Every Thursday, celebrate #TBT with us as we open the vault to share photos and videos of Bravolebrities before they were famous--or revisit memorable moments from our shows. This week, we’re throwing it back to Lisa Rinna’s much-discussed Depend ad.
“I’ll do anything to make a buck. I don’t say no very much, I say 'yes,'” Lisa Rinna quipped during her inaugural season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Throughout a career filled with roles in everything from Days of Our Lives to Melrose Place and Entourage, the one move she’s gained the most scrutiny for was endorsing the adult diaper brand, Depend. The topic even came to light during Part 1 of the RHOBH Season 5 reunion, when Kim Richards sparred with Lisa over the merit of her career choices in Hollywood.
Truthfully, the commercial in question is harmless. It plays like a red carpet interview, showing Lisa wearing Depend's Silhouette for Women underneath a sexy, little black dress. (Husband Harry Hamlin even appeared in the spot and does the "touch test.") Lisa defended her decision head on, saying a portion of the paycheck ($250,000) went to charity Dress For Success. “Dress For Success empowers disadvantaged women to reach their professional potential by providing them with both the attire and tools they need for success in the workplace and in life. I mean, how could I say no to the opportunity to provide some much needed funds to such an amazing and woman-centric charity?!" she wrote in her RHOBH cast blog. She then went on to candidly break down just how relatable the product is, in true Rinna fashion. "And c’mon ladies, don’t tell me you can’t relate… We’ve all peed a little at some point in our lives after sneezing, am I right?”
All jokes aside, the Depend paycheck arguably ensured Lisa R. had the last laugh. “That Depends job saved our bacon. I got paid more money to do that than I got paid to do anything ever in my life. And I was just winking all the way to the bank,” she said last season. So, just how much bacon did the gig pull in? According to reports, Depend paid Lisa R. a hefty $2 million to be their celebrity spokesperson.
Watch the iconic moment below.