The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills show almost didn’t happen. The first incarnation of the now extensive franchise was Real Housewives of Orange County, and when a Beverly Hills spin-off was first suggested, executive producer Andy Cohen didn’t believe it would be different enough. He quickly changed his mind, and the show became a yet another mega-success. The catty cast assembled and the ensuing drama has become reality TV gold that audiences can’t get enough of. Here are some of biggest fights, scandals, and shockers from the show – because that’s the juicy stuff that keeps us all enthralled.
1. Kim Richards’ arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel
In April 2015 Kim was arrested at the Beverly Hills Hotel for acting belligerently and actually kicking a police officer. Kim has struggled with sobriety on and off the show so while the display was not entirely shocking it was still incredibly dramatic. She was later charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery, for which she got three years of probation, 30 days of community service and 52 weeks of A.A. sessions.
2. Kim Richard’s Target shoplifting
Kim apparently did not learn her lesson getting arrested at the Beverly Hills hotel, because later in 2015 she was caught allegedly shoplifting at Target. She walked out of a store with a cart containing $612 of merchandise that she hadn’t paid for and was convicted of petty theft. The incident shed light on the fact that she was skipping mandatory A.A. meetings that she was assigned from her prior arrest, and it almost sent her to jail.
3. Kelsey Grammer actually encouraged Camille to do the show
When Camille Grammer was first asked to join the show she acted uninterested…because she didn’t think her high profile A-list actor husband Kelsey would be supportive of the reality TV show idea. To everyone’s surprise, he actually encouraged her to take the opportunity. But in hindsight it became obvious that he was only encouraging the opportunity because he was planning on divorcing her.
4. Camille felt like a fool
Camille has said that looking back she could see that Kelsey was going to leave her. When it did eventually happen, he had someone else make the call to tell her he was out. Kelsey had been having an affair for six months and ended up marrying that woman when he left Camille. He has since said that his marriage to Camille was over as soon as it began. “I stayed because I’m a stubborn cuss. I was not in it, or happy in it for a long time. It was pretty much over as soon as it began. She always wanted to be famous.” Ouch.
5. Lisa and Kim’s crazy Amsterdam fight
Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards got into one of the craziest fights in Real Housewives history while the ladies were in Amsterdam. First Lisa was discussing Kim’s sobriety (or lack thereof), and then Kim brought up Lisa’s husband Harry Hamlin and bascially threatened that she had dirt to spill on him. Lisa got pissed, literally threw a full glass of wine into Kim’s face, and then smashed the glass on the edge of the table. Somehow in the morning they briefly talked it out and seemed to be fine.
6. Yolanda Foster left the show over claims that she is faking Lyme disease
Yolanda Foster, mother of models Bella and Gigi Hadid, reportedly has been suffering from a nasty case of Lyme disease for years. However, some of her costars on Real Housewives did not want to believe it and were making claims that she was faking or playing it up for attention. Lisa Rinna was one of the more outspoken doubters, and when she eventually tried to apologize to Yolanda about it, she was shocked to find that her apology was refused.
7. Brandi Glanville bashed Lisa Rinna over it
Brandi bashed Lisa’s mean girl tendencies and defended her good friend Yolanda. “Yolanda has been fighting this illness for years, and there has never been a question that she could possibly not be sick–that is until both Kim [Richards] and myself left this group. These women were just looking for an easy target and always need someone to pick on so that they don’t have to deal with their own sh–. The treatment of Yolanda this season has been deplorable, and these women should be ashamed of themselves.”
8. Brandi allegedly got fired but says otherwise
Brandi Glanville claims to have quit the show of her own volition, but Lisa Vanderpump said that was “a crock of poo” and that she was actually fired. Brandi then claimed that those rumors were making her life-after-Housewives difficult. “Here’s what sucks, and this is why they’re c—s. They are. Because they’re saying I got fired, I’m in the process of moving, trying to rent a house for my two children, and no one will rent to me because they don’t think I have a job. They’re like, ‘Are you sure you’re not fired?’ I’m like, ‘I have 10 other jobs, I have a new show that I’m gonna be doing that I can’t talk about yet, and a development deal with a really big network. So I have jobs, and I wasn’t fired from the Housewives.”
9. Brandi and Kenya Feud
This one is a Real Housewives city overlap. Beverly Hills Brandi and Kenya from the Real Housewives of Atlanta were both contestants on Celebrity Apprentice at the same time, and the two did not become fast friends. In fact they pretty much hated each other, and continued to bash each other on social media as well as TV. Brandi has literally said that she “would love to beat the shit out of Kenya.” Kenya has called Brandi “scum.” Perfect reality TV fodder.
10. Adrienne Maloof dated some much younger men
These cougar romances played out off camera, but they happened. Fifty-something Adrienne Maloof at one point dated Rod Stewart’s son Sean Stewart, who was 32 at the time. The also she dated the 24-year-old Anheuser-Busch heir Jacob Busch. That second relationship actually lasted a year and a half.
11. Brandi Glanville has been caught in some very drunk paparazzi shots
Brandi Glanville has been snapped in some compromising positions. One time was a highly intoxicated evening leaving the London hotel with her dress tucked up around her waist and her breast exposed. Another time was when she being helped out of the restaurant Craig’s after a reported seven cocktails. She’s been attacked for setting a bad example for her sons, to which she has replied: “I never drink in front of them, and honestly I have a lot on my plate and needed to let my hair down. (But not my dress)”
12. Yolanda had a breast implant rupture
Yolanda went through a breast implant rupturing, which could have exacerbated her Lyme disease symptoms. She had to go into surgery to fix the areas where the silicone was leaking, which can reportedly cause pain, soreness and swelling.
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13. Kyle and Kim’s endless fighting
Kim and Kyle have had a complicated relationship all their lives, which can happen with family, but their drama is particularly intense. Things got pretty bad in the fifth season when they fought over Kim misbehaving, Kim accusing Kyle of stealing their childhood home, Kim getting close to Brandi, and Kyle’s disinterest in doing so. Then Kim’s dog bit Kyle’s daughter, and then Kim tried to disinvite Kyle from her daughter’s wedding. Phew. These two could have a show all by themselves.
14. Taylor Armstrong’s husband committed suicide
When Taylor first appeared on the show she seemed happy as can be, but she soon admitted that her husband Russell was physically and verbally abusive to her. The tipping point came at a time when he reportedly punched her in the face and she had to get reconstructive surgery on her eye. She ended up filing for divorce, and then in a tragic turn of events, he committed suicide a month later. Sometimes reality TV becomes all too real.
15. Taylor developed a drinking problem
Following her husband’s suicide, Taylor developed a bit of drinking problem. “I went through about nine months where I was drinking to cope with the pain and the memories. I was drinking to forget, to stop the recurring images in my head, to relax enough to try to sleep at night. I quickly discovered that one glass of wine made it a little easier, two would help me forget, three, four — you get the point.” Kim and Kyle Richards apparently gave her a lot of advice, some of which she took.
“I did three things. I decided Kyle was right and it was time to leave the house [that I shared with Russell]. I needed to let go of that final piece in order to move on with my life. I took Kim’s suggestion and went to the mountains for the winter. I have taken that opportunity to heal and to spend time with Kennedy enjoying the simple things,” she explained. “Finally, I went cold turkey off my medication. Not recommended but, I am a bit of an extremist — in case you haven’t noticed.”
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