Cast Blog: #RHOBH

The Real Deal

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

Lisa R.: Portia Is My Spirit Animal

Eileen: Brandi Showed Us How Not to Make Amends

Yolanda: I Took One for the Team

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

The Real Deal

Showrunner Dave Rupel explains why this is his favorite episode of the season, as much for things you'll never see, as for things you did.

Right out of the gate, let me admit this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. So much drama. So much humor. So much bling!

Of course, I can say that now. But let me flash back to the night of April 17 – the night of the big New York fight, when the proverbial s*** hit the fan – both on camera and off. And I literally thought the show was self-destructing.

As I said in my last blog, most reality shows – in particular Housewives shows – thrive on conflict. All of the ladies knew that before being cast. But let me stop here to clarify. We do not in any way, shape or form, encourage the women to create phony arguments. The only thing we tell them is that if you are having a genuine conflict with someone, be open about it.

So that's what happened in New York. The arguments – first Kyle and Camille, then Kim and Taylor, and finally Kim and Kyle – were all real, painfully real. And the women were not at all prepared for that.

Kim, Kyle and Lisa all come from acting backgrounds. (Did you know that about Lisa? She guest-starred in two '90s series, Silk Stalkings and Baywatch Nights.) So this trio knew what it was like to play characters who have arguments. And I think, in some way, they expected it to feel the same on our show. That the moment the argument is over, you don't feel anything because you're just playing a role that you walk away from at the end of the day. It's different in reality. Even after cameras go down, the feelings don't go away, because it isn’t a role. It's you. And not only was America going to see them at their worst, so were their children.

We stopped shooting around 1 a.m. – several hours into overtime. I sent the crew to wrap out, because we had a huge shoot day the next day…That is, if we had any cast members left to shoot. All the women were enormously unhappy and many were considering walking off the show.

At the same time, we were worrying if the biggest chunk of our shoot day the next day – attending Kelsey's premiere – was even going to happen. We had been granted incredible access to Kelsey's Broadway show La Cage Aux Folles. (For those of you unfamiliar, La Cage was first performed on Broadway in 1983 and was later turned into the movie The Birdcage. Kelsey is playing the Robin Williams role.) But our access to the show all hinged on Kelsey's approval…and Kelsey's wife had just had a horrible argument with Kyle. Not to mention, it was the premiere of his first Broadway show in years and it was an important night for him. Would he really risk jeopardizing that for our show and our drama?

But back to the women, who couldn't decide if they were mad at each other or mad at me. I used my producers, Brenda Coston, Christopher Cullen and Sallyanne King, to try and calm them down as much as possible, while I was on the phone with my bosses and all the various management types of the women. Yeah, that's another thing that sets this cast apart. They come with managers, public relations reps and assistants – all of whom wanted to find out what happened – while also occasionally yelling at me. And honestly, that's part of my job description. I try to keep on as good as terms with the cast as possible, but when you are asking people to be incredibly vulnerable on camera, sometimes their emotion is going to be directed at you.

Many conversations, many phone calls and many drinks later – not to mention a very odd demand that we start dancing at 4 a.m. – which we did - (hey - anything for the show!) – and everyone at least agreed to shoot the next thing that was scheduled – Lisa and Kyle going shopping the next morning. That was the real turning point of the entire series for me. After a night of arguments and tears, Lisa and Kyle were able to laugh and make jokes. "I feel like I've been shagged through a hedge backwards." Possibly my favorite line of the season!

As you know, we were able to convince everyone to go forward, and got unprecedented access to Kelsey's premiere! Seriously, I'm still amazed all these months later: the red carpet, inside the theater, intermission, the curtain call, backstage, the after-party. I've never seen anything like it on any other reality show. Hope you all enjoyed it! And keep the comments and questions coming. We like to hear what you think.

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...
Thanks for watching.
XO,
Kyle

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