The Dark Side of Reality Matchmaking

The Dark Side of Reality Matchmaking


By Jim Kelly

Don’t get between competing reality show matchmakers, it can get ugly.

Steve Ward, the host of VH1’s relationship show “Tough Love,” told that fellow dating expert Patti Stanger, host of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker,” runs a “glorified escort service,” adding, “I only know of her by reputation, and her reputation isn’t very good in Hollywood or in the rest of the country.”

Stanger was incensed by Ward’s insinuation, telling Fancast, “I’m not an escort service, and if you look up the definition of prostitution, that would mean I’d have to pay my girls to go on a date to have sex. If you watch the show, you know I say ‘Don’t have sex unless you’re in a monogamous, committed relationship’ – and I certainly don’t pay my girls to go on dates.”

Stanger also shot back at Ward, telling the website, “He has a terrible reputation in our industry. If you go to there are a million disgruntled clients.”

She accuses Ward of “taking money from women to manage if not service them,” and also claims he was tossed out of a matchmaking event last year for being disruptive. “Not true,” responds Ward, who does, however, admit he and his matchmaker mother JoAnn walked out of a conference in Miami because “we thought [it] was a joke, and we didn’t want to be affiliated with it.” Stanger also claims Ward copies her concept of a “singles boot camp,” which, she says, “was trademarked 10 years ago.” Ward retorts, “Really? Then she should file a lawsuit against VH1.”

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