Why Sutton Stracke claims she was demoted on ‘RHOBH’
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” newbie Sutton Stracke almost got a coveted diamond but says she was placed in a “friend role” at the last minute.
The 49-year-old began to film as if she were a main “Housewife,” but says producers ultimately demoted her to part-time after her ex-husband, Christian Stracke, got involved and prohibited filming with their three children.
“My ex-husband just was adamant that they could not film with me and I totally get it,” she told Kate Casey on her podcast, “Reality Life with Kate Casey.” “It was hard. It was a hard blow because, you know, it’s exciting to do. And I wanted also viewers to see me with my kids and me at home. And it’s the softer side, I think, of all of us. When you get to see all of the ladies at home with their kids and their families, it’s kind of like, you know, you don’t they don’t show that much of it. It’s clearly not that interesting. But it’s the soft underbelly of who these women are. And I’m sorry that we can’t see that this season.”
Sutton and Christian tied the knot in 2000 after meeting as teenagers and reconnecting later in life. They divorced three years ago and are parents to daughter Porter and sons Philip and James.
Christian is a managing director at PIMCO, the same investment management firm where “RHOC” star Gina Kirschenheiter’s ex-husband Matthew Kirschenheiter used to work. The company is known for its strict no-media policy, which could be why the Stracke kids are not on the show.
Sutton explained that she still joined the show regardless to give herself a purpose after her divorce, saying: “I needed to be a role model for my daughter. Like come on, get yourself together and start doing something for yourself to make her proud. And actually, my boys, too, they always wanted to know what I did all day. And it was like nothing. Like go to the gym. I don’t know. I didn’t have like a real purpose besides taking care of them. So it’s been fun to watch them watch me and then the show came up at this really opportune time and I think I finally had the guts to do something like this and take a risk.”
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