“The only way to tell a story is to tell its truth. I think we had no choice but to break the fourth wall this season,” Bravo exec Erica Forstadt told the “Daily Dish” podcast in October 2020. “With what was happening with Denise and the other women it was the only way to tell an honest and true narrative.”
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“I don’t want to bore you but I figured I got to give you a little update on what’s going on. I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed,” she quipped via Instagram in September 2020. “I could give you the standard response of ‘Oh, we both came to the decision that it would be best …’ Nah, I’m not gonna do that. That’s not who I am. … It feels like a breakup.”
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‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Season 11: Everything We Know So Far
“I think for the last couple of months, I was preparing myself. I filmed so many amazing things that were never shown on the show … it should have been the writing on the wall,” she said on her “Teddi Tea Pod” podcast in October 2020. “All the things that make me a likable, redeeming human being were not shown on the season. So if you only see a certain part of somebody, it’s really hard to connect with them.”
“I am returning to the Housewives, yes,” she told Entertainment Tonight in October 2020. “You know, you gotta be a little, a little brave. A little scared. A little ready. I mean, it’s all those things, and I say it with a laugh because I’m ready, but you’re never really ready.”
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Lisa and Erika teased the cameras were set to start rolling in October 2020. “Here we go … Thelma,” the Melrose Place alum wrote on October 4 via Instagram. Erika replied, “Hi Louise.”
That same day, Dorit took to Instagram and wrote, “Back to work.”
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Rinna and Garcelle Aren’t on Great Terms
After unfollowing each other on social media post-season 10 reunion, Garcelle confirmed to ET that she still wasn’t feeling her fellow actress.
"The Rinna that I knew before Housewives is what I can really speak to, you know," she said. "She was fun, she was supportive, she was nice, she was kind, and I get it — we're shooting a TV show, and I get that drama is a part of it — but I think she took it to a level that was not a good look."
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Crystal Gets a Diamond
Us confirmed in October 2020 that Crystal Kung Minkoff will make history as the first Asian-American cast member on RHOBH. The Real Coco founder, who shares two kids with director husband Rob Minkoff, is friendly with Kathy.
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Kyle Confirms Crystal
“I like her, you know, I've met her a couple of times now, and I think she's going to be just great. She's very outgoing and confident. And I think that she's very smart and she's beautiful. I think that she's going to be really good for the show,” she said on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show in October 2020. “You really have to be a strong, confident person. You know, it's really hard coming into this group. I don't know. I mean, I could say I totally get it, but I don't because when I came into the show, you know, 11 years ago, we were all starting together for the first time. I can't imagine what it feels like coming into this group of this, you know, show that's successful all these years. It must be so strange, so you really have to have a lot of confidence and be very opinionated and outspoken and not afraid to speak up. So I think she fits all that.”
Kyle, for her part, played coy when asked about Kathy’s status— but confirmed she’s OK with it. “I think it would be interesting and fun. I feel like it’d be an adventure, and people know from watching the show that we’ve gone through some rough times together but we’re great,” Kyle told Us. “We talk every day, many times a day, and we laugh. And so, I think it’d be fun.”
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Sutton Stracke’s Status
“I can’t speak to who’s coming back next season or if there are any new people next season. We are still in pre-production, but I will say that Sutton was certainly a fan favorite and we love her too,” the Bravo exec said on the “Daily Dish.”
“I was really blindsided by some of the stuff that [Garcelle] had said because the second she came on the show, I was so happy to have her on the show and I really liked her,” Kyle told Us in October 2020. “And then I was watching some of the things she was saying and doing, and I was just like, ‘Why?’ I was so taken aback. So, I feel like it’s hard in this group to navigate, you know, her friendships sometimes, especially a new one.”
"Erika will address her divorce on the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Legally, there is only so much she is allowed to say, but she has been advised on what she can put out there,” a source told Us in December. “Viewers will also finally hear the other Housewives' thoughts on Erika and Tom's divorce."
A second source confirmed she is filming scenes about the split. “She's going to tell her story and she's not going to hold back. In the past when they filmed, Erika protected Tom at all costs, but this time around is going to be different,” the source said, noting that “Rinna has been her biggest support among the cast."
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The Almost Newcomers
Actress Ali Landry confirmed in September 2020 that she’s been in touch with producers. "I talked to them, like, three or four different times, the executive producers," she told Jeff Lewis on his Radio Andy SiriusXM show, Jeff Lewis Live, noting she’s “really good friends” with Kyle and Garcelle. "They said, of course they would let [me] know. … We'll see. I’m surrendering to the whole experience, no plans no expectations."