During last week’s episode of RHOBH, the hashtag #GoodbyeKyle went viral as Ken demanded Kyle Richards leave his home following a blowout fight between her and his wife Lisa. Ken yelled “Goodbye Kyle” as Kyle exited Villa Rosa.
Following the episode, Kyle decided to turn lemons into lemonade and poked fun at #GoodbyeKyle. Her RHOBH co-stars quickly joined in a posted their own #GoodbyeKyle posts on social media. Even Kyle’s good friend Kris Jenner got in on the fun.
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However, not everyone thought the posts were fun and Vanderpump stans quickly accused Kyle and the RHOBH cast of bullying.
And it turns out Lisa Vanderpump agrees with her fans.
“Lisa finds it insulting that the women of RHOBH are posting videos mocking Ken,” a source close to Lisa told HollywoodLife. “Lisa is embarrassed that she yelled at Kyle. However, she is so protective of her husband and hates to see other people make such fun of him. Lisa loves Ken with all her heart and they are both very protective of one another. Lisa knows Ken was just stepping in to defend his wife and he’d do it again in a heartbeat if he felt he needed to.”
Despite the drama, Lisa feels she has the upper hand since so many close to her have her back.
“It’s really all of the ladies in the cast versus Lisa,” our source added. “She still talks to Camille and Denise here and there, but really, that’s it. She’s close with former housewife Joyce Giraud, but she’s not on the show anymore. Lisa really is surrounding herself with her nephews, children and her Vanderpump Rules cast and her Vanderpump Dogs Rescue employees, whom she’s close to. She has tons of support in spite of the current strains in the relationship with other cast members.”
After receiving backlash from her #GoodbyeKyle post, Kyle took to Instagram stories on Sunday night to defend her actions.
“As most of you know last week’s episode of RHOBH was a difficult one. When I went to Lisa’s house to talk to her, I knew it would not be easy but felt I had to be honest after the conversation that had taken place between the other women and me earlier. I didn’t expect to be having a conversation with both Lisa and Ken,” Kyle explained.
Kyle goes to say that after last week’s episode aired she was inundated with rude tweets and memes using the #GoodbyeKyle hashtag. So, instead of getting upset over it she decided to make a joke about it as seen on her Instagram stories.
“After Ken screamed at me and told me to get out of his house, he yelled “goodbye Kyle” in a very aggressive tone. After that, LVP supporters were tweeting me rude comments with the hashtag #GoodbyeKyle and posting memes with “Goodbye Kyle” as the theme. When I walked past SUR with friends on the way to The Abbey, I made a joke about the now infamous “Goodbye Kyle” it was my way of being in on the joke instead of taking it laying down. Besides, I find laughter to be the best medicine.”
Continuing, “I have now read comments saying I was doing that to be mean because I want Lisa off the show. That is not true at all. Lisa and I have had arguments in the past and never at any point did I want to do the show without Lisa.”
“This argument took place 7 months ago. Personally, I would think they would prefer me making a joke about it rather than making a big deal about a man getting up in my face. I have not taken that route intentionally as regardless of what happened between Lisa, Ken and me, I do care about them,” Kyle concluded.
According to AllAboutTRH‘s poll on Instagram, 52% thought #GoodbyeKyle was funny and not mean spirited. But it seems like fans are still split down the middle.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.