Lisa Vanderpump Explains Why She Returned To ‘The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ For Season 7

Lisa Vanderpump will be featured in a full-time role during the upcoming seventh season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but her return almost didn’t happen.

Following a brutal sixth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump didn’t think she would be able to handle the ongoing pressures and drama of the series before ultimately having a change of heart and returning to the show.

“I was reticent because I felt the last season was just so aggressive towards me. I’m not a victim in it because I did hit back and the audience were great and really supported me, but it just went down a road I just thought, ‘I don’t think I can do this anymore,'” Lisa Vanderpump admitted during an interview with Access Hollywood Live, via a report by People Magazine on November 8.

During Season 6, Lisa Vanderpump was accused of using Lisa Rinna to take aim at Yolanda Foster’s Lyme disease diagnosis. As fans of the show saw, Foster’s illness was a hot topic throughout the season and many posed questions into whether or not the reality star was exaggerating her symptoms.

When Foster first joined the series, she was named as a friend of Lisa Vanderpump, who has been close with her ex-husband, Mohamed Hadid, for years. However, during Season 6, their relationship took a turn for the worse and Vanderpump was ultimately accused of suggesting that Foster’s children weren’t truly suffering from Lyme disease.

Although Lisa Vanderpump did say that Hadid hadn’t informed her of Anwar and Bella’s Lyme disease during dinner with her co-stars, she never said that they didn’t have the illness as rumors claimed.

“I’d been on [The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills] for quite a few years, but then I met with them — I didn’t start until a couple of weeks after everybody else — and I’ve had such a great time on it and it was just really a couple of really negative episodes and I thought that shouldn’t define the whole experience because it’s given me so much in terms of, as I say, going to Congress for Yulin [dog meat festival] and they said that they would include a lot of the things that I was doing in my life and that was very important to me,” Lisa Vanderpump recalled.

“I’ve done 250 episodes of reality television now,” Vanderpump added. “It’s a lot.”

During Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump will be seen showcasing her work for animal rights, and during at least one episode, the cast will be seen in Hong Kong, where they were reportedly met with resistance, according to a Radar Online report.

Also during Season 7, Lisa Vanderpump will be seen going head-to-head with Rinna, who called her out for using her to take on Foster during Season 6.

“This season I just can’t help but keep having a little jab at [Lisa Rinna]. I kind of took away the power from her because I felt — I don’t want to say attacked — that she just kept coming at me and was so aggressive and I suddenly kind of managed to brush it off and now I just can’t help have a little poke at her,” Lisa Vanderpump said.

As for the rest of the cast, Lisa Vanderpump said that Kim Richards, who has faced sobriety struggles in recent years, is doing “really well” and added that her relationship with her sister Kyle was in a good place.

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