Well, actually, it did take long — as in the last few minutes of the reunion. But #pantygate sure did rear its ugly head again despite everyone’s insistence that it’s “gone on too long.”
If you remember, earlier in the season, Erika Girardi had (allegedly) flashed Kemsley’s husband while wearing a short dress with no underwear on. Instead of addressing the situation with Girardi directly, Kemsley criticized Girardi behind her back with the other women, suggesting Girardi might have done it on purpose, and blamed Girardi for her husband’s stares — all before jokingly gifting Girardi a pair of underwear to hide “her pretty little p—.”
Surprisingly, when the scandal came up again on Tuesday, Kemsley denied she and her husband PK had ever said Girardi had tried to seduce him.
“I did not accuse her of that,” Kemsley said, as PK sat next to her. “[Erika] announced she didn’t have underwear on. It’s like saying to somebody, ‘Don’t look at the pink elephant.’ She said, I’m not wearing any underwear.”
That’s not how it went down, of course. And Girardi made that very clear.
“I didn’t announce it, I was asked,” she quipped back. “And I said, ‘No I don’t have on any underwear.’ And then it became, ‘Okay…’ — and you know what, listen. This has gone on way too long.”
For his part, PK admitted he stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. “Certainly if I look back now, maybe I did get involved where I shouldn’t have gotten involved. Dorit’s very capable of handling herself. More often than not, my input wasn’t much appreciated.”
Still, he stood firm that he never stared at Girardi.
“I never stood staring at you. It’s just absolute nonsense,” PK said. “I caught a glance and then at that point, I never looked again. To a certain extent, Erika, I was making light heart of it. I realize now that that went on far too long and I totally agree with you. I can’t believe we’re still here talking about it.”
“When did I ever say that that’s something you did on purpose ever?” he continued. “It’s very frustrating when you’re accused of something you didn’t do.”
His words brought laughter from Girardi.
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“I was accused of that too!” she said. “You can’t defend [Dorit], PK. She’s here on the cast. Why? Why are you here to defend her?”
PK’s response was swift. “Erika I’m always going to defend her, because I know what her intentions were. She’s not a nasty person,” he said.
Girardi wasn’t criticizing Dorit though — she was addressing her anger towards him.
“I’m not calling her a nasty person, I’m calling you a nasty person for saying that s— about me,” she said.
Unfortunately, that’s where the episode ended. But knowing how much there’s still left to discuss about the problem, #pantygate is far from over.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.