On Tuesday, July 5th, Variety announced Bravo’s decision to pause Million Dollar Listing NY after nine seasons. 

It doesn’t seem like mere coincidence that Fredrik Eklund announced his departure from the franchise six months ago – or that Ryan Serhant is also leaving the show. But it could be. 

The Real Deal posted the news on Instagram and invited viewers to comment on the series and whether they’ll miss it. Predictably, the reviews were mixed – much like those for BAM’s Agents React post on real estate reality TV

This news comes a week after BAM’s post announcing the new series, Buying Beverly Hills with Mauricio Umansky. 

Million Dollar Listing NY premiered in 2012 as a spinoff of Million Dollar Listing LA, which premiered in 2006. For the time being, Bravo won’t comment on their reasons for the pause. 

The Ninth Season 

The ninth season of MDLNY focused on the challenges of pre-and-mid-pandemic real estate, when travel to New York was restricted and a growing number of clients were desperate to sell. 

Eklund elaborated on the difficulty in an exclusive May, 2021 interview with Us Weekly: 

It was very frustrating because I couldn’t get to New York. We were not allowed to fly or even do real estate… We were not even legally allowed to do real estate, we couldn’t do showings. Our clients wanted us to sell anyway, and we have a fiduciary duty to them. So, our clients are screaming, “Sell my apartment. I want to get out of New York.”

Fredrik Eklund

The 16-episode season premiered May, 2021 and ended in August. 

New developments for the cast

The cast for MDLNY don’t seem surprised by the news, and more than one already has something new in the works. 

Months before the pause, Serhant and Eklund had both announced their decisions to leave after the ninth season, with no intention of returning. Eklund announced his imminent departure in an Instagram post last January. 

On May 3rd, Bravo Insider announced a deal involving another MDLNY star, Tyler Whitman: Mauricio Umansky’s brokerage, The Agency, recently acquired Triplemint, where Tyler has led The Whitman Team. Tyler shared the news on Instagram.

And with the recent buzz over Umansky’s new Netflix series, Buying Beverly Hills, we’re wondering if viewers will get to see the two working together on the show – or a possible spinoff.

What’s next for the stars of MDLNY?

In the meantime, what more do we know about the MDLNY stars’ plans for the future? 

On our May 9th episode of the Over Ask podcast, Kirsten Jordan credited MDLNY with referrals and connections she’s gained from starring on the show. She’s especially grateful, though, for the way the Bravo series has motivated her to take her personal brand seriously. 

Jordan has used the show to reinforce her brand. Rather than passively waiting for her starring role to generate more leads, she’s taken action herself by building a website, a blog, and an active social media presence. 

Ryan Serhant, for his part, is focusing on expanding his brand outside New York. Last month, as reported by the New York Post, his firm made its first multi-million dollar listing for 355 Ocean Boulevard: the largest single-family ocean-front property in Miami. 

We’ll have to wait and see what other MDLNY stars, Steve Gold and Luis Ortiz have in mind for their next adventures. And we’ll be happy to share what we learn.