Lisa Vanderpump puts herself out there on two Bravo reality shows, but the Beverly Hills restaurateur draws the line when it comes to what she will do on camera. In a new interview with Adweek, Vanderpump says viewers will never see her lose control with her co-stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Vanderpump Rules — at least not in a physical way.
“I’m never going to be the Housewife that’s rolling around on the floor trying to pull somebody’s weave out,” Vanderpump revealed.
“That’s not who I am. I do say wildly inappropriate things I think are funny—it’s my British sense of humor—but I’m not somebody that’s going to lose their s**t. My brand is me and this is an accurate depiction of my life, so I’m happy with that.”
Still, while she’s happy with how she is depicted on the Bravo shows, Lisa says there are a few things that are off limits.
“I don’t care if the cameras follow me 24 hours a day,” Vanderpump said. “Maybe I don’t want to be filmed in the shower or something. The only thing I was sensitive to is that when my daughter got married—I felt that I’d signed up for the show, not her.”
Lisa, who has her name on everything from a line of pet accessories (Vanderpump Pets) to liquor (Vanderpump Vodka), dreams of launching a full-scale lifestyle brand that will include salad dressing, perfume, and makeup, but she also draws the line at what she will endorse.
“I think pool cleaner,” Lisa said when asked what product endorsements she has turned down. “What would I know about pool cleaner? I don’t even know how to clean the pool!”
Vanderpump said the amount of creative control she has on the two Bravo shows is like night and day. On Real Housewives, Lisa has no say on how she’s portrayed, but on Vanderpump Rules, she’s the queen bee.
“Zero,” Lisa said of the influence she has on RHOBH. “I’m a statue. They can s**t all over you. But on Vanderpump Rules, I’m the pigeon.”
While RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules are reality shows, it’s no surprise that some of the situations are set up by producers. Lisa said that after her falling out with a cast member that “turned out to be a real nightmare” (one guess who), she agreed to have lunch with her, something she wouldn’t normally do because she knew that the audience would want to see that conversation on camera.
“We’re lucky enough to have a production company that has integrity—I know it’s a rarity in this world—and tries to show the accurate story,” Lisa said. “And if they think somebody is bat-s**t crazy and they’re accusing you of something, they’re going to show it. And luckily, the audience sees the truth.”
Although Lisa says she has zero control on RHOBH, producers clearly value her opinion. Vanderpump was recently asked if her RHOBH nemesis, Brandi Glanville, would be making any more cameos on the Bravo reality show. Brandi famously slapped Lisa while shooting Season 5 of the show, and her appearance on Season 6 was limited to a couple of cameos and a taped message on the RHOBH reunion.
“Oh, no!” Lisa said of any future Brandi episodes “Absolutely not. No, I don’t think Brandi’s gonna be back. Well, definitely not on our show.”
Speaking of not coming back, Lisa Vanderpump has been back and forth on her own status on the show ever since the first year of RHOBH. Lisa revealed that she said she wasn’t coming back after each season, but that her decision to return for the upcoming 7th season was especially difficult after how she was treated by some of her co-stars last year.
“It was just not about money,” Vanderpump said. “It was about whether I could go through what I went through again.”
Lisa added that she’s still not sure if she made the right decision.
“I remember our showrunner jumped up and kissed me and said, ‘OK, you won’t regret it!’ ” Lisa revealed. “And I said, ‘I might, but I can never forget what the show has given me.'”
Take a look at the video below to see Lisa Vanderpump talking about the drama on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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