RHOBH's Lisa Vanderpump Says Her Friendship with Kyle Richards Is ‘Finished’ After 'PuppyGate'
Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards have been close friends since The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiered in 2010
In her latest BravoTV.com blog, the SUR restauranteur, 58, made it clear that she has no intention of patching things up with Richards, calling their friendship “finished.”
The trouble between when Vanderpump’s RHOBH costars accused her of setting up Dorit Kemsley over a storyline known among fans as “PuppyGate.”
Richards, 50, was caught in the middle — admitting on the show that she was aware of Vanderpump’s strategic ways but cared for her anyway. That didn’t appear to be enough for Vanderpump, though. When the two met at Vanderpump’s house in the premiere episode, they got into a screaming match that ended with Vanderpump’s husband Ken Todd calling Richards a liar before kicking her out of the home.
The scene was Vanderpump’s breaking point. “That is where the show started but is ultimately where our friendship finished,” she wrote in her blog.
“For me to put my hand to God and swear on my children’s life and still have my friend disbelieve me is unacceptable,” Vanderpump continued. “I assure you, if any of my friends were as vociferous in their statement of innocence, holding up their children’s life … guess what? I would believe them.”
In February, Richards revealed that her argument with Vanderpump that day was the last time the two had spoken.
“When you’re kicked out of someone’s house… it was really strange for me because I’m so close with them,” she said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Richards added that any attempts to contact Vanderpump have gone unanswered. “I’ve sent a text and an email,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m blocked or supposedly blocked, but that’s the last time we spoke.”
Things have gotten worse since the show began airing.
On Thursday, Vanderpump retweeted a message that said the RHOBH cast should be fired. Richards then posted a screenshot of Vanderpump’s tweet to her Instagram Story, adding a red arrow pointing out the retweet and an image of a cartoon man smoking a pipe with the caption “Interesante.”
Bravo reps are not commenting on the social media posts, but it’s sure to be a topic at the RHOBH reunion — which is expected to be the first time Vanderpump comes face to face with her fellow Beverly Hills Housewives (including Richards).
Vanderpump attended the RHOBH premiere party last month but left before the rest of her cast arrived.
She previously told PEOPLE that she almost left the reality show after the death of her brother, Mark Vanderpump, last April.
“I did talk to Bravo… and said it would probably be for the best for me if I didn’t come back to Housewives this year,” the reality star said. “I just had such a hard time in my personal life I probably wasn’t strong enough to do the show.”
Still, other costars — like Lisa Rinna — have slammed Vanderpump for turning her back on RHOBH and opting out of shooting group scenes for over two months of filming.
“We were working our asses off. She did half of a season!” Rinna, 55, said on The Jenny McCarthy Show in February. “She shot a whole season of Vanderpump Rules before she came to do our show [and after Mark’s death]. So why can you do that but all of a sudden you can’t do our show?”
“To not show up for work and to not contact any of us for 2½ months? I’m so disappointed in that behavior,” Rinna added. She’s got 400 employees. … If one of her employees did that? They’d be fired. So the fact that Bravo took, you know, there were no consequences… she was able to just do that. … I think ti’s a really bad example of women in the workplace.”
The actress continued, “I am raising two teenage girls. Harry [Hamlin] and I have raised them, ‘You show up. You are professional. You’re on time. And I don’t care what you’re going through, you show up for work.’ And if you can’t, you say to somebody, ‘I am in trouble. Help me.’ ”
Rinna added that she wished Vanderpump had said that she was struggling to move on from Mark’s death.
“I understand that everybody’s grieving process is different, and our hearts have gone out and we feel so deeply for Lisa Vanderpump and what she’s been through,” Rinna said. “In saying that, what I’m the most disappointed in is that she did not reach out to any of us … and say, ‘Hey, you know what? I’m in pain and I’m suffering and I’m going to need to take a medical leave of absence.’ Every single one of us would have said, ‘Go heal and do what you need to do.’ ”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.