The women in Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are known for giving fans more than a little drama. The hit reality show, which premiered in 2010, has had its fair share of cast mix-ups since its inception. In 2014, the network brought actress Lisa Rinna to the crew, along with fellow soap opera fellow Eileen Davidson. Davidson dropped out after three seasons, but Rinna became an instant fan favorite and has remained on the popular series ever since. Rinna later revealed that she was almost part of the original cast but was turned down by producer Andy Cohen at the time.
“I went in and made a tape and they came in and they did a little sizzle reel,” Rinna recalled in Dave Quinn’s “Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of The Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It” (via Persons). And while Rinna would have fitted perfectly into the glitzy life of Los Angeles housewives, ultimately Cohen wanted “real women” who weren’t famous.
Years later, however, Rinna joined the cast and has continued to make her mark on the show. And in typical housewife fashion, Rinna’s addition to the show led to an explosive feud with cast member Kim Richards.
Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards got into several fights
Before she was fired from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season five, Kim Richards got into a messy altercation with Lisa Rinna. At dinner during a trip to Amsterdam, Rinna questioned Richard’s sobriety. Richards, unhappy with Rinna’s seemingly dodgy concern, then replied, “Let’s talk about the husband.” The comment, which appeared to imply that Rinna’s husband was involved in an unknown incident, goaded the actor, who then pounced on Richards. As the other housewives tried to separate the two, Rinna threw a drink at Richards and also smashed a wine glass on the table. And while the fight has become one of the most intense moments in RHOBH history, it wouldn’t be the last time Rinna and Richards got into a fight.
When Richards returned for a guest appearance in Season 7, she confronted Rinna about spreading a rumor that she was “close to death.” The drama continued at the season’s reunion despite previous attempts at reconciliation. During the special, Richards returned a stuffed bunny that Rinna gave her grandson because he didn’t have “the right energy.”
Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards appear to have reconciled
Despite their complicated history, Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards appear to have found common ground thanks to an unlikely hookup. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: BravoCon 2019 Special, Richards revealed that her son-in-law’s brother was dating Rinna’s daughter, Amelia Hamlin. “For those of you who don’t know, my daughter’s husband [Thayer Wiederhorn] has five siblings and his brother is dating Lisa’s daughter Amelia,” Richards said. And I said to Lisa the other night, that’s pretty crazy; this is our karma to fight with. We may have to look at each other for the rest of our lives.”
It also appears that the insinuations Richards made about Rinna’s husband during the infamous Amsterdam showdown were dead wrong. Rinna made the reveal in response to an unrelated comment from Kathy Hilton on Instagram. “I remember when you first came on the show you called me and said, ‘What Kim said about Harry, she made it all up, you know that, right?’ and I just said I know she did Kathy,” Rinna wrote (via Page Six).
So it looks like nothing is drama-free between the two Beverly Hills housewives — at least for now.