One of EMandLO.com's Wise Guys, Tyler Barnett, recently went on Bravo's reality show, "The Millionaire Matchmaker" (his episode re-airs next Tuesday, March 16th at 5pm -- set your TiVos; you can watch a clip here). So we just
had to give him the third degree:
Why, oh why, would you ever go on this show? Call us cynics, but we're convinced it was all a marketing ploy for your new company, Tyler Barnett PR (they did give you pretty good in-office in-action coverage). Plus, you got your friend's restaurant some nice play when you took your date there, too.
A PR firm owner doing his own PR? That's outrageous. And it's not like anyone watches the show, they only got a million viewers the first episode. Besides, if anyone wanted to find out about my new PR firm, Tyler Barnett PR, they can simply visit Tylerbarnettpr.com or Google Tyler Barnett PR.
Ha! We loved how you refused to shave your scruff and get a spray tan (seemed very un-L.A. of you, which is always a plus in our book), but then you caved! You shaved and, if that wasn't a spray tan, it was a lot of foundation make-up. What happened?
I was pretty gung ho about not shaving. And I would never get a spray tan. She tried to convince me to for some time and my end answer was still no thank you, I like my face. The she called my mom. They didn't air it, but she called my mom on camera and my mom agreed I should shave. She's always hated facial hair so I figured what the hell, it will grow back. I was wearing makeup during the shoot as everyone else on camera is. I did not get a spray tan though, no thanks.
On your episode, how many of the women that are featured as potential dates are actually there to find love with guys who happen to be millionaires, and how many are actresses cast to fill the room? (No way was that woman in the red dress with the excruciating baby voice and the lobotomy for real!)
They all claimed to have jobs, but I have a hunch some of them were full of it. And as for the squeaky chick, I thought she was joking at first. But after talking to her for a while, I sweat, that was not an act! Creepy…
We like that you admit to the camera that the kiss at the end of your set-up date was awkward -- do the producers push you to make-out if you seem to like each other? Would you kiss someone over dinner in a restaurant like that on a "real" first date?
The kiss was awkward for sure, but so is having dinner surrounded by lights and cameras. You have to remember they are making a TV show. It might be "reality" but you feel like you are in this fantasy world. I probably wouldn't have kissed her if it was a different circumstance, but we did really hit it off and I did want to kiss her at the table. Once we got outside and were off camera, I kissed her again. That one wasn't awkward.
At the end of the episode, it says that you and the woman you went on the date with are now "officially boyfriend and girlfriend." Define "boyfriend and girlfriend" and tell us how long that lasted (again, we're cynics).
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