The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Lisa Vanderpump has emerged as the show’s — and Housewives franchise’s — breakout stars, following the hugely successful premiere on Bravo this week of her spinoff Vanderpump Rules on Bravo. (See video promo below)
And it’s already a hit, with its Monday premiere snagging nearly 2 million TV viewers.
But, similar to how The Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel‘s amazing trajectory irked some of her co-stars, it seems some of Lisa’s castmates may also have daggers in their eyes.
Not surprisingly, Lisa’s ex-BFF Adrienne Maloof hasn’t exactly uncorked the champagne to toast Lisa’s success.
“I really don’t have much a relationship with Adrienne,” London-born Lisa, who co-hosted Anderson Live on Tuesday, tells gossipdavid.com. “I have a lot of empathy for the fact that the family, the whole unit, has broken down because they lived opposite me. [Adrienne's husband] Paul [Nassif] has reached out to me actually a few times, and he has been pretty upset, and he’s been kind of regretful about the things he said about me on the show. So I have responded to him and tried to be supportive.”
Lisa, 53, adds, “But in terms of her being supportive, I haven’t really had any interaction regarding the spinoff. In fact, the day the show was announced that it wasn’t going to be picked up, it was actually the day it was picked up, so I kept very quiet for a few months and didn’t really say anything. Because I’m not competitive. I don’t feel the need to put other women down to make myself feel better. I just didn’t want to rub anyone’s nose in it.”
As for the rest of the RHOBH cast, “Kyle [Richards] is supportive, she tweeted. Taylor [Armstrong] sent flowers. And Brandi [Glanville] of course has been very supportive.”
So with the seeming success of Vanderpump Rules, will Lisa go Bethenny’s route and leave Housewives to focus on her solo TV career?
“I don’t know, I really don’t know at this point,” she says. “A lot of people said, ‘How can you do two reality shows, and also being involved in the production of Vanderpump Rules?’ But you have to understand that Vanderpump Rules really just followed my life, so it wasn’t that much work. I didn’t find it that that taxing.”
Lisa adds, “I obviously won’t be on Housewives forever — it’s not a never-ending job, but I have such an attachment to Andy Cohen, I really, really do. I really do love him and the production company, they have so much integrity. The production company that does both shows have always tried to show the accurate story. And I think I’m one of the only Housewife who never said ‘Take this out.’ I have a great affinity to them and attachment to them.”
But Lisa, who’s been married to supportive husband Ken Todd for 30 years, isn’t the only star on Vanderpump Rules: There’s also her pampered pooch Giggy, who has emerged as a star in his own right. So is Giggy up for a spinoff of his own?
“I think Giggy would be a great spinoff, but I don’t think Bravo can afford him!” Lisa says, laughing. “He doesn’t mind doing little guest appearances, but he is signed to CAA, so you’re going to have to talk to his people!”