Sources close to Lisa Vanderpump are shutting down NeNe Leakes’ claims that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star talked her out of buying PUMP.
According to The Daily Mail, sources close to PUMP’s landlord say that Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump did nothing wrong and chose the site for PUMP on their own.
“The landlord of the SUR headquarters is the same landlord as the Pump Restaurant so the Vanderpumps were well aware of this premises as it sits on the most prominent corner of West Hollywood and had been available for years,” the source explained.
The source continued, “The Vanderpumps did not need anyone to draw their attention to it as they have an eye for locations with potential throughout West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, London and now Las Vegas.”
As for NeNe’s untrue claims, the source says: “It bewilders us that these egregious claims have surfaced six years later.”
During an interview on Friday, the Real Housewives of Atlanta OG revealed that Vanderpump had burned her in a major way.
“You know I actually said the wrong name. … I meant Lisa Vanderpump. I did not mean to say, Lisa Rinna,” NeNe claimed on the February 1st episode of Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show. “She knows that we have a little something, something she did to me. I’ve never really addressed it. … She did some real foul s—t to me.”
NeNe says that she wanted to buy the space on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood where Vanderpump now has her successful bar/restaurant PUMP.
“At the time, Greg [Leakes] and I were living in [Los Angeles] and I was working on Glee and New Normal,” NeNe told Jenny. “We ride down that West Hollywood area where all the gay bars are — and I have a large gay fanbase — and I kept thinking, ‘It would be so cool if I had a bar right in here somewhere.’ And that space was empty and kind of raggedy-looking and torn down.”
When NeNe asked Vanderpump for advice on the space, NeNe claims LVP deterred her from going forward with her plans.
“She said, ‘Oh darling, darling, it’s a piece of crap and they’re charging so much for it, darling,’” Leakes said. “She talked me off of it and then went and got it. … That’s so f—ked up.”
Vanderpump herself has not responded to NeNe claims but surely she will directly address it sooner or later.