Cast Blog: #RHOBH

Burning Questions

Kim: Kyle Should Be Worried, Not Embarrassed

Brandi: Kyle Wants to Help When There's an Audience

Kyle: This Was Brandi's Master Plan

Lisa R.: It Felt Just As Awkward As It Looked

Lisa V.: Kim's Demeanor Was Questionable

Eileen: Brandi Loves to Stir the Pot

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Disgust and a Push

Yolanda: I Would Like to Apologize

Brandi: I Won't Make Excuses

Kim: I Wanted to Hold Kyle

Lisa V.: I Want Max to Be Ambitious

Eileen: Being a Stepmom Is Challenging

Lisa R.: Lots of Transition Happening

Kyle: We Are an Emotional Bunch

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Surprise and an F-Bomb

Lisa V.: A Naughty Child Shouldn't Be Rewarded

Kyle: Brandi Was Rude and Offensive

Eileen: It Felt Like an Attack

Lisa R.: It Was Shocking and Unprovoked

Kim: Brandi Is Brandi

7 Faces We All Made During This Week's #RHOBH

Brandi: Lisa V. Was Making Me Uncomfortable

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Shock and Tears

4 Questions We All Asked During #RHOBH

Yolanda: I Took One for the Team

Lisa R.: Portia Is My Spirit Animal

Eileen: Brandi Showed Us How Not to Make Amends

Lisa V.: Yes, Love Is a Big Word

Kyle: Moments Like These Are Frustrating

Lisa V.: I Won't Erase the Past

Brandi: I Don't Enjoy Anger or Grudges

Eileen: I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle's

Lisa R Reflects on That Bittersweet Episode

Yolanda: These Are Teaching Moments

Kim: My Heart Felt So Big

Kyle: Kim and Monty's Relationship Is Unique

Lisa V.: I Needed an Uncomplicated Friendship

Brandi: Kim Is a Survivor

Eileen: Brooke Was a Gorgeous Bride

Lisa R.: I Couldn't Be More in My Element

Burning Questions

Showrunner Dave Rupel answers a ton of viewer questions before the holiday.

Wow! So many responses and so much debate about last week’s episode about Camille’s dinner party -- this week’s blog will be strictly answering your questions.

Question: “WindyCityWondering” (as well as several others) asked for more Beverly Hills and less fights. 

Answer: What can I say? You can’t please all the people all the time. I don’t mean that to sound glib. If you read all the responses to my last blog, some people loved all the drama, and some didn’t. Also, the previous two episodes contained zero fighting among wives. 107 revolved around Kim’s blind date in a $55 million dollar mansion, and 108 had two funny stories: Lisa’s driving test and Kim’s barbecue with “Single Gary,” and two dramatic, uplifting stories: Kyle’s bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer, while Taylor raised money for a domestic violence charity, something she revealed she witnessed as a child. While Windy, I hear what you are saying, it’s my job to tell a variety of stories. 

Q: True Grit believes there is a connection between the show Medium and Allison Dubois’ appearance on RHBH because Bravo is owned by NBC.

A: Understandable theory, Grit, but not the case. Medium was actually cancelled by NBC two years ago and has aired on CBS for the last two years. So no, there was no NBC corporate connection there. Also, Medium was cancelled by CBS weeks before Allison’s episode aired and Bravo would never give CBS an advance copy since they are a competitor of our parent company.

Q: CNM (as do many others) thinks we “struck gold” with this franchise. 

A: Thanks CNM. We think this cast is pretty fantastic and very unique as well.
Q: HeideBlue thinks the show is becoming the “Kyle and her mean girls posse” show.

A: What’s fascinating for me as a producer –- and someone who has studied human nature for years as a producer –- is the litmus tests these shows provide in how the audience react to certain people.  A lot of the audience loves Kyle.  A lot of the audience think she’s a bully. And there seems to be no consensus to who is in the wrong about the Kyle-Camille feud.  Q: ViewerBonnie wants to know if we’ve ever considered doing a version of "The Real Housewives of Walmart?" 

A: We get variations of this questions a great deal -- about doing a Housewives show about middle-class or lower class income families. I think the thought behind all these shows is that they are a bit of escapism and fantasy –- kind of like the prime time soaps, Dallas, Dynasty, and Falcon Crest were in the 80s. Even Knots Landing –- my personal favorite –- which started out with car salesman Sid quickly glammed things up with having Sid die and being replaced with a more glamorous spouse for Karen with Mac. Not to mention adding the uber glamorous Donna Mills and Nicolette Sheridan. I do think a “Walmart Wives” show would be equally fascinating –- it might just fit better on a different network.

Q: June London says listen to the psychic. Kyle and Camille are making things up for good TV.

A: If that claim were true, I’d be the biggest fool in the world. I have spent more hours -– both in person and on the phone –- with all six of the women at various points of the season who were incredibly upset about the dramatic things that have really happened all season long.

Q: Nola Chick is asking us not to shy away from tough questions at the reunion. 

A: Nola, we are compiling viewer questions as we speak for the reunion, so please keep sending them in. If you’ve seen other Housewives reunions, you know Andy Cohen doesn’t shy away from much.

Q: BeverlyHills Fan wants to know if things ever get so out of control that the producers either have to physically intervene, or just stop shooting.

A: Good question, BH fan. Personally, I have never had to physically intervene, though I would not hesitate, if needed. As for when arguments get really intense, yes, we have stepped in and stopped things. There is a fine line as a producer of getting the necessary drama, but also realizing when things are getting out-of-hand and it’s gone too far. In the New York fight of 105-106, we indeed did step in and shut things down. The reasons are always complicated. For one, we were deep into overtime that night, and had a two big shoot days coming up. If you kill your crew, and they are too tired to keep shooting –- what’s the point?  But more importantly, you have to be willing to acknowledge that these are real arguments prompting real hurt feelings. In NYC, the drama just became repetitive and the women were so freaked out –- being there first big on-camera argument –- it was time to sit with them and let them vent, cry, yell at you, and hug them –- in no particular order. 

At Camille’s dinner party, I was a few minutes away from intervening (again, because of overtime and the fight was becoming repetitive.) In my head, I was really hoping one of the women would stand up and end things. I thought Adrienne might do that, but much too my shock, Taylor did. 
Q: TL, SGee, and Mommabear all believe we shot the original Kyle-Camille conversation in Las Vegas and are purposely choosing not to show it.

A: This question has been asked and answered multiple times.  In my fifth blog, “Working Overtime,” I talk about it extensively. But the short answer is no, we were not shooting that day. We don’t shoot every day. We apparently shoot a lot less than you might think. During our shooting schedule, we have three crews, shooting five days a week. Each Wife generally shoots 2-5 days a week. It’s not economically feasible to shoot each cast member 24/7. Big Brother –- which I worked on the second season –- is the only show that I am aware of that does that. But their cast is always in one location, which makes it much different.

And finally, the real story is actually what you’ve heard on the show. The only three people around when the conversation took place were Kyle, Camille, and Kim. The rest of the crew were busy loading the 75 cases of gear into cargo vans to get to the airport. See my third blog, “Many Thanks” that explains just how much work goes into taking the show on the road.

Q:  FTWTX wants to know if there will ever be any special episode showing the interviewing process.

A: Interesting idea, though nothing like that is currently in the works. I will say that it’s pretty similar to standard journalistic interviews. The only difference is that we ask the talent to put our question into their answer, so that there answer makes sense without hearing the question. That’s a pretty standard technique for most reality shows.

Q: A Disgusted Viewer wants to know that the last few episodes have been stacked for drama and are a real turn-off.

A: I hear what you are saying, but for a lot of people, they enjoy these kind of shows. And I’ll just repeat my previous answer that the two episodes that preceded this one were conflict-free.Q: Karentc wants to know what I found funny about this episode. 

A: Well, Karen, as I stated in my last blog, I in no way wanted to make light of all the hurt feelings and tears shed the night of the dinner party.  However, looking back, I can find various things funny. Allison’s facial reactions were priceless to me –- and so was her vapor cigarette. When Camille brought up Faye’s Playboy issue and referred to liking her “spread” –- well, the ladies at the dinner table cracked up, and so did I. When Kim walked into the planter on the way out, I laughed. Not at her, but because it was classic Kim. She was the only lady gracious enough to formally thank Camille for extending the invitation –- then promptly walked into a plant. That reminded me of something that Mary Tyler Moore would have done on her sitcom. And finally, the sprinklers being turned on as the ladies exited –- it was just a fitting and unbelievable thing to end a totally unbelievable night.

Q: And finally, LRSCM says thank you for blogging.

A: You are very welcome, LRSCM.  Hey, it’s Christmas. Did you really think I was going to end on a criticism?  ;) 

On behalf of the roughly one hundred behind-the-scenes crew and staff that it takes to produce The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,  thank you for letting us into your homes! Have a safe and joyous holiday season! See ya in 2011!

Kyle: This Was Brandi's Master Plan

Kyle believes Brandi has purposefully been driving a wedge between her and her sister.

After dropping Alexia off at college, I wanted to distract myself by spending time with friends and laughing. I thought a day at a spa with the girls would be fun. All was good until the wine tasting! The wine tasting was an absolute mistake. The hotel was going to set up a day for us. I didn't know many of the details, except that we would have massages and be eating lunch there. Kim has always maintained that she is fine being around others drinking at social events. However, being put into a situation where we are supposed to be interacting, like a wine tasting where she couldn't even participate, felt awful. I never would have intentionally put Kim in that situation. In fact, I offered to leave but Kim insisted she was fine. We didn't stay long and got out of there.

I had been looking forward to poker night, because I really like Eileen and wanted to get to know her better. Besides, I had never played poker before and thought it would be fun to learn.

Eileen's home is lovely. Brandi's rude comments about Eileen's home were uncalled for. You would think after throwing the wine at Eileen she would be bending over backwards to be nice to her.

Almost from the moment we started playing poker, things were extremely uncomfortable. I could see Kim was "off" but wasn't quite sure how to handle the situation.
One thing that was very clear to me in watching this is that Brandi is not my friend. Never has been. I have tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but always kept her at arms' length. To see her pretending to be friends with me in the car ride to Eileen's and then turning on me made things abundantly clear to me. Brandi can't be a friend to anyone. Including my sister.

Brandi clearly has been driving a wedge between my sister and me, which seems to have been her master plan from the beginning.

Her comments about me always being jealous of Kim's career couldn't be further from the truth. That is not how we were raised. My mom always taught us that any success the three of had ( Kathy, Kim, and Kyle) was a "feather in all our caps."

As a child, you aren't thinking of your "career." In fact, often I would hate that I had to work, because I would be missing something like a friend's birthday party. Brandi pretending she knows us, our history, or anything about our relationship is hurtful and frustrating. She is a new person in our lives whom we have no history with. She makes these comments to be mean and cause Kim to question her relationship with me. Apparently it's working.

What Brandi was calling jealousy was actually concern. Perhaps Brandi always assuming everyone is jealous is her projecting.

I went to the bathroom and Kim followed me in. Brandi seems to not have even wanted Kim to come to the bathroom to talk to me.

I whispered for obvious reasons, but Kim directly talked about what was going on with her that night. Kim told me she had taken a pill because she had been in pain. I was disappointed but felt she was being more open than in the past. At the very least, it was a situation we could deal with, because she was communicating openly about what was happening. We hugged and left the bathroom, and I thought everything was OK between us. My sister has been under a lot of pressure taking care of her ex-husband, Monty. If she had slipped, it would have been understandable, and the fact that we had talked about it made me feel better. Next thing I know Kim says to me "thanks for doing that," says she is leaving, and is clearly upset with me.

Kim being mad at me made no sense, which made me more concerned for the situation and her well-being. I wanted to pull her away from everyone to speak privately but Brandi wasn't allowing us to, as though she somehow needed to "protect" my sister from me, when clearly my sister needed a loved one to make sure she was OK (which is why she followed me into the bathroom). Brandi was putting her arm up and blocking me from being able to talk to my sister. Many things are going through my head at this point: Concern for my sister and for our relationship that we have worked so hard on and the fear that a manageable (yet concerning) situation might spiral out of control, because one person seemed to be using it to her advantage in a dangerous way. 

I was extremely frustrated that this person, who is not family or anyone I consider close, is keeping me from my sister. She put her arm up to block me, and I first said, "Please don't do that." I then pushed her arm down to stop her from blocking me from Kim. As Kim was leaving and Brandi was walking out with her and blocking me, I pulled her arm back to stop her from keeping Kim and me apart.

It is very clear to me that Brandi takes advantage of Kim when she is at her most vulnerable and wants her to believe that she is the only one that cares or understands her.

Kyle Richards

I simply wanted to get to my sister out of concern. The last person I wanted Kim with was a drunk Brandi.

Watching Kim and Brandi talking outside it is very clear to me that Brandi takes advantage of Kim when she is at her most vulnerable and wants her to believe that she is the only one that cares or understands her. Brandi also is using my sister to look like she is taking care of Kim and distracting us from Brandi's own obvious issues.

This was the end of Brandi's and my "friendship." And the beginning of another bumpy road in Kim's and my relationship.

Until next week...
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