On paper, Brandi Glanville and Kelly Dodd seem like a match made in Housewives heaven. The two fiery stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County have struck up a fast friendship lately, posting photos together on social media, having sleepovers and generally leaving chaos in their wake.
Ahead of her upcoming appearance with Kelly on Watch What Happens Live, the RHOBH alum opened up in a new interview about why she clicks with her OC counterpart and why she thinks the other women use the RHOC firebrand to deflect from their own lives.
“Kelly and I have been friends for, like, many years, to be honest, and people just did not know that,” Brandi confessed to Entertainment Tonight. “We understand each other because we are like the person that everyone goes after just to get a reaction. So it’s like, if you don’t want to have a storyline, go after Kelly ’cause [she’s] gonna give you this explosive craziness. So I understand her position in a group of women that don’t want to share their lives, so they’d rather go after her so she looks like the bad guy, because she reacts the same way I react.”
Come to think of it, while the two loose cannons’ times on their respective franchises never overlapped, there are certainly parallels to Brandi and Kelly‘s experiences as Housewives: Both entered their respective shows — Brandi in Season 2 of RHOBH and Kelly in Season 11 of RHOC — as the brash, foul-mouthed newcomer who scandalized the other Housewives with her hot temper and penchant for crass vulgarity and low blows. Both befriended the reigning OG of their franchise (Lisa Vanderpump and Vicki Gunvalson, respectively), only to have a bitter and very public falling out with said OG play out for Bravo’s cameras in later seasons. While Brandi slaps, Kelly prefers to hit her castmates over the head with a mallet. Both are even currently feuding with Kelly’s Orange County nemesis Tamra Judge!
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When it comes to the drama surrounding Kelly this season on RHOC, Brandi has nothing but empathy, though she also admitted her attempts at talking her pal down have been largely unsuccessful.
“I feel bad for Kelly, to be honest,” she concluded. “I just feel like they’re all using her…Like, we’ve had these deep conversations: I’m like, ‘Girl, don’t react!’ She’s like, ‘YOU don’t react!’ I’m like, ‘Well, if that was possible then we would’ve done that.’ But they have our number and we’re not changing it, so it’s an easy out.”
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TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED BRANDI AND KELLY GET ALONG? DO YOU THINK THE RHOC ‘WIVES ARE USING KELLY FOR A STORYLINE?
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