The sixth season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a totally sloppy mess from start to painful finish, so it’s not surprising to me that Yolanda Hadid exited and rumors are heating up that Lisa Vanderpump will soon, too.
These two Housewives arguably had the toughest go this season, with Hadid painted as faking her Lyme disease diagnosis (sick selfies vs. happy selfies, anyone?) and Vanderpump portrayed as the manipulative villain of the crew, so I’m not in any way shocked to hear that they’re leaving the franchise.
Multiple outlets, including TMZ and Us Weekly, are reporting that Vanderpump has little desire to hop on board for Season 7 of the show. Us Weekly even adds that Vanderpump was offered a seven figure salary, but that all signs are pointing toward her leaving the show altogether to focus on her restaurants, her other Bravo show Vanderpump Rules and her animal rights activism.
I totally understand why Vanderpump would want to leave — the storyline in Season 6 was hardly kind to her. Season 5 heavily featured her fallout with Brandi Glanville, but it seemed that Glanville took much of the heat for that, and she ultimately left the show. But this season saw Vanderpump in the hot seat, having feuds with pretty much everyone, including Hadid, Eileen Davidson, Lisa Rinna, and even her good friend, Kyle Richards. In fact, the two words of the season were undoubtedly “Munchhausen’s” and “manipulative,” with the focus for both ending up somehow on Vanderpump’s shoulders.
Of course, only Vanderpump and the other ladies know how much of the scenarios were true and how much was crafty Bravo editing work, but I can’t imagine that someone would feel good about being portrayed on national TV in that light, especially when Vanderpump has brought so much to Bravo with not one, but two successful shows.
That said, Vanderpump doesn’t need Bravo anymore — she certainly doesn’t need them for a paycheck, as she’s rumored to be one of the wealthiest Housewives in any city, and her name recognition has soared thanks to the show, but her restaurants are doing just fine. If anything, RHOBH needs her, and not the other way around.
If she does leave the show, it’s likely that die-hard RHOBH fans (including myself) won’t continue to tune in. Vanderpump is the epitome of everything the Housewives are known for — a decadent, elegant lifestyle that most of us ‘normal’ people will never get to remotely experience. It honestly feels like she was made for the show. She’s stylish and classy, sure, but she’s also bawdy and has that cheeky British sense of humor, which makes things interesting and adds an unexpected twist. Vanderpump sitting in her extravagant closet alone is worth tuning in for, and the show will have a gaping hole in it without her.
I can’t say I blame her for not wanting to return, but I fear that her absence will cause the show to sink further into the contrived drama wasteland it became in Season 6.
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