Andy Cohen hopes that Lisa Rinna’s exit from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a pause and not permanent.
“First, you’ve gotta give props to Lisa Rinna for being, by the way, eight years,” Andy said on Monday’s episode of Radio Andy. “I was surprised when she said it was the longest job she’s ever had. But then I wasn’t, because eight years on a series for an actor.”
“I mean, she’s a working actor. She’s been an actor. Usually, you don’t get a part on a show that goes for eight years. So this is a reality show, and that is a testament to how compelling Lisa Rinna is to watch on television that she went eight years,” he noted.
“I really do hope that this is a pause. I hope she will come back. I really do,” he said. “I’ve talked to Tamra [Judge] about this a lot. Tamra ultimately said to me before she came back to this, she said, ‘You know what? My time away from the show kind of helped me as a person.’ And she said, ‘I think it was actually really positive to leave and get some air and step back.'”
“So I just hope that Lisa will humor us and comes back,” Andy admitted.
On Thursday, Rinna announced her exit from RHOBH after eight seasons on the show.
“This is the longest job I have held in my 35-year career, and I am grateful to everyone at Bravo and all those involved in the series. It has been a fun eight-year run, and I am excited for what is to come!” Rinna said in a statement, according to PEOPLE.
This decision was made after Rinna’s RHOBH contract expired following the end of season 12. The actress-turned-reality star demanded $2 million to return for season 13, which Bravo shot down. After doing some self-reflection, Rinna and Bravo came to the mutual decision for her to exit the Beverly Hills Housewives franchise.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is expected to return for season 13 in 2023.
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