The Real Deal on the town

Brokers, 'Housewives' mingle at "Million Dollar Listing New York" premiere
By Katherine Clarke | March 05, 2012 02:00PM

Bravo television execs and stars sported red-soled stilettos and clutched Absolut Vodka-inspired cocktails at the premiere for “Million Dollar Listing New York” this past Friday night, hosted by NestSeekers International CEO Eddie Shapiro at EMM Group’s Catch Roof in the Meatpacking District.

Sonja Morgan from “The Real Housewives of New York City” was in attendance alongside Melissa and Joe Gorga and Kathy and Rich Wakile from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” all out in support of the new spinoff featuring brokers Ryan Serhant of NestSeekers and Fredrik Eklund and Michael Lorber of Prudential Douglas Elliman, premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. (A false rumor was out there recently that Morgan and Serhant were an item. He told The Real Deal they were just friends.)

Andy Cohen, executive producerat Bravo, who oversees shows such as “Top Chef” and “The Millionaire Matchmaker” as well as “The Real Housewives” and “Million Dollar Listing,” (see video interview with stars below,) also made an appearance. Cohen is also host of late night talk show “Watch What Happens Live,” which has run five nights a week on Bravo since November.

And it wasn’t just reality TV stars out in force; there was also a handful of power brokers, including Keith Copley, senior vice president of Sotheby’s International Realty (who Serhant introduced as having some “sick” listings,) and Caleb Petersen of Robert K. Futterman, who wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the image of a grinning Serhant in support of the show.

“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Petersen said of Serhant.

Serhant took the opportunity to throw NestSeekers into the spotlight in a short speech to introduce a sneak peek of the show, joking about how Shapiro had taken him under his wing several years ago and taught him everything he knew when he was just a “poor hand model” in “cowboy boots.”

“This show celebrates New York City, which is the best city in the world,” Serhant said.

The first episode of the show, barely audible over the buzz in the room, showcased the three star brokers scrambling for the same clients. One of said clients — a presumed-millionairess with a penchant for large designer shoe-filled closets — tripped over her platform heels in line outside the venue pre-party, though, for a diva, she laughed it off in an uncharacteristically nonchalant fashion.