Former ‘RHOBH’ Cast Member Insists Series Is Heavily Produced

Kathryn Edwards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills offered more insight into how the series is produced.

Kathryn Edwards, Lisa Vanderpump, Erika Girardi, Yolanda Foster, Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards and Eileen Davidson
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Edwards returned to Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast to dish a little more about what really goes on behind the scenes. “It happens, it happens,” she said about overly produced storylines.

“Everyone knows it happens,” she added. “The show is highly produced. It’s not scripted. So they don’t tell you what to say, But they’re making a storyline and as things happen, like I said earlier, they have to fill in blank spots. So the editors will say, ‘Oh, we need a scene to make this more cohesive.’ And they’ll, they’ll do a scene. And they literally like will say like, ‘We need you to kind of talk about this.'”

Kathryn Edwards describes how production works

Edwards described how a producer might approach a storyline with a cast member. “‘This is what happened the other night,'” she said. “‘How do you feel about that?’ It’s leading and it’s producing and sorry people at home, that’s the truth. That’s the truth.”

“So you can get mad all you want and hate everybody,” she added. “But there’s a lot of people doing their jobs to make a story. Now they don’t force you to say things. For Brandi [Glanville] they didn’t force her to slap [Lisa] Vanderpump. But it happens because I think the women want the camera time.”

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Ep. 122 We sat down with Kathryn Edwards a few weeks back for an exclusive, two part, tell all interview (Part I 9/9/20; Part II 9/16/20). That interview caused a Twitter frenzy involving both Lisa Vanderpump and Camille Grammer. Kathryn stops by to chat about the aftermath of that interview and the resulting twitter frenzy. Kathryn stands by what she said and talks about her current relationships with LVP, Erika, Kyle, Camille and the rest of our favorite RHOBH. Hey Kathryn, while we have you, wanna chat about this past season of RHOBH? She does. We react to the news of Teddi Mellencamp being let go, discuss why it is so hard for most Housewives to admit they were terminated and discuss Kathryn’s thoughts on Teddi, answering the question, was she really as “ boring” as the general public thinks? Kathryn also discusses her thoughts on newbies Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke. We dissect who had a good season and who had a rough season amongst Dorit, Rinna, Kyle, and Erika and who would be the next on the chopping block if additional cuts were to be made. Speaking of Rinna, Kathryn explains how the Rinna she now sees on RHOBH is not the Rinna she has known for many many years leading to a larger conversation of what happens when real life and “the show” lines start to blur. On a larger scale, David and Kathryn discuss what it takes to make a good Housewife, how “Career Housewives” all start to self produce, and what happens when the show becomes more important than real world happiness. These topics get Kathryn to reflect on her own short time on the show, does she think she herself was a good Housewife? Kathryn also opens up about the PTSD she felt once off the show due to the feeling of cameras – there were none – always watching her and whether she would ever go back – if you listened to our first two chats – well – you know the answer to this. @katedwards8 #rhobh

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She said the cast has the goal of delivering for the show. “They want to be great,” Edwards said. “And it is really like the little, you know, puppy, if you do something that’s kind of crazy, you know that, ‘Oh, that was great. You get that.’ It’s so you get a little slap on the back and an attaboy for maybe being a little bit of a fool.”

Edwards says being on the show makes good business sense

She pointed out that several cast members’ businesses have benefitted from being on the show. “You know, Kyle and Mauricio that are in the real estate business, it’s a perfect fit,” she said. “You know, they have these phenomenal homes to have these great parties in and you know, it’s great. It’s marketing for the agency and it’s a great fit for everybody.”

“And for Vanderpump, she’s got restaurants to promote,” Edwards added. “So, you know, party at the restaurant, there’s all of these kinds of trade-offs and gives and takes.”

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Ep. 107 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kathryn Edwards steps Behind The Rope. Originally from Wisconsin (didn't see that one coming), Kathryn left home at a young age to pursue modeling in Paris, before eventually settling in the famous zip code we have all come to love. Kathryn discusses how she was cast for Season Six of RHOBH and who she knew before the show. We discuss RHOBH Housewives past – Yolanda Hadid and Eden Sassoon and present such as Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne. We discuss the influx of actresses to the franchise – Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa Rinna and Denise Richards – and ultimately whether that is a good fit or not. Of course, we also discuss whether Denise really hooked up with Brandi Glanville and what Kathryn knows from being “on the scene” in Beverly Hills. This leads to a larger conversation of what should be included in a reality show, and what, if anything, should be off limits, the influence of producers behind the scenes and the magic of editing. Kathryn recounts her own time on RHOBH, the involvement of production, the edit she received, being thrown into day one middle of the season, and her colleagues she had to work with. She explains her past with Faye Resnick (Kyle Richards’ BFF), OJ Simpson, Robert Kardashian, that famous White Bronco and how that possibly affected the decision to cast her. Finally we discuss the involvement of Lisa’s Vanderpump and Rinna in helping “guide” storylines and just how did Season Six become all about Munchausen’s Syndrome. All this and we are only getting started. Tune in to this Part I sit down with the one and only Kathryn Edwards. @katedwards8 @behindvelvetrope @davidyontef #rhobh #realhousewivesofbeverlyhills #kylerichards #lisarinna #lvp #erikajayne #kimrichards #eileendavidson

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However, Edwards isn’t sure why actor Denise Richards did the show, considering she had fame already. “But for someone who in Denise’s
case, I don’t know why she did it,” she said. “Where you’ve already like I said, had a storied past and you have children who I think you’re trying to bring up in a, you know, a kind of normal, somewhat sheltered environment from the real-life of who their parents are and what the history is. I don’t know why she’d do it.”