The tides of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles have turned between Fredrik Eklund and David Parnes and James Harris. Last season ended with a love fest between Eklund and the British duo, but all that love went out the door when Eklund spilled the beans about a pocket sale that Parnes and Harris said needed to be kept secret.
Viewers saw the explosive first episode, but Harris and Parnes offered more insight into the fallout… and some unexpected admiration and love for Eklund.
Eklund was surprised when his housewarming party led to a very hard lesson about keeping his mouth shut. Harris attributed some of Eklund’s missteps to the differences between selling in Los Angeles and New York. “So I will tell you, Fredrik is a new agent in L.A., and while he’s well-established on the East Coast, we do things very differently on the West Coast,” Harris told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
The Tension Was ‘Inevitable’ On ‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’
Considering Fredrik Eklund left last season on such a high note with Parnes and Harris, what broke? “I mean, it’s inevitable,” Parnes said about the tension they experienced with Fredrik Eklund this season “Let’s be honest, I’m sure if we moved to New York, did who knows and started to take over the market there or tried to anyway, you could ruffle a lot of feathers.”
“The moment you make a misstep,” he continued. “It creates friction and tension, because the tension is already high from the beginning. Whether you’re friends or not, you can be friends, but business is business and then you have the personalities of the clients involved in that added pressure. And things can implode very, very quickly. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly what happened.”
But do they feel like Fredrik Eklund stabbed them in the back by revealing the sale when they told them to stay quiet? “Intentions have always been good,” Parnes said. “James and I always work with the view of we treat people, how we want to be treated, and we take that very seriously. So so the truth is, whatever happened, happened and we dealt with it the way it should have been dealt with, but I don’t think we could have done anything differently. We just stuck by the rules. We stayed in our lane and we did everything the way we were supposed to do it.”