Rodger Berman

Rodger explains why he let Jeremiah go and why Rachel's schedule made him so nervous.

on Oct 11, 20110

I was hoping after the Oscars ended Rachel would really slow down until the baby came, but of course, two huge shoots came up that she couldn't turn down. It concerned me that by being on her feet all day she was over doing it and needed to be home with her feet up and resting -- but I think that was partially due to my first-time father jitters. All I care about is Rachel's well-being and our baby arriving healthy and happy. It is crazy to think about us being fully responsible for a person that needs us and looks to us for everything. . .and I really hope I will do a good job.

On top of my family worries, I had also been struggling to figure out where Jeremiah really fits within the company. While I think that he is a great guy and very talented interior designer, unfortunately with so much uncertainty about how things would be when the baby arrived, I made the tough decision that there wasn't a place for him with us right now.  But you never know what the future holds. . .

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63 comments
Claire Pratt
Claire Pratt

I am really glad that you re-hired Jerimiah, he is great and very talented. I can not seem to find out if you are coming back on Bravo for another season. Someone let me know. Why did they give Brad his own show? He is a nerd and wishes that he could see your baby, I guess his retirement with his boyfriend was shortlived.

Viewergloria
Viewergloria

The firing of Jeremiah was the pits. Shame on you.

JTS
JTS

What the viewers fail to recognize is the exposure this young man has gotten in a few short episodes. Regardless of how he was retained by the RZ company, he showed design talent, project management skills and a collaborative attitude. The bottom line is that if he was responsible for everything he did on the show, he will thrive in the design world. If Andy Cohen is as smart as I think he is, there is already a show being written for this talented kid.

Leasel
Leasel

Your show is really refreshing, so unlike those housewives. However, I think the you've treated Jerrimeyer badly. Congrats on the birth of you and Rachel's baby (about time too).

pdk492
pdk492

Have to say that i have enjoyed the show up until now. It appears that you'll are at fault for not giving Jeremiah the chance to do the job he was hired to do. Joey seems nice but also smug and just seems to be you'lls little yes man. Classless is what you turned out to be.

Hrdebbie
Hrdebbie

Shame on you for misusing that young man and that Joey is a SNAKE!. Why did you make him pay for what Tyler and Brad did to you . You are wrong!

VJC
VJC

Here's the thing: You're probably going to say that Of Course you guys didn't use Jeremiah as a "free decorator" and that you were against hiring him in the the first place. If this is true, then you should NEVER have used him to decorate the house! When Rachel asked him to do the house (in less than 15 days), YOU should have said to her, "gee, remember we hired him to be your assistant, not as a decorator for the new house". Was he paid a decorator's fee? Was he paid extra? Given a bonus at least? Next, Rachel is ALWAYS going to have to train new employees! Unless you are willing to pay a partner package, you'll ALWAYS have people leaving to move up the ladder (Zoe, Inc. is NOT a HUGE corp. w/ lots of room to grow!) and you'll always be replacing those ppl w/ ppl wet behind the ears! The trick is to compensate them well enough to hang on to them so you can get your money's worth for the when you trained them! Nobody wants to be the Assistant for any longer than they have to!

Anjella
Anjella

I hope Jeremiah sends you a bill for all his hard work...to be let go like that was so disheartening..he worked so hard! Joey needs to go away. He is a creeper and maybe karma will come back and get you again when he goes on to bigger things and leaves you hanging. Good luck to Jeremiah, I hope the exposure he got from your ridiculous show will get him a career he deserves with a company who appreciates him! I will no longer tune in to your show!

Baglover74
Baglover74

Ok, usually I don't post or blog bt I had to for this episode. I don't know if ever was a fan of Rachel, the show or her passion. Maybe it was a combo of all three. What I will say is that RZ is very passionate and hard working. That said, if you work for her, realize that there is no growth for you in her company.

Let's start with Taylor... On season one, she was promised an oppurtunity to help with the design side of the company, with hopes of growth and everytime she threatened to leave, Rachel would try and paccify her to keep her around. Why? Because she need someone to do the grunt work. Finally, Taylor realized there was no growth and left. NEXT, there is Brad. He came along with all this excitement and enthusiasm and soon realized that he too had no where to go. Styling someone means that you are putting your hands on the person and your touch and "style". No one is going to pay Rachel to style them, if it means that Brad or someone else is going to style them. So what does that mean? It means you can't go anywhere. So Brad left..... Now the show is in limbo because they need new blood, so they brought back Joey. They hired Jeremiah knowing he didn't have any experience. It was good tv. I knew he wouldn't last. He couldn't. He's not a stylist. Rachel won't teach him. Why should she? So he can then take his experience and leave. This wasn't a surprise, however they should not hav hired Jeremiah. Furthermore, since they did, they should have kept him around. Since they are keeping Jey around. Since I'm on the topic. Let's talk about Joey. He is self centered, annoying, backstabbing and jealous. He is defnitely one MAJOR reason why Jeremiah was not and could not be successful. At every turn, he was undermining Jeremiah. That was when he had time to breath from having is face from under Rachel's butt. Rachel keeps people around who have no motivation. Just a love for fashion and for telling her how great she is. I'm sorry to say I will not be watching anymore. Not because Jeremiah was let go but because Rachel does not know how to manage people. Fool me once(Taylor leaving....)shame on you. Fool me twice(Brad leaving)shame on you me!!!!

jacquelinemc
jacquelinemc

rodger- i have always gave you credit for being a cool, supportive husband. you seem to always think straight and be genuine, but the way joey has been given a place in your family, surprises me. i know that its only a show, based in reality, but if joey is half as nasty as he appears on tv, i would think you would have run far away from him. it appears that "celebrity" has gotten to joey's head and its unbecoming. please see him for what he is... and if you dont this loyal viewer will be no more. -jacqueline

Killer Kitty's Mom
Killer Kitty's Mom

Congrats on the birth of you beautiful baby & your wife is so stunning & I've never used that term for anyone but she is. The cutest little energizer bunny, she works so hard. I feel so bad for her that she did so much for Taylor & Brad that just wasn't cool. Best of luck to you all for a long, wonderful & totally happy life!!!

Take care always.

PS Have Joey give you a shave & give your hair a trim. (I'm an Army widow & I just can't abide scruffy. :-)

Viewerin CT
Viewerin CT

Do you have any idea what it costs to have someone decorate an ENTIRE home...and in just 15 days?! You used and abused Jeremiah and his talent, then you had the nerve to chastise him for wanting to continue on with the company as a sylist...something which you never really gave him the opportunity to do. You should pay him a HUGE bonus for doing your house for you and in such a short time. Then you should apologize for the crappy way your treated him. As many of the other posters here have said, I, too, will no longer watch your show...you've demonstrated what truly uncaring, inconsiderate and selfish people you really are. :(

michelle butler
michelle butler

Sad to say I agree with all the others, Jeremia was the better choice for you, hes grounded, hard working, good looking, and talented to say the least, I do NOT want to watch your show anymore either because what you did to him was wrong. Hes better than Rachaels lil make up artist. Shame

Z1999
Z1999

Both you and Rachel should be embarassed for the way you used and then discarded Jeremiah. Shameful.

jchang
jchang

It was nice to see you finally have some fun and enjoy Vegas because it seems that you hardly get to have any enjoyment. Seeing you both this season get a bigger house, nicer cars, more staff, bigger work space seemed to have given you both bigger heads and forgot your emotional attachments to people. Specifically Jeremiah...he was wiling to dedicate himself to you both and so eager to prove himself to you both...and you never, ever gave him a chance. I guess when you have dollar signs for eyeballs, its gets easy to throw away the little people....very sad and its too bad because I was hoping that you and Rachel would stay grounded with your increased wealth but you haven't. Why haven't you both noticed how far Joey's got his nose up in Rachel's behind?

Vic_Bravo
Vic_Bravo

Roger fired Jeremiah over that horrible Joey? Jeremiah had more taste in his little finger than makeup artist Joey could ever hope to achieve in a lifetime. Joey knew it, which is why he sabotaged Jeremiah at every turn.

Bravo miscalculated the fans' reactions big time, and so did Rachel and Roger. I will no longer be watching this show.

kica
kica

You and Rachel handeled the whole Jeremiah issue wrong.....and you know it. Hopefully ALL of you have apologized to him, but I somehow doubt it.

Sandra, Seattle WA
Sandra, Seattle WA

Rachel Zoe used to be my favorite reality show to watch but after the last episode, I will no longer support this show. Jeremiah should have been treated with more respect. I am very disappointed.

Janice L.
Janice L.

First Best of wishes for the new BABY ~ That said I was do sad & agree with ALL above posts regarding Jeremiah ~ I felt as if he was used & I am seeing a side of you both that only comes with the rise of Reality TV Zone ~ I hope that things turn around because this may be my last season! WOW Joey & Ms. ZOE came across like mean school girls ~ Jeremiah was sure useful when you need a FREE home decorator in TWO weeks ~ Sad Very Sad Janice Ca.....

ljz523
ljz523

I will definitely stop watching after last night...

Pathetic!!!

keepyourchinup
keepyourchinup

You owe Jeremiah for decorating your new home /Pay up gerks !

j524
j524

It did not appear that Jeremiah knew this was just going to be a temporary job. Shame on you both for using and misleading him! And what about Joey? His catty attitude makes it very hard to see why Rachel is so enamored with him.

Alex M.
Alex M.

Yeah i am sure Jeremiah will be back, when you need someone you can use to work their ass off to decorate your babies room and then throw to the side because instead of kissing ass they arhe is beinge being professional and giving it his all, but I guess that is just how things go in Rachel's world.I mean he was the only person who stayed and worked to make your house a home, Joey showed up for like 20 minutes to criticize but had no problem accepting credit and everyone else just came dropped the boxes off and left. You and racheal are ridiculous and trying to build a brand with people who are lazy is going to end in disaster at the end of the day. Ohh and I wont be shocked when Joey does the same thing Brad did because trust me for him its all about the fame.

RHOCT
RHOCT

Rodger, what is it that you DO at RZ, Inc? Why would you hire someone without a clear idea of what his role would be to then turn around and fire him because he does not have a clear role? Also, I am SO tired of you constantly complaining about how tired and stressed you are. Nobody complains more than you on the show. Last year you complained that you did not have any kids. This year you are complaining that you have one on the way and it is creating stress and you are tired. Are you ever happy Rodger and perhaps you should leave the managing of RZ, Inc. to someone more professional and qualified.

WNC
WNC

The reality is ...roger and rachel knew they would be moving in to a house pending the baby's arrivial. Jereimah was hired for the sole purpose of using his talent as a decorator . They never had any intention of training him as a sylist . Joey fits perfectly in their lifestyle as a kiss up and yes man feeding and stroking their egos every day. Only ...wait for the plot ...he will slowly ..drip by drip ...come between Rachel and Roger and we will be hearing of a divorce in the future. Rachel already dismisses Roger at every turn. And finally when LA gets a group of new, young , talented stylists ...Rachel albeit rich will be sitting at home getting botox while Joey keeps telling how maj her life is. I for one am tuning out. How bananas is that .

asp1234
asp1234

I agree with many of the other viewers about Jeremiah. He was used then tossed. It was nice to see a real person and not an ass kisser like Joey, he is extremely annoying. I hope that if you ask Jeremiah in the future to do the home like he turns you down. Karma is a bitch.

Gracie C.
Gracie C.

I love the show and Rachel but I do not agree with firing Jeremiah. He was ACTUALLY watch-able and talented! He was such a hard worker and got your house decorated with such a short deadline.

Joey, on the other hand, is a SNAKE and totally useless. I think he is SO annoying and the way he sucks up to Rachel is disgusting. I don't think he contributes much to your company AT ALL. Taylor and Brad were at least watchable.

roothie
roothie

I am beyond disappointed in your managerial skill toward Jeremiah. It was heartless and cold.

Hubbard1978
Hubbard1978

Um, he was let go because he was never the right candidate for the job in the first place! Rodger was trying to prevent RAchel from hiring him and wanted to keep looking for a better fit for the company. Hiring a good looking gay man doesn't seem to work for RAchel for obvious reasons. It is a shame that she trusts Joey so much, because he is evil too. He will be off styling some of her clients in a few years or less, so maybe she will learn someday. Joey is the bad guy and planted in Jeremiah's head that he should be worried about his job, because he is a bad person. The show made Jeremiah to look like this jealous guy who feels left out from everything, but it is Joey who wanted it to be this way. There should only be women on RAchel's team and Rodger should be the one hiring behind Rachel's back. She is incapable of reading a good person from a bad person and just because a good looking gay man is coming in for an interview is no reason to hire him. It is nice that they got their home decorated though, and I don't think they were using him for that sole purpose, but he was hired on Rachel's impulse because she thought he was good looking and that isn't the answer to make her business thrive. Hire a competent woman who knows fashion and isn't looking to be in the limelight and who doesn't want the pressure of being on her own and this drama will end.

Frank Cisneros
Frank Cisneros

Just got done watching the show I must say I'm quite disappointed that Jeremiah got let go. He was a good addition to the show and had major talent. I think he got strung along and got screwed over in the end. He had style and was willing to learn and try something new. Just look at how well he did rachels house. Bottom lime is he was a hard worker and had his own talent and btw he sure beats having brad on the show talk about a bore fest. Bring back miah so he can prove he can do the job.

Rowena
Rowena

I agree with David Jiron's comments. You guys just used Jeremiah to design your new house, pick up food and then let him go just like that. From the start you know he has no fashion styling experience but Rachel still hires him. No one help him out, i think your staff intentionally turn their heads & backs so eventually you will fire HiM. Not a very smart move. I wish Jeremiah will just go and work for Jeff Lewis, i think he will be treated well and humanely.

tv101
tv101

Rodger,

I have to agree somewhat with the above e-mail. Of course we all know its editing, etc. however the one thing I can say after watching virtually every season of this show is - you guys don't manage people very well. Again, could be editing but that is always what it appears to be like on screen. I ADORE you, the show and Rachel. I actually wasn't a huge fan of Jeremiah or at the very least the way he was edited. It seemed like he JUST started working there and then was like oh by the way I want to run your home division - that's just youth I suppose. But Rodger, you guys hired the guy I mean - I understand having a child is a big deal but you don't just hire people w/out a clear purpose or job description - yes even in entertainment and yes even in your business. It's just bad form. And mismanagement is just mismanagement. I don't think anyone is owed anything, but the way the show is edited, I see a lot of people working very hard for you guys , and a lack of focus for your employees. This year does seem better - I have to admit - because you've taken the company to another level and have professionals in there running things. At the end of the day, again it's probably mostly editing so we'll never know the true story. And again, I'm not a fan of this guys. I found him annoying to watch! BUT I did feel for him and no not just he got fired but because he really wasn't hired for a specific reason other than for you guys to have bodies around just in case. That's not what he was promised - go back and watch the tape. If you're in that field people would kill to work for Rachel - but you guys do need to be responsible bosses too. Stop hiring boys because they're pretty, and if so get someone hotter. LOL.

pamiam67
pamiam67

i believe you hired him to have free decorator ffor your house rachel said you be bad cop you both were bad cop no both were bad human beings not nice what you did to jeramiah i always watched the show because of the type of people you potrayed yourself to be but guess the curtain came back and your true colors were revealed he was hired under the impression it was a permanent position i believe you just used to him to decorate your has for free shame on you and rachel both am canceling my QVC when to watch and will not ever buy anything else of hers again

ladee62
ladee62

David expresses my feelings exactly. Jeremiah was misled and both Rachel and Rodger are very self-centered and disingenious. Shame on both of you for playing with someone's life so cavalierly.

DEE RAH
DEE RAH

I hope that by next weeks episode you do "know'. Jeremiah is the most dynamic assistant you've ever featured on the show. Taylor was a freak, Brad was kind of adorable but Jeremiah really has "it" in a way that nobody else has. Joey I just don't get. He has his ugly little rat nose straight up Rachel's patouti, but she seems to love it. Next to Joey, Jeremiah looks like the whole (professional and mature) package. Perhaps too much so for the show as he is just gay enough but not too, too exageratedly so, interestingly handsome, talented and level headed. Maybe too much actual wattage for the group. I'm sure he'll find something great out there because he obviously has plenty to offer and the exposure from the show sure hasn't hurt but GEEZ. Give the guy a chance. He decorated your house in two weeks and you freakin loved it! The two new women you have on the show seem incredibly professional and together and that is nice to see. Good hiring! Bad firing!

Tusense123
Tusense123

I would agree with the prior comment, but I find it hard to be as nice. After reading your blog Rodger it calmed me down a bit, but as far as what you said to Jeremiah you didn't come across to him as if there were any opportunities for him in the future. As a viewer it appeared that Jeremiah was used and abused by you and Rachael and not treated too nice by anyone except Jordon. While I realize you didn't intentionally hire him to decorate your house in 15 days, but when you needed someone for that job and asked him, he was dedicated to you both to help you out with that project even though that is not what he wanted to be doing or was hired to do. And for his dedication and wanting to prove himself, he worked his tail off. Usually when an employee goes the extra 110 miles for their employer, they don't get fired. Jeremiah proved can be given a job, work independently , make design decisions, a million of them, and meet an unbelievable deadline and pleasing the client with every independent decision. He worked around the clock and you all treated him like crap. Maybe now it is all becoming clear as to maybe why Taylor and Brad weren't able to show your company any loyalty when they left . Were they were treated just as badly? You can't treat good hard working people like you treated Jeremiah and not expect to get bad Karma. So either your Karma came early with Taylor and Brad or you deserved that Karma and there is more to come. I have watched your show since the beginning and have always rooted for you and Rachael, but after seeing what and how you let Jeremiah go, it makes me feel ill. I am just part of the audience, this may be tv , but it is realty tv! If you continue to treat people like this you may not have an audience or anyone to buy your future lines of clothing. It is unacceptable.

one that involved a million decisions on style and deadlines , he gets it done and the first thing Rachael

Ms Deucie
Ms Deucie

I agree. Very unprofessional and I think you made a fool out of Jeremiah. I didn't think you would actually let him go. Once the words came out of your mouth I changed the channel and have decided that I won't be watching this show anymore. For some reason, I am really upset. I don't know why I feel this way but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

hrstump
hrstump

I was saddened to see Jeremiah dismissed, as well as how it was done. The actual dismissal felt a bit abrupt and cruel. The company demands much from their employees, but what is given in return seems questionable. On the show, I found Jeremiah to be the only member of the staff interesting and watchable. The rest of the remaining staff, well, rather unlikable. I am sad, for after watching the show from the beginning, I am finding little reason to continue watching it.

KrissyC11
KrissyC11

The way Jeremiah was treated was probably the worst thing I've ever seen on TV. Even if you have to fire someone, you let them leave with their dignity and you didn't even allow him to do that. Then had the nerve to be defensive when questioned about your piss poor planning and management in regards to his employment. It's a recession who wants to be without a job? So, basically you used Jeremiah to design your home and once he was finished with that you had no more use for him. I see why Taylor and Brad had no problems screwing you over. You two are horrible people, the absolute lowest of the low and that's saying a lot on Bravo.

Jan Rodriquez
Jan Rodriquez

Rodger, You totally deceived Jerimiah into thinking he had a future with "Rachel Zoe". You knew his experience when you hired him. He worked his butt off trying to do anything and everything he could do to show he would be a great employee. It was totally unfair that your ruined his career chances by bringing Joey to California, (and by the way giving him your car in the process). Even though Rachel loves Joey, he's a back-stabbing, self-centered individual who is constantly begging for compliments and pushing his way into every styling situation that comes available. He was so cold-hearted and back-stabbing toward Jerimiah. Instead of helping him, he was constantly condemning all of Jerimiah's hard work and making him feel more insecure than he already was. It was so obvious Joey was doing his best to get Jerimiah out of the way. Makes you wonder, if he has that type of deceitful attitude toward Jerimiah, (whom he should have been helping), what's to prevent him from turning against you and Rachel, (could there possibly be another Brad in the makings?). Joey should be sent back to New York and Jerimiah should have been allowed to stay in the job that you promised him. You knew his credentials when you hired him and inferred he would be trained but you reneged on your end of the bargain. This was an extremely disappointing act on your part making it difficult to have any respect for you. By the way, based on the "vote questionnarie" on your website, I see 89% of your viewers feel the same way I do.

Jyn Yates
Jyn Yates

I think you Missed the bigger opportunity by not hiring the girl that came In for the job!

Viewer456
Viewer456

You shouldn't have hired Jeremiah in the first place! The girl that Rachel interviewed (I think her name was Katie) had retail experience, and showroom contacts, but Rachel didn't want that.

Rachel wanted another cute boy to replace Brad. Once Joey agreed to disrupt his life and move to LA to babysit Rachel, she didn't need Jeremiah anymore.

I sincerely hope that since having baby Skyler Rachel will look at her job with more focus, and not play with people the way she did with Jeremiah.

LMM in CO
LMM in CO

I agree with David Jiron, I think Jeremiah was hired under false pretenses. Hiring him as a "stylist" to have him decorate Rachel's house and then let him go seems rude and pretentious. The expectations set upon him were unrealistic, yet he went above and beyond and made Rachel and Roger's house a home for them before they ever stepped foot inside. I feel once again Bravo has let their reality stars let fame go to their head.

Groovemonkey
Groovemonkey

It doesn't feel good being discarded, and in tonight's episode it seems like that's exactly what happened to Jeremiah. If he was mislead into believing that he had a future with the company, then the viewers at home were as well. I can only hope he lands on his feet and that you all do better by the people you hire in the future.

bigdick73
bigdick73

wow!! I have to agree with the other person that commented earlier...you and Rachel were never "CLEAR" on Jeremiah's job description and kept him on a illusion of a career with Zoe Inc...the guy proved himself over and over again, and I agree the Home Project in 15 days was over the top, and the guy delivered and came through...who else could do that? I don't know, I think he wasn't given a real shot at "styling" and only kept in the hindsight for "interior design"..but at least he got exposure on the show, and he is talented and will do well,...still love you and Rachel and show...will miss Jeremiah.

manchot
manchot

I agree that you guys did not handle the situation with Jeremiah very well. Also, Joey was pretty snarky towards him and seemed to be looking to find fault with him. It made me think twice about Joey's character.

Kabrina
Kabrina

I was very sad to see Jeremiah go tonight! From the beginning he showed lots of passion and enthusiam and was determined to prove himself. Unfortunately, he ended up being the third wheel to Rachel and her bestie/hairstylist Joey. Deciding if there is room for someone in a company or not should happen BEFORE the hiring process. Very disappointing! BAD MOVE!

DEBI M.
DEBI M.

I AGREED WITH DAVID! I THINK RACHEL AND JOEY MISTREATED JEREMIAH! IAM VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! I THINK JOEY WAS THE CAUSE OF THE WAY HE WAS TREATED!! ( joey is just sooo full of hinself! go back to new york and the show will be fun to watch again!) GIVE JEREMIAH ANOTHER CHANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary I
Mary I

I am an owner of a 20 year old business and too understand the bottom line, however I would have never done what you did to Jeremiah. I recognize that we do not see your day to day operations but it too was obvious to me that Jeremiah was led to believe he was going to be given an opportunity to learn the styling side of the business to replace Brad. Then out of the blue, Joey becomes master of all (isn't he a make-up artist?) and manipulates his way to becoming Brad's replacement. If I were Jeremiah, I would be sending you a nice bill for designing the house. I would also take that drive and energy right to another company that will nurture and appreciate it. A very wise mentor told me 20 years ago, "How you treat your employees will determine how successful you will be". Be fair to the next person you hire. I've enjoyed the series, but tonite's show has soured my feelings.

DEBI M.
DEBI M.

I AGREE WITH DAVID JIRON!!!! VERY DISAPPOINTED! AND JOEY IS JUST SO FULL OF HIMSELF THAT I THINK HE HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE WAY RACHEL TREATED JEREMIAH!! JOET JUST GO BACK TO NEW YORK!!!