Lisa Vanderpump has a lot of lovers and a lot of haters and then there are the folks who don’t necessarily like her, but give her a pass because of her devotion to dog rescue. During her time on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa’s entrepreneurial spirit produced several glitzy hotspots and probably her favorite business to date. In 2016, Lisa founded Vanderpump Dogs with the vision to make a dent in the animal rescue community and “create a better world for man’s best friend”.
Not even I can snark on that, so moving on. While Vanderpump Dogs’ mission is clear, it hasn’t come without problems. In January 2020, a former employee sued the organization for sexual harassment and now a particularly unpleasant situation has reared it’s head. A woman is claiming a dog she adopted from Lisa’s facility didn’t come with sugar and spice and everything nice. It came filled with worms and had the audacity to pass them on.
She gets knocked down! But she gets up again! You are never gonna keep her down! I think this is the song Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sings to herself every morning in the mirror. Probably while she hairsprays the living hell out her stiff-ass hair she can’t seem to ever get behind that left ear, try as she might. Lisa recently had some beef with Sarah Paulson of all people. Her famed restaurant Villa Blanca has closed it doors for good. And, if you’ve been under a rock, you might have missed that her show, Vanderpump Rules has come under some fire lately. Literally. They fired four cast members for being racist. Oh, and don’t forget her husband, Ken Todd, has recently been accused of cheating.
Defend or excuse any of that all you want, but it’s a lot to deal with at once. That said, Lisa, as we’ve seen, can take the largest dumpster fire (ex – Jax Taylor and Stassi Schroeder) and exploit it into a multi-season hit. She just doesn’t quit. Well. Except for that time she literally quit RHOBH. But whatever.
You might be wondering why the media won’t give up on Lisa Vanderpump and anything to do with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The simple fact is, the loss of Lisa is a huge blow to the franchise. Whether you love Lisa or consider her the mind-manipulating force behind orchestrated canine scandals, you are kidding yourself if you think it’s over.
When Lisa left the show, she also left her friendships in the dust. She said buh-bye to her close relationship with Kyle Richards after Bangs visited Lisa’s house to accuse her of lying. Lisa was never particularly close to Erika Jayne, because no one gets close to a riddle wrapped in migraines and designer sneakers. And let’s be honest, who really wants to be friends with Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave? So what does that mean for the rest of the gang? Well, Lisa says she is interested in maintaining a friendship with at least one of them. I’m sure it will be totally fine with the other ladies…
While the last Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season had more drama than the previous couple, it’s not as if there was a bevy of storylines- human storylines. I’m not even going to get into the Lucy drama that managed to eclipse the season.
However, new Housewife Denise Richards was a pleasure to watch. She could have given us more drama. That super random reunion tension with Camille Grammer doesn’t count since it made zero sense to me. She had some post-show social media beef with Lisa Vanderpump and John Sessa. However, for the most part, she provided some much-needed comic relief and a break from the glam squads. A casting change is needed. LVP is out. No one else wants to talk about anything remotely interesting. Lawsuits, plastic surgery, and faux finances are not on the table. We need a cast shake up. So will Denise be a one and done? Or will she return (hopefully with a bunch of new Housewives)?
Denise Richards was the only full-time Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member cool with Lisa Vanderpump. Unfortunately for her (and her Twitter mentions), that is not the case nowadays.
It all started with a recent appearance Denise made on Watch What Happens Live. A fan called in and said Denise “sort of turned on” LVP and asked if something happened off-screen. Denise responded with a very
slurred awkward answer. She said, “No, I didn’t turn on her! There was… incidences that happened and I’m….. you know. It happened.” And this led to a firestorm of Twitter drama with Denise, Lisa, Lisa’s henchman John Sessa, and, ultimately a threat of legal action from Denise’s husband Aaron Phypers. Denise caused more drama from answering one question on Watch What Happens Live than she did months filming RHOBH Season 9.
Believe it or not, we are seeing the sun set on #puppygate. It was a time viewers will never forget. A scandal filled with dumped puppies and dumped friendships. While hidden woes of legal troubles lingered on the horizon for most of the cast, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ended with a question mark. It’s almost like we watched a budget Who Done It? where no one wins in the end. Lisa Vanderpump is gone. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave has to fib to be relevant. Kyle Richards swears on her dog army and new teeth that LVP’s only goal this season was to make Dorit Kemsley look bad.
Lisa adamantly denied her involvement in the canine fiasco, but John Sessa never denied his. The Executive Director of Vanderpump Dogs felt some type of way after a dog in Dorit’s care wound up in a kill shelter. John backed Lisa, as the ladies accused her of releasing stories to the media and lying. But while Lisa was busy not being involved, was John involved a little too much? Now John rushes to Lisa’s defense once again, while it may prove Lisa’s innocence, did he implicate himself?
Lisa Vanderpump has certainly had an emotional time on Season 9 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She started filming shortly after the death of her brother on April 3, 2018. The biggest scandal of the season, (besides Camille Grammer’s graphic sex talk) is “puppy gate.” And it
will never end is still going strong. If only Dorit Kemsley and her husband PK Kemsley had properly returned the pup, dubbed Lucy Lucy Apple Juice, to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. Instead they allegedly re-homed Lucy, and somehow Lucy ended up in a kill shelter. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave claimed that she was manipulated into leaking information about Dorit but couldn’t do it. Yawn.
The fall-out from “puppy gate” was swift. Kyle Richards accused long-time friend Lisa of leaking the story about Dorit to the tabloids. Lisa swore that she didn’t. In what was one of the most uncomfortable confrontations from any Housewives franchise, Lisa and her husband Ken Todd, banished Kyle from Villa Rosa. No more little ponies or swans for you, Kyle!
John Sessa doesn’t like two things. People slamming Lisa Vanderpump and buttoning his shirt. Being the executive officer of Vanderpump Dogs explains his ire when someone goes up against the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, but his chest exposure remains a mystery. Obviously, John had a vested interest in the disgrace behind #puppygate, because dog rescue is his life’s mission. He has not only been Lisa’s right hand man in the fight for animal rights, he has been her biggest supporter since the drama unfolded.
Many people think we’ve heard too much from John lately. But let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of people in LVP’s corner. Because the series of events focused on dog rescue, of course he would be involved. John continues to defend
his meal ticket Lisa V., and maintain her innocence against the dreaded Puppygate Girl Gang.