Lisa Rinna was the first famous actress to join the Real Housewives universe. This changed the game for sure. She definitely paved the way for Denise Richards and Garcelle Beauvais. Sorry Kim and Kyle Richards, but you weren’t exactly household names from childhood acting roles and being Paris Hilton’s aunt. Then again, Rinna wasn’t necessarily an A-list star, but anyway, my point is that it was an unexpected move and a bit of a risk when she joined the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Her husband Harry Hamlin wasn’t down for her delving into reality TV, not that we necessarily see much of him outside the occasional pie baking and family barbeque. He was afraid of the reality TV divorce curse, which is a fair thing to fear when he had already been divorced twice.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Harry admitted that his first response when Lisa mentioned RHOBH was “I have my divorce lawyer on speed dial, and I do.” Apparently, he even moved his phone toward the interviewer to demonstrate that this is true.
Harry elaborated, “I have had three opportunities to use him; once with Ursula, and two of my ex-wives. It’s the same guy every time. We send Christmas cards to each other every year.” By “Ursula,” he is referring to Ursula Andress, someone he never actually married, but has a child with, hence the need for a lawyer.
Harry recalled, “I said to Lisa, ‘You can’t do this. Everybody who does that show gets divorced. It’s a horrible, horrible thing, to do that show.’”
That’s when Lisa brought in Bethenny Frankel, who also did this show and got divorced. Is that a coincidence? You be the judge. Harry shared, “Bethenny convinced me from a branding point of view it would be a good thing to do. Then I was open to doing it on my own terms.” And he barely films. As I said, we see him for one meal scene and a pep talk per season and then Lisa just does her own thing the rest of the time.
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TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HARRY HAVING HIS DIVORCE LAWYER ON SPEED DIAL? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BETHENNY CONVINCING HARRY THAT IT WAS A GOOD CAREER MOVE FOR LISA TO JOIN THE SHOW?
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