Andy Cohen Says Lisa Vanderpump Was The Only Reason He Wanted 'RHOBH' In The First Place

The queen herself Lisa Vanderpump has officially announced that she’s leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and fans are going crazy.

But more upset than the fans? Bravo exec and Real Housewives franchise creator Andy Cohen.

While talking on his radio show, Cohen recalled,

“It has been well documented that when we were developing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I was not totally sold on doing the show. When I saw Lisa Vanderpump on that casting tape, man, she was the one who really sold me on doing the show. I just wanted to see more of Lisa, and so did all of you.”

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Lisa with Andy Cohen

Lisa officially announced her departure after much speculation to Us Weekly. She explained,

“I made the decision to leave. It was a very difficult year for me, personally and professionally. I had wonderful things happen this year, opening up and TomTom and the cocktail garden in Vegas. The Housewives, it’s just, it’s emotionally too difficult to deal with.”

Lisa’s brother Mark died by suicide last year and she has been grieving ever since.

On top of that, her RHOBH co-stars decided to gang up on her this season over “puppy gate” after fellow RHOBH star Dorit Kemsley gave away a dog she had adopted from Lisa’s dog rescue charity Vanderpump Dogs.

Lisa was then accused of passive-aggressively using her co-stars to get back at Dorit as well as planting stories in the tabloids.

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Lisa with the cast of Vanderpump Rules on Celebrity Family Feud

Lisa is one of only two Real Housewives known to quit the show (the other was Bethenny Frankel, who had her own spinoff before eventually returning to RHONY). The show is notorious for firing housewives as they please.

But Andy insists that Lisa is welcome back on RHOBH if she ever wants to return.

In the meantime, Lisa will continue appearing on her own spinoff Vanderpump Rules, which is currently one of Bravo’s most popular shows.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.