Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause accused of ‘using blind date partner as a pawn’

Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause accused of ‘using blind date partner as a pawn’

Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause has been accused of using a blind date as a ‘pawn’ in order to fulfil a storyline on the reality show.

Fans of the smash hit Netflix show will recall in Season 4 that Chrishell endured a painfully awkward boat party with her colleagues and co-stars as well as a number of male fellow passengers – including Robert Drenk.

The cameras appeared to show Robert being set up as a new love interest for 40-year-old Chrishell – who was blindsided in 2019 when now ex-husband Justin Hartley filed for divorce out of the blue.

While scenes on the show portrayed Robert as becoming jealous when Chirshell wouldn’t sit beside him – and even showed him scooping her off the deck to sit with him at a table before she awkwardly excused herself.

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But now the one-time reality star is claiming his scenes were manipulated by the glamorous estate agent and that the show has made him look like a fool.

Speaking to Page Six, the mortgage broker said: “It seemed like I was being set up – like she used me as a pawn in this chess game or something. It was really awkward.”

He went on: “[Producers] just told me it was going to be a date and that we would have plenty of time to get to know each other and they wanted [the scene to be] a date format.”

He added: “They wanted it [to be] Chrishell’s big first date outside of what she was going through.”

Chrishell was previously married to This Is Us actor Justin Hartley

Robert went on to accuse the show of trying to use him as a ‘failed’ date in order to make a plot point leading towards Chrishell’s new romance with Oppenheim Group owner – and her own boss – Jason Oppenheim.

Robert has also hit out at the show via Instagram – which Chrishell herself has addressed his claims, stating online writing: “Please stop tagging me in things. I was 100% single on this boat and free to date whoever I want.

“I would have understood if you were nervous and acted differently because of that. But to be on here and Twitter defending your actions is making it worse.”

Meanwhile, a trailer for the fifth season of the show has hinted that the romance between Chrishell and her 44-year-old boss is going to send shockwaves through the cast.

Although Robert claims the pair were already an item at the time of the scenes he was involved in.

Discussing her new romance with Jason back in August, Chrishell told E! News: “It’s just one of those things. You don’t want to share with everybody and get all their opinions before you really know what it is.

“We really were really private and secretive for as long as we could until we realized the walls were closing in. People were getting a little savvy to it.”

Chrishell is now dating her co-star and boss Jason Oppenheim
Chrishell Stause/Instagram)

Meanwhile, Jason previously vowed not to date co-stars.

He previously said: “It’s not that I’ve taken a step back from dating – it’s not on my priority list to be honest. And no, that wouldn’t be a priority for me. I think that would be complicated.”

Selling Sunset seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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