On Wednesday, September 9, Denise confirmed to Variety that she would not be returning for season 11.
Denise never revealed what led to her departure from the franchise, which left many fans confused and wanting to know more.
Andy Cohen attempted to fill in the blanks behind Denise’s exit from RHOBH while appearing on PEOPLE’s Reality Check with Daryn Carp.
“I’m just upset we couldn’t reach an agreement for next season,” he confessed. “I’m kind of living in that sadness.”
Andy added, “We were negotiating a deal with her, and we couldn’t reach an agreement on the deal.”
However, now a new report suggests there’s much more behind Denise’s exit from RHOBH.
Page Six reports that some Bravo insiders claim that Denise demanded too much money to re-up her contract for season 11. Meanwhile, sources close to Denise say that she was over the show and walked away without even giving Bravo a chance to negotiate.
Another source says that Denise demanded an “excessive” amount of money for season 11 and that Bravo wasn’t willing to cough up the cash.
“People think that she didn’t want to come back and that it’s because she got ‘mean-girled’ [by other cast members]. The truth is she did want to come back. But [Bravo] didn’t want to pay her what she asked for. It was way out of her pay grade,” an insider tells Page Six.
Sources in Denise’s camp say she loved her first season on RHOBH but had a “rough” second season due to the drama with the cast over her alleged affair with Brandi Glanville.
“Bravo called her last week to ask her if she wanted to return, and she took a couple of days to think about it,” the sources said, adding that by September 9, Denise ultimately decided to quit, which is when her agent called Bravo to break the news.
Yet, source number one calls the claims nonsense and says that Denise “would happily have come back, but for a huge price.”
The source adds that Bravo “negotiated a lot” with Denise but says there was a massive gap between what Denise was demanding and what the network was willing to pay.
Part 3 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 10 reunion airs on September 16.
Thoughts on this report? How much money do you think Denise demanded? Are you surprised Bravo didn’t pay up to keep her on the show? Do you think Denise’s season 10 actions are why Bravo didn’t give in to her salary demands? Sound off below!