I have recently been binge-watching this hit tv sitcom Chrisley Knows Best, an American reality TV series on the USA Network. It revolves around the lives of Georgia’s business tycoon Todd Chrisley and his wealthy Christian family.
Before moving to Nashville, the show was held in Roswell and Alpharetta, both near Atlanta. Watching it with so many funny memes, puns, and comebacks, here are some things you didn’t know happened behind the scenes.
Todd Filed for Bankruptcy Protection in 2012
Todd applied for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in August 2012, citing his assets at $4.2 million and debts at $49.4 million.
According to his solicitor, the father of five finds himself in a financial trap after guaranteeing a $30 million immobilization loan that collapsed and left him on the hook. He claimed in a court filing just $55 in a checking account and $100 in cash.
Todd’s Tumultuous Relationship with His Son Kyle
Todd has a very complex friendship with Kyle. According to Kyle, he has been booted off the family show and lost his daughter Chloe’s custody to his aunt, who then started featuring her on Chrisley Knows Best to boost the ratings.
Todd denied Kyle’s claims, saying his son had bipolar disorder and was self-medicated. “Kyle is bipolar and usually bipolar people need a way to self-medicate, which is what Kyle has done since he was young,” Todd told E! News. “What’s better for him?”
Julie’s Tragic Past
Julie has grown up in a trailer park in Winchester, South Carolina. Her dad was a mechanic, and her mother was a bank team member.
In 2002, a tragic event hit her family – her brother, Grey, committed suicide behind the family trailer, leaving behind a son. He’s was only 25. Then, her dad quit his job as a mechanic to become a Baptist preacher.
Todd’s Sister-in-Law Tried to Extort the Family
Todd’s sister-in-law, Pamela Chrisley, was arrested in 2016 on charges of 2nd-degree harassment for attempting to entrap and extortion money.
She allegedly threatened to tell the story to a tabloid if she didn’t get money in her bank account to keep quiet. Pamela denied involvement in the crimes throughout, and her lawyer suspected the allegations were made to boost the Chrisley family’s reality show ratings.
Todd appeared in Sharknado.
Todd and his kids Savannah and Grayson participated in the notorious Sharknado 4 in 2016: The 4th Awakens. The Chrisley’s (who starred in the critical blowout as oneself) appeared alongside a lineup of stars including Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Masella Lusha, and last but not least, the great Berlin Wall killer himself, David Hasselhoff.
Todd’s brother passed away
Todd was born in Georgia on April 6, 1969, to a stay-at-home mother, Faye, and war veteran, Gene Chrisley. After Todd, Fay and Gene had two more kids, Randy and Derrick. Tragically, Derrick died while still a kid, leaving the family in such a devastating state that even all these years later, they still refuse to talk about it.
Todd Chrisley: Country star?
According to TMZ, in January 2016, Chrisley signed his singer-songwriter career with two big producers from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).
TMZ announced that for Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, and Sara Evans, BMI would pair Chrisley with songwriter Shane Stevens as part of the contract. TMZ even got Chrisley’s photo in Evans’ studio. They released a tune called “Infinite Love” that peaked in July 2016 on Billboard country charts at No. 39.
Some of those sexuality rumours are from Todd Chrisley’s son.
Kyle Chrisley told Life & Style that his father is gay. “All people he considers his world’s best friends … they’re gay,”
Kyle said. “I got to work for him at Chrisley Wealth Management. If one of the wealth managers was trying to take a p**s, he’d say, ‘You want me to take it for you?'” As for Todd’s friendship with Julie’s wife, Kyle scoffed, “If the money weren’t there, she’d gone a long time ago.”