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24/08/2020 08:17 BST | Updated 24/08/2020 12:14 BST

Selling Sunset's Jason Oppenheim Speaks Out As Show Is Hit By 'Fake' Claims

The Oppenheim Group co-founder has set the record straight.

Selling Sunset star Jason Oppenheim has spoken out after the show was hit by “fakery” allegations.

Jason runs the The Oppenheim Group real estate agency in LA with his twin brother Brett, with the hit Netflix reality series following the professional and personal lives of the company’s employees. 

Over the weekend the Mail On Sunday reported that many of the young women featured in Selling Sunset are not actually estate agents at all, but paid actors, also suggesting that a lot of what we see on screen is actually scripted.

They spoke to a “Selling Sunset insider” who claimed that much of the show is actually “smoke and mirrors”, while another source questioned the selling abilities of those featured on screen.

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The cast of Selling Sunset

However, Jason has spoken out to defend the cast, stating: “All of the women who work out of the Oppenheim Group are licensed and successful real estate agents.”

Jason also pointed out that the success of Selling Sunset has “created opportunities for the women beyond real estate, including collaborative brands, TV and press appearances”.

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Jason Oppenheim

It was previously revealed that of the show’s original cast, only Chrishell Stause was the only one who didn’t work at the Oppenheim Group before Selling Sunset began, and was specifically instead cast by producers.

She did already have her real estate licence before she was cast, though.

Chrishell confirmed this on her Instagram Story, where she reshared a post from 2016, which showed she was working as a realtor. 

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Chrishell's Instagram Story

She wrote: “People keep trying to hate on the show, which means it’s a huge success! Lol! This post is still on my IG proving I have been licensed and working before being approached about #SellingSunset. Working all day showing clients properties in the heat & writing up my new listing to hit the market tomorrow! Busy!”

She added: “I am so grateful to have been able to do acting AND real estate.”

In a recent interview, Jason admitted that he mightn’t have signed up for Selling Sunset had he known how much the show would focus on the cast’s personal lives rather than the more professional goings on at the Oppenheim Group.