'RHOBH' Is To Blame For The Demise Of 'Vanderpump Rules'

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'RHOBH' Is To Blame For The Demise Of 'Vanderpump Rules'

On January 7, 2013 during an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we got the Bravo crossover of a lifetime. I will never forget where I was (at home, in bed, but still) when I watched Brandi Glanville have a sit-down at Villa Blanca (RIP) with her ex-husband's mistress Scheana Shay. Then suddenly, when their conversation was over, the cameras followed Scheana into the back alley of SUR. The transition between an episode of RHOBH into the premiere of Vanderpump Rules was the greatest cinematic event in Bravo history, followed by Real Housewives of Salt Lake City getting swarmed by Homeland Security officers, and Teresa Giudice's return from "camp."

At the time of the Vanderpump premiere, Lisa Vanderpump was a star, the reigning queen of RHOBH who was beloved by the Bravo community and. She was unlike anyone we had ever seen: Lisa walked in with an elevated sensibility. She's British, beautiful, curvy, and confident. She's glamorous and rich, but she wears plain t-shirts with tight skinny jeans and a colorful, un-sensible pump, and she always has her small dog in tow. She and husband Ken Todd have a solid relationship; if she wanted a swing in her yard adorned with roses, Ken made it happen. If she wanted a new puppy, he'd happily oblige.

LVP just has that star power, a je ne sais quoi dipped in midday champagne and goat cheese balls. So much so, that her spin-off Vanderpump Rules became one of the most-watched shows on the network. Fans were lining up outside of SUR to get a glimpse of her and the SUR-vers (myself included) and the success of the show and the restaurant eventually led to her opening two more, PUMP and TomTom.

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