Cast Blog: #RHOBH

Go Behind the Scenes in Beverly Hills

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

Brandi: I Felt Like a Grown Up

Yolanda: I Was Doubting My Parenting Skills

Lisa V.: A Scare Can Be the Ultimate Lesson

Eileen: Yeah, Vincent and I Bicker Sometimes

Lisa R.: My Heart Ached for Yolanda

Kim: The Call No Parent Wants to Get

3 Clues to Next Week's Episode

Brandi: Not a Good Time for My Phone to Die

Lisa V.: Hindsight Is 20/20

Kim: The Words You Never Want to Hear

Yolanda: 50 Is the New 30

Eileen: A Long Career Is the True Award

Kyle: An Invite to a Party Isn't the Answer

Lisa R.: God Bless Michael Bolton!

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 3?

11 #RHOBH Reactions That Sum up Our Lives

Kyle: I Would Take A Road Trip Over a Plane

Lisa: When You Reach Out, You Are Rewarded

Kim: Brandi and I Always Seem to Have Fun

Yolanda: A Homemade Meal Goes a Long Way

Brandi: I Was Surprised Adrienne Was So Receptive

The Real Story Behind Lisa R.'s Depends Ad

3 Clues to Next Week's Episode

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 2?

3 Times the 'Wives Were Just Like Us

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Episode 1?

Kyle: Brandi Was Looking for Trouble

Yolanda: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Q&A: How Are Camille, Adrienne, and Taylor Now?

Lisa: Kyle and I Have Always Had a Bond

Brandi: Lisa Made Up With Everyone But Me

Lisa's First Impression of the Ladies

3 GIFs You Have to See From Next Week's Ep

Go Behind the Scenes in Beverly Hills

Executive Producer Dave Rupel shares insider secrets and answers your questions!

 

Hey, everyone! Welcome to my first blog! My name is Dave Rupel, and I am the showrunner, as well as one of the Executive Producers of the new Bravo series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The purpose of this blog is to give fans some behind-the-scenes information that you won't get anywhere else! So get your questions ready, while I tell you a little bit about me, and what I do on the show. 

First off, what is a showrunner? There are seven other Executive Producers on the show –- four from Evolution Media (the production company) and three from Bravo, but they all work on multiple other shows at the same time. I'm the only EP who is dedicated solely to RHBH, so I literally "run the show." 

Not that I'm hogging all the credit (Well, maybe if people really like the show I will...). But seriously, if it "takes a village" to raise a child, it takes a small army to produce a reality show. Our total crew topped out at a little over 100 people, and what an impressive army I got to lead! Some of the past credits of our very talented team include: The Amazing Race, The Simple Life, The Apprentice, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jersey Shore, Project Runway, Millionaire Matchmaker, The Bachelor, Celebrity Fit Club, Nanny 911, Top Chef, Wipeout, Ruby, The Real L Word, and Dr. 90210

Fun Fact: One of our Segment Producers on RHBH, David Yost, also is an actor and played Billy Cranston, the original blue ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

As for me, I go back to almost the beginning of reality TV, way back to the second season of MTV's The Real World (Los Angeles) -– the series that really helped launch the entire genre. 

Fun fact: My Co-Executive Producer is Toni Gallagher. She is one of my best friends (the Grace to my Will) and she got me hired at Real World, where we worked together for 2 ½ years, through RW San Francisco (remember Puck and Pedro?) and RW London (the one nobody remembers). After that, Toni and I never worked together again until RHBH. And after 15 years, it's been a total blast from the past!

After Real World, I moved up the ladder on shows like Bug Juice, Temptation Island (the first –- and I like to say, good season, where I helped make America dumber by introducing the non-word "conversate" into the public lexicon -– thank you, Ytossie), Big Brother 2, Meet My Folks, American Princess, and Bands Reunited 2 (where I found myself trapped in Billy Idol's driveway and later scaled a fence in order to get to one of the New Kids on the Block.)  I was also showrunner on the first season on the aforementioned RHOC. (Ah, Slade and Jo. You made great TV!)

But reality TV is only half my career. I've spent the other half as a writer in scripted TV. I've written episodes of In the Heat of the Night, Homicide: Life on the Street, Moloney and nearly 300 episodes of the daytime soaps General Hospital and Guiding Light, for which I won an Emmy as part of the writing team in 2007.

I don't bring up my scripted experience to brag (though you did catch Emmy winner, right?), I do it because I like to be straight up. People see I have a scripted background and immediately assume that the reality shows I work on are scripted. My answer to that? Nope. Nuh-uh. No way (At least not the ones I work on). It is not my job -– or any of the producers or story team -– to tell the cast members what to say. It is our job to tell the cast's stories. 

Trust me on this one. If I wanted to write dialogue for cast members to spout, I'd hire actors. In reality TV, you don't cast someone to play a role you've created, you cast someone with a dynamic personality that already exists. 

It's the story person that whittles a 90-minute dinner down to a 3-minute scene, just like a screenwriter adapts an 800-page novel into 120 pages of script. So again, let me repeat, I do not write lines of dialogue for the Housewives. I just shape their lives into entertaining and dramatic stories, which I can't wait for you to see!

Speaking of which, enough about me -- you really want to hear about the ladies, right? Among the BH Wives are an NBA team owner, two former child stars who also happen to be Paris Hilton's aunts, and Kelsey Grammer's soon to be ex-wife. The marital split happens during our season, and you are not going to believe the inside stuff you will get to see. Among the other highlights of this season: a party in a $55 million dollar mansion, backstage at the premiere of a Broadway show, a dinner party from Hell that you have to see to believe, and a brutal sisterly argument that is one of the most intense things I've witnessed in the nearly twenty years I've been working in reality TV. 

So RHBH fans, please leave your thoughts (good and bad), questions, rants and raves in the comments section and I'll address them in my next blog. 

Final fun fact: I make a Hitchcockian cameo in the premiere episode. See if you can spot me! I'll reveal next blog! 

 

Kim: My Heart Felt So Big

Kim discusses her daughter's wedding and her special relationship with Monty.

The countdown...Less than 10 days before Christmas! I hope you are almost ready for the holiday!

This is an exciting episode for me as I share with you all a peek into one of the most important days of our lives: The day my Brookie married the man of her dreams. Brooke and Thayer have known each other since birth, it's fate...God...love... I am truly blessed!


Kyle and Maurice's trip to Mallorca looked absolutely amazing! It looked like everybody had a great time. Yolanda always keeps her high. These situations put things into perspective for us. We love our children so much! We give me them everything inside us to make them strong young people, and at the end of the day, we can only hope that they are going to make the right choices.

It was cute watching Eileen go over her dialogue with her niece. It reminded me of my sisters and me. I was very happy to see that Lisa V. got her star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame! How exciting to see all her fans dressed in pink! She looked so pretty, and Ken couldn't have looked prouder. Congrats to Lisa V., Ken and Giggy!

One of my favorites couples is David and Yolanda. Listening to the two of them, well I just love them together and the team that they make! They support and balance each other so perfectly, and that is also what makes them such great parents!
Oh Brandi and her podcast! Filtered and unfiltered, she's so damn funny! All day long!

I had no idea he would end up giving me one of the most wonderful gifts of my entire life, our daughter Brooke, or that he would be my best friend from that day forward.

Kim Richards

You all officially get to meet Monty! I met Monty when I was 19, on a blind date. Go figure! I had no idea he would end up giving me one of the most wonderful gifts of my entire life, our daughter Brooke, or that he would be my best friend from that day forward.

We were married for a brief time, but our hearts never parted! Giving birth to our daughter, we shared a bond, but our friendship has always been so deep. We have always made being parents to our daughter a priority. Monty has always been kind of a wanderer but has stayed at my home on and off over the last 15 years. In June, Monty was diagnosed with lung cancer, and I decided it was time for Monty to move in for good. He moved in full time with me, and I fixed a room where he is very comfortable and we all feel very good knowing Monty is where he needs to be and he is in good, loving hands! As you can see, Monty and I have a great friendship! We really do enjoy each other's company, and I can't imagine my life without him. So we are not thinking that way! Positive thoughts only!

Brooke and Thayer got engaged Christmas morning 2013. One of the most exciting phone calls and Christmases ever! Their plan was a destination beach wedding in 2015, however, our plans took a shift when we found out about Monty. Of course the most important thing right then was that Brooke could have her father walk her down the aisle, and that Monty would be strong enough! Brooke knew exactly what she wanted. She and I worked non-stop with an amazing team of people! From Mark Zunino designing the most amazing dress, Petals by David flying in the most Gorgeous Flowers, Glen our caterer, and our fantastic coordinator Vanessa, we were able to do just that.


Brooke and Thayer wed on August 2, 2014. It was only our family. A very intimate, private ceremony! The most magical and special evening . I wish I could tell you what I was thinking, the flashbacks to so many memories. Brooke was radiating with joy! More joy than I had ever seen come from that little face! She looked stunning! I, too, was overwhelmed with joy. I was so grateful to see her arm and arm with her dad, walking down the aisle, to join her soon-to-be husband. When she got to Thayer, each second became more and more intense! Then she looked over and at me and mouthed the words, "I love you." I thought I was going to fall out of my chair! My heart felt so big! 


The vows, the kiss, and then they were married!

Thank you for sharing this amazing, magical, and special moment with us!

xo,
Kim

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