LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Fredrik Eklund battles a Tag Eriksson video in the Million Dollar Listing New York season finale tonight. Fredrik appeared as Tag Eriksson aka Tag Ericsson in many videos, calendars, and pictures far before he was cast in Million Dollar Listing NY. In fact, the story was revisited by news reports when Fredrik first joined the series last year. But tonight, in the spirit of a typical Bravo “revelation”, someone’s past is revisited for ratings.
Million Dollar Listing NY does its best Married to Medicine finale tonight. Last season on Married2Med, Bravo brought up mugshot photos of one cast member as another cast member produced a “revelation” about an arrest. Of course the revelation was not much a shocker. Tonight’s video is even less so.
Before joining Million Dollar Listing NY, Fredrik Eklund granted interviews to the New York Times and others about his past. He even published a book is his native country which allegedly discussed his past, his family’s reaction, and his upbringing.
So why is Ryan Serhant bringing this up Tag Eriksson tonight? That’s because Ryan Serhant is the “American Dream” and Fredrik Eklund isn’t? Ironically, Ryan shows the video to purportedly fellow brokers who probably already know about Fredrik’s past.
Nevertheless Fredrik Eklund reacts to the drama in the “reality show”. “I thought I show play you a scene from a very special movie”, Ryan fumes tonight. Fredrik says “right away I’m getting a bad feeling in my stomach.” Ryan replies “I am the American dream and you are cheap import.” It remains unclear how that line by Ryan will react among viewers.
Meantime, are Fredrik and Derek still together? Fredrik Eklund and Derek Kaplan are still together. In May 2012, LALATE first broke that the next season of MDLNY will feature Fredrik Eklund and boyfriend Derek Kaplan getting very close.
By August, LALATE exclusively reportedly that the couple would marry this season. At the time he tweeted “Thank you all for the love and the wishes and recommendations reg the coming wedding. @derekkaplanart and I send hugs”. He told news that their wedding spot would be “somewhere warm”.
Kaplan is a an abstract artist. On his website he says “it allows me the freedom to interpret emotional subject matter as I perceive it, through my own choice of color and accompanying techniques.”