“I had a horrible season last year,” the veteran reality star, 54, tells PEOPLE at the launch of EVINE Live Friday in New York City. “They threw everything at me last year, the other women. It was nasty and it was mean-spirited.”
Specifically, Vanderpump had a falling out with former friend Brandi Glanville, who helped turn the rest of the cast against Vanderpump at the end of last season.
“I don’t have any understanding of her motives in any situation ever. I thought the only way for me to really sustain any kind of relationship was to give her the kind of credibility she deserves, which is little to nothing,” the tough Brit says bluntly about Glanville.
But she doesn’t have hard feelings toward the entire cast.
Vanderpump says she recently reached out to Kim Richards, who is shown struggling with her sobriety on during the current season of RHOBH.
“We’re not that close, we work together and we’re friendly,” Vanderpump says. “But I did text her and said, ‘it must be very difficult to see this play out on television.’ I think that must be. I am not somebody that wants people to fail.”
The restauranteur and supporter of causes including GLAAD also offered a bit of a spoiler alert for next season.
“I shouldn’t tell you, [but] I officiate a gay wedding on Housewives, so that’s gonna be on the show,” she says. “I’m sure I’ll get some crap for that from people who don’t support it, but I don’t care. I am going to stand up for what I believe in.”
Of course, her line, Estate Jewelry, with new digital commerce company EVINE Live, will also be keeping her busy – so busy, the Vanderpump Rules den mother might have to scale back her restaurant work.
“I think I would cut down with the restaurants,” she says. “I think that I’ve maxed out by now. I have about 29 restaurants. That’s a lot of work!”