Lisa Rinna: Harry Said He'd Divorce Me If I Did 'RHOBH'

The soap star explains how she ended up on the show—without compromising her marriage. 

Married for 18 years, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin have one of Hollywood's most enduring relationships. That is until RHOBH came along and almost caused a catastrophe.

"I went to Harry and said I'm thinking about [doing RHOBH] and he looked at me and said, 'If you do this show, I'll divorce you,'" Lisa said during her surprisingly candid interview on Live with Kelly and Michael on Wednesday. So how then did the soap veteran end up becoming a regular castmate this season?

"I walked away and was done with it," she said. "Actually, I was done with the show idea. And he comes to me a day later and he goes—and you've met him, he's very mellow…very low-key—and he said, 'I've thought about this and I think it'll be a good idea if you did it.' He went through it. And I was like 'Okay.' And there you are!"

It's a decision she doesn't seem to regret as she calls the show "a lot of fun," even though she admits one of the most challenging aspects is putting all of her emotions on display. "For me, as I was growing up I was told not to have feelings. You don't say how you feel about anything," she said. "Doing a show like this, you have to think out loud, you have to have an opinion. It's freed me in a sense. I've become this truth-seeking monster!"

To that end, Lisa has discovered that she takes pleasure in filming the show's confessionals. "I quite like doing them. I can really say how I feel. I like it! Isn't that weird?" she said. "Sickly, [but] I like it."

[Source: Live with Kelly and Michael]

 

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