Andy Cohen has shared his sadness at Lisa Vanderpump’s shock exit from The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
The show’s producer broke his silence on the 58-year-old restaurateur’s departure from the Bravo show after nine seasons and admitted he was sad to see Vanderpump, who also skipped the reunion taping, leave.
“No one will ever replace her,” Cohen said on his SiriusXM Radio show Andy Cohen Live, reported Deadline.com. “And no one can replace her.
I mean, it has been well-documented that when we were developing the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I was not totally sold on doing the show… but when I saw Lisa Vanderpump on that casting tape, man, she was the one who really sold me on doing the show.”
Vanderpump, who joined the show as an original cast member in 2010, explained her reasons for leaving in an interview with Extra shortly after announcing her exit.
“The last year was a very negative year for me. I just had a horrible time with the show and the women. It was a very sad time in my life and it wasn’t made any better. I just decided to walk away,” said the reality star, whose 59-year-old brother Mark Vanderpump committed suicide last year.
The mental health of reality stars has come under the microscope of late, and at Mission Winnow’s Real vs Fake panel in Monaco last month Cohen acknowledged the instant fame can be “challenging” for them.
“With the Real Housewives I tell people cut them some slack, because these are real people that are opening their lives up,” he explained.
“You watch it and it’s like guilt free gossiping… But through it all is, over one, two, three million (people) depending on which Housewives show it is, who are judging their behavior… and it can be really, really mentally and emotionally taxing for the Housewives.”