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Storage Hunters stars Brandon and Lori tell all: 'We are real'

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Earlier this month, Digital Spy spoke to Storage Hunters star Jesse McClure about the show, its future and his co-stars.

During our chat, Jesse warned us to never mention the "B word", referring to his fellow hunters Brandon and Lori Bernier, making it known that their on-screen rivalry is very much real.

Since then, Team Brandori got in touch with Digital Spy to give their no-holds-barred side of the story, and spill the beans on life on the show and what they truly think of their rivals.

Brandon and Lori Bernier
Storage Hunters

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Brandori on... joining the show

"Brandon and I were both discovered at a North Hollywood storage auction in April 2010, hosted by our friend Dan Dotson of Storage Wars. The production company liked our energy and asked us if we wanted to do a sizzle reel for a storage auction show following Sean Kelly. We would be recurring buyers.

"The show was to focus on Sean Kelly's auctioneering business. We hesitantly agreed as we were in talks with Dan Dotson about Storage Wars. We began filming the pilot for over 6 months and were contacted by the network in December of 2010 asking for a direction change focusing on us as the stars and showing the viewers the profession through our eyes.

"We agreed and the first show aired in the US January 2011 to huge ratings. The series was drawn up to follow us and focus on us. We have 20 years' experience in buying and selling."

On… hunter rivalries

"During the start of this whole venture, the cast got along fairly well. However, that quickly changed when greed and jealously reared its ugly head. Since the beginning, the billboard has always read that the show followed my wife and myself. It seems this is what upset other cast members as they fought for camera time and airtime to the point where it got downright nasty. This existed with Jesse, Sean, Papa Bear and T-Money."

Jesse on Storage Hunters

Jesse McClure


On… Jesse

"Jesse is not an authentic buyer. When we started filming the show, Jesse was working for a jeweler separating stones. He answered a casting call for storage buyers but had no experience in the storage auction profession. It would be safe to say that he fell through the cracks. His main profession now when not filming is collecting change out of vending machines on a small route he has. With that said, we became friendly and during the pilot filming process, we would guide him on how storage auctions worked and how the bidding worked.

"He is merely a character whose head got too big for his pudgy body, almost like one of those cartoon characters that blows on their thumb and their head gets big. Jesse's knowledge of anything he reports on comes merely from his phone, if he didn't pay his cell phone bill, he would have no clue what anything was worth.

"Jesse has an excuse every time a confrontation is going to occur which is why you never see him in altercations. It's easier to be the class clown and have people laugh at you than with you. He is merely a poorly concocted character that at times is delusional and misguided at best."

On… Papa Bear

"He is also not a buyer nor has he ever bought from any Southern California Auctioneers. When not filming Papa Bear is a part-time barber and recurring extra in various reality shows from Operation Repo to Divorce Court. He has no knowledge of the storage auction industry and has never purchased a storage auction. He is the guy that will work for free just to be on TV."

Sean Kelly on Storage Hunters

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Sean Kelly


On… T-Money

"The only reason he is on the show is because he has been friends with Sean Kelly for many years. Sean got him hired on the cast of Storage Hunters in the hopes to boost his comedy career. He has never bought a storage bin, nor has he attended a real auction. Before securing a spot on the cast of Storage Hunters, Tarrell Wright could be found waitering at a local Burbank restaurant.

"The reason why Sean tells him the contents of a bin is because he has no knowledge about the value of the items inside. There were multiple times when filming was delayed because he didn't have a car and had to wait for a ride from production, which means that he has no way to move any of the items if he was a real buyer. Additionally, we coined the 'money' phrase at real auctions as a joke and Tarrell ran with it."

On... the humour of the show

Lori: "I think what's kept me and my husband going is that yes, it's our job, but we work together every day and if we can't have fun and make it a blast, then nobody [would watch]. So we always try to spice things up a little bit. How you see us on TV, arguing, that's just our lives on a daily basis - I think that's what makes it more interesting."

Sean Kelly on 'Storage Hunters'

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On… their background before the show

"I worked for a bank and I did financing and met Brandon and asked what he did, and he wasn't afraid to tell me. So he said that he thinks I should quit my job. So I did and we've been married for 17 years and we have been doing it for quite a while."

On… storage knowledge

"After doing this and being in our business for so long, Brandon after 20 years and myself after 17, we came across so many different things that we now have a knowledge of many pieces. Those who may not have done this do gamble and spend their money not too wisely."

On… Storage Hunters' popularity in the UK

"When the show started up, we founded a fan page on Facebook and Twitter. And a couple of years ago we found that we had fans from the UK, and we absolutely loved it. The fact that we have so many people [watching] in the UK on a regular basis and we have over 50,000 fans on Facebook - it's pretty great to have a lot of fans in London as well, before the show even started. It's kind of great to be all over the world, especially in the UK, with a big fanbase there."

Storage Hunters next airs on Friday (May 23) at 8pm on Dave in the UK.

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