Whitney Sudler-Smith no longer plays mom Patricia Altschul’s butler on Southern charm. Months after butler Michael Kelcourse’s stroke, Sudler-Smith had to step in to perform various butler duties, including walking the dog and making cocktails.
But there’s a new butler in town: this is Randy. And while Altschul said she could never replace Kelcourse, Randy temporarily handles butler duties a little (much) better than his son.
Patricia Altschul has hired a new butler – meet Randy
Southern Charm fans ‘met’ Randy last Southern charm episode where Shep Rose came to visit his dog Little Craig. Randy arrived during the meeting to bring Altschul his cocktail. “Have you met Randy?” she asked Rose.
“So Randy is doing a good job?” Rose asked Altschul.
And while Altschul said Randy was doing a good job, she added, “I mean no one will ever take Michael’s place. But he was good.
Sudler-Smith added, “He’s helped ease my duties as an official dog walker.”
“Randy is a lovely man,” Altschul said in a confessional. “He’s a waiter. He makes drinks. He’s so much better than Whitney. Cameras caught a frustrated Sudler-Smith trying to navigate life as his mother’s servant – and no one was too thrilled .
What is Whitney Sudler-Smith doing now?
Relieved of his butler duties, Sudler-Smith has more time to continue behind the camera on Southern charm where he acts as an executive producer. Additionally, he is currently producing a new documentary about the American beauty pageant industry, titled Mrs America.
Sudler-Smith shared the announcement to Variety on Instagram. He captioned the photo: “Excited to be working with this amazing team.”
Director Penny Lane told Variety, “I can’t wait to immerse myself in the world of Ms. America – past, present and future. What an incredible opportunity to learn and reflect deeply on womanhood, marriage, and American values. Plus, glitter! So many sequins!
Where is Michael, Patricia Altschul’s butler, today?
Kelcourse suddenly suffered a stroke in 2021 and was immediately hospitalized. “Michael had what’s called a stroke, so he’s paralyzed from the chest down, which kind of hit my heart,” Altschul told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “I am still shocked by all of this because he was with us for 18 years. My longest marriage was 15 years, so Michael is the most stable relationship I’ve ever had.
After several months in a rehabilitation center, Kelcourse moved to Sarasota, Florida to be closer to her family. Before moving south, he told Cameran Eubanks that he wanted to use his health crisis to help others.
“Michael is one of the most amazing and incredible people I’ve ever met,” Eubanks told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “When this happened to him, I was able to go and visit him in the hospital before he left for his rehabilitation center and he said to me with tears in his eyes, he said to me, ‘Cameran, it happened to me for a reason.’ And he said, ‘I’m going to use the rest of my life to inspire people and help other people.’
Kelcourse spends his days in Florida but misses his Southern charm family. He recently posted a photo with one of Altschul’s dogs. “I really miss peaches, she and I had such a bond that Ms. Altschul sent me a pillow of peaches to remember her from the HSN collection,” he wrote. Adding, “I miss everyone so much.”
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