The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has had one of the most interesting casts of any of the Housewife shows-from actual millionaires to poseurs and real-life actresses. Since the show began in 2010, 17 ladies have been cast as full-time Housewives. Two OG’s from Season 1 remain-Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump (we will see what happens after this season, though)! And snarky Camille Grammer has been either a Friend of or Guest on every season but one after leaving as a full-time Housewife after Season 2.
This season, two other former Housewives are coming back for at least one appearance. And they happen to be two of the most talked about-and polarizing-cast members of any of the Housewife shows-former child star Kim Richards and volatile, often-acts-like-a-child Brandi Glanville. And current cast member Erika Jayne recently shared her thoughts about the return of Kim and Brandi.
In an interview with PEOPLE Now, Erika was asked if she would want either Kim or Brandi to return to the cast full-time. Crafty Erika answered, “I think that they’re both great showmen. I have no idea. I don’t make the cast…cast the show.” Very Switzerland of you Erika-sometimes neutrality is the best option! And we know that if you cast the show, you would be the only Housewife, with your glam squad-and maybe your hubby Tom Girardi– as occasional guest stars!
Erika began as a full-time cast member on Season 6-and Kim and Brandi left as full-time Housewives after Season 5. So, Erika’s exposure to them is pretty limited as far as filming goes. And as Kim’s sister Kyle is a current cast member-and no one-not even fearless Erika-would want to get on Twitter happy Brandi’s bad side. It is understandable that the usually outspoken Erika hedges her bets in talking about the two.
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Erika was a little more revealing when fielded another question about Kim and Brandi, however. When she was asked if any member of the current cast would not want to see Kim and Brandi return, Erika shared, “Some people definitely have their differences with both and Kim and Brandi, so it could be uncomfortable for a few people.”
Who are these “few people” Erika is talking about? For starters, who would Brandi’s presence make uncomfortable? The obvious answer is the entire cast! Brandi’s loose cannon, take no prisoners attitude has raised the ire of many a Beverly Hills Housewife. At different times, Brandi has had heated arguments-or major feuds with almost everyone she ever filmed with-Yolanda Hadid probably being the only exception.
The person who would really have the most difficulty in encountering Brandi, however, would likely be Lisa. Their friendship, long on shaky ground, disintegrated after Brandi slapped her in Amsterdam during Season 5. As Brandi left the show after that season, the two had no opportunity to repair their relationship on camera. And Lisa seemed to have no interest in doing so, anyhow. However, as Lisa is on the outs with almost the entire cast this season. Maybe even Brandi would be a friendly port in a storm!
As for Kim, she has also had her share of battles with other Housewives. Most famously, with her sister Kyle, but the two seem to be on good terms currently and her Second Wife To Mauricio Umansky status seems solid. So, who would not want to see Kim return as a Housewife? Again Lisa…but not Vanderpump. Lisa Rinna!
Kim and Rinna have a rocky history, largely due to Rinna using Kim’s troubled existence as her own personal storyline. Their ugliest fight was in Amsterdam (what was in the water in Amsterdam?) when a ballistic Rinna smashed a wine glass on a table in anger at Kim after she made a veiled comment about Harry Hamlin. And Kim famously returned a bunny Rinna had gifted for Kim’s grandchild on a reunion show!
Oddly enough, from what we saw in the season trailer, Kim appears to get into it with another Richards-but, not Kyle–Denise Richards. As Denise seems to be a laid back, difficult to ruffle, Malibu beach dwelling kind of person, what could the two argue about?
As we are about halfway through a typical season, I am excited to see how everything plays out. A cast trip to France and the saga of LVP vs. Everyone will round out what has been a great season. And here’s hoping we see the completion of LVP’s kitchen remodel-which is turning into a very expensive saging of Kyle’s toxic presence from Villa Rosa!