I finally made it to Mexico! Too bad I was sick from the moment I got there. This left me incapacitated and not at all helpful while all hell broke loose.
Pardon the understatement of the year, but this is a very complicated situation! Watching the show the last couple weeks, Lisa Rinna’s comments about Kim Richards to Eden have been played many times. So much has been said about it. But, here’s the context I think we’re missing.
Believe me, the last thing I ever wanted to do was talk about Kim Richards. But she made that impossible when she inserted herself into a situation she knew nothing about at Game Night.
Kim would never have been a topic of conversation if she hadn’t aggressively gone after Lisa R. and me and how she viewed our friendship. This is an issue that goes back to comments Kim made in Amsterdam. It has never been resolved, and Lisa R. reacted emotionally because of it.
The only thing that helped diffuse the tension between Kim and Lisa R. was Eden Sassoon, who none of us knew very well. She stepped in, as a sober woman, and provided wisdom and clarity.
The very next day, emotions still fresh, Lisa R. confided in Eden, asking her how she might finally find peace with Kim. That is the only reason she had that conversation. Lisa R.’s comments about Kim were inaccurate and extreme. That’s not up for debate. But her intent wasn’t malicious, no matter how it may look, or no matter how it’s being portrayed now.
In Mexico, when confronted, I know Lisa R.’s reaction was genuine. She was very upset. That, and her subsequent talks with and Harry, really showed that she absolutely did not believe she’d said those things. I think she didn’t remember because they weren’t said with any venom or gossip. Of course by the time it got back through the “game of telephone,” as I’ve said before and Erika pointed out, it was twisted into something ugly.
I’ve known Lisa R. well for many years. We all know she’s off the cuff and sometimes says things without thinking. That’s why we love her. But she’s not a malicious person. And I stand by that assessment even now.
This is not to take away from how upsetting this must be for Kim and Kyle Richards. I agree with Kyle that this kind of talk can set a fragile person back. I also think what Lisa R. said is nothing as damaging as Eden going around saying horrible things about Kim and Kyle both, and comparing Kim and Kyle, to their faces and behind their backs, to her and her sister who passed away from alcohol. In these situations, I think the intent is key. What was Eden’s intent saying, “You don’t want my help down the stairs? Fine, I’ll let you crawl!” about Kim? Whatever it was, it was not coming from a place of wisdom or concern.
On the boat, I think Lisa R. took a page from my book of, “I’m just gonna keep dancing.” And then took it to an entirely different level! Sometimes the best way out of a tricky situation is just to dance your ass off.