Former Bravo ‘Housewife’ Says Some Cast Members Planned Scenes and Created Storylines

Cristy Rice from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Miami recently revealed that a few cast members worked closely with producers to pre-plan some scenes and build storylines.

“It’s weird,” Rice said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. “Season one, Adriana [de Moura] and Lea [Black] were like the tag team. Lea obviously had the clout. Because it was like the story, true or not, I don’t know.”

Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Alexia Echevarria, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Elsa Patton, Adriana De Moura
Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Alexia Echevarria, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Elsa Patton, Adriana De Moura | Mitchell Zachs/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

“But then Lea would talk to the producers and talk to everybody in that everything went how she wanted it,” Rice continued. “In order for that to happen, you actually have the care and make that extra phone call. And those are the things that I know I never did. And I don’t think Larsa [Pippen] did either. Like we just didn’t care.”

Rice and Pippen were friends and Rice had recently returned to the Miami area following a divorce from husband NBA player Glen Rice.

Cristy Rice says some moments were planned ahead of time

Rice insists she and Pippen went with the flow, however Black and de Moura were working behind the scenes with producers. “They kind of
like orchestrated, ‘It’s going to be like this’ and like they would plan,” she said. “‘Okay, today, you’re going to say this and you’re going to talk her.’ Like, it was crazy. It was crazy.”

“They tried to make Larsa and I into the mean girls,” she added. “You know how they say if you go to war with somebody that has nothing to lose, you’ve already lost the war. Yeah. Well, I had nothing to lose. I had no skeletons in my closet. I’m like Eminem whatever you’re going to say to me, I said it first.”

Cristy Rice, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura
Cristy Rice, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura | Mitchell Zachs/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

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“So, here’s, the microphone, what are you going to say now?” she added. “Because I’ve already said it. Like I owned anything and everything that I had in my life and, and really there was not much. So I was more there because I thought this was going to be like organic fun.”

Rice felt attacked on the show

“And again, Adriana’s purpose was just to be like, I mean, I don’t know,” Rice continued. “She just was like mean and very spiteful. Like she would do things behind your back, tricky, things like that. And she had her purpose and she carried it all the way through to the live reunion where she tried to attack me.”

Cristy Rice, Marysol Patton, Ana Quincoces Rodriguez, Alexia Echevarria, Lea Black, Larsa Pippen, Adriana De Moura
Cristy Rice, Marysol Patton, Ana Quincoces Rodriguez, Alexia Echevarria, Lea Black, Larsa Pippen, Adriana De Moura |Glenn Watson/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

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Rice said there were two specific moments that were planned to break her. “Again, my role, when they edited the show or the role that they gave Larsa and I was basically like the mean girls,” she said.

“And Larsa was [painted to be] kind of like snobby, like throwing the whole story about the nannies and all that,” she said. “Like if she thought she was better than everybody and all that. That’s like how they proceeded [on] her on editing. And then me, kind of like, I don’t care.”