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Lisa Vanderpump confirmed that she will be saying goodbye to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons on the show during an interview with DailyMailTV published on June 4. "I think they've made it pretty impossible for me to go back frankly," Lisa said, before confirming that "no," she will not be returning to the series.
Lisa opened up more about her decision to leave RHOBH during an interview with Us Weekly on June 6. “I made the decision to leave. It was a very difficult year for me, personally and professionally," she explained. "I had wonderful things happen this year, opening up and TomTom and the cocktail garden in Vegas. The Housewives, it’s just, it’s emotionally too difficult to deal with.”
She also explained to Extra why now felt like the right time to move on from RHOBH. “The last year was a very negative year for me. I feel like we’re moving forward. They have had their resolution," she shared. "I just had a horrible time with the show and the women. It was a very sad time in my life and it wasn’t made any better. I just decided to walk away.”
Reports began to surface last fall prior to the premiere of Season 9 of RHOBH that Lisa would be leaving the series. "I haven't said anything for two months. Now, everybody's been talking about this. I've just been going about my business and doing my things," Lisa addressed the rumors during an interview with ET at the time. "I am in the show. I have not quit, and if I did quit, it wouldn't just be a leaked story. I would be up front, and I have a lot of loyalty to the production company and the network."
Andy Cohen confirmed that Lisa did not attend the taping of the RHOBH Season 9 reunion last week. "The reunion is going great. It's major. Lisa Vanderpump's not here," Andy said from the set of the reunion during a live chat with Anderson Cooper on Instagram. "There's major things happening...there's trouble afoot in Beverly Hills."
Lisa told DailyMailTV in advance of the reunion that she would likely not show up for the taping. "The objective of the reunion is to reunite, right? And I have no inclination to reunite with the women who've been harassing me for 10 months now," she said.
Since announcing her exit from RHOBH, Lisa has been keeping busy with her work as an ally for the LGBTQ+ community, speaking about suicide prevention in a new PSA for The Trevor Project and appearing at L.A. Pride on June 9, along with the Vanderpump Rules crew.
And it sounds like Lisa just wants to focus on her philanthropy for now. When On the Red Carpet asked Lisa at L.A. Pride if she attended the RHOBH Season 9 reunion, she replied, "Really, screw that, because I don't want to talk about that. And right now the season has been really difficult for me, and that's why I walked away. I am here to talk about bullying."
Lisa also had a pretty sassy final message for the RHOBH squad when she sat down with us for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 9 After Show, which you can view, above.
Get your first look at the RHOBH Season 9 reunion, below.
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