two seasons, It’s a Brad Brad World. He later judged Canada’s Drag Race.
Choreographer Todrick Hall has found himself at the center of a few different controversies. In 2022 he was criticized for allegedly not paying his dancers, and for threatening to expose a fellow Big Brother contestant’s HIV positive status. He was also accused of sexualizing his dancers, and of speaking poorly of Taylor Swift’s talent before he collaborated with her on her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video.
While Hall created a Taylor Swift medley in 2022 and continues to voice his support for the singer publicly, some of his critics allege otherwise.
Todrick was famously caught in the middle of a Katy Perry and Taylor Swift feud that ended in 2019 when Swift featured Perry in the music video for her song “You Need to Calm Down.” Swift alleged that Perry attempted to steal her tour dancers (Hall included) for her own tour.
Despite his own controversies, Hall spoke to Access Hollywood about the importance of forgiveness in the entertainment industry.
Jaymes Vaughan is an entertainment host who has worked with Access Hollywood and Celebrity Page. Vaughan recently married actor Jonathan Bennett, known for his iconic early 00s role as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls opposite Lindsay Lohan. Bennett recently made history for appearing in the first LGBTQ+ led Christmas movie on Hallmark, The Holiday Sitter.
Actor Curtis Hamilton’s recent credits include roles in Insecure and the Kings of Napa. He also played Dr. Dre in the 2016 film Surviving Compton. Hamilton recently came out as gay with the announcement of the show. He said that he hopes to continue to be an advocate for diverse, queer-focused stories.
“If I could talk to my younger self, I’d let him know everything is gonna be okay.” 🤍 Meet Curtis Hamilton before The #RealFriendsOfWeHo premieres Friday, January 20th at 9p on @mtv 🌟 #realitytv #mtv #fyp
Dorion Renaud is an entrepreneur who recently entered the skincare industry with his brand Buttah Skin. Last, Joey Zauzig is an influencer who has amassed a large following on TikTok for his relatable and inspirational content.
Never gets old
The Real Friends of WeHo premieres on MTV tomorrow night after a new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite the show’s pre-premiere controversies, the cast has continued to be open about themselves on social media, and invite viewers to watch the program before making their own judgement call. After all, they’re just trying to keep it real.