Lisa calls the episode “disappointing,” adding, “The strangest part of this whole experience is the false sense of security as you invest in new friendships.”
“Friendships that start to prosper and develop (albeit riddled with hurdles as we navigate the complicated route that reality television entails). Friendships you believe have some sort of longevity…only to see them shattered as you witness the vicious statements in confessionals and unseen footage that enlightens you now, that all was not as you thought,” says Lisa. “I had not a clue that I was the primary subject of discussion between some of the women.”
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About questioning Erika and Yolanda‘s friendship, Lisa points out, “It was an innocuous question to Erika: How long had she known Yolanda? How sinister is that? When Kathryn was introduced, it was understood immediately the length of time she had known Rinna. I understand that to be a basic question when meeting somebody for the first time through a mutual friend.”
“I think too much has been made of Kathryn making the web comment, but now I view the footage I realize that she protected me,” shares Lisa, “only giving me an inkling of what had been said, gently giving me the heads up that all was not as I believed. Of course I would’ve learned about this later, but as a friend she was enlightening me now but minimizing the backstabbing statements, not like Erika who exaggerated something as she repeated it to Yolanda regarding me and the children.”
Lisa insists she will always confront things head on and questions the co-stars who have said she’s manipulative.
“I went straight to Erika, to her face, hardly a sniper’s tactic. I also went directly to Yolanda, reassuring her there was no negativity regarding her children, and I asked Eileen, ‘Are we good?’” says Lisa. “I was not huddling in a group at the end of the table or meeting later in the park to speak detrimentally about them. Where is the manipulation?”
Lisa points out, she could have gone after several of her co-stars if she wanted to, but she didn’t.
“I didn’t go after Rinna when I believed she had told Yolanda, as Yolanda led me to believe, I didn’t go after Erika when we learned it was her, I didn’t berate Eileen when she just left without a word in the Hamptons. They were all easy targets. My tendency is to take people at face value, to believe what they show you until proven otherwise,” shares Lisa. “Life isn’t about looking for problems, it’s about honest conversations and, I hope, mostly coupled with humor.”
Lisa bemoans (and warns viewers), “This is the start of an emotionally draining experience that has resonated for sure.”
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