East Hampton will not be indulging Bravo’s desire to turn every corner of the world into an episodic shitshow. They have denied their permit application to film Summer House outdoors on town property, and most private businesses are following suit.
Page Six tracked down a cast member of Summer House named Cristina Gibson, who worked for a Hamptons short-distance aviation company called Blade. Gibson is no longer with the company, and in an email to Jezebel said the decision for her and Blade to part ways “mutual.” On their end, Blade suggested to Page Six that it wasn’t the right fit “because our relationship with the Town of East Hampton is so important.”
The filming was mainly planned for Montauk, the last stop on the LIRR and one of the most beautiful beach towns in New York. Some of my relatives have lived there for 25 years, and honestly, Bravo, you would not want your camera crew to be anywhere near my uncle at the grocery store. Or any of the other locals, apparently:
“They can’t shoot on the beach. They can’t shoot on the street. They have to be on private property, and pretty much everyone has told them, ‘No way!’ ” local surfer/photographer James Katsipis told me.
“I can’t find one positive thing that can possibly happen from this show,” Katsipis said. “I met with the producers twice. They seem like nice people. But I told them straight up, ‘I will do everything in my power to stop you.’”
Other locals have vowed to disrupt filming with foghorns, mirrors and even wacky costumes, all of which I find hilarious. A Bravo spokesperson told Page six, “This show is not about Montauk and never was — it’s about the people in this house. We are shooting all over the Hamptons. So we have plenty of options.” Okay, byeeeeee.
The existing tension in Montauk is usually between summer tourists from the city, extremely rich people who own homes they infrequently occupy, and regular people making a living. The show title implies that those young folk living it up at Gosman’s for two months would become the face of the area, an understandably horrifying possibility to people who barely tolerate the visitors keeping them economically afloat.
6/30/16, 2:15 pm: This story has been updated with comment from Gibson.
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