LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – What does Todd Chrisley do for a living, how did Todd Chrisley make his money, and what happened to Chrisley and Company Department Store? Todd Chrisley returned last night with another two exceptional episodes of the superb realty show Chrisley Knows Best. Todd this season is lead executive producer. And it appears he has cut out of the show a lot of what was wrong with season one.
Todd Chrisley’s living, net worth, and money were the subject of dialogue exchanges during the first season. Todd told viewers over a several episode arch, ending in the finale, that he was going to open a “Chrisley and Company Department Store” in Atlanta using a substantial among of his net worth. Many of the other scenes featured Todd talking about “thousands of dollars” on clothing, on child raising, and more. That repeated referencing of net worth was too much even for reality TV standards. But it came to a head when LALATE exclusively reported details about Todd then still pending bankruptcy, his claim to a bankruptcy court that Chrisley and Company had no net worth, and his claims that he did not have a current living and that he did not own any household belonging.
This season, Todd comprehends what works with his show: the great dynamic between parents and children. The show does not need references to spending, money, and standards of living. Todd Chrisley is at his best with his hilarious exchanges with his mother, children and parent, fussing about everything from chaperons for Savannah, celebrating Father’s Dad, or preparing for a pageant. And while some viewers rudely were asking last night “what is wrong with Savannah Chrisley’s voice”, at least they were moving away from talking about Todd and his financial issues.
For now, Todd Chrisley and the family have sold the season one house. Todd rightfully says on camera that he wanted to “downsize”. While there might have been other financial reasons to sell the house, he made a correct decision to not turn a family reality show into a financial reality show. This season, the focus is more about the dynamics of growing up Chrisley, then maneuvering through financial troubles.
Todd made his money running a company, he founded, that flipped distressed houses. He would refurbish the homes and then resell, getting paid for each home from a leading government housing authority. But when a dispute between a partner headed to court, that government contract was lost and the business model changed. Todd was also married before, and his first two children are from his first wife. Savannah and Chase, in turn, are from Julie.
For now, Todd Chrisley is learning fast what is most entertaining in reality and what resonates well with viewers and fans. Another anticipated episode airs next week on USA.