Denise Richards’ “Bravo, Bravo, f–king Bravo” moment is all anyone can talk about after last week’s episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Fans finally got to see the infamous scene play out after much disappointment that it was cut from an earlier episode in the season.
During a group dinner in Rome, Teddi Mellencamp broke the news to Denise that Brandi Glanville claimed they slept together in April 2019.
“Denise, I’m not going to torture you any longer, she said you two had sex,” Teddi blurted out after Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley and Garcelle Beauvais insisted she spill the beans.
Denise was immediately defensive and denied the allegations entirely.
“Aaron was there. … My daughter was there, I was there with three kids,” Denise said. “Are you f—king kidding me? … You guys, I’m going through so much stuff, it has nothing to do with any of us, it has nothing to do with this show. And Bravo, Bravo, Bravo.”
She then admitted she was “floored” by Brandi’s accusations and begged the cameras, “Please do not air this, please. That is not true.”
At dinner, Dorit told Denise she had to stop saying, “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo.” Meanwhile, in her confessional, Teddi claimed hat Denise often says “Bravo, Bravo…” while filming to protect herself.
“One of the most frustrating things about Denise is that she is so concerned with her image that every single time we talk about something she doesn’t want to talk about, she’s going to ‘Bravo, Bravo, Bravo’ so she can continue to get an edit that she wants,” Teddi said. “The fact that Denise is yelling at the cameras and the crew because she’s going through all of these personal issues … [this is] actually exactly what she signed up to do. To talk about what’s going on in her life.”
“I’m gonna go. I have to call a f—king lawyer,” Denise said at the end of last Wednesday’s episode.
Dorit whispered to Denise, “They’re not going to cut it,” to which Denise quipped back, “If they ever want me to be on this show, they need to cut that.”
Now on the RHOBH After Show, the RHOBH cast is calling out Denise for her “Bravo, Bravo” outbursts and for trying to control the narrative on RHOBH.
Kyle Richards explained that the “Bravo, Bravo” phrase goes back to season one of RHOBH when she, Lisa Vanderpump, Taylor Armstrong and “all of us, we’d like use that time to quickly like you know put a little powder because it’s not like we have, you know, glam!”
“So we would touch up our makeup, and then they’d be like, ‘Pull the cameras back up!’” she continued. “But we for some reason — it was the show was so new to us, we didn’t want to be like caught touching up our lip gloss, which now you’ll see us do that in [a] scene all the time — that we’d go, ‘Hold on! Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! Hi Andy Cohen!’ like touching up our lip gloss. That was that.”
However, that’s not what Denise used the phrase for throughout season 12.
Kyle admitted that when she saw the season 12 trailer, she was shocked that Bravo broke the fourth wall.
“When I first saw the, you know, the trailer for the season I was like [gasp] ‘They’re breaking the fourth wall?’ Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!” Kyle said.
“In my six years, I’ve never witnessed that,” Erika Girardi said of the shocking moment.
“I’m like, wait, can we do that?” Sutton Stracke added. “I would have done that before I was getting pummeled by Dorit.”
Dorit, on the other hand, explained, she heard that “some of the O.G.s had said it in the very beginning when they wanted to touch up their makeup or something” but adds, “I’ve never seen someone do it to cut something out or not have something used or to put an end to a conversation.”
Kyle then points out that the phrase was never meant to be used as a way to shut down drama on the show or prevent it from airing.
“That is the downside of being on reality television,” she said. “There’s an upside, obviously. We have a lot of fun. We go on great trips. We do fun stuff together. We care about each other, but you know, when there’s parts of it you don’t want — there are parts of your life you don’t want the audience to see, it can, you know, be very difficult. Parts that you don’t feel are fair and unjust and not true, and all of that, but you know that’s part of the deal.”
“We can’t, arbitrarily, as individual women in this group decide what we want and what we don’t want shown. It’s not favorable for everybody at all times. It’s not,” Dorit said in agreement. “We all have felt the brunt of putting your life out there.”
Erika concurs, joking, “That’s why we always say roll with the punches. Because sometimes you really get punched in the face.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.