It feels like a whole lifetime ago to remember this, but technically, Lisa Rinna joined Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a friend of Lisa Vanderpump’s. She knew Kyle Richards too, but LVP was the “in” they sold us on the show itself. Meanwhile, we all know that she signed on to sell more of those Lisa Rinna dusters on QVC.
From that point on Lisa and Lisa were frenemies at best, going back and forth with their playful jabs. At worst, they accused each other of some bad things and continually shaded each other in the most public ways possible. That’s why it’s super surprising that Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin has nothing but good things to say about Lisa. Don’t come for us, Stans. What I’m saying is that I just assumed Harry would go along with his wife’s opinion, but he actually has very opposite thoughts. And it’s just nice to read something, well, kind for a change.
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…
Whether you think Lisa Vanderpump is the queen of reality TV or the best chess player since Bobby Fisher, you have to admit that she has a strong following. In all honesty, she might have the most loyal fandom out of all of the Real Housewives. Her biggest Stans support everything she does from her TV appearances to her restaurants to her charitable endeavors. Some of them even go all in to call out Lisa’s (perceived) enemies on social media, blowing up Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Kyle Richards‘ mentions whenever they slip up.
Basically, LVP is the influencer of all influencers, whether you love her or loathe her. And, let’s be honest, a lot of reality TV viewers do love her. She was a big part of the glamour that initially drew in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers. She has the most successful Real Housewives spin-off show, with Vanderpump Rules approaching its eighth season. Sorry, Kim Zolciak, Don’t Be Tardy isn’t the most exciting show on TV. She wasn’t even on half of RHOBH Season 9, yet she dominated the conversations during the season, the reunion taping… and in interviews and on social media.
Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd hosted the Vanderpump Dogs Gala last week in Los Angeles. “Coincidentally” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members are currently on their cast trip in Rome. Try to convince me that timing is an accident. Now, everyone has a perfectly acceptable excuse for not attending the event/supporting the cause.
Nevertheless, there were some RHOBH alums in the house. Get ready for this one: Kim Richards was there… wearing what looked like the choker she had on from the Season 1 finale. You know, the necklace from that infamous scene where she accused Kyle Richards of stealing her goddamned house in the back of a limo. I would love to know how Kyle felt about Kim attending the event. Could Kim be trying to pull a Parent Trap and unite Lisa and Kyle? She does want them to make up, after all. RHOBH OG and eternal shit-stirrer Camille Grammer attended. I guess that bad blood with LVP was short-lived.
It is difficult to believe that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is filming season 10 without Lisa Vanderpump. Her decision to leave the show shocked fans–and probably her co-stars as well. Even though Lisa didn’t interact much with the other ladies for most of season 9, she was still the main storyline. Whether she liked it or not. The Puppy Gate scandal courtesy of Dorit Kemsley’s inability to follow the simple rules of her dog adoption contract was a drama that was unseemly on many levels and changed the dynamics of the show forever.
Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Dorit all probably underestimated Lisa’s potential reactions to assaults on her character. Especially in matters related to her honesty and her love of dogs. Vanderpump Rules star Lisa is committed to the welfare of animals and she recently spoke out on what she would like to be remembered for. And you can probably guess it is not for being a Housewife. Or Kyle’s former BFF.
What do you get when you leave a hit ensemble series amid rumors of treachery and trickery? If you are Lisa Vanderpump, you just might get another show. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star quit during Season 9’s infamous #puppygate scandal. In the space of 18 months Lisa lost family members, a check, and anyone in the cast who previously held the title of “friend”. After Lisa’s departure, the remaining ladies rallied around each other blissfully unaware of the backlash they would soon face.
Fans were outraged and are now threatening never to tune in to RHOBH again! The boycotts are on and the fury is palpable, but fear not LVP stans, Bravo might just throw you a bone. Speaking of bones, back in March, the streets were talking about the possibility of a new show being created for Lisa. While she already has Vanderpump Rules, this spawn of Lisa’s endeavors would feature her dog rescue organization, Vanderpump Dogs. Imagine, a program conceived at the Ground Zero of the drama that lead to Lisa’s exodus. It almost makes you want to say, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
When you think about it, Bravo really changed the face of reality television. Sure, Bravo didn’t invent the genre, but over the years, the network has taken risks to start a wide variety of reality themed shows–from real estate to yachting and more. Many of these shows have been very successful and have been game changers in the reality television world.
Of course, the franchise Bravo is probably best known for is the Real Housewives. Who knew in 2006 that the franchise would still be going strong in 2019. From the original Real Housewives of Orange County, the show has landed in cities from New York to Dallas to Beverly Hills. One of the most successful spin-offs has been the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Recently, Peter Thomas, who used to be a regular on the show when married to Cynthia Bailey, shared his thoughts about how the men on the Housewives shows are portrayed.