Former 'Rachel Zoe Project' star Taylor Jacobson speaks: 'It was a whole s--- talking campaign'
Image Credit: Evans Vestal Ward/BravoOn Wednesday morning, I recapped the season three premiere of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and decried how the producers of the show — and Rachel Zoe and hubby Rodger — had treated former star/styling associate/Head of Product Development Taylor Jacobson. (The subtitle of my post was “R.I.P. to the defense-less Taylor Jacobson.”) It seemed so unfair. Honestly, it’s mind-blowing that a television show can get away with so dragging someone’s name through the mud — making veiled references to her possibly stealing money and clothes from the company — without giving her a chance for rebuttal. Well, a few hours after my post went up, I got a call from Taylor’s people, who wanted to put her in touch to chat about her reaction to the first episode. And, as anyone familiar with Taylor knows, she didn’t hold back! She talked about how the situation is “way too high school,” how she thinks Rachel and Co., did denounced her just for a ratings boost, and that — no, no — this whole controversy isn’t just a bait-and-switch for her eventual return to the show (as much as we might like it to be!). Read on for everything the always-delightful — and rather mouthy — Taylor had to say about The Rachel Zoe Project and the scandal brewing around her.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you see the first episode on Tuesday night, and if you did, what was your reaction to how they handled everything?
TAYLOR JACOBSON: I did not see the first episode, but I did hear all about it, from multiple people. Honestly, wow. High school, way too high school.
It seemed unfair and rather one-sided. How’d you feel about it?
I just think it is unnecessary. It just was stupid. There was no reason for that. It just seemed very bizarre to me. I, personally, would be more interested in seeing the Harper’s Bazaar shoot — that was fashion and a great spread with Demi, that is a lot more interesting. From what I understand, it was a whole s— talking campaign. There are always two sides to a story. Whatever happened happened between closed doors and definitely not that way, definitely not the way that it was portrayed.
Can you figure out why they would want to drag you through the mud like this?
In the first episode, they make it seem like you stole money or stole clothes from the company. Is that true?
I am friends with PR people. Why would I steal samples? And I am a 34-D! Does no one look at what is on the runway? I straight up am a 34-D! I have huge boobs and a huge rib cage. I just don’t understand. I’m not a sample size at all. Am I really going to take these samples so I can get them for me to wear? It is just so bizarre.
You actually don’t seem too upset by the whole situation, even though Rachel is making you look bad.
I am not into this drama. I dealt four years of drama. I am very happy with where I am. I have some great opportunities, I have been working consistently, I am building my clientele roster, I am doing it for myself and I am happy. I am not in a toxic environment. It’s just like, Jesus Christ, ratings? Really?!?
There are no grand plans for Taylor to come back into season 3?
No, I am confirming no.
Is there anything you can say as your side of the story, anything you can shed light on?
At this point, to me, it doesn’t make a difference because I can’t get into a back-and-forth fight. You know what, go around and say whatever you want. In the end, the truth comes out, and slow and steady wins the race.
Are you worried that Rachel is going to try to blacklist you in the fashion industry?
She has been doing that since day 1.
So you’ve already been feeling that backlash?
Yes, she has tried to blacklist me from countless places. Only one company won’t work with me.
As far as your current clients, have any of them left you?
I haven’t felt anything yet, but TV is a strong platform, so we will see. I am just keeping positive throughout all of this. I can’t get caught up in this bulls—. I went to high school once, had an amazing time, and don’t want to go back.
What are you working on now? What kind of clients do you have?
I am co-designing on a denim company. The jeans are actually in the stores now. We did a twill pant, which they are doing really well. I was very surprised. For spring, we are introducing non-denim stuff, different types of pants and blazers, so I am really excited about that.
Do you think you are going to go more designing than styling?
I kind of just want to do everything. This was a great opportunity. This has been going well, the feedback has been great. It’s kind of exciting to see my stuff in stores, seeing Kasil+Taylor Jacobson jeans online and in stores. It is fun to design clothes that I am actually going to wear and not steal. I’m not going to steal my own sample.
Are you entertaining ideas of doing your own reality show? I know there’s been buzz about that.
Not really, I have been approached. I am very private, I am just about the job, concentrating on working. I don’t like the drama. I am not like that. I don’t want to perform and I feel like a lot of reality TV is about performing.
Everything we saw on The Rachel Zoe Project, though, was about Taylor being Taylor, right?
That was me. I was not happy. All I cared about was working, I just wanted to get the job done. You never know what is going to come up, you really don’t know.
Anything you want to add?
I’m not an interesting person. I go to bed at nine and watch Gossip Girl! I pulled 150 looks yesterday all in one day. I’m tired.
What was it for? A catalogue?
Well, I don’t believe you’re boring.
No, really. Sometimes, I’ll get drunk by myself. I’ll put on hot pink lipstick and my boyfriend will be like, “Why do you have full on makeup on? And why are you walking around in the middle of the night? What are you doing??” [Laughs]
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