Chrishell Stause used me as a pawn for Selling Sunset storyline, date claims

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Robert Drenk, who went on a blind date with Chrishell Stause during “Selling Sunset,” believes he was bamboozled into playing a part in the reality star’s Season 4 storyline.

“It seemed like I was being set up — like she used me as a pawn in this chess game or something,” he tells Page Six in an exclusive interview. “It was really awkward.” 

Drenk claims that there was a concerted effort among Stause, 40, and the producers of the Netflix series to create a cat-and-mouse game between the two as the cast partied on a yacht. 

“[Producers] just told me it was going to be a date and that we would have plenty of time to get to know each other and they wanted it [the scene to be] a date format,” says the Optimum First Mortgage founder, who agreed to film at the suggestion of former pals Tarek El Moussa and his wife, “Selling Sunset” star Heather Rae El Moussa. 

“They wanted it [to be] Chrishell’s big first date outside of what she was going through,” Drenk continues, referencing Stause’s public splits from her now-ex-husband, “This Is Us” actor Justin Hartley, and “Dancing With the Stars” pro Keo Motsepe. 

“They needed a guy to come in to be this first date that didn’t work out with Chrishell, so that she could slide in with Jason [Oppenheim] and have this amazing relationship.”

Drenk says it was “obvious” Stause and her boss-turned-beau, Oppenheim, 44 — who was present in the scene — were already dating at the time of his appearance, resulting in “complete awkwardness” out on the water.

Drenk adds, “I really realized that her and Jason were dating five days later when I was in Vegas. That’s when it hit with me.”

For her part, Stause has denied Drenk’s assertion that she and Oppenheim were dating at the time, getting in a few digs at Drenk in the process

“Jason & I did hook up in Vegas that weekend actually,” she wrote via social media on Tuesday. “Thank you for showing me what I did NOT want … I was single. You were rude. It wasn’t a match. Let’s all move on please.”

However, Stause revealed in an August interview with E! News’ Daily Pop that she and Oppenheim had kept their romance quiet for two months prior to making it Instagram official on July 28.

According to Drenk, his blind date with Stause was filmed on June 29.

“You’re telling me you’re hooking up with a guy five days later and there was no chemistry on the boat prior?” he says, questioning Stause’s story. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Drenk told us that he previously expressed interest in Stause after she announced her plan to divorce Hartley, 44, in 2019, asking Heather to “‘hook me up with your girlfriend, she seems really cute and sweet.”

“Heather was really protective over her and just didn’t want to do it. So a lot of time had gone by and out of nowhere … Tarek was like, ‘Hey, do you want to go on a date with Chrishell? And we’re gonna do it on a yacht.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure. I’m single right now, why not?’” 

Drenk — a proud father who is happily dating a “wonderful” girlfriend these days — regrets saying “yes” now, as the fleeting cameo was met with a barrage of social media backlash. 

“The date wasn’t a date. If anything, it was probably the worst date I’ve ever been on in my life … I just want to get the mud off my face,” he says.

He also holds that his decision to physically pick Stause and carry her away from the others was taken out of context. 

“I figured, ‘Hey, I’m going to give this one last shot to see if she really wants to get to know me,” he recounts. “I put my hand out and she gave me her hand and I just picked her up to be funny and to sit down and talk to her.”

Drenk maintains that he is not the “rude caveman” Stause characterized him as: “I’m not a bad guy and she knows that.” 

He is, however, remorseful for keeping Stause at their table, away from the others.

“I wasn’t trying to trap her. That was never my intention. I would’ve never wanted to make her feel uncomfortable or put her in any harm’s way,” he says.

“I apologize if I made [her] feel uncomfortable at any point in time of that date. I wish her the best and I hope everything works out for her and Jason.”

Arguably worse than DateGate, Drenk says, is the dissolution of his friendships with Tarek, 40, and Heather, 34. 

“I unfollowed both of them and had just kind of moved on,” he says, suggesting that both parties were complicit in the “setup.” 

“I was upset about how I was treated,” Drenk adds, noting that Tarek hardly checked up on him following a car accident this year.

“I got hurt pretty bad and it took weeks after to even get a text message from Tarek, saying, ‘Hey man, I hope everything’s OK.’ So the friendship is gone,” he said. “I didn’t go to their wedding. That’s where we’re at.”

Still, the businessman and part-time pilot is hopeful that he and his buddy can patch things up one day — and doesn’t think Tarek had a hand in the yacht “setup.”

“But do I think Heather would?” he asks. “Wouldn’t put it past her.” 

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