If you’re only familiar with Lisa Vanderpump as the sage boss/life coach on Vanderpump Rules, you may not realize that on the show that made her famous, Vanderpump is just another drama-addicted frenemy on one of TV’s most dysfunctional casts.
The bulk of this season’s drama has centered around the controversy over Yolanda Foster’s Lyme disease diagnosis.
Specifically, the question of whether or not Foster is only pretending to be sick has been a hot topic in recent months.
It may seem like a bizarre accusation, but there’s ample evidence to suggest that Yolanda might not really be ill.
Foster’s own ex-husband has hinted that she’s faking it, and the former model has stated that two of her children are also infected, which would make for a bizarre coincidence, as the disease is tick-borne and not contagious.
Anyway, just about all of the ladies have stated that they believe Foster is faking it at one point or another, and now the controversy is tearing the group apart.
The drama is currently being re-hashed in one of those multi-episode reunion sagas that have become a trademark for Bravo.
This week’s installment features a battle of the Lisas, as Rinna (formerly a Foster-Lyme disease truther) blasts Vanderpump for comments she allegedly made behind Foster’s back:
“We’re at my birthday and you came…I was thrilled to see you,” Rinna tells Foster at the reunion.
“You came with no makeup. You left. [Vanderpump’s husband] Ken had said you looked terrible and [my husband] Harry said, ‘You know what? That’s not OK. This woman is sick and we need to stand by her.’”
Vanderpump weakly defends herself, saying, “Ken didn’t say she looked terrible to her face…he was observing that she didn’t look good,."
Rinna then cuts her off and accuses her of attempting to use Foster’s illness as grist for the drama mill:
“Harry said, ‘We need to support this woman whether she’s sick or not.’…And you go, ‘There goes our ‘f–king’ story line.’”
Rinna may think that’s a shocking allegation, but it’s actually the kind of initiative that lands you your own show.
Watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online to get caught up in time for The Reunion: Part 19.