‘RHOBH’: Are Andy Cohen and Lisa Vanderpump Still Friends?
There has been so much drama surrounding The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills lately. One of the OGs of the series has officially left the franchise. Lisa Vanderpump, the queen of Beverly Hills, has decided not to return to the cast next season.
Because of this, there have been a lot of rumors floating around that there is bad blood between Vanderpump and the people at Bravo, including her longtime friend Andy Cohen, but Cohen has insisted that there are no issues between him and Vanderpump.
Which is why it was so weird when he appeared to tell fellow RHOBH housewife Lissa Rinna to “drag Lisa Vanderpump.”
What happened on ‘Watch What Happens Live’
Earlier this week, Cohen had Rinna on his show, Watch What Happens Live. After a commercial break, he leaned in and said “and drag Lisa Vanderpump” to the housewife.
Once he realized he was live, he resumed the show.
Fans were quick to jump on social media and ask Cohen if he was telling Rinna to drag Vanderpump on the show.
Was Cohen really talking badly about Vanderpump?
Cohen recently took to Twitter to clarify what the conversation between he and Rinna was actually about.
“The beginning of what I said was that on the Bravo Float at World Pride we are having a ‘Drag Lisa Rinna, Drag [Erika] Jayne, and a Drag Lisa Vanderpump…’ meaning Drag Queens playing those women. It’s going to be amazing,” he tweeted.
What happened with Vanderpump?
After getting into an argument with pretty much all of the women on the show, Vanderpump refused to film with the rest of the cast which caused her to be edited out of several episodes of the season.
“Lisa is extremely hurt that several scenes that she filmed for RHOBH have been cut because it’s all about her philanthropy work which she loves to proudly show off,” a source close to the cast told HollywoodLife. “She feels that since there’s no drama, they got cut, but she wants to show off that side of her life and is really disappointed that those scenes got cut because that’s a big part of her life as a real housewife.”
After being cut, Vanderpump decided to skip the RHOBH reunion, which didn’t sit too well with Cohen.
“Andy felt incredibly disrespected over the fact that Lisa Vanderpump ditched the [RHOBH] reunion,” a source close to production told HollywoodLife. “He tried to get her to come, but she just wouldn’t budge. When LuAnn or Yolanda didn’t attend the reunion, it was much different due to medical reasons, as Lisa was trying to compare the situations, but Andy was telling people that he truly felt like LVP stood him up. He and Lisa have had a great relationship all these years, so he really wished she was there to say her [peace].”
Are Vanderpump and Cohen still friends?
Though Vanderpump isn’t returning to the show, Cohen still speaks highly of her and even credits her with being the reason RHOBH even exists.
“It has been well documented that when we were developing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I was not totally sold on doing the show,” Cohen recently said on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live.
“When I saw Lisa Vanderpump on that casting tape, man, she was the one who really sold me on doing the show,” he continued. “I just wanted to see more of Lisa, and so did all of you. She is iconic, and I am so glad that we will continue to see more of Lisa in all of her glory on Vanderpump Rules… She will always be the Queen of Diamonds in the Bravo universe.”
He also said that Vanderpump could return to the show whenever she wanted, so it’s safe to say the two are still on good terms.