Looking back at our shows, we often wonder about the people who've left. Where did they go when their moment in the Bravo spotlight was over? What are they up to now? Each week, we'll be looking into the lives of one of these familiar faces. Today, it's Chad Rogers from Million Dollar Listing.
Chad Rogers was the baby-faced yet cutthroat realtor who had a fierce talent for selling stunningly expensive homes on the first three seasons of Million Dollar Listing. And for all of his success, there was just as much drama.
After a tense second season with costar Josh Flagg, who could forget what happened when Josh's attempt to put the past behind them in Season 3 backfired? Chad just wasn't having any of it, especially after Josh brought Chad's mom into the discussion. "I'm really done with this, okay? There's no truce—none," Chad dramatically told Josh before walking away.
Chad left MDL in 2009—Josh Altman took his place on the series now called Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles—but he didn't leave real estate. In fact, the agent at LA's prestigious real estate firm Hilton & Hyland upped his game. "Over the last 4 years I've sold in excess of $250,000,000 in real estate!" Chad wrote on his blog in June 2014. "Now I'm busy writing my first book and it's time that I start blogging again."
His first new post highlighted his jaw-dropping new physical appearance. "I have gone through a complete body transformation since 2011," Chad wrote. That's putting it modestly! Chad told Men's Health that he achieved his insanely buff new look through 1.5-hour gym sessions four days a week with a trainer and a disciplined delivery diet—no alcohol or desserts for him. "I [also] get at least 8 hours of sleep which is important for a very productive work day," he added.
Chad has developed a few new hobbies since his days as a Bravolebrity: He started taking guitar lessons and writing poetry. On April 5, 2015—his 38th birthday—he posted a Facebook "jam sesh" video of himself playing "Rock You Like a Hurricane" with his teacher JJ Brown. "I can't believe a year ago I didn't know how to play!" Chad captioned the clip.
In 2014, he told Dogster about his other newfound joy. "I just discovered recently that I am very passionate about writing poetry," he said, explaining that he often posts his work on his social media sites. "I find that poetry is a great way to express who I am in a very relatable, creative way."
Chad says he's become a different person over the last six years. "My perception of life has taken on a different meaning since leaving the show," he told She Knows' Reality TV Magazine in July 2014. "I used to measure success externally with making a lot of money and being famous. Now success to me is based strictly on internal happiness.
"When I focused on my health through fitness and diet, all aspects of my life came together," he added. "I've made genuine friendships, I look and feel amazing, I'm selling more real estate than ever, and have inspired many people through my journey. I've reached the highest level of success because I'm the happiest I have ever been."
One thing that hasn't changed: Chad's devotion to his adorable long-haired Chihuahua Starla, who will turn 8 in July. "Through Starla, I have learned that love is unselfish and unconditional," Chad told Dogster. "Starla has nurtured me through some of the most difficult experiences and hardships of my life. The most difficult was the heartbreak from a four-year relationship," he added. "I don't think I would have made it through that time if Starla wasn't by my side. She saved me emotionally, and I am forever indebted to her for that."