Cast Blog: #RHOBH

A Week of Gratitude

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

A Week of Gratitude

Producer Dave Rupel gives thanks.

A week of gratitude.
This week’s blog -- though delivered late -- is an easy one for me to write. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year for two reasons. First, it’s about an awesome meal, but more importantly, it’s a day to remind us to be grateful. (Hang in for a special picture at the end!)

(Note: Vegetarians should skip this paragraph!) I am not a foodie by any stretch of the imagination. I once lived in NYC when I didn’t have much money and was quite content eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every night for dinner. However, Thanksgiving dinner was something I always looked forward to each year growing up. My mom’s a great cook and our family gathered for the traditional turkey, but was also rounded out by pheasant and quail my dad had hunted. (I’m not a hunter, but I do respect my dad’s motto that if he killed something, we ate it.) But if I’m being perfectly honest, my absolute favorite meal of the year is the day after Thanksgiving when we ate the leftovers. A turkey sandwich with Miracle Whip (not mayo -- it must be Miracle Whip!), on a white (not wheat!) bun from Heyerly’s bakery, cheddar cheese (orange, not white!), olives (with pimentos, not pits!) and potato chips (straight, not curly!) I’m actually salivating as I write this sentence!  That meal must make people go “ewww” in a bad way, which makes me smile.  I am what I am, and like I said, I am definitely not a foodie.  But my favorite meal of the year is only days away!

(Note: Welcome back, vegetarians!) Now, on to gratitude. What a great theme for a holiday. I’m not big on candy (sorry, Halloween), I’m not a great gift giver nor am I religious (so long, Christmas), I’m not overly romantic, (apologies to my husband, Fred / see ya, Valentine’s Day), and I’m not fond of putting so much pressure on one day to represent a whole year (adios, New Year’s Eve!) But a holiday where we gather with loved ones to give thanks for what we have in our lives?! Oh, yeah, I can definitely get behind that sentiment! So for the next few paragraphs, I’m going to ignore the seemingly never-ending  recession, the horrible housing market, and the utter ugliness of modern politics and focus on what’s good in life. Because I have so much to be grateful for from the past 12 months. The following is a list of things I am thankful for in no particular order.

The RHOBH production crew. Every time a show I’m working on wraps shooting, I go into a bit of a funk. Because when we wrap shooting, it means I’m no longer spending my days with some very special people. When I hire people, I like to encourage a team mentality. I have no interest in divas, no matter how talented, and believe me, there are as many divas behind the scenes as there are in front of them. Life is too short to not enjoy the people you work with. Of course, on RHOBH, I’m grateful to have both. Incredibly talented people who also happen to be equally kind, generous, intelligent and funny. Brenda, Chris, Larry, Sallyanne, Matt, Beth, Yavir, Parker, Pablo, Meagen, Calvin, Shawn, Tom, Jenny, Mike G., Josh, Julian, Ken, Lila, Heather, Chloe, and Shana -- I hope to work with you all very soon!

The year-round RHOBH production people. These are the people who make my dreams come true -- literally. If I toss out, “Camille wants to take the ladies to her home in Colorado, and I really want to shoot the ladies skiing,” they find ways to make it happen. If I say, “we’re traveling to Hawaii and I want to shoot every moment of the travel,” which consisted of clearing two airlines, two airports, two resorts and one very bumpy bus ride, they make it happen.  You know how they send canaries into a mine as a barometer for if the air is safe for the miners? Well, I have my own barometer on RHOBH. Mine isn’t for toxic air -- it’s for stress. My line producer Dave Patry and my production manager Mark Grzesiuk both fiddle with their hair when they are stressed. So any time I come out of my office and see they have inadvertently given themselves fauxhawks, I know I’m pushing too hard. (It’s random, but totally true!) So thanks, Patry, Shark, Lour, and Nick for all the dedication and hard work!
The RHOBH post-production team. These are the people responsible for everything from making sure the sound is in sync with the video, to making sure we tell stories is the best and most complete way possible, to the artistry of blending the right music with the right images. Led by the ridiculously talented and calming presence of Co-EP Toni Gallagher, and the incredibly patient and organized Post Supervisor Paul Trombetta, we have a pretty dazzling post team. Thanks to the story folk, James, Robert, Zena, Bill, Heather, Brett, Molly, Ewa, and Monica.  Thanks to our kick-ass editors, Tony, Devin, Bil, Teresa, Brian and Sean. Thanks to our awesome composers, Alan and Mike. And thanks to our post support team of Tennille, Samantha, Mark, Shawn, and Patricia.

The RHOBH ladies. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  No matter how talented the people are behind the scenes, if you don’t have a compelling people to follow, you can’t make an interesting show. To each and every wife, husband, child, extended family member, co-worker and friend, a million thanks for opening up your lives on-camera!

The RHOBH fans. As many of you know, I spent a good chunk of my career writing for the daytime soaps, General Hospital and Guiding Light. Soaps have some of the most dedicated fans in this business. A soap fan is a fan for life. What’s cool about Bravo is they seem to cultivate the same kind of fan dedication.  Maybe it’s Andy’s Watch What Happens: Live, maybe it’s the participant blogs, or maybe it’s the website. Not sure what it is, but Bravo fans are invested! Thanks fans!  You notice every little thing we put in and even some things we never noticed! You’re the best!

The execs at Bravo. I first worked with Bravo when I was the showrunner on the very first season of The Real Housewives of Orange County back in 2005-06. The execs at that time were Lauren, Frances, Andy, Shari, and David O’Connell. (We have four significant Davids on our show, so every Dave has to include a last name.)  When I resumed working with Bravo in 2010 to start up RHOBH, they were all still there. Titles had changed, but the people were still there, which shows tremendous stability in our very unstable profession. (There’s a reason the Bravo brand is so unmistakably clear!) And special thanks to the newer additions Dave Serwatka, Ryan, Kimberly, and Galen. It’s really special when you like the people you work for so much!

The execs at Evolution. I first worked at the production company, Evolution Media, back in 1997, when it was still called Evolution Film and Tape. (Ha! Tape! That’s so last century!) The show was called Bug Juice for the Disney Channel and it was the first time I got a producer credit. I’ve worked on many shows for Evolution over the years, and they are my favorite company to work for. They are as kind and generous as they are creative. To Doug, Greg, Kathleen, and Alex, it’s a joy working for each and every one of you!

The significant others.  We work long hours in reality TV and we couldn’t do it without our significant others.  So to all the husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, kids, and pets that put up with our schedules -- THANK YOU!
 And hey, we won an award!  Hollywood pats itself on the back more than any other industry I know. Awards are kind of silly.  They sit on a shelf, gather dust, and they definitely don’t keep you warm in bed at night. However, they are a reality of our business, and we were very fortunate to win a Critic’s Choice award this year for best reality series (tying with Hoarders -- can you imagine two more opposite series?!) And while I’m thrilled the critics liked our work, the absolute best part of the day is that we got to win an award with people that we love. That is absolutely priceless!  Here’s a picture of that very special day!

Thanks, viewers, for allowing me the chance to share some gratitude!  I hope you all can take some time this Thanksgiving weekend to think of the things in your lives that make you grateful!    

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

Lisa R. talks about the night that went from bad to worse.

Well things just went from zero to sixty rather quickly, didn’t they? Early on, I said how being on this season was similar to being on a roller coaster, and here we are. I feel like up to this point, we have been slowly climbing that first big hill and now we’re at the top, looking down at all of the scream-worthy, white-knuckled action ahead of us.

The quick whirlwind trip to Santa Barbara that Kyle planned was so much fun and full of laughter and really great girl time. The only thing missing from the trip was Yolanda, but she was off having her own wonderful bonding time with her gorgeous girls. It almost seems calling both Gigi and Bella gorgeous is an understatement. The camera loves those Hadid girls, just like it loves their beautiful momma, doesn’t it?

This was a completely different, very unpredictable, and aggressive Kim sitting next to me in the car, and to be honest, it made me feel extremely nervous and anxious.

Lisa Rinna

Needless to say, the rides to and from Santa Barbara were full of crazy conversations. Is it strange to anyone else that we keep talking about grooming habits down there? Seems to be an oddly recurring theme. Anyway, I thought the lunch and wine tasting actually went rather well, all things considered. All of us were concerned about how Kim felt being put into this situation. Like I mentioned, I didn’t know where Kim was in her sobriety at that point with being around alcohol or others drinking it in front of her. I thought she handled it well by knowing when to excuse herself, as I’m sure the whole situation made her uncomfortable. And I certainly know how uncomfortable Kyle was. She really had no idea the lunch would center around drinking. Overall, I’d say the whole trip to Santa Barbara was a success.

The poker tournament at Eileen’s house, however, didn’t quite have the same successful outcome…

I knew the night was going to be a wild one when I saw how Kim was behaving when she arrived at my house before heading to Malibu. She asked to use the bathroom and was acting as if she was high on something, which is why I asked her if she had been drinking or was on drugs when we got into the car. I mean, HELLO! Could that car ride with Kim be any more awkward? Let me tell you, it felt just as awkward as it looked to all of you. I really had no idea what was going on or what to do. Every interaction I have ever had with Kim up until that point was light, fun, and easy going. This was a completely different, very unpredictable, and aggressive Kim sitting next to me in the car, and to be honest, it made me feel extremely nervous and anxious. I wasn’t sure if it was an act or a game we were playing, but deep down in my gut, I knew there was more to it and something was going on with her. I couldn’t get out of that car fast enough when we arrived at Eileen’s home, and I really had no idea what she would do next.

Before we dive deeper into the chaos of the night, I have to say that Vinny is quickly becoming one of my favorites. He’s just so charming and funny, and I love watching him and Eileen banter back and forth. They are such a dynamic couple. Unfortunately, what started as a lovely evening hosted by this fabulous couple quickly disintegrated into a mess of strange behavior. Who knew sitting around a poker table would send some of the girls to the dark side? The repetitive use of the word ‘stupid’ was absolutely unacceptable, though not altogether surprising as Kim and Brandi’s behavior speaks for itself.

That’s all superficial level stuff though that can roll off my back. The part that’s really hard was to watch Kyle realize with both fear and confusion what was going down in front of her own eyes. Kyle is no stranger to this complicated road she’s been down before with Kim, and I know what a deep relationship the two sisters have, so I really feel for her.

I’m sure Lisa V. is thrilled that she wasn’t a part of the crazy evening at Eileen’s. Instead, we got to watch her and Giggy, the little Sex Monster, play nude on the beach in Cabo. I know she was on a much-needed vacation, and I’m happy she was there with her family and precious Gigster.

Looks like we’re picking up speed and not stopping anytime soon!

Xo, LR

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