Bravo announced last week that two new Housewives were joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season–actress Garcelle Beauvais and party planner Sutton Stracke. It makes you wonder–does it take two Housewives to replace one departed Lisa Vanderpump?
All during Season 9, rumors were flying about whether or not Lisa would be returning for Season 10. Of course, Lisa announced before the reunion that she would not be returning for another year of castmate torture. Vanderpump fans everywhere were quick to blame her co-stars for her departure. If long-time Vanderpump friend Lance Bass had his way, however, Lisa would have left the show prior to last season.
Lance revealed to People that he’d “been trying to get [Lisa] to leave that show for years.” He went on to explain, “I kept telling her like, ‘Look, one season these girls are going to take you down. They are going to plan. They are going to meet up…and they did.’ They waited years to bring her down. They went hard at her.”
Of course, amongst watchers of the Lisa vs. everyone feud, there were three camps. Camp Vanderpump. Camp Everyone Else in the Cast. And Camp I Just Can’t Take This Puppy-Gate Storyline Anymore.
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Lisa believed that the cast conspired against her. Kyle Richards kept claiming that she was just giving her friend Lisa some helpful feedback on her character flaws. All drama over a story Lisa allegedly planted in Radar Online about Dorit Kemsley abandoning a rescue dog.
Lance admits that he playfully sent Lisa an “I told you so” text when the drama started up. Which I am sure she loved. You know how much Lisa loves being called out!
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Further discussing his friend, Lance shared, “But you know, Lisa has such a huge heart and, you know, she’s one of those people also that I say, ‘Don’t read the comments.’ But she’s one those people that she wants everyone to like her. She wants to prove, ‘No, no, I mean this.’ And you can’t change everyone’s minds. Not everyone is going to approve of everything that you do, so you just need to be yourself.”
We watched Lisa try to convince her co-stars that she had not planted a story in the tabloids. Her co-stars were not buying it and Kyle’s ugly confrontation with Lisa at Villa Rosa resulted in her not filming with most of the cast for the rest of the season. Lisa infamously took a lie detector test to prove her innocence, but it did little to sway her co-stars view of her as a tabloid story planter.
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Why does Lance think that Lisa’s co-stars tried to “bring her down?” He declared, “They’re jealous, c’mon now.” Lance further elaborated, “She was the queen, queen bee. So, of course, a lot of jealousy comes in, and Lisa has this wicked sense of humor, this British humor that a lot of people don’t get. So, she’s always poking, she’s always making fun, which I love.”
Is it as simple as that? Jealousy and not understanding Lisa’s humor are the reasons her co-stars went after her? Or did her co-stars know that using Lisa as a storyline would deflect from their own secrets being exposed, like Dorit and PK Kemsley’s financial problems? Or Mauricio Umansky’s real estate lawsuit?
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At least one person appreciates Lisa’s sense of humor–her friend Lance. He joked, “She gives it me and my husband [Michael Turchin]. I mean, all the time. I mean, she’s always making fun of me. But I love it and I embrace it.” As we all know, the same was not true for Lisa and her co-stars.
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