The Season 8 premiere episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was loaded with subtle shade directed toward the one and only Erika Jayne, courtesy of Lisa Vanderpump, and her self-proclaimed “British humor.” On the bright side, Erika Girardi was spared from the insults.
Lisa didn’t say anything particularly scandalous, but there were enough subtle digs and “jokes,” Andy Cohen couldn’t help bringing it up (multiple times) when Erika was one of the guests on Watch What Happens Live. Erika did her best to skate around the questions with short, vague answers accompanied by facial expressions that conveyed her true opinions, but she eventually broke and acknowledged Andy’s constant questions about LVP.
Andy asked Erika if she was surprised to see comments about her when she watched the first episode. Erika emoted zero feelings when she said, “No, I’m not surprised at all.” Don’t forget: She may be cold, but that’s not ice. It’s diamonds.
Andy continued to push and asked Erika if she was bothered by anything she saw. Erika just said “No.” He pushed her again to answer the same question and Erika added, “I’m un-bothered because I’m being authentic. It’s how I really feel.” Could Andy be foreshadowing some drama between Lisa and Erika this season?
Andy took a break from the LVP-focused line of questioning when he brought up Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin confronting Kyle Richards about her sister Kim Richards’ presence in the group when they ran into each other hiking. I had no idea that hiking could produce so much drama, but I’ll add that to the lengthy list of reasons why I refuse to partake.
Erika shared, “Oh, I knew that story. What do I think about it? I don’t wait to give it away because of the next episode, but you’ll see. I’m friends with everyone there, so I think it got handled perfectly.”
What was Erika’s impression of the new girl Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave? Erika stumbled for a second with an elongated”Ummmmm.” Then she said, “You know, she’s cool”- with the lowest level of enthusiasm possible. This was also right after they played a clip with Teddi describing Erika as a “cool girl” in a negative way – so it’s safe to say that Erika was shading the newbie.
Andy asked Erika if she feels like it’s a good season for her and it felt like a pretty leading question if you ask me. Then again, I felt like he was leading her this whole episode with the shade-inducing questions. Erika said, “I think I’m OK. I didn’t walk out needing therapy or anything. I enjoy being on Housewives. There’s a lot of great things about it.”
Andy tried – yet again – to get Erika to shade Lisa Vanderpump when he asked, “Were you surprised that LVP didn’t know what ‘Pat the puss’ was?” As expected, Erika had the briefest answer possible: “No.”
He put in one last effort though. He asked, “Do you think she was joking or digging?” Erika could not control her facial expressions, but she did answer: “I don’t care to comment.” And a second later she declared, “She knows exactly what she’s doing.” Yes, she does. She is one of two remaining OG cast members, after all.
TELL US – WAS LISA SHADING ERIKA DURING THE FIRST EPISODE? WHAT IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF TEDDI? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HARRY CONFRONTING KYLE ABOUT KIM DURING THE HIKE?
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