Why did Brett Oppenheim take a step back on 'Selling Sunset'?

So, is Brett Oppenheim M.I.A. for a reason? Here's what's going on with Jason's twin

 Brett Oppenheim, Jason Oppenheim in season 6 of Selling Sunset
(Image credit: Netflix)

Is Brett Oppenheim still part of the O Group? 

In Selling Sunset season 6, we see newbie realtors get more time in the spotlight than the head of the business. Heck, even Jeff Lazkani, Chelsea's husband, makes more cameos than Jason's twin! 

So, what's going on, exactly? Should we just count Brett out of Selling Sunset season 7? Here's everything we know. 

Is Brett Oppenheim still on 'Selling Sunset'?

It's a tricky question, but yes, in some capacity, Brett still makes small cameos on Selling Sunset. However, in 2020, he left his brother's company to "start his own brokerage," according to ex-O Group broker, Christine Quinn. (Here's why Christine Quinn left Selling Sunset, if you're curious.) 

For those just tuning in to the series now, Brett Oppenheim is the president and broker of Oppenheim Real Estate, while Jason is the president and founder of the Oppenheim Group. (Yes, we had to re-read this, too.) Both companies are still connected, however, and the brothers do work together in some capacity, so it's not a battle of one Oppenheim twin versus another. In fact, it's a way to carry on the family's legacy, unlike what Christine might've suggested.

According to The Oppenheim Group bio, the company "represents five generations of real estate development, management and brokerage services in Los Angeles. Jacob Stern, Brett and Jason’s great-great-grandfather, was one of the preeminent real estate entrepreneurs of early Los Angeles."

Similarly, Brett's company Oppenheim Real Estate has a similar backstory: "Since its founding in Hollywood in 1889, the Company has been successively renamed and operated by multiple members of the Oppenheim family for five generations. Oppenheim Real Estate is today, one of the oldest and preeminent real estate companies in the United States."

So while we might get more insight into what's happening in Jason's office thanks to Netflix, there's no divide in the brothers' IRL relationship. Jason went as far as to suggest Christine was merely trying to stir up drama between the siblings. 

“I think Christine tried to fan those flames. He's not starting his own brokerage and hiring agents and competing. We're still working together," Jason told the U.K. daytime show, Lorraine, according to our sister site, GoodTo

However, that doesn't necessarily mean that working side-by-side with your twin is easy. In an interview with ScreenRant, Brett did confess to a few ups and downs, as we'd expect.

"Working with my brother has its benefits for sure, I can trust him and am incredibly confident in his abilities. However, we are both a bit alpha, which can cause problems," he told the outlet. "Sometimes, we treat each other as brothers instead of professionals, which I am sure any siblings or couples who work together can understand."

So Brett might not be quite as involved in O Group going forward, but he's still a presence in the company, even if we don't see him on screens as often as we used to. But if you are missing him, know that there is plenty of Selling Sunset drama to keep you busy in his absence. (We did the work of rounding up all of the chaos from the latest season—no need to thank us!) 

Selling Sunset season 6 is now available to stream on Netflix. Check out our Q&A with series regular, Emma Hernan!

Danielle Valente
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