If you haven’t watched The Housewife and the Hustler yet, run, don’t walk to Hulu and sit down with some popcorn. The documentary attempts to break down the legal allegations against Tom Girardi and wife, Erika Jayne. While the doc focuses mainly on Tom’s alleged swindling, there is also plenty of Erika footage in there. Including the flaunting of her lavish lifestyle on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
We also get treated to commentary from Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey of all people. Danielle provides some fluff and makes sure to bring everything back to herself. And Dana plugs her podcast but doesn’t talk about things like $25k sunglasses. After all, that would be in pretty poor taste given the circumstances. Now if only someone could explain that to Erika and her Instagram account.
It looks like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers are on the cusp of learning what exactly it is Erika Jayne goes through at night. The latest episode of the show ended with a group text. Always fun. This time it was an announcement that Erika would be divorcing her husband of 22 years, Tom Girardi. While the Housewives all seemed appropriately shocked, fans have been waiting for this moment for what feels like years.
Erika made her divorce filing public on Election Day back in November. If that was her attempt to fly under the radar, it was an epic failure. This story has been an absolute roller-coaster ride since it started. Erika now faces penalties for doxxing Tom’s alleged mistress. Tom either has dementia or is claiming to in an attempt to skirt some responsibility for his alleged actions. There was even a point where Erika was selling her designer clothes in a possible attempt to recoup some of the money she swindled via Tom. Supposedly, RHOBH will be putting it all out there. It’s what we deserve.
The ladies of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are bringing it this season. And it’s a refreshing change from the past few seasons filled with gang-ups, deflections and a whole lot of NOT owning it. We know that Erika
Vain Jayne’s fishy divorce and ongoing legal issues with Tom Girardi will be addressed shortly, and she’s choosing her words carefully since the feds are tuning into Bravo now. Sutton Stracke is putting her new diamond to work with her constant crying and ugly feud with newbie Crystal Kung Minkoff. Garcelle Beauvais is not over Lisa Rinna’s behavior last season toward her so-called friend Denise Richards. And it’s pretty hilarious to watch Rinna continue to try to brush it off, while Garcelle refuses to let up. And don’t even get me started on the joy that is Kathy Hilton, the true savior of RHOBH.
It appears as though the RHOBH cast is paying attention to what fans have been saying about the past few seasons. Rinna is doing overtime to try to appear like a good friend. The girls are learning to throw shade in every direction, rather than ganging up on one person. Well, unless that person is Lisa Vanderpump.
These ladies, particularly LVP’s old buddies Dorit Kemsley and Kyle Richards, will never let up on shading the Brit for their volatile past. And while a Kyle and LVP reconciliation would happen when pigs fly (or when Erika is actually HONEST about ANYTHING in her life), the two can’t help but have a little fun by being shady to one another in the press. To me, it honestly seems like they miss each other because they both love to bring the other up any chance they get. It’s almost kind of endearing, in some sick and twisted way.
There’s truly nothing better in my book than a Bravo crossover. It’s why I’m jumping in my seat for Bravo to air Winter House (I will never get used to Summer House Winter Charm) and the Real Housewives All-Stars special. Even singular episodes, like when Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel made a guest appearance on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. B and Kyle Richards go wayyyy back and it was everything to see them together on-screen. B shaded Erika Jayne. She kept her cold sense of humor around a bunch of glam valley girls. And, of course, there were SkinnyGirl margs. Sounds to me like Christmas morning.
Like I said, Kyle and Bethenny have history. They met in the 90s in LA and B even served as an assistant to the one, the only Kathy Hilton. The throwback pics are EVERYTHING and worth a deep-dive to see these two ladies starting out their adult lives, big hair and all. However, they both take (or in B’s case, took) their time on Real Housewives very differently. Kyle would have to leave RHOBH kicking and screaming, while B never wants to return. Kyle is putting on a front of close friendship among her co-stars while Bethenny isn’t afraid to lash out and burn bridges. Maybe that’s why their friendship lasted so long — because they both live on different coasts of the U.S. and don’t see each other that often. Let alone, they’ve never appeared full-time on the same show.
Depending on what source you’re using, Tom Girardi is either suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease or using the diagnosis as a way to circumvent being responsible for embezzling a lot of money. Erika Jayne’s soon-to-be ex is in a world of hurt and he is bringing his wife down with him. Viewers are beginning to get a glimpse of the legal dramatics Erika is about to enjoy on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The discovery of Tom’s illness was recently brought into play by his team of defense attorneys who requested to place his brother, Robert Girardi, into a conservator position because of Tom’s declining health. The prosecution is said to be challenging this tactic, as the timing could be interpreted as suspicious. The true nature of Tom’s status is to be determined, but it doesn’t negate the fact that he has been seemingly defrauding clients for years. This week Tom went to court to try and regain control of the decisions made on his behalf.
Sutton Stracke’s outburst on last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was BONKERS. It’s never nice to leave someone out of the loop, but her reaction was over the top. It proved that Sutton might not be built for a show like this. If she can’t handle something that mundane, how can she handle the big drama? Not everyone is equipped to handle the pitfalls of reality TV, and she might be one of them.
Erika Girardi has never shared that much of her life with the viewers. We’ve rarely gotten a peek behind that curtain of ice. However, the divorce announcement is coming this season. There’s no more hiding the situation from her closest friends. Will Erika be able to handle the pressure like a diamond? Or will the ice queen melt?
Season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is the Erika Jayne show. During the most recent episode of RHOBH, Erika notified Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley, and Lisa Rinna that she had suddenly filed for divorce.
Erika decided to divorce her husband of 21 years, Tom Girardi, in November of 2020. She accused him of infidelity. Later it was alleged that the divorce filing was a scam to hide the couple’s assets.
Welp, she tried. Another swing and a miss in the game of life that is Erika Jayne. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is probably regretting any and all references to being XXPEN$IVE, and it might be time to pay the piper. Erika and Tom Girardi are in a heap of trouble. Tom managed to screw over some former clients in sensitive positions while he and Erika peed in gold toilets and propped Chagalls against the dining room wall.
Erika has been running into a lot of obstacles since she and Tom were both implicated in an embezzlement scheme involving the nonpayment of Tom’s clients. They are also being accused of using their divorce as a cover to hide assets to prevent them from being seized in the name of debt collection. Erika is doing everything she can to prevent her “household items” from being nabbed so widows and orphans can eat. Despite EJ’s efforts to block further investigation, the judge said, “How many fucks do I give? NONE, NOT ONE ZERO ZERO DONE!”