Believe it or not, in the three seasons that Southern Charm has been on the air, Patricia Altschul has never stepped foot in the Bravo Clubhouse, neither as part of one of the cast reunions nor as a guest on Watch What Happens Live.
All of that changed Wednesday night as the Southern Charm matriarch made her Clubhouse debut to accept The Susan Lucci Award for Best Performance in a Reality Show from Susan Lucci herself during the first-ever Bravos ceremony. "Oh, wow! Oh my God! Patricia is finally here! I can't believe it!" host Andy Cohen exclaimed as Patricia made her grand entrance into the Clubhouse.
Patricia looked as glamorous and gracious as ever during her acceptance speech. "Well, I want to thank Andy for not making me come to the reunions. And to Susan Lucci and Gia [Giudice, who handed out the awards], thank you so much, ladies. This is indeed a great pleasure," she gushed. "And to my son, Whitney Sudler-Smith, who is the creator and producer of Southern Charm, who said to me, 'Mother, all you have to do is to be filmed for five minutes, and that's it. So thank you all. This is a great honor."
Whitney was incredibly proud of his mama.
With Patricia's presence and Susan presenting the award named in her honor, there was almost too much fabulousness in the Clubhouse to handle. Plus, Susan's presentation of the award was deliciously shady in and of itself. "In so many ways, I feel that the reality stars of today are actually all my... wannabes... knockoffs... cousins," she joked.
Vicki Gunvalson, Dorinda Medley, and Kristen Doute were all nominees for the honor as well, but they shouldn't feel bad about not winning the title this year, according to Susan. "To the eventual losers, I just have to tell you, there is no shame in not winning 16, 17, even 18 times in a row until you finally do," she said, referring to the slew of Daytime Emmy Award nominations she received before finally taking home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1999.
Let's just hope we don't have to wait for Patricia to win another award to get her back in the Clubhouse.
Check out all of the highlights from The Bravos, below.