Lisa Vanderpump is set to star in the upcoming seventh season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — but she revealed Monday that she nearly didn’t sign on for another round of the reality Bravo series.
“I was reticent because I felt the last season was just so aggressive towards me. I’m not a victim in it because I did hit back and the audience were great and really supported me, but it just went down a road I just thought, ‘I don’t think I can do this anymore,’ ” Vanderpump, 56, told Access Hollywood Live.
“I’d been on it for quite a few years, but then I met with them — I didn’t start until a couple of weeks after everybody else — and I’ve had such a great time on it and it was just really a couple of really negative episodes and I thought that shouldn’t define the whole experience because it’s given me so much in terms of, as I say, going to Congress for Yulin [dog meat festival] and they said that they would include a lot of the things that I was doing in my life and that was very important to me,” she added.
Vanderpump, who is the owner of numerous restaurants — including Los Angeles’ Villa Blanca, SUR and Pump — has starred on every season of RHOBH and her (restaurant) spin-off Vanderpump Rules. “I’ve done 250 episodes of reality television now,” Vanderpump said. “It’s a lot.”
But although the businesswoman and reality star contemplated passing on the seventh season, viewers will see the OG Beverly Hills Housewife return (with Jiggy!) in December – and can expect her to throw jabs at fellow costar Lisa Rinna.
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“This season I just can’t help but keep having a little jab at her. I kind of took away the power from her because I felt — I don’t want to say attacked — that she just kept coming at me and was so aggressive and I suddenly kind of managed to brush it off and now I just can’t help have a little poke at her,” Vanderpump said.
Asked about former Housewife Kim Richards, whose drama with her sister, Kyle, was featured throughout past seasons of RHOBH, Vanderpump said that the siblings are in a good place.
“I think she’s doing really well. I’ve seen her and she’s looking great. Now she’s a grandmother — she’s just got a new little grandbaby that she’s got her paws all over — so she seems really well, really happy,” Vanderpump said. “The sisters are in a great place, which it’s been kind of difficult, but they’re really — it’s good. So all positive.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns for season 7 on Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo