Cast Blog: #RHOBH

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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! 

 

Kyle: Kim and I Will Never Agree on This Matter

Kyle clarifies the Kingsley issue and responds to Brandi's most recent accusation. 

I don't want to write this blog. I didn't even want to watch this reunion, to be honest. There. I said it. But here I go....
Let's just dive right into the text message from Lisa Rinna to Kim.
I was very shocked to hear about that text. There is no excuse for that. I believe Lisa R. knows that. I can understand Kim being upset about that. I am sure she was taken aback, as we all were when we heard it. However, I don't think Lisa Rinna is a dangerous person. She just made a really bad choice.


Now onto Amsterdam and the space cake talk. Brandi went after me in Amsterdam regarding the space cake, because she doesn't like me and wanted to deflect from her own behavior once again. This was her big chance to say something about me, calling me a hypocrite for not partaking in the space cake. I have said it before, and I will say it again: I NEVER said I haven't smoked pot. I HAVE. It's just not my thing. I have a lot more fun having a few margaritas. Kim knows that. I would have appreciated her chiming in there. Also, I have NOT eaten a pot brownie or a space cake ever, and my husband had warned me that it would not suit me well, knowing my personality. You cannot gauge exactly what you're ingesting, and it wouldn't be smart. I didn't want to have a bad experience and "freak out," so to speak. Brandi herself wasn't partaking, because of her own reasons (which had to do with her divorce, as she explained), so wouldn't that make her a hypocrite then? WHY did she care if I did or did not choose to? Because she wanted to jump at the chance to make me look bad, since her behavior and her drinking had been front and center. Her drinking was out there, because she puts it out there, and she has nobody to blame but herself. If I HAD chosen to eat a space cake, she would have jumped on that, too. Anything to divert from her own actions which she was comparing to ours. All of us may have a few drinks, but NONE of us behave like her when we drink.
I only address this because it was on television. Her opinion of me is completely irrelevant to me. I only cared, because I am a mother, and her trying to make me out to be something I am not is reckless, as is everything else she does.
Ok. Enough of that. She beat that non-event to death. I think we can move on now.

Now this is the hard part...Kim and I had not spoken since Nov 1st. We both knew the situation with my daughter, Alexia, and Kim's dog, Kingsley, was bound to come up at the reunion. We don't get to pick and choose what we want to talk about.
Alexia had spent the night at Kim's house on Halloween. The next morning, Kingsley bit her. While scary, at first it didn't seem that serious. However, what the first doctor failed to notice was that the tooth had pierced the bone and also broken it. Five days later, we found out that her bone was infected and she needed surgery to clean out the bone. Kim was upset, because I had posted pictures from the hospital. Like I said at the reunion, I NEVER said her dog bit Alexia. Never mentioned her OR her dog. TMZ ended up finding out that it was Kim's dog, and she blamed me, because I posted the pictures from the hospital. I did not do that to hurt my sister in any way or to "get Instagram followers," like she suggested. With all of my family coming and going at the hospital, people were bound to find out and talk.


We were all with Alexia at the hospital trying to distract her and have fun. As any mother would do. We were all trying to make the best out of a bad situation. We invited family and friends to visit and tried to keep her spirits up. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't posted that picture, but I certainly didn't mean to hurt Kim. She posted a picture when she was in the hospital this year. Yolanda and Camille have done so regularly. And where is her responsibility in all of this? However, I do feel bad about what it has led to. And I've told her that. I also felt terrible because I know she loves Kingsley, but I also love my child. It was a difficult time for all involved. I didn't blame Kim personally regarding the dog and was willing to drop it and move forward, yet she was too angry with me regarding the Instagram post to be able to do that.
I wish that since I was willing to let go of my anger regarding my daughter being bit and what she had to go through that she could have let go of being upset about the Instagram post. I HAVE to believe she knows I did NOT do that to hurt her.
For Kim to throw out that she would say something about Alexia ( like she did to Lisa R. regarding Harry ) nearly took my breath away. But her dog is off limits?
So there you have it.
I don't even know what to say or do anymore. Clearly, we will never agree on this matter. And now we have more issues to work through, like my hurt and anger over Kim threatening to say something about my child. I know she loves Alexia, and it was just her being angry and "in the moment," but it's going to take me some time to get past that. All I know is I am glad I don't have to relive all of this again on TV. Now I need to take a step back .
Hopefully, time will heal my relationship with Kim. Time and having an open and honest relationship.
It's been a very difficult season. That's for sure. Thank you all for watching.
XO,
Kyle

P.S
Some things I would like to clear up:

A) I NEVER asked for Kingsley to be put down. I love all animals and know how much Kim loves Kingsley. That was never part of our argument.

B) Brooke's wedding : Brooke did a small ceremony at my sister Kathy's house (part of it aired this season), so that Monty would be well enough to walk her down the aisle. The wedding we were referring to at the reunion is her actual "big wedding " coming up. And NO, I did not do anything "unspeakable" or "unforgivable" at the wedding at Kathy's house like Brandi has (once again) put out there. It was a beautiful, perfect day that Brandi Glanville is now trying to throw negativity on. She was NOT EVEN THERE. On top of everything else Brandi has done, she now wants to turn that beautiful day that my family celebrated into something to lie and gossip about. Shame on her.

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