Q&A With Tiffany

10 questions for Tiffany Rinehart.

1) How did you meet Kathy?

Well believe it or not, I met Jessica on MySpace. Yes, MySpace!! I was randomly clicking on people's profiles when I came across Jessica's. I sent her a message asking about being a personal assistant in the entertainment business because I always wondered how people got those jobs. I guess it was good timing because they were looking for another assistant at the time. Next week I came to the house for a trial day. I met Kathy for the first time after picking her up at the airport. We all clicked really well, so she offered me the job a week after I graduated college.

2) What do you want Kathy to leave you when she dies?

I would say her shoes, but my feet are too big for them. I would love her Chanel purses though.

3) What's the best thing she's ever done for you?

Hiring me!! I have been able to do some many things in the past year that most people don't get to do in their entire lifetime.

4) How many weeks vacation do you get? I am not sure if we get weeks vacation, but I try to sneak away for weekend getaways.

5) What do you do when you're not with Kathy?

I love relaxing at home with my boyfriend, spending time with my friends, working out, exploring the internet (I'm a closet computer nerd) & going to concerts.

6) What's in your iPod?

Justin Timberlake (love him), Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Maroon 5, Timbaland, Fergie, OneRepublic, Gwen Stefani & Nelly Furtado. I love anything that can get my booty moving.

7) What do you TiVo?

I don't technically have TiVo, but I do have DVR and it's the best invention ever. I record Oprah, The View, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Celebrity Fit Club, Intervention, Girl's Next Door, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars & America's Next Top Model. I'm a sucker for reality shows.

8) As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was really young I always thought I would be a pediatrician, but I found out how much schooling was involved and scratched that idea. Instead I have always wanted to work in public relations, marketing or special events. I have a degree in Journalism with an option in PR, so I think that is something I would still want to do.

9) What clique were you in during high school?

I played basketball and volleyball and I was also involved in ASB. I was friends with a lot of people in different "cliques" so I wouldn't just limit myself to belonging to just one.

10) What's it like being out in public with Kathy?

Being out in public with Kathy is hilarious. You get many different reactions from people. Some just stare, others yell out "hey it's Kathy Lee Gifford or hey it's what's her face." I never believed her when she said that happened, but I experienced it first hand.

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Demolition Day

Executive Producer Danny Salles explains how he and his fellow producers reacted to Kathy's unplanned renovation.

Since the second episode aired, many of my friends have asked me, “Was that real when Kathy tore her house apart without having a plan? It’s just so hard to believe. Did you make it up for the show?” I know. It’s hard to imagine someone tearing out her floors and kitchen cabinets without having a rock solid plan – but that’s exactly what happened. 

One of my most vivid memories from producing the show was arriving at Kathy’s house the morning after she told us that she had decided to move on from working with designer, Kenny.  It was 9 a.m., and I was finishing up my coffee as I walked up Kathy’s long driveway. I started hearing noise coming from the house as I approached. The booming sound grew louder and louder. I entered the front door to find eight workers with sledgehammers and crowbars cracking the floors and counters. Dust was everywhere. The producer in me panicked – We’ve got to start shooting this now! And the homeowner inside me was screaming, "WTF!" There’s no plan. Needless to say I got cameras up and rolling in minutes. 

My next call was to Lisa, my fellow executive producer. My voice was faltering.  “Eh, Lisa….It seems that Kathy has started demolition.” “When will they get started?” she asked. “Oh, no.  It’s already started. The fireplace in the kitchen is gone.” “Are you…?” “Yes, we’re rolling cameras.” In reality TV, you’ve got to be ready to move on a dime, because, well, that’s the reality part.

I found Kathy in her bedroom happily planning out her day, blithely ignoring the boom, boom, boom of destruction in the kitchen. She was acting like nothing was happening. But she must have seen the shocked expression on my face because she added, “Oh yeah, that.” “Yes, that.” She started laughing. “I told you I move fast.” She explained that since she only had enough money to rent another house for a certain timeframe, she figured she would just get rid of what she wanted gone and plan it out as she went. In the meantime, her friend and decorating enthusiast, Lara Spencer (also known to many as the host of The Insider) would help her out with the creative ideas and with finding workers. Between Lara and Team Griffin, Kathy was confident it would go well. 

Having had work done to my own house, I was privately predicting disaster. Who's ever heard of a renovation going well under the best of circumstances? As a reality producer, I know that disasters often make for great episodes, so figured this could lead to some good comedy. You might think I had a moral dilemma. Nah. The comedy comes first. 

Leave it to Kathy to be the first person in history to have a successful remodel. Lara came though and Kathy’s crazy “improv-a-renovation” actually worked. Her house is gorgeous!  I may not have gotten the home disaster episode I dreamed of, but Kathy got gay man’s Palm Springs bachelor pad she dreamed of. And that’s what counts.

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