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Andy Cohen Promises Lisa Vanderpump “Is Not An Issue This Season” On Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

Throw her to the wolves and the show will go on! Before Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiered, the big question on everyone’s mind was “How will the show survive without Lisa Vanderpump? (Well, the mind of every LVP fan, at least…) However, after three incredibly well-received episodes, the answer to that question seems to be “Quite well, thank you very much.”

In a new interview with Kyle Richards and Teddi Mellencamp, Andy Cohen opened up about why the show is working so well in its first LVP-free season.

I think that the great thing about it is that, you know, obviously last season was so much about Lisa Vanderpump,” Andy said during the Watch What Happens Live Aftershow with the two RHOBH ‘Wives. “And her name came up once, you know, in the first episode, like in a cheeky way and then, really, she is not an issue this season.”

Of course, the “cheeky way” Andy is referring to involved Lisa Rinna surreptitiously trying on a Dolce and Gabanna crown during a trip to Domenico Dolce’s New York City home in the premiere, as LVP‘s Season 7 tagline (“The crown is heavy darlings, so just leave it where it belongs”) echoed eerily in the background like a ghost from the graveyard of Housewives past.

 

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“So it just feels fresh and I think for anyone who felt bogged down by that — and I think everybody kind of did including you ladies — it’s a fresh start,” Andy continued. “And I think that was important for the show and for all of you, right?”

“Well, you know, people keep asking me if it was weird to do the show without Lisa and before we started [production on Season 10], I did feel weird because we started, you know, together ten years ago,” Kyle replied. “But once we started filming, the show just takes off and all these women have so much stuff going on and things start happening that you really don’t think about it, honestly.”

 

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Teddi also jumped in to comment on how the dynamic changed without LVP‘s machinations muddying up drama behind the scenes, saying, “I was able to get to know everybody in such a different way than I did my past two seasons, as well.”

Honestly, with each passing episode — from Kyle‘s debut at New York Fashion Week and Sutton Stracke‘s store opening to the utterly bizarre dinner party in episode 3 and the drama swirling around Teddi‘s upcoming fitness retreat — the former RHOBH star’s stranglehold on the franchise becomes more and more of a distant memory, and frankly, the fans seem to agree that Season 10 is looking like it will go down as the best season in the 90210 in years.

 

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TELL US – ARE YOU GLAD TO SEE THAT THE CLOUD OF LISA VANDERPUMP’S EXIT ISN’T HANGING OVER THE SEASON? HAS THE SHOW IMPROVED SINCE SHE QUIT?

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