The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been a hit franchise since it debuted almost 10 years ago. So, it’s not surprising that the two OG Beverly Hills Housewives are taking responsibility for launching the hit Bravo show.
Kyle Richards rocked the world of Real Housewives when she claimed that she and sister Kim Richards were “the first two people signed on” to sign onto the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast.
“I got a call saying Bravo has greenlit if you and Kim sign now, otherwise they’re not doing RHOBH. And I had to make a decision because there was another network that was asking us to do the show,” Kyle revealed during an appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show.
However, around the same time, Andy Cohen seemed to tell a different tale of events.
“I mean, it has been well documented that when we were developing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I was not totally sold on doing the show… But when I saw Lisa Vanderpump on that casting tape, man, she was the one who really sold me on doing the show,” Andy confessed on his Andy Cohen Live radio show.
Lisa Vanderpump then weighted in after both Andy and Kyle shared their version of events. Not surprisingly, Vanderpump sided with Andy.
“Andy said otherwise…he would know lol #boss,” she tweeted in response to Kyle’s claims.
Yet, Andy later took to Twitter and gave credit to BOTH Kyle and Lisa; claiming that both of them played crucial parts in launching the franchise.
“They’re BOTH true! Lisa is who I personally gravitated to on the casting reel. Also true is the fact that another network wanted to do a show with @KyleRichards & @KimRichards11 & if the Richards decided to move forward with that network, #RHOBH wouldn’t have happened!” Andy explained.
Meanwhile, LVP continues to open up more and more about filming her ninth and final season of RHOBH.
In a new interview with The Express, Vanderpump reveals how she struggled to film season 9.
“I was tearful most days filming Housewives last season,” Vanderpump said.
She continued: “The whole cast ganged up on me, and I was just weary.”
As we all know, Lisa’s brother, Mark Vanderpump, died by suicide right before season 9 started filming.
“I was emotionally depleted. I started filming two days after my brother’s funeral, which was challenging at best,” the reality TV star said. “I wanted to take the year off and didn’t want to be in the emotionally combative situation that Housewives often entails. But I owed them my loyalty and commitment.”
Vanderpump only filmed about half of season 9 before walking away from the drama of Puppygate and refusing to film with her co-stars.
And it turns out Vanderpump doesn’t regret walking away, explaining, “I didn’t have time for the petty bull s–t, really. People are screaming at you. They were arguing about who said what about a dog! I’ve had enough. It just became too much.”
While Andy Cohen says “the door will always be open to Lisa,” the former RHOBH star doesn’t seem that open about a potential return to the show.
“No. Who knows?” LVP said about ever returning to RHOBH.
Vanderpump says her brother’s death left her heartbroken and struggling with her mental health.
“The devastation is hard to deal with,” she explained. “When your only sibling goes, they take every memory and shared experience with them. You think, ‘Could anything I have done made a difference?’ Shoulda, woulda, coulda.”
She continued, “That’s just part of the sadness. I have had depressing moments. I started on antidepressants after my brother passed, and grief counseling. After such a depressing year, I worry about the toll it might take. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to step away from Housewives.”