While attending BravoCon on Friday, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 63, spoke of Kyle Richards, 54, explaining how she should apologize for calling her a liar, revealing that they were kept apart at the fan event, and sharing her thoughts on the many boos Tom Sandoval, 40, received from fans.
“They’re so invested. And I never minimize the importance of fans,” Lisa told Access Hollywood‘s Housewives Nightcap. “Because having been on reality television for like 15 years and having the fans’ support, I mean, not always, but it’s gotten me through some of the darkest times. So I think it must be doubly hard for Sandoval because when all of the women are at odds with me, the fans were always like, ‘Lisa, we got you. We believe you.’ So to have the booing, it’s a little too much. It really is. But I understand they’re so invested in this group emotionally, but I’m asking them for the best season to keep an open mind.”
That said, she did confess to feeling that Sandoval doesn’t always say the right things.
“Like when [the fan asked], ‘Would you do it differently?’ I said, ‘The answer is yes, all of it.’ But he will still say something like, ‘Well, you know…’ No that’s not the answer. People want to see utter contrition,” she stated.
Continuing on about Vanderpump Rules season 11, Lisa said it “was pretty emotional.”
“And I got involved in that as well because honestly, what hurts them hurts me. When I see them in pain … It’s hard to watch sometimes. It really is,” she revealed.
Lisa then spoke to Entertainment Tonight about a potential run-in with Kyle.
“I haven’t seen her. They’re doing an excellent job of keeping us separated. Not at my behest, but I’m appreciating it,” she admitted, noting that she’d only seen Garcelle Beauvais, 56, her “favorite,” thus far.
Lisa then recalled her past drama with Kyle on RHOBH and encouraged Kyle to apologize — before noting that she doesn’t really care.
“This is how you reconcile: ‘Sorry for calling you a liar. Can we move on?’ That’s how you reconcile but I actually haven’t given her much thought to be honest,” she shared. “I’m so busy.”
“[I] do have empathy for any marriage that goes through that. I think that’s hard, especially living in this public forum. So I don’t want to see that.
Also during her interview with Entertainment Tonight, Lisa again commented on the booing.
“The fans have an opinion and I understand that. Their support over the years has been extraordinary and I do think, one woman put it best where, ‘Let’s not just think of them as television characters. They’re also people.’ It’s a human being with feelings,” she noted. “I think he’s been remarkably resilient but on this season of Vanderpump Rules, you’re not always gonna see that resilience. You’re gonna see a lot of vulnerability and that’s kind of hard to watch.”
In addition to seeing a more vulnerable side of Sandoval on Pump Rules season 11, Lisa said viewers will witness growth from Ariana.
“The most enormous growth I’ve seen is from Ariana,” Lisa shared. “She hugged me when we walked off stage together and she said, ‘I love you’.’ I love you too Ariana.’ And I said, ‘This is such a great lesson to women, when they’ve really been kind of like put kind of down and in the trenches, the emotional trenches in their life, to actually come out and win.’ In terms of her life, winning and being really positive and moving on I think has been amazing.”
That said, when it comes to Ariana’s relationship with Sandoval, Lisa said there’s “still so much negativity between them” and doubted they’ll ever find a resolution.
As for her thoughts on Kristen suggesting Pandora’s accent was fake, Lisa shaded her co-star for speaking nonsense.
“[Pandora] was born in Britain, she grew up in France, seven years of her life, and then she went to Pepperdine when she was 18. Why wouldn’t she have a British accent?” Lisa wondered. “Maybe, sometimes she’s had a fake American accent to fit in. But it’s just utter drivel that comes out of Kristen Doute’s mouth, unfortunately.
“But the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior so I don’t really invest in anything she has to say,” she added.
Vanderpump Rules season 11 is expected to begin airing on Bravo in January 2024.