Hindsight is 20/20, and I bet Denise Richards now wishes that she remained on the Housewives rumored ‘forever no’ list!
Brian Moylan, ‘Housewives‘ expert and ghostwriter to Erika Girardi’s NYT Best Seller Pretty Mess, was recently on the ‘Hot Takes Deep Dives’ podcast and spilled some secrets about a rumored ‘do not call’ list. When asked about the alleged Housewives ‘do not call list’ Moylan confirmed that it exists and even spilled who was on it. The host claimed that “Heather Locklear is blacklisted because of all the legal trouble,” which led to Moylan to spill on what other details he knew:
“There is a list that they call the ‘forever no’ list either housewives or women who have been approached by casting directors who were either not interested or who they have interviewed more than once, and they have decided against. Curiously Denise Richards was one of the people who they had interviewed, and thought was too boring, but then Bravo specifically said, ‘Can you get use Denise Richards’ and so they went after Denise Richards, and it ended up being two seasons of pure gold – so thank you!”
Just to confirm, the list seems to be managed by casting agents and not Bravo itself, so at the end of the day, Bravo will always have the final say. Despite Bravo having the ultimate power, Moylan revealed that there are certain women that casting directors have decided aren’t worth picking up the phone for – and they are very recognizable names. Per Moylan:
“There is this ‘forever no’ list, and a casting agent said that all of those people that we bring up: Lori Laughlin Nicolette Sheridan, Heather Locklear, people we think would be great on ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ have either said no or have been interviewed, and they’re too much of a mess or are not good for television.”
Lisa Rinna had admitted that Bravo originally didn’t want her, so it seems that the list is full of 90’s actresses knowing that Denise, Lori, Nicolette, and Heather were all on it. Personally, I like the unknown ‘wives more than actresses on the show, so I have a feeling these casting agents know what they are doing. I bet Denise would agree with that as well, as it seems their original instinct was correct regarding her as her stint on RHOBH was a disaster.
RHOBH airs Wednesdays on Bravo.