LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Millionaire Matchmaker returns without Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff tonight to Bravo. What happened to Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff on Millionaire Matchmaker, what happened to Patti Stanger’s “assistants” on Millionaire Matchmaker, and why does Patti Stanger have new assistants this season? Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger has explained outside the show what happened to Destin and Rachel. And while her comments are not consistent with those by Destin and Rachel, LALATE can exclusively report that the exit was before this summer and before a resolution about who owns the name “Millionaire Matchmaker”.
Millionaire Matchmaker stars Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff were never Patti Stanger’s “assistants”. But this season, Bravo claims that Patti has new “assistants”. Destin and Rachel later went on social media to tell news that they helped operate Patti’s company as executives and were never her “assistants”. A seemingly exasperated Stanger said on WWHL recently that she would address the “infamous” question about Destin and Rachel one last time. She claims that they wanted off the show and wanted to do their own thing.
Patti’s comments are not consistent with social media remarks by the pair since the season has started. While Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff confirm to fans that they left the show on their own accord, they do suggest through retweets that they wanted to still have an on-air role with Bravo.
So when did they leave Millionaire Matchmaker? LALATE can report that the pair exited by at least July if not earlier this year. In July, far before any official statement by Bravo, LALATE exclusively reported that Stanger and producers were filming and casting a new season. “All applicants must meet eligibility requirements, which include having a net worth of at least $ 1 million USD, must be single, must be at least 21 years old”, said the casting notice at the time.
Previously, Millionaire Matchmaker returned with a new season after a long break, only to deliver yet another season this month. So why was there a delay? It remains unclear.
But LALATE can also exclusively report that the ownership of the name “Millionaire Matchmaker” for television was just clarified this week. And the owner of the expression “Millionaire Matchmaker”, to be used on television, is not Bravo. It’s Patti Stanger.
Patti Stanger’s company now owns the exclusive trademark to the expression “Millionaire Matchmaker” for television, namely “entertainment in the nature of on-going television programs in the field of dating and social introduction”, listing the first date of use as 2008. And she may now use the name for website operations as well, namely “internet-based dating, social introduction and social networking services; consulting services in the field of dating; counseling in etiquette and protocol; personal makeover consulting services, namely, personal image development, consultation relating to clothing and fashion.” The date of approval was December 17, 2013. A new episode airs tonight on Bravo.