Selling Sunset's Mary Fitzgerald Says Christine Quinn's Alleged Bribe Could've Caused Legal Drama

In an exclusive interview with E! News, Selling Sunset star Mary Fitzgerald discussed why the alleged bribery drama could’ve led Christine Quinn to "lose everything."

By Mike Vulpo, Alyssa Ray Apr 29, 2022 11:30 PMTags

Remember, Selling Sunset is a reality show, so the stars' actions can have real-life ramifications. Which is why star Mary Fitzgerald is sounding off on that alleged bribe from season five.

For those who've yet to finish the season, in episode 10, fellow realtor Emma Hernan told Mary and Oppenheim Group boss Jason Oppenheim that rival Christine Quinn offered one of her clients $5,000 to not work with her.

And while the moment was shocking for viewers at home, Mary revealed that the alleged bribe could've been a far bigger issue for the realtor and the brokerage. According to Mary, the offer was "completely unethical," but also bordered on "illegal" if a key document had been signed.

"If Emma had had the listing agreement signed already, which she was getting ready to, it would be illegal," Mary explained, "So [Christine] would lose her license, she would lose everything. But the listing agreement for this particular property wasn't signed just yet, luckily. Otherwise, she would have legal issues."

She also told E! News that the office "backed up the story."

Mary, who was promoted to vice president in the new season, made it clear that the brokerage does not condone this type of behavior. "We pride ourselves on our integrity," she said, "and the way we treat clients and the way we treat each other and we can't have this at our brokerage. It's just it's not okay."

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E! News has reached out to Christine for comment, but has not heard back. However, Christine has posted on social media, hinting that this drama is just for the show.

On April 21, she wrote on Twitter, "30 minutes till the launch of #SellingSunset enjoy the new season and all of its 5,000 fake storylines."

And, after one fan asked why she had offered the alleged bribe, Christine responded, "Omg bless your heart you actually think the show is real."

She also stated in episode 10, "There's absolutely no truth to this. I don't know why Emma is once again trying to make me look bad and stir the pot and make up lies about me."


Christine's fate at the Oppenheim Group seems to be up in the air, however, with Mary suggesting that a decision will be announced during the reunion. "I think that's going to have to be up to Jason. It's his decision at the end of the day," she said of Christine's potential firing. "I can't imagine that he's going to get around not revealing it."

The Selling Sunset season five reunion arrives on Netflix May 6.

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