Bravo fans it’s time to get your panties in a big bunch. There are a few similarities between the much beloved BelowDeck and freshman series ApresSki, but one such commonality is a no-no with Reality TV audiences. We don’t like being played by producers who think the audience is too stupid to realize some characters are cast on shows like actors are for films. If you are going to do a show about working on a yacht use authentic “Yachties.” Same with Apres Ski. If you are being hired as a high-end concierge manager of Whistler Mountain activities, have experience managing SOMETHING. Instead of remaining authentic, both Below Deck and Apres Ski planted experienced Reality TV stars into jobs they were not qualified for to “bring the drama.”
Let’s start with Apres Ski
Executive producers for Apres Ski include:
Andrea Gorfolova and Jameel Bharmal produced “Ex-Wives of Rock” and “Power and Ice.” Kevin Lee has worked on “Secrets and Wives plus #RHOC in 2012-2013. Michael Call worked in #RHOA, #RHONY, “Secrets and Wives” and “Tori and Dean Inn Love.” Marc Whitehead hasn’t worked since 2008 in TV. His credits include “After The Attack” and “Shark Tribe” as production coordinators? Somebody got lucky landing an EP title for Apres Ski!
The cast of Apres Ski all have experience with Whistler in Canada. CEO of Gibbon’s Life Joey Gibbons owns most of the bars, restaurants, and hotels in the area. He hired Tamara Moore of Ascent Behave, her own company providing luxury brand PR services, to be CEO of start-up company Gibbon’s Life. This is where it gets dicey. Under Ms.Moore is Operations Manager Elise Wims, an obvious production plant with ZERO experience managing anything except her own kitchen. Wims has appeared on Hell’s Kitchen and NBC’s Food Fighters as a chef contestant, but has no experience in executive management or even at a Forever 21. She does have an IMDB profile and resume though, so as far as producers are concerned she’s uniquely qualified? She has trademarked her title “The Diva Chef” for future bookings in her field. So why was she cast in Apres Ski?
Is Elise Wims beginning to sound like someone else we know at Bravo? Can you think of another lightening rod for drama on Below Deck with dual IMDB profiles and zero yachting experience? Yep. Elise Wims is the “Rocky” of Apres Ski! The bikini shot isn’t appropriate for LinkedIN or executive management resumes. Let’s hope that was just an IMDB teaser for casting agents, ready to put her into a 4th show…..
Elise Wims’s LinkedIn profile and experience reflect ZERO executive management skills, nor does her educational background. I have no problem with working your way up the job chain with experience, but her history speaks to food services only.
Another coincidence between Raquel Bartlow and Elise Wims on their respective Bravo TV shows? Both women are the main catalysts for drama and outrageous behavior. Rocky used her secret relationship with Eddie Lucas to drop a bomb on him during the finale. Nobody on the Eros knew about Rocky and Eddie’s hook-ups in the laundry room until she volunteered her phone as evidence halfway through the season to producers. That’s how they knew to film the laundry room bump and grind noises, and Rocky’s texts from Eddie. Eddie’s reactions are real as he slowly sees he’s been set up. It’s doubtful he will come back after what 51 Minds producers dropped on him. Shame on you Rocky for using sex to get the attention on Below Deck and trying to play victim.
Wims is no better than Rocky when it comes to bad behavior. Elise is taking innocent comments made by her crew on Apres Ski, and turning them into racial stereotypes. After befriending/favoriting her employee Kendra Larsen, who is also African-American, Elise often listens to Larkin whine and complain about her peers. Elise shouldn’t play favorites with her employees and it has caused a divide amongst the group. When you draw a line making it white employees vs. black employees you have a huge no win situation in a workplace, and you’ve lost your audience who find it far from entertaining to watch. Elise also allowed Bobby Crowder to play favorites with his best-friend Charlotte which caused tension when Bobby delegated tasks. A real manager doesn’t allow (or participate in) any of that behavior. Producers obviously pushed this agenda due to Whistler being predominantly white rich people, catered to by white ski/snowboarding professionals. You add in Kendra Larkin, who has a fashion background, and Elise Wims who is a chef, both knowing nothing about outdoor sports, and they become the “odd men out.” It’s sad that Bravo TV is airing contrived racial tensions in an aspirational Reality TV format, when we are just tuning in for light entertainment. Shame on Elise and Bravo producers for taking us down this ugly path. You knew what you were doing and it’s not ok. Apres Ski will be lucky to get a second season now, and it’s a shame for the “real” cast members from the mountain sports industry that wanted to give 100%
For more on Below Deck’s Rocky Dakota and her Reality TV show background see these articles on bitchbybravo.com: