Lisa Vanderpump has not yet revealed if she is returning to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after all of this season’s drama, but her co-star Kyle Richards is already talking about LVP’s possible exit. During a recent interview, the 50-year-old admitted that RHOBH without Vanderpump wouldn’t be the same, but “the show must go on.”
“I always wanted to do the show with Lisa,” Richards told E!’s Daily Pop. “You know, we have fun together. But I think if she doesn’t want to do it … then the show must go on, so to speak.”
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Richards says that RHOBH will survive without Vanderpump, and this season’s ratings are proof. Despite LVP’s limited airtime in Season 9, Richards says fans are loving the show and ratings are high. While the former Little House on the Prairie actress would love to continue doing the show with Vanderpump, there’s nothing she can do about it if the restaurateur decides to leave. RHOBH has to move on, she says.
Richards also discussed the drama on the long-running series and insisted that the producers don’t manufacture it by playing the Housewives against each other. She says they are really careful about not doing that because producers don’t want their names popping up during a reunion. Richards explained that producers want to keep their hands clean, so they never approach a cast member with the intention of getting them worked up over a co-star.
As for those fans who believe RHOBH is scripted, Richards says “that’s not the case,” but it would definitely make their lives easier if it were true because they could leave all the drama behind them at the end of the day.
The women of RHOBH will soon be filming the Season 9 reunion, and Richards remains optimistic that Vanderpump will show up. She says none of the women enjoy filming the special because it’s a day full of emotional torture.
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No matter if LVP shows or not, Richards believes there is still hope for their broken friendship.
“Honestly, I think that if you have a deep enough friendship and you care enough about someone, there’s always room for repair,” she explained. “That’s how I feel, but I can’t speak for Lisa, though.”
Vanderpump briefly addressed the possibility of leaving during a recent RHOBH aftershow, but all she would say is “it depends” and “I can’t say.”
New episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills air Tuesday nights on Bravo.