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Bravo’s real estate reality show “Million Dollar Listings” returns this Thursday, February 3 for its fourth season. Fans who are expecting to dive back in to the drama between the perfectly coiffed Chad Rogers and grandma’s boy Josh Flagg, will be disappointed to hear that Chad has packed up his puppy Starla and left the show. But they needn’t fear, his replacement Josh Altman promises to bring his own brand of histrionics. In a recent exclusive interview Madison Hildebrand and the two Joshes addressed Chad’s exit from the show, the new dynamic and what makes them so successful at such young ages.
The ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Stars Address Chad Rogers’ Departure
Since word broke that Rogers was leaving the series, there has been much speculation about whether he chose to leave or was shown the door. The “Million Dollar Listing” stars all remained vague about Chad’s departure. Hildebrand stated he’s not clear why Chad isn’t returning this season, saying, “He left and I haven’t talked to him since he left to be honest. So I don’t know.” Rogers’ archrival Flagg simply chimed in, “We love him.” While Altman offered up his own explanation, “They wanted someone with better hair so they brought me on.”
It seems Altman’s been brought in for more than just his fantastic folicles. The new Josh is one of the most successful real estate agents in Los Angeles. And he’s managed to ride the ups and downs of the housing market with great success. He boasted, “I had the biggest year of my life last year and I’m going to double it this year. So everything’s great.”
Josh Altman Had One Concern When Joining ‘Million Dollar Listing’
He only had one trepidation about signing on to the series. “My biggest concern before joining was how it was going to affect my business, because that’s the most important thing to me.”
He needn’t have worried. According to Altman, “Since it’s all been taped and everything, it’s been fantastic. My business is booming.”
Altman doesn’t shy away from bragging about his property-pushing prowess. When asked what he brings to the show dynamic he chimed in, “I bring bigger deals, bigger business and bigger drama and almost as big of an ego.”
Madison Hildebrand and Josh Altman Go Head-to-Head on ‘Million Dollar Listing’
And if the previews are any indication, that swagger will lead to a new set of complications when the show returns. One of the initial disputes arises between Altman and Hildrebrand, who go to head-to-head over Josh’s personal relationship with Madison’s assistant. Hildebrand explained why he avoided the on-camera confrontations in the past and is more willing to step into the fray this time around. “I just decided to have a little bit more fun this season. Chad was just so unpredictable that I was afraid to open my mouth. That was why I just decided to stay out of every situation possible. But normally, this is me and you’ll get more of that this season, I think.”
Flagg is more than happy not to be at the center of the storm any more. He laughed, “It’s Madison’s turn this season.” Hildrebrand interjected, “I know. I like it better on you. I don’t want to be the conflict.” Flagg chuckled, “This time it’s your turn. Ya, there’s no more Chad and, you know, the guy was f*#king nuts.”
And that altered energy hasn’t gone unnoticed by anybody. Even Altman, who had only seen “part of one episode” before joining the cast, noted that the new dynamic is “a lot more normal.”
Josh Flagg Will Share More of Himself This Season on ‘Million Dollar Listing’
Chad may be gone, but Flagg confirmed that the most important cast member will be returning for season four – his grandmother Edith. Flagg confirmed that fans will be seeing the 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and that “she’s only younger this season.”
Viewers will also get a peak at Flagg’s yet unseen private side. He divulged, “Yes, this season you will see a lot more of my personal life. The mystery will be revealed.”
He’ll also be sharing more of himself in his new book ” How to Succeed in Real Estate Without Selling Houses,” due out later this month. This is Flagg’s second publication – the first was about Edith called ” A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me .” He said of his new book, “Instead of being about my grandmother, it’s about me – cause I’ve had so much in my 25 years of living.”
Will Madison Hildebrand Set Boundaries on ‘Million Dollar Listing’?
On the other side of the spectrum is Hildreband, who has been way more open about his most intimate issues in past seasons, allowing producer’s to air his exploration about his sexual identity. Madison promised that devotees can expect him to continue to share. He remarked, “At this point there’s no turning back for me. I think it’s just setting boundaries at some point, right?”
No matter what is or isn’t revealed about the stars’ private lives, “Million Dollar Listing” will certainly continue to deliver on the real estate front. The three young agents pondered what quality they each possess that makes them so successful at what they do.
The ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Uber-Agents Reveal Their Greatest Assets
Hildrebrand attributed it to, “Hard work. Good old-fashioned hard work and determination and being honest.” Flagg pointed to “being driven… Just being very driven.” While Altman chalked it up to “hard work. Being super-aggressive. Being passionate about what I do. I absolutely love real estate and I’m an expert in real estate.”
Catch all three experts when “Million Dollar Listing” returns to Bravo on February 3 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central.
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