Eagle-eyed fans of the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset are questioning how “real” some of the conversations on camera are after spotting a glaring continuity error.
In one scene from the sixth season of the series, Jason Oppenheim sits down with his employee and ex-girlfriend Chrishell Stause for drinks. In the scene, Oppenheim makes a big deal about ordering Aperol spritzes, so it put the drinks on the radar for some viewers, who then noticed an editing issue.
As Oppenheim and Stause continue to talk, the amount of Aperol spritz in his glass vacillates significantly as the camera cuts back and forth between the two, suggesting the conversation had been spliced together in post-production.
Or, as one TikTok user pointed out, the scene could have been reshot.
As some commenters pointed out, other reality shows — like Love Island and Love Is Blind — avoid continuity errors like this by having cast members use opaque cups while drinking or not filming the cast eating.
This is not the first time Selling Sunset has been accused of manipulating events that happen on the show. Former cast member Christine Quinn has made public jabs at the show, even accusing it of having “5,000 fake storylines” in a tweet before the premiere of the fifth season, in 2022.
30 minutes till the launch of #SellingSunset 🥰🥰enjoy the new season and all of its 5,000 fake storylines! 💰 💅
— Christine Quinn (@XtineQuinn) April 22, 2022
In response to Quinn’s tweet, Oppenheim told Metro in an interview that “there’s nothing that’s scripted.”
“We’re never told to say anything,” he said. “At most, I would say that in some situations, if some things need to be addressed or we’re meeting a client or something, we’ll be asked to wait to make sure if we get everything on camera, but that’s certainly not scripted.”
Executive producer Adam DiVello also told Variety the show is “fully reality.”
TikTok commenters didn’t seem to believe it was “fully reality” in response to the continuity error with the drinks. It also doesn’t help that the show is getting attention for the cast’s over-the-top outfits in the workplace.
Fans have been debating the authenticity of Selling Sunset since back when the first season aired, in 2020, when a real estate developer posted an accusation that a fight between Quinn and cast member Heather Rae El Moussa was staged. The woman claimed she agreed to have her house featured on the show solely for publicity because she was trying to sell it, but she was not working with Quinn and El Moussa.
But whether or not the drama is staged, as of June 1, Selling Sunset is ranked the 10th-most-popular show on Netflix — despite the sixth season dropping weeks ago on May 19. Searches for the show skyrocketed when the new season premiered, with tens of thousands of people rushing to read the show’s Wikipedia page.
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