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Brett Oppenheim still supports his former employee and Sell sunset Costar Christine Quinn.
Speaking to PEOPLE at Thursday’s 1060 app launch in West Hollywood, the 45-year-old luxury broker and president of Oppenheim Real Estate opened up about Quinn’s absence from the upcoming sixth season of the Netflix reality show.
“This is our first season without her and she’s a huge loss because she’s made for reality TV,” he said. “We keep in touch, just not that often. Just mostly via Instagram or a text message here and there.”
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Oppenheim explained his earlier fears about not seeing Quinn on the show, stating, “But I have to say, I might have had a little bit of apprehension going into season six, but I have no qualms coming out of season six.”
“I’m really proud of this season,” he added. “I think everyone came forward and it just ended unexpectedly with a great season.
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Oppenheim teased more about season 6, saying, “We were into filming for a couple of weeks and there was absolutely no drama. I said, ‘Oh, s—. To be honest, I was very happy about it. Then some s— quite unexpectedly. So I think this season will have as much drama as the other seasons.”
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“Yeah, it just came out of nowhere, but it was pretty tough in the office for a couple of weeks,” Oppenheim shared. “So I think it’s probably going to be entertaining for people, although it was a little bit difficult for me and my brother (Jason Oppenheim).”
Noting that the tensions arose between “people we both care deeply about,” Brett noted, saying one particular scene was “tough.”
“We were in Europe when it started hitting the fan, which was nice in a way because we didn’t have to deal with it directly, but it was also a bit disconcerting because we weren’t there to try things “Smooth,” he explained. “So it was difficult to get through. Yes, it wasn’t fun to hear about, it wasn’t fun to watch, but I suppose it will be fun to watch for millions of other people .”
Brett attended Thursday’s event with his twin brother and girlfriend Marie-Lou Nurk Sell sunset Costar Amanza Smith to celebrate the launch of 1060 App, a new app built for the real estate industry that offers an endless stream of the world’s most beautiful homes through short digital videos, according to the company’s website.
A source confirmed to PEOPLE in August that 34-year-old Quinn will not be returning for seasons 6 and 7 of the hit Netflix series. Production for the upcoming seasons started this summer. TMZ was the first to break the news of Quinn’s departure from the series.
Quinn has been a staple since it first premiered in 2019 Sell sunsetwho follows the real estate company of the Oppenheim Group in the sale of some of the most exclusive luxury properties in Los Angeles.
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For five seasons, fans watched as Quinn not only sold real estate, but also engaged in drama with all of her co-stars. In an explosive conflict in Season 5, Emma Hernan claimed Quinn bribed a client with $5,000 to stop working with her. Quinn vehemently denied the allegation.
Quinn told PEOPLE she left Oppenheim to start her new crypto real estate venture RealOpen with husband Christian Dumontet in April.
“I quit my contract when the brokerage business started,” Quinn said. “I had to make a business decision that was for me, so I had to cancel the contract so I could transfer it to my brokerage firm.”