Cast Blog: #RHOBH

You Just Get Lucky

Producer Dave Rupel gives us a peek behind the curtain, and admits you can't make this stuff up.

What can I say about this week's episode other than I love it! Granted, it wasn’t so fun the night we shot Camille’s dinner party, but months later, it still makes me laugh. I’m not trying to make light of any of the drama the women went through. There were a lot of tears and hurt feelings that came out of that night. But as an episode of a reality show, it’s pretty much an instant classic as far as I’m concerned.

And that’s because it’s real. As I stated in my first blog, I’ve worked as a writer on scripted programs before. But never in a million years would I have thought to write a script that would be as wacky, and outrageous, and over-the-top as what happened at Camille’s that night, because it wouldn’t seem believable!

I bring this up because I’ve seen a slew of comments both on my blog, but also around the Internet, questioning if our show is real or is it secretly scripted? It’s a common question of reality shows–and I certainly can’t speak for every reality show out there–but our show is very real.

Specifically, here is a comment to my last blog, submitted by someone who logged on as “Hmmm.”

“Wonder if you will dare to post this/answer this . . . So saw someone noted that Kim & Kyle's outfits in the ‘before’ the blind date facial scene and the ‘after’ blind date lunch are exactly the same. So a little rearrangement by the editors or is this so called reality not so real and scripted like many people seem to suspect?” Good catch, Hmmm! Kim and Kyle’s lunch and trip to the spa were indeed filmed on the same day – which is why they are wearing the same clothing. We originally planned on having both sequences be in the same episode (107), but once we were in the edit, we realized there wasn’t enough room for both, so we moved the lunch to 108. By the way, our Bravo exec wants you to know that they never noticed that on their end–so good eye!

To me, that proves we are not scripted because if we were, we would’ve known the sequences would wind up in separate shows and would’ve had Kim and Kyle change outfits.

Another common question about “is it real,” I saw in the blogosphere is the stranger who chats Lisa up in the DMV. Lots of people thought he was too good to be true to be just some random guy who is a nuisance to Lisa. What can I say? Sometimes, you just get lucky. But I will say this: sometimes putting a camera in someone’s face makes them act out more than normal. Think about your Christmas gatherings when someone busts out a video camera. Some people shy away from the camera (like me) while others ham it up. Same goes for taping a reality show. Meaning, had there been no camera there, the random guy might never have talked to Lisa. But we were, so he did.

On to this week’s episode, which all came together because of very real elements that created the perfect storm at Camille’s dinner party.

First off, the dinner party happened less than two weeks after the big Kyle-Camille argument in New York. Camille opted to not attend the party at Mohammed’s, so this was the first time all the ladies were going to be together since New York. To say they were nervous about it is a gross understatement. Every one of them, even Adrienne, who had not witnessed the NY fight, wound up about attending this dinner.

Camille and Kelsey’s production company produces the TV show Medium. Camille is good friends with Allison Dubois, the real life medium that the show is based on. All season, Camille had wanted to include Allison in one of our shoots because she thinks Allison has such an interesting life. There was no secret motive on our part to invite Allison to stir up trouble.

Same goes for Faye Resnick attending the dinner. She really did have plans with Kyle on the night of the dinner, so her attendance was just as Kyle explained. Nothing sinister there, either.

As the night of Camille’s dinner party grew closer, I heard the same question over and over from the women.

“You’re expecting us to fight again, aren’t you?”

“Nope,” I’d say. “We’re expecting you to go to a dinner party. You can talk about whatever you want.”

Did I expect the topic of the New York fight to come up? Absolutely. Everyone’s emotions were still running high, and Kyle and Camille had not budged an inch on the inciting comment.

So yeah, with Camille and Kyle still so firmly entrenched in their opposing views, I figured it was going to come up. But I didn’t want to pressure the ladies into thinking that’s all I cared about, because I knew that would make them clam up.

Instead, we just went about our jobs. And watched it all unfold. Right down to the sprinklers going off as the ladies left Camille’s house. If the producers had instigated that, it would’ve felt heavy-handed and forced. But we didn’t turn the sprinklers on. They are set on a timer to go off at a certain time, which just happened to be when our ladies walked outside.

Like I said, sometimes you just get lucky. Until next week.

Lisa V.: Lisa R. Took the Bait

Lisa V. talks about the explosive dinner in Amsterdam and why she understands where Brandi is coming from with the hypocrisy comment.

Hello again. How crazy was this one?
So as we join the ladies in Amsterdam, I meet Lisa and Eileen for some tea in the lounge. I was reticent to be involved in this potential confrontation. I had voiced my concerns gently to Lisa, expressing my thoughts on discussing sobriety with Kim--it was a land mine that I wanted to avoid. Anyway, we go to dinner...I actually cringed as I objected to Yolanda's stance on prostitution, my caustic remark in interview, but that, in the grand scale of things, flew under the radar. However, I am sure in situations where there is no choice, maybe prostitution is understandable, but in a cosmopolitan city like Amsterdam where there are a plethora of choices--maybe even menial--but choices nonetheless, whilst preserving our dignity, they would be mine.
So the dinner progresses. I once again don't agree that we have superficial conversations in Beverly Hills as Yolanda said. Maybe some do, but I am sure my character is the same as when I was in the heart of the English countryside, or wherever I lived.

Lisa took the bait, and therefore became somewhat culpable in this whole scenario.

Lisa Vanderpump

So things start to heat up...Lisa categorically says, "I apologize for getting in your business." That should have been the end of it, but no, Kim was gunning for her and was not going to back down. She was on a mission. I adore Lisa, and I don't stand in front of her and condone her actions (any physicality does not sit well with me), however, there comes a time when one might just snap, especially when you are defending the good name of your family, their integrity in a public arena against the aggressor, being Kim, who is hinting at insidious rumors. I urge Lisa to challenge her later over the spiteful intimation regarding Harry. I was absolutely of the mind that it was empty rhetoric, designed to incite Lisa. But Lisa reacted to it. Lisa took the bait, and therefore became somewhat culpable in this whole scenario.


Once again Kim lambasts Kyle for not defending her. How could Kyle defend her mean-spirited remarks? Calling Eileen a beast? I mean, have you all met Eileen? Really?
Lisa absolutely apologized to Kim in her attempt to intervene in regard to her sobriety. As she emotionally conveyed that her sister had died from some sort of abuse, either alcohol or drugs--I am not sure, it didn't even resonate with Kim. Lisa also stated she had witnessed alcoholism in Harry's family where loved ones were lost. Kim ignored Lisa's point that there was no mal intent, that it was coming from a place of concern. Yes, a place that was public, but we all understand that if we sign up to do a reality show, then our reality is displayed. If we have something to hide (skeletons in a closet), be sure they will come jumping out like a frigging jack in the box.
The enormity of the situation was pretty emotional. Each and every one of us astounded as to what we had witnessed. The most fascinating part when watching this is the fact that in the aftermath of the emotional explosion, one conversation between Lisa and Kim, which we obviously did not witness, all feelings were buried. A band-aid was put on the wound, and we were supposed to pretend as if it never ever existed. I think It was a double-edged sword: One side wonderful that everything was buried under a little Dutch rug, and we could enjoy the sights of Amsterdam; the other side being there was obvious feelings that were festering. My attitude was that I would've rather enjoyed the trip and dealt with whatever residual feelings upon our return.
I have to say it was pretty hilarious that out of all the men and all the windmills, we found one of Yolanda's ex-boyfriends. What a gift that we giggled over, enjoying the playful banter as we teased her.


All was sailing along pretty smoothly until the pot shop. I make no pretenses of anything whatsoever. We are in a public forum, we are all aware of that. My children are grown, and I understand the reticence to partake in whatever was on offer, but then let's not go there in the first place. Let us not sit in the middle of this bar and start hurling accusations designed to embarrass.
I do understand to some extent what Brandi is saying regarding hypocrisy. If you do it, own it, but in all the years I have known Kyle, I don't ever recall seeing her smoking. Brandi persisted, but the caveat here is we are all too often the victims of her behavior. When she drinks, things often become aggressive...as you will see next week.
I know this is only a blog, and in my attempt to further explain the complicated dynamics, it could well turn into a book, so I will leave you here and hope you all have a fruitful week.

I am leaving NY after speaking at the United Nations--an overwhelming experience. It was snowing, so East Coast, stay warm! As always...Love, Lisa.

 

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