Stanger 'victims' share woes
Last Updated: 1:50 AM, January 13, 2011
Survivors of "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger banded together Tuesday night to watch the season finale of a show that they say ruined their lives.
Season 4 contestants told Page Six the mouthy matchmaker's comments and edits have caused them professional and romantic damage, as they gathered at Hudson Terrace to drown their sorrows.
Long Island divorce lawyer Doug Kepanis, who's described on the show's Web site as "a divorce attorney with an ugly bod," said business has slowed and he was dropped as a legal expert from TruTV because he appeared sexist. "It's the busiest time of the year for divorces, and I haven't gotten any calls since my appearance," Kepanis said. "I have a lot of female clients -- it may have turned them away."
Millionaire Jason Teich, who's pegged as a "tough-talking, heavy drinking guy from Brooklyn," said he hasn't been able to get a date since the show aired. "Producers fed me drinks and then Patti yelled at me for being an alcoholic," Teich moaned.
David Vroubel said Stanger called him "creepy" eight times, and the episode was edited to make him look socially awkward. "They backed a bus over me and then ran it over again," he complained. "She said she had a one-in-five success rate -- come on, she can't even get married herself."
Elegant Affairs caterer Andrea Correale said her character was exaggerated, but it helped her business. But "some of those other guys really got their butts kicked."
Meanwhile, sources tell us the show's fifth season, which is about to start filming, will be Stanger's last because Bravo producers can't deal with her demands and tantrums.
"She thinks they aren't giving her the respect she deserves and she's telling friends that she's shopping her show to other networks. But Bravo is tired of her antics, insists it owns 'Millionaire Matchmaker' and wants to continue the show with a different matchmaker," a source said.
Stanger could not be reached. A Bravo rep said the network will soon start production on Season 5 with Stanger, but "it is too early to say anything about Season 6."