During the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with the sad news that Lisa Vanderpump is leaving the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons. When word got out that Lisa had ditched the reunion, it seemed pretty clear her Housewife days were numbered.
Almost everyone has an opinion or theory on Lisa’s exit–from fans to co-stars to other Housewives. And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, of course, has her own views on Lisa’s departure, as she has an opinion on everything. And some of her thoughts may surprise you.
Kyle Richards and Kim Richards have a unique relationship among Real Housewives–they are the only sisters who have ever starred on a Housewife show together. For five seasons of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we watched Kyle and Kim fight, make up and fight some more. Their challenging sibling relationship was painful to watch at times, almost making the audience feel like voyeurs to a family psychodrama we weren’t sure we should be watching.
The complicated history of the Sisters Richards would be enough to fill a show all of their own. Kim has made sporadic appearances on RHOBH since leaving the show after Season 5 and there have been occasional rumors about her returning as a cast member. Kyle recently spoke out about Kim’s days as a Housewife, her sobriety–and her possible return to the show.
Season 9 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is almost done (thankfully) and we are already preparing for Season 10. Rumors have been swirling since Lisa Vanderpump quit the show that Kathy Hilton would replace her and a couple of women will be fired from the show (yay).
One of the women rumored to be getting the ax is fan favorite Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave. The accountability coach and Kyle Richards’ puppet was at the center of the nonstop drama of puppygate. Instead of winning the hearts of fans and producers by trying to take down the queen LVP, she made herself public enemy number one (stealing the title from Dorit Kemsley).
The times are certainly changing on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump quit the show and skipped the reunion. The “puppy gate” scandal spelled the death knell of the longtime friendship between Kyle Richards and Lisa. In case you have been living under a rock, here is a quick update. Dorit Kemsley adopted a dog from Vanderpump Dogs, and the dog nipped her husband PK Kemsley and their children. Rather than return the puppy like she was required to in the adoption contract, Dorit re-homed poor Lucy Lucy Apple Juice. Lucy eventually wound up in a kill shelter. Perhaps Dorit should have re-homed PK instead?
When an article about Dorit’s actions hits the tabloids, Lisa was blamed for leaking the story. Kyle went to Villa Rosa to tell Lisa that all the Beverly Hills Housewives believed that Lisa leaked the story and that she is a liar. The terrible argument between Lisa, Kyle, and Lisa’s husband Ken Todd resulted in Kyle being banned from Villa Rosa. “Goodbye Kyle!” Ken bellowed as Kyle was told to leave the premises. She is lucky that Hanky and Panky didn’t try to avenge their owner.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Kim Richards seems to be enjoying her life lately. But that has not always been the case as Kim struggled with her sobriety, and legal issues. Kim had an alcohol-fueled breakdown at the Beverly Hills Hotel in April of 2015 and was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer. Later that year, the former child star tried to shoplift two carts of merchandise from Target. Who doesn’t love Target?
Kim was not sentenced to jail, but was granted probation, and had to attend AA meetings and perform community service. She finally completed her probation in September of 2018. Kim also endured the passing of her ex-husband Marty Brinson, who was her best friend, in 2016. They share a daughter, Brooke Wiederhorn.
This week’s episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills offered a little bit of everything. An impractical designer car, Erika Jayne kneed in the head(!), an ugly political debate and the story of the courageous survival of Lisa Rinna’s mother Lois Rinna at the hands of a serial killer. And for good measure, surprise cameo appearances by Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton. Whew! It seems like Bravo threw in everything but the kitchen sink. Only because they probably couldn’t salvage it from Lisa Vanderpump’s high end kitchen remodel!
One thing we did not see, however, was LVP interacting with the rest of the cast. She was a no show at Camille Grammer’s bridal shower and the rest of the ladies, of course, questioned her absence. These days, it seems that no one from the cast is in Camp Vanderpump. However, one former Housewife is showing her love for LVP and she isn’t shy about expressing her opinions about the rest of the cast, either.
Last night was the weirdest, most insanely random episode of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills ever! This is RHOBH without a common enemy to direct all their wrath and delusions onto. I dunno — I loved it!
Dorit Kemsley shows up in a redneck tuxedo to Denise Richards‘ house to drink double vodka tonics at 2 in the afternoon and talk motherhood. (Denise had water since she had to pick her daughter up from school) Ha! Motherhood was about 2% of their conversation the rest was all Lisa Vanderpump. Denise liked Dorit immediately when she met her, and found her very warm and kind. That’s Dorit’s ruse — everyone feels that way about her. Initially.
Denise counsels Hollywood neophyte Dorit about handling close friends betraying you to the tabloids. When Denise was going through her divorce she actually used to run sting operations on confidantes by sharing something with them to see if it would wind up in the press, and that was how she knew who was a true friend. Despite LVP ruining her reputation, eviscerating her belief in friends, and making her question all of humanity, Dorit still wants their friendship back. Denise believes that – with time – Dorit can eventually forgive her.
As one of the Real Housewives, Kyle Richards can be a bit wishy-washy. A self-admitted bundle of neuroses, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star often finds it difficult to commit to anything. If there is a feud, Kyle usually stays off to the side. Making comments behind the other ladies backs, of course! And we watched her season after season having difficulty in setting boundaries with her sister and former co-star Kim Richards.
One thing Kyle is not wishy-washy on, however, is her love of family. She often films with hubby Mauricio Umansky and their children. We have also seen her in-laws pop up on occasion. And sister Kathy Hilton appeared on Beverly Hills in earlier days. Kyle’s most famous-and notorious-family member, however, is her niece Paris Hilton, who has also been on the show. Kyle recently shared her thoughts about the possibility of Paris becoming a Housewife. Yes, a Housewife!