USA Updates ‘Serving the Hamptons’ stars for breaking rules and getting fired
You couldn’t script it any better: Lindsay Lohan’s first cousin as the bad-girl star of a new reality show on which — in the second episode — she gets drunk, quits, passes out. and crashes her boss’s birthday party.
Meet Jillian “Jill” Gough, one of the cast of “Serving the Hamptons,” the new Discovery+ reality series set in the middle of drama at the trendy restaurant 75 Main in Southampton.
“People tell me that,” Gough, 22, admitted if she’s the show’s main diva. “But I don’t see it that way. And why is it still so bad? Why was I so bad at a birthday party if I wasn’t invited? So what if I took a sick day. I’m having a lot this summer.” Enjoyed it, I wouldn’t do it any differently. Audiences are going to have a great time. Maybe not as good as us – but awesome nonetheless.”
On the show, she lives, parties, and works with other employees at 75 Maine in a luxury share house, a hotspot owned by restaurant owner Zack Erdem and beloved by the Kardashians and other celebs. Among Gough’s roommates and co-workers is Samantha Crichton, the other long-legged Long Island blonde in the series. Both serve as VIP hosts at the restaurant – and as the show’s central enemies. (Other notable artists include Chef Brogan Wu, Which is a ringer for a young Angelina Jolie.)
At one point, Meek Mill hit the ground skating backwards…
Crichton and Gough become besties, then the two fall in love with the same guy – Ethan Thompson, a model/DJ/music producer/bad boy who adores almost every girl in and out of the house.
Coming to the house, it is a very cute set-up for those who are not really earning lakhs.
“It actually happens in the Hamptons,” explained 21-year-old Crichton. “Specially Zach”
Provides accommodation for its employees. It’s very hard to pay for housing there – none of us can afford to work there.”
Gough, who grew up on Long Island — her mother is the sister of Lohan’s father, Michael — attended college, then moved to the Hamptons in 2020 when Zach offered her a job.
“I decided to take a break and see where my life went,” she explained.
Erdem fired him that season, but brought him back the following year.
“Look, he and I have a rocky relationship; I’m not really sure what that was. Last summer, he claimed that I was spreading rumors about him. I hear he’s said things about me too — so it goes back and forth,” Gough said. “He gave me one more chance, I proved my work ethic; I was determined to come back and do something different. Now we have a totally lovely relationship.”
But, she added: “Zack can be hard to read. Sometimes he’s in a great mood, sometimes he’s not. If he thinks customers are happy, he gets better.”
Samantha, who was also raised on Long Island, was new to the job in 2021, when the show began shooting.
“I was initially hired as a hostess,” she said. “And the show was a huge plus. [job] The requirements are extremely lucrative and the ability to treat celebrities with the high value of what they demand – but at the same time to treat them as normal people, as they go to the Hamptons for privacy.
“Serving the Hamptons” was filmed when pandemic numbers were low, and you see 75 mains pack and bustle.
“But we were tested daily,” Samantha said. “And vaccinated. When there was a spike, masks came back until the mask mandate was in effect.”
But it was nothing compared to the house rule set by manager Victoria Hilton, aka John Graham: no hooking. Doesn’t drink alcohol at work. No it’s getting late. No skipping tasks.
Needless to say, some of them broke.
“I didn’t know these rules were going to happen,” admitted Samantha. “It completely took me by surprise. But I was definitely still living my summer like I would live any other summer.”
“I thought, ‘Victoria Screws, Zach Screws, I’m not going to listen,'” Gough said. “Those were his rules, not mine.”
As for crashing Erdem’s formal birthday dinner with Hilton — who was wearing high heels and a wig — Gough said, “I thought he’d love to see Victoria in drag. Who knew she’d be us? But will accuse him of stealing his thunder?
Given that everyone on “Serving the Hamptons” is extremely charming, you may wonder if this is a job requirement.
“Zach holds us all to a very high standard,” Samantha said. “But I don’t think it has anything to do with just looks. He makes us choose who we are, what we bring to the table. He values hard work more than good looks.”
And while there’s a lot of flirtation and bikini shots, the other big highlight of the show is serious food porn, courtesy of Wu. And cocktail porn too. (Cut a long, slo-mo shot of Cointreau being poured into a pomegranate margarita).
Now that she’s a newbie herself, Crichton is developing her own line of pre-made cocktails. “We’ll all be sipping my new SOSAS pre-mixed martinis before we know it,” she said.
As for gaffes, after the series ended, “I went back to therapy. I went to town,” she said. “I spent time working on myself. I’m looking at starting a podcast. The show showed me that I could inspire myself to do new things.”
And while you’ll have to watch to see what happens on the hook-up front (let’s say Thompson casts a real surprise on Crichton), there are deep relationships that come out of the show.
“I love Zach,” Gough announced to her boss. “He’s the most positive and inspiring type of Hampton… like a father. He inspired me to be a better person, he held me accountable – I guess I need a shout out sometimes.
Also, Gough said, “Working with Sam was the best part of the show for me. We laughed. We bonded. We’ll be friends for life.”
Photos: Tamara Beckwith/NY Post; Stylist: Nicole Zane; Hair: Javier Silva; Makeup: Cherise Lorraine; Location: 75 Main.