Tamra Judge Discusses Lisa Vanderpump Quitting Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills & Not Attending The Reunion

During the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with the sad news that Lisa Vanderpump is leaving the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons. When word got out that Lisa had ditched the reunion, it seemed pretty clear her Housewife days were numbered.

Almost everyone has an opinion or theory on Lisa’s exit–from fans to co-stars to other Housewives. And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, of course, has her own views on Lisa’s departure, as she has an opinion on everything. And some of her thoughts may surprise you.

As reported by Entertainment Tonight, Tamra discussed Lisa’s exit on Heather Dubrow’s podcast, Heather Dubrow’s World. Tamra said, “We have the same production company. So, I was texting with one of the executive producers and saying, ‘Is she gonna show up? And he said, ‘It doesn’t look like it’, and I’m like, ‘Please just give me her number.’ Like I just want to call her and say, for what it’s worth, just go.”

Even if Tamra had been able to contact Lisa, it is doubtful she could have changed her mind. Fans know that once Lisa has made up her mind about something, nothing will likely change it. Just ask her former friends and co-stars like Brandi Glanville, Dorit Kemsley and Kyle Richards!

Tamra went on to say, “Even if you want to quit the show, say your piece. If you felt you were wrong, apologize. And I feel like if she did go, I feel like it would have resolved everything.”

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But would Lisa’s attendance have resolved everything–or anything? Or just stirred up more trouble? Lisa doesn’t feel that she was wrong in her denials of planting the Puppy Gate Radar Online story and the other ladies were convinced she was guilty as charged. Plus, Lisa is not the world’s greatest apologizer, even if she had admitted any guilt. She is of the “I’m sorry you feel that way” apology club. Which never goes over well.

Surprisingly, Tamra expresses empathy–yes, you heard that right–empathy–for Lisa’s situation. She shared, “But I’ve been where she’s at, and I’ve not wanted to go, and I’ve sat on my couch and gone, ‘I’m not going’ and then ended up going.” Yes, but the chance of Tamra passing up screen time is about as likely as someone winning the lottery–it is probably not going to happen!

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Heather, not to be outdone by Tamra, also practiced her empathy skills by declaring, “I think she’s [Lisa] had a lot going on the last couple of years, and at some point, you’re done. For whatever her reasons, she’s got another really successful show [Vanderpump Rules], people still get a part of her life, and still get a piece of the fabulousness that is Lisa Vanderpump.”

You have to wonder, would Lisa have given up her Housewife crown if she did not have Vanderpump Rules to fall back on? We will probably never know the true answer to that question, but Lisa’s decision to leave RHOBH might been different if she did not have another show. A show in which she sets the tone and makes the rules. Which is very different than Beverly Hills.

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Getting real, Tamra also admits that aside from being able to speak her mind, there is a big motivator for her to attend the reunion. She joked, “The difference between me and Lisa is I need the check. And if you don’t go [to the reunion], you don’t get paid.” I am sure Tamra is hounding Andy Cohen for her check the second the reunion wraps–like many other ladies. Lisa probably never even thinks much about it–that’s what accountants are for!

Admittedly, it is difficult to imagine the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills without Queen Lisa. Kathy Hilton and others are already being mentioned as possible new cast members, but to me, Lisa is irreplaceable. It will definitely be interesting to see how the cast shakes out next season.


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