Lisa Vanderpump is used to having her employees get involved in some major drama (see: Vanderpump Rules), but she never experienced anything quite like what went down with Vanderpump Dog Center employee John Blizzard this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
John found himself in trouble earlier this season of RHOBH over some text messages he sent to Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave talking about the dog Dorit Kemsley and her family adopted from the Vanderpump Dog Center. In fact, Lisa had to give John, who works to coordinate events for the rescue center, a stern talking-to for implying Lisa was involved in spreading the rumors, which she has denied.
Since then, John has continued to work at the Vanderpump Dog Center. Lisa explained her decision to not fire her employee during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night (clip above). "Oh, my god, he's 23 years old, he's working for a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. I'm not gonna fire him over him kind of getting indulged in bulls--t and gossiping," she said. "Why would I fire him?"
Lisa shared in one of her blogs on Bravotv.com earlier this season that she felt like John took responsibility for his part in the drama. "John Blizzard has since expressed deep regret that he has perpetuated and engaged in salacious gossip which ignited a maelstrom of negativity," Lisa wrote. "He is twenty-three years old, though. Hopefully one lives and learns."
Teddi opened up about her connection to John in an interview with The Daily Dish in March, sharing that the two have only been friendly at Vanderpump events and not much more than that. She also said that she wishes she never took that phone call from John about Dorit's dog in the first place.
"Yeah, when I got the very first call from John Blizzard that 'Lisa wanted me to tell you this, and here's this story about Dorit,' I wish I said, 'I don't want to hear it. It doesn't involve me.' Had I done that, who knows how it would have come out, but it would have been completely off of me," she said. "It feels disgusting, and I regret it."
Watch Teddi reflect more on the incident, below.
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