Real Housewives of Beverly Hills feels so far away, and yet like it happened just yesterday. This last season of RHOBH carried on the YEARS-long tradition of creating one storyline for the whole season, designed to humiliate ONE woman. Last year it was Lisa Vanderpump and puppy gate. The year before was Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave (which in hindsight, I don’t mind that one so much). The year before that was Erika Girardi and panty-gate. This year it was Denise Fu**ing Richards and an ALLEGED sexual encounter, with RHOBH’s self-proclaimed truth teller, Brandi Glanville.
Do you want to revisit any of those seasons? I don’t. Seasons that beat to death a single story are totally unenjoyable. Housewives works best, IMHO, when the show features a truly ensemble cast. Real Housewives of New York City, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City even seem to understand this implicitly. Plus, these series, along with New Jersey, Potomac, Dallas and yes, Orange County have women who are willing to show their lives. RHOBH doesn’t do either of these things and yet, it was the most-watched series in the franchise.
When Real Housewives of Beverly Hills paused production in November, the word on the street (I.e. the internet) was that there was a positive covid test from a member of the production team. Then, Kyle Richards started drop some not-at-all-subtle hints that she had coronavirus on Thanksgiving when she publicly thanked Teddi Mellencamp for bringing Thanksgiving dinner for her family since Kyle was too sick to cook.
Does anyone actually believe that Kyle was going to cook a whole Thanksgiving dinner?
Soon after Kyle posted that, it was reported that Kyle, Kyle’s sister Kathy Hilton, and Dorit Kemsley all have coronavirus. However, it’s been reported that they do not have severe symptoms and we are wishing them all the best.
Bless her damn heart. Brandi Glanville still doesn’t have a diamond. After slapping Lisa Vanderpump and causing multiple controversies on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi found herself out of a job. The second she received a #pinkslipbybravo, Brandi started a campaign to try and get her gig back. Always finding herself in rather questionable situations, it seemed Brandi’s only shot was to create drama with people still actively employed on the show.
Most of the cast treated Brandi like a pariah, until they needed her for something. That “something” was a scandalous storyline with Denise Richards to pump up the drama on an otherwise lame season. In an attempt to throw the scent off the alleged affair with Brandi, Denise implied Brandi hooked up with yet another cast member. While we still don’t know if that is a fact, what we do know is it wasn’t Kim Richards. Thank God.
As one of the people who was pumped to find out that Teddi Mellencamp got fired from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (even though Erika Jayne brought even less to the table in recent years), I was just hoping she would fade into the background.
However (like almost every other reality TV cast member), Teddi has a podcast. She’s also running her extremely questionable “accountability coach business.” Given all of the controversy surrounding her program, we really don’t need Teddi to get any more influence, in real life or on social media.
On Season 10 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, “OG” Kyle Richards wasn’t shy about sharing her opinions about her co-stars’ looks. Kyle lost her mind when Dorit Kemsley was late to Teddi Mellencamp’s retreat. Dorit showed up late after obviously being glammed up, and Kyle didn’t appreciate it.
RHOBH viewers were treated to even more trash-talking from Kyle when she attended Denise Richards and her husband’s Aaron Phypers’ low-key pizza party. Kyle discovered that Dorit was late to Teddi’s function because she did an Instagram photo shoot. When Denise defended Dorit, Kyle said that Denise looked like a “ragamuffin.” Gasp!
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards announced in September that she was exiting the show. She had a pretty rough season. RHOBH viewers saw Brandi Glanville allege that she had a sexual liaison with Denise. Denise, whose husband Aaron Phypers was annoying all season, denied the hookup.
The accusations divided the cast, and “OG” Kyle Richards sided with Brandi. But that wasn’t Kyle’s only issue with Denise. Kyle called out Denise for not engaging with her fellow Housewives and for walking away repeatedly. Denise did not want to discuss these hookup allegations on camera, but Kyle and her bestie Teddi Mellencamp would not be denied.
Even though Real Housewives is technically a reality TV show, we don’t see anyone’s true reality. Of course, it’s impossible to show the entirety of anyone’s life. However, some of these Housewives sure do hide a lot. And by “a lot” I mean lawsuits on lawsuits on lawsuits.
But, aside from legal issues the women are trying to hide, what else are they trying to keep from the show? Well, apparently, there’s a West Coast Housewife who’s trying hard to hide her husband’s affair.
When Denise Richards left Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Garcelle Beauvais seemed genuinely sad to say goodbye to filming with her friend of many years. In contrast, Erika Jayne, Lisa Rinna, and Teddi Mellencamp joked about her departure with memes and Instagram Stories dissing her.
They already got a lot of flack for acting like they were the “Mean Girls of Beverly Hills,” so the memes didn’t help that perception. Then again, this fanbase in particular is just so vocal and whoever liked them before (or didn’t like them before) isn’t going to be swayed by a meme.