Eight seasons into Southern Appeal, life is fairly good for Craig Conover. Enterprise is booming for Stitching Down South, which features a retailer within the coronary heart of Charleston. And in a match made in Bravo-verse heaven, his relationship with Summer season Home’s Paige DeSorbo is blossoming regardless of tons of of miles between them.
However, it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies for the “Pillow King” in relation to his friendships with Austen Kroll and Shep Rose. Then there’s the unhealthy blood between the fact present’s OG and Madison LeCroy, to not point out his ex Naomie Olindo returning to city. The primary episode units the tone for the season with Kathryn Dennis’ thirtieth birthday celebration.
Earlier than the premiere, Conover sat down with TV Insider to catch us up and tease what’s to come back.
It’s exhausting to consider that is the eighth season. Over the past reunion, Andy Cohen spoke about the way you most likely used the platform of the present one of the best and had discovered a lot success consequently. How is it wanting again at your evolution?
Craig Conover: For some time, I most likely wouldn’t have relished the actual fact all these years have been recorded. Though numerous it’s embarrassing, I’m completely happy that it’s recorded and folks can watch that progress and journey as a result of it ends in a cheerful place. Or it will get to a cheerful place. This season you’ll get to see numerous Stitching Down South’s interior workings. It has been a rollercoaster of a experience, however I feel viewers will get some encouragement and positivity. Tomorrow is the following day for the remainder of your life. It has all been numerous enjoyable and pushed me to the purpose the place I’m at this time.
It appears you’ve completed numerous soul-searching since final season, particularly in relation to who you need in your life. The place would you say you stand with Austen and Shep?
Every little thing actually comes all the way down to perspective. I feel as you develop, typically meaning reevaluating the people who find themselves round you. And that’s OK. You might be to an extent the sum of the folks you hang around with. It’s important to put your self first. I acquired to a degree the place I didn’t essentially really feel like some folks in my life have been having a optimistic affect on me. It’s OK to concentrate on your self. I feel you’ll see that as we get into the brand new season. I do begin to develop. You’ll get to see folks’s reactions to that. Whether or not they really feel not noted or not, everybody must make their very own opinion about what is occurring. Generally in life, you must minimize the negativity out.
Talking of which, you weren’t too good to Madison through the Season 7 reunion. Then got here that viral TikTok between the 2 of you. Was that your means of burying the hatchet with the general public?
She and I did a watch celebration for the reunion. I had by no means seen the reunion. It was a really humbling expertise to look at collectively. Madison and I’ve been buddies longer than I’ve been buddies with anybody else on our present. Luckily, we made up final yr. I overlook not everybody will get to see that. It was enjoyable to bury the hatchet along with her. I feel we’ve conflicting tales with the TikTok. The way in which I keep in mind it’s we have been at a marriage and he or she jumped on my again saying, “Can we cease hating one another?” I instructed her that I would really like nothing extra. It’s OK to maneuver on and apologize. I used to be actually embarrassed watching the reunion again. I used to be fortunate she was proper there with me and giving me an opportunity to be a pal once more. Quite a lot of my message is no person’s good. I attempt to show that. It doesn’t get angrier than it acquired final yr between us. It’s good to be on the identical crew once more.
We’re going to see extra about your relationship with Paige and the challenges you face. How is it to have her extra on this present?
We like to be demonstrative of a wholesome long-distance relationship. Because it goes on longer, it does get more durable and more durable to spend that point aside. We had by no means been 5 days with out seeing one another at first of this season. You’ll see as our relationship grows, we attempt to minimize that point down. It was nice having her in Charleston. It’s rather a lot totally different than New York Metropolis. It was enjoyable watching her fall in love with town and stumble over new types and stuff like that. Summer season Home and Winter Home are trip exhibits. Southern Appeal is extra into day-to-day life. I’m excited for viewers to see extra of my and Paige’s relationship outdoors the celebration environment.
Then you might have your ex Naomie returning this season. What was your preliminary response to her being on the present once more?
When she was going via her breakup final summer season, I used to be the primary individual she texted. I feel I used to be good about it. I gave her nice recommendation. She requested me earlier than contacting anybody if I might be OK along with her attempting to come back again, which I revered. I used to be like, “After all.” I feel we’re fairly inclusive. I assumed viewers would like to see a well-known face come again. I’m all for second probabilities and reconciliations. You’ll get to see her transition again into Charleston. As she’ll let you know, she burned numerous bridges when she left. I used to be high quality with it. It’s important to run into exes on a regular basis.
What are you most excited or not excited for viewers to see about this season?
For those who’re a Southern Appeal fan, you’re going to like this season. Just a few loopy bombshell stuff occurred. You couldn’t make up some of these items. Now we have a bigger group this yr—there’s extra story to observe. It’s going to be a bit of longer season. Shifting a bit previous COVID, it looks like Charleston has come again to life. It’s going to be enjoyable and really dramatic in a traditional Southern Appeal really feel. After all, there’s a query if I’m going to have the ability to watch this season. Some episodes are going to be simpler than others. It’s an genuine yr—numerous yelling, numerous laughing, most likely some crying, too.
Southern Appeal, Season 8 Premiere, Thursday, June 23, 9/8c, Bravo