In an era before Raya, rich men and women had few dating options. It’s hard to find love when you’re all the way at the top. That’s where Millionaire Matchmaker came in. Throughout eight seasons on Bravo — or 10, if you count the show’s WE tv reincarnation, Million Dollar Matchmaker — businesswoman-turned-reality star Patti Stanger helped lonely millionaires find their true loves. The only problem is that most of them didn’t, at least not with the help of Stanger.
In real life, Stanger touts a 99 percent success rate, but many of her on-screen matches seemed to be failures. Perhaps her off-screen clients make up the bulk of that success, but her expertise will certainly cost you. In an interview with NBC’s Talk Stoop (via The Daily Dish), Stanger claimed some clients pay her $150,000 to find a match. In 2011, membership to her Millionaire’s Club cost a minimum of $25,000, and inflation (or TV fame) hasn’t been gentle on that price. Nonetheless, when you’ve got boatloads of money — or something to promote that will make you boatloads of money — who cares how much it’s going to cost?
These Millionaire Matchmaker clients were fan favorites, and for a bunch of them, love did prevail. It was just sometimes in spite of the series rather than because of it.
Sonja Morgan has moved long past her millionaire match Kent
The Real Housewives of New York mainstay Sonja Morgan has had an A-list dating history. According to The Daily Dish, she was famously married to J.P. Morgan heir John Adams Morgan and spent six years engaged to Italian Count Pierfrancesco. Along the way, she’s also reportedly dated Prince Albert of Monaco, Owen Wilson, and Botched’s Paul Nassif — but turned to Patti Stanger in 2015.
Sonja Morgan appeared in Season 8 of Millionaire Matchmaker alongside celebrity blogger Perez Hilton in 2015. Per a recap in Observer, this real housewife did wind up having a connection with a man named Kent, but only after Stanger pulled her away from the “hyper-sexual” Thomas (girl, stop going for the same kind of guys). They ended their date by “sweatily making out,” and after the show, he made plans to visit the star in New York.
Morgan and Kent’s relationship appears to have since completely fizzled out. In 2019, the Bravo starlet told The Daily Beast that she was back on the market and ready for the real thing. “I’m really comfortable with where I am now,” Morgan said. “Where I am on the show, my fashion line, my daughter going to a good college. Now I think I could date someone who I could actually spend time with. Sleep well at night knowing I’m not going to grow old alone.”
Millionaire Matchmaker was a touchdown for this ex-NFL player
Patti Stanger might tout a 99 percent success rate, but it’s rare that a Millionaire Matchmaker couple actually makes it. She even admitted to HuffPost that most of the couples split because on-camera clients “start to get more attention” once their episode airs. Nonetheless, ex-NFL player Mitch Berger was one of the few who tied the knot with someone he met on the show. Apparently, all it really takes is a true desire to settle down.
“I’d go to a lot of parties — the Playboy Mansion, parties in Vegas, Miami, all over the place,” Berger told ESPN in 2013. “I took full advantage of being an NFL player and the opportunities that went with it. I was known as the single party guy. The situation I was in wasn’t exactly the ideal situation to find a lifetime mate.”
Berger appeared in a Season 6 episode of the Bravo hit, in which Stanger tried to help him reel in his alleged cocky attitude in fear that he’d continue to attract the wrong type of dates. She set him up with a woman named Bambi Lashell, and the pair went horseback riding. Lashell and Berger hit it off completely and tied the knot just months after their episode aired.
Who let Stephanie Pratt into the Millionaire's Club?
During Stephanie Pratt’s quest to seemingly appear on every reality TV show humanly possible, The Hills star did make a quick stop over to Patti Stanger’s office during Season 8 of Millionaire Matchmaker in 2015. According to Observer’‘s recap, Spencer Pratt’s sister allegedly struggled with falling for bad boys (and in 2019, we saw that play out on The Hills: New Beginnings with her will-they-won’t-they relationship with Justin Bobby Brescia). Beyond the shocking revelation that Stephanie Partt was in the Millionaire’s Club despite being reportedly worth only half that, she picked a startup bro named Trevor, who took her on what she claimed was the “best date” she’s ever had. So, how did this couple fare? Not well.
According to Bravo, Pratt was headed to the U.K. (presumably to film Made In Chelsea or any one of the other British reality shows she frequents). She planned to see Trevor when she returned, but The Sun reports that she had a “whirlwind romance” with The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex after they met on Celebs Go Dating the following year. (Why was she going on another dating show if she already had Trevor?) Three months after making it official, Essex reportedly broke up with her, and she fell for Love Island‘s Jonny Mitchell — another dude from another British dating show. They broke up three months later, again. As of 2019, Pratt appeared to be single.
These millionaires left the club together
When Millionaire Matchmaker moved to WE tv and became Million Dollar Matchmaker, the series had one of the most bizarre and standout twists of the Millionaire’s Club history. In 2016, British singer Neon Hitch and investment banker Jason Ziegler appeared on the series looking for love — and boy, did they find it. It just wasn’t with any of Patti Stanger’s matches.
According to Billboard‘s episode recap, Stanger believed Hitch had the bad habit of leading with her sexuality, and Ziegler was, apparently, too picky. Per Bravo, the investment banker (who later appeared in Below Deck Mediterranean) initially paired with one of his matches, but ultimately ran away with Hitch to make a coupling so bizarre it almost rivaled Grimes and Elon Musk. “At first glance, Jason is not the type of guy I would usually be interacting with … we are just from two different planets,” Hitch told WE tv. “But, I found myself fixated as we talked and laughed for hours, and then we ended up going and playing music back in my suite and realized we connected on a level we could have never expected.”
So, did they make it against all odds? Of course not. Judging by their Instagram posts, Ziegler and Hitch were hot and heavy for a good minute, but the pair have not posed with each other publicly in years. We’re ruling this one as totally donezo.
Robin Kassner found something bigger than romance on Millionaire Matchmaker
PR agent Robin Kassner is infamous in the world of Millionaire Matchmaker. According to Celebuzz, she was famously booted from the Millionaire’s Club for not following Patti Stanger’s advice. The matchmaker labeled her “plumpty dumpty” when she opted for stripper-slash-plumber Luke, but her ban wasn’t permanent (how can you pass on that ratings gold?). Kassner has since appeared on more than a dozen Millionaire Matchmaker episodes, and had her final run in 2016 with WE tv’s Million Dollar Matchmaker. With all that money spent on matchmaking, did Kassner find love? It’s a solid nope.
The publicist told Gawker that she dated Luke for two months, and they even went on vacation together, but the start to their relationship was sort of a sham. “They told Luke to be nasty to me. They told him to be obnoxious, that it was his role,” Kassner said. “I never said I wanted to have sex with him, they dubbed that in. I never offered him sex or a hand job. Me and Patti were talking about sex, and they dubbed that in to the middle of my date.”
Mainly, it seems like Kassner appeared on the show for, well, publicity. In an interview with the blog TBB Reality, she claimed the series has helped her business, and that she’s “now one of the most well known publicists on TV.” Judging by her Instagram, she’s too busy being a mom to focus on love anyway. Who needs a man?
Dakota Pratt pulled the old switcheroo on Million Dollar Matchmaker
Dakota Pratt is another member of the Millionaire’s Club that pulled the old switcheroo. According to a WE tv recap, the artist was a “magnet for damaged women” and missed all of Patti Stanger’s intentionally-planted red flags during his 2016 Million Dollar Matchmaker episode. She set him up with a woman named Lenisa, who she believed would be his perfect match, but he ended up choosing a woman named Ally. How long did they make it?
Ally and Pratt barely got out the door. According to WE tv, he realized after the show that Stanger was right and went back for Lenisa. At the time of that writing, they were still together, but if the Lenisa on the show is the same Lenisa that posted a photo of this guy on Instagram, they’re definitely done now. Baby girl apparently needs a man who supports her “mermaid dreams” (whatever that means).
Can The Bachelor just throw Chris Manzo a bone already?
Manzo’d With Children star Chris Manzo is one of Bravo’s most eligible bachelors, and it looks like that’s still the case in 2020. The reality TV star went on Millionaire Matchmaker in 2015, but he didn’t just have to deal with Patti Stanger — he also had to deal with his mother, The Real Housewives of New Jersey matriarch Caroline Manzo, who clung to his side throughout the entire episode. That’s one way for an adult child to find a date.
According to a recap from Observer, Stanger was concerned that Chris Manzo was immature, so she put him in a training session with YouTuber Jenna Marbles (clearly, the picture of maturity). Marbles basically concluded that dating Manzo would be like “adopting a teenage boy,” and threw him into the shark tank that was Stanger’s matches. The reality star chose YouTube cosplayer Amanda, who he planned to visit in California, but things ultimately didn’t work out.
Shortly after the show aired, Manzo told The Daily Dish, “Since the show, I have dated here and there but nothing too serious. I am currently single.” Meanwhile, Chris’ brother, Albie Manzo, is very close to getting engaged, according to Page Six. Always a groomsman, never the groom.
This Millionaire Matchmaker match proves not everything's what it seems on TV
Years before tennis star Sam Querrey beat Andy Murray at Wimbledon, he appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker looking for love. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to date a star athlete? According to The Daily Dish, Querrey was looking for a woman who wanted to watch him play tennis and travel around to tournaments. Sounds like a dream life, minus the watching sports for all of eternity. Per an episode recap, Querrey chose a ballet dancer named Kylie, and the show claimed they’d been regularly seeing each other. Unfortunately, this was allegedly a purely made-for-TV romance.
In a 2015 interview with Desert Sun, Querrey revealed, “The date was fun, the girl I chose was really cool. At the end of the episode it said we’re still together, but actually she never talked to me once after the show was shot. I was sort of peer-pressured into doing it, and I was nervous before it came out because I thought it would be embarrassing, but it wasn’t that bad.”
Querrey did eventually find his tennis-loving dream girl. According to The Sun, he married model Abby Dixon in 2018.
Romeo Miller hasn't found his Juliet through Millionaire Matchmaker
One would think the rapper formerly known as Lil’ Romeo (born Romeo Miller) wouldn’t need Patti Stanger’s help, yet he still appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker in 2015 searching for his Juliet. According to a Bravo summary of the show, the former child hip hop star was “looking for the right woman in all the wrong places.” Apparently, Miller met all of his dates in clubs, which for some reason, isn’t an ideal place for a 25-year-old to find romance. He ultimately picked a woman named Taliah and, according to Bravo, the two stayed in “constant touch,” and Miller was “planning on taking her out soon.”
Here’s the thing about planning — it’s not actually doing. It doesn’t look like anything came from Miller’s love connection with Taliah. In a 2019 episode of The Wendy Williams Show (via Essence), Miller admitted he was single but had a crush on BlackKKKlansman star Laura Harrier. He claimed she was his “dream woman.” According to E! News, he was also linked to a love triangle with Angela Simmons and Bow Wow, who we last saw pretending to fly on a private jet. However, TooFab reports that Simmons and Miller were just friends and have been feuding throughout their series, Growing Up Hip Hop.
Anna Nicole Smith was a hard act to follow for this Millionaire Matchmaker client
Larry Birkhead famously dated Anna Nicole Smith prior to her tragic accidental overdose in 2007. She passed away when their daughter, Dannielynn, was just five months old, and, according to ABC News, Birkhead fought tooth and tail to get custody. Since then, the single father has spent most of his time focused on his daughter, who he told E! News was trying to ease him into the world of dating: “Dannielynn tries to hook me up … She is a matchmaker more than I am!” In 2014, Birkhead eventually brought in the professionals and appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker.
According to a recap in Observer, Birkhead hadn’t dated since Smith passed away and spent most of his time managing the late model’s estate, which was probably more than a little intimidating for any woman coming in cold. He ended up picking a date named Michelle, and the pair hit it off. When Bravo left them, they were reportedly planning date number two. Unfortunately, nothing really came of it. In 2020, Birkhead admitted to E! News that he still wasn’t really focused on finding love. “I’ve been on a few dates, but I’m not on dating sites or anything like that,” he said. It seems as though Smith is, indeed, a hard act to follow.
Whatever happened to Millionaire Matchmaker's first lesbian couple?
In the early aughts, Patti Stanger went under fire for allegedly spouting anti-gay comments on Watch What Happens Live. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the controversial matchmaker had to make nice on Joy Behar’s HLN show in an attempt to mitigate the bad PR. Instead of smoothing things over, she made the sweeping declaration that “gay men, they whip it out at eye lock” and claimed to have “put gay dating on the map.” Despite this, it somehow still took her until 2013 to include her first lesbian on Millionaire Matchmaker: chef and The Taste winner Khristianne Uy.
Uy did find love on the show, but in an unexpected, roundabout way. According to Mediaite, she glossed over a woman named Brittany Wiener in her mixer and took out two other ladies instead. She then confused everyone and circled back around to the blonde. Even Stanger was befuddled, and asked the chef on Twitter to confirm the rumors. Uy later discussed her experience with Mediaite. “[Stanger] is the matchmaker. But as far as lesbians go, it’s new ground for her,” she said. “I don’t want to say she’s ‘less experienced,’ but it’s new ground. She did well. Fast-forward, Brittany and I have been dating 10 months now, and we actually live together.”
Though the pair showed promise, it looks like they’ve since split. Based on her Instagram account in 2020, Uy appears to be very serious with a woman named Ashley Baldi.
Luke Rockhold should have probably swallowed this comment on Millionaire Matchmaker
Luke Rockhold joined a very special club on Millionaire Matchmaker. No, it wasn’t the Millionaire’s Club. He joined the ranks of people kicked out of the Millionaire’s Club. So what happened? According to The Daily Dish, the UFC middleweight champion hadn’t had a serious relationship in nearly a decade, but treated his time on the show like he was in the ring. The star faced off with Patti Stanger, who kicked him out of the club after he touched one of Stanger’s staff members and asked one of his dates whether they spit or swallow. Geez.
Though Rockhold didn’t find love on Millionaire Matchmaker, he did apparently find a fling. In 2015, the UFC fighter claimed to have hooked up with one of Stanger’s co-stars to TMZ. While he wouldn’t say whether or not it was the one he originally made a pass at on-screen, he went on to allege that the show made him look “pretty bad,” but added, “Any PR is good PR.” Clearly, that was the case, because Demi Lovato found him charming enough to briefly date. According to TMZ, they were together for a few months, but broke up right after New Year’s Day in 2017.
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