Fans of the “Real Housewives” have seen a number of cast members leave the Bravo shows over the years, and the women have given various reasons for their decision.
Bethenny Frankel’s journey in The Real Housewives of New York began in 2008 and spanned over a decade, but while the money lured her to stay, it wasn’t enough in the end. “I was just willing to do it. I didn’t want to be there anymore,” she told Variety, going on to explain that filming the show left her feeling drained and distracted from her off-camera career and family. “People throughout the franchise will tell you they develop anxiety, and it’s very stressful,” she said.
As for Danielle Staub, when she surprised Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen by announcing she was leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey for good in 2020 and revealing that she was starting a cooking channel. “It’s time for me to go and do something that I want to do that makes my heart happy every day,” she said. Then there are those who get the boot, like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, who was fired for spreading a salacious rumor about some of her castmates, per E! But though they’re gone, they haven’t been forgotten, and there’s one former Real Housewife whose loss was felt more deeply than the others.
Fans want Lisa Vanderpump to return to RHOBH
In a poll of 582 Nicki Swift readers, respondents were asked which former Real Housewife they would like to see back on their show, and Lisa Vanderpump was the top pick with nearly 27% of the vote. Her colleague Brandi Glanville from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was another popular choice with just over 19%, while Phaedra Parks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta took third place with almost 18% of the pie. Bethenny Frankel and Danielle Staub received 13% and 12% respectively, while fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County gave bottom-performing Kelly Dodd 10% of the vote.
While viewers would love to see Vanderpump again on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when Nicki Swift polled Bravo fans about which of the network’s shows should be canceled, her spinoff series Vanderpump Rules topped the list. In an interview with We Should Talk, Vanderpump explained why she left RHOBH to pursue other television opportunities. “I got to a point where it was too negative for me. At that time, my brother had just died and I was looking for happiness in my life,” she explained. However, she hasn’t ruled out making a comeback one day if a certain diva demand is met. In an interview with ET, she said she would consider having all of the cast except Sutton Stracke and Garcelle Beauvais kicked to the curb.