Despite Selling Sunset being a *reality* show, you may have noticed that the internet has some questions about how real it actually is. And I mean, sure. Most reality shows have some level of fake drama—like, what do you think Kris Jenner even does all day?
But when it comes to Selling Sunset, we're not just talking about potentially scripted scenes. Back in Season 3 people were questioning if The Oppenheim Group was even made up of real real estate agents as opposed to, IDK, fake real estate agents who were hired for the show. This obviously calls for a thorough investigation, so here's everything that my assigned FBI agent and I know about how legit Netflix's Selling Sunset is.*
*With the obvious caveat that either way, this show is the only reality I currently want to live in.
EXHIBIT A: CHRISSY TEIGEN'S TWEET
Back when Selling Sunset Season 3 dropped, Chrissy Teigen hit Twitter to mention that neither she—nor her agents—have heard of any of The Oppenheim Group's agents. The internet immediately started speculating that Jason and Brett Oppenheim simply hired a bunch of models/actresses for the show.
EXHIBIT B: JASON OPPENHEIM'S CLAPBACK
Jason didn't flat-out deny speculation that his agents are more like "agents," but he did attempt to shut the rumors down:
"Chrissy, thanks for watching our show!" Jason tweeted (it's since been deleted). "Regarding your agent's knowledge of members of my team, I respectfully don't know him either, although that doesn't mean he isn't successful and didn't just sell you a stunning home in Weho (seriously, I love your new house)."
EXHIBIT C: CHRISHELL'S RECEIPTS
Conspiracy theorists have been especially suspicious of Chrishell due to the fact that she was a professional actress before Selling Sunset. But she went ahead and reposted a friend on Insta, who said that she goes jogging by one of Heather Young's properties and the house sold, so Take! That! Internet!
EXHIBIT D: DAVINA AND MAYA'S DEFENSE
E! News spoke to both Davina Potratz and Maya Vander about claims that they're not *real* real estate agents, and they both denied it. Maya said she splits her time between L.A. and Miami, which is probably why some people hadn't heard of her, while Davina said, "I know a lot of agents and if you're not a luxury condo buyer, you may not know me, but I closed and sold deals for $9 million and up."
In other words, if you can't afford a $9 million luxury condo, get Davina's name out of your Twitter mentions.
EXHIBIT E: CHRISHELL'S COMMENTS ON SCRIPTING
Basically, she fully denied that Selling Sunset is scripted during a Q&A. "The show isn't scripted," she wrote on Instagram Stories back when Season 3 premiered. "If it was, I would be pissed! Who wrote that plot twist?! But seriously, they can sometimes nudge us to address things but what we say is all us. Beware anyone that says otherwise. Gotta own it."
However, Davina retweeted Chrissy's musing, implying that she's just playing a "character." But, like, do we really trust Davina over Chrishell? Probably not.
EXHIBIT F: JASON'S INTERVIEW
Jason spoke to Metro.co.uk and completely denied the show being fake, saying "There's nothing that's scripted, we're never told to say anything. 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. Let's say I have to deal with something or speak with Davina about something or Mary has to go get her wedding dress, we might have to put that off for a day or two to make sure we get it on camera, but we're never told to say or do anything unfortunately."
Kay, now that we've established Selling Sunset is likely real, here's a summoning circle that's really just a line because my candles won't align correctly, FML:
***Selling Sunset Season 5***
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.