RHOBH: Why do all of the other franchises discuss legal issues, but RHOBH doesn’t?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- Episode 906 -- Pictured: (l-r) Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- Episode 906 -- Pictured: (l-r) Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo) /

There’s something almost inauthentic about RHOBH because they make off-screen pacts to avoid certain subjects, but why are they excluded?

If you look at the other franchises across the board, the cast members’ legal drama is most certainly a talking point.  Every second of Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice’s rise and fall from grace was filmed and heavily included in their RHONJ storylines.  Bravo reported about Peter Thomas’ sports bar closing due to owing $237,000 in unpaid taxes, even though he’s not even on The Real Housewives of Atlanta anymore.  But the cast of RHOBH has a new lawsuit popping up every week.

Karen Huger’s issues with the IRS were a large part of her storyline on RHOP, whether she wanted it or not.  The most recent season of The Real Housewives of Potomac centered squarely around Ashley Darby’s husband, Michael Darby, and his need to touch butts. Luann de Lesseps and her arrest were highly covered, including her being filmed doing court-ordered volunteer work in the soup kitchen on The Real Housewives of New York. 

But The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills wives are somehow not subject to such things.  Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky are constantly in legal drama due to his company, The Agency’s shady dealings.  These lawsuits have never been brought up on camera or even reported about on the Bravo site.  If anything, The Agency is highly promoted both on the show.

Dorit Kemsley and her husband, PK Kemsley, are involved in a new lawsuit every month it seems.  Between being accused of not paying back a loan of $1.2 million dollars from a former business partner, to being sued about the production of Beverly Beach, these two spend a lot of time in courtrooms!  Dorit even claimed to have frozen her own bank accounts, saying it wasn’t due to a lawsuit, it was just voluntary!

It was never brought up until Camille Grammer called her out for it, which made everyone else on the cast angry.  Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna, Kyle and the other women at the table asked Camille to stop.  Kyle agreed at the reunion that they agreed to not talk about legal drama on the show.  It’s obviously a big part of their lives – why don’t we get to see it?

Erika Girardi and Tom Girardi have been accused of using loaned money to fund their extravagant lifestyle to the tune of $16 million.  Andy Cohen and Erika exchanged a single sentence about it at the reunion, and that was it.

For whatever reason, it seems that the Beverly Hills cast is exempt from discussing legal issues.  Perhaps because of the location and the lifestyle associated with it, they don’t want to disillusion people with the “real life” aspect of lavish lifestyles.

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No one watches these shows for real life, I suppose.  While the other franchises seem to have more depth, if you will, the RHOBH cast is fairly shallow.  It’s about money and looks.  Rose gold Bentleys in rented mansions and personal Chapels in mansions, and just mansions.  Anyway, all of this is just speculation, but I do find it interesting that no other cast gets away with hiding as much as the Beverly Hills cast.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is currently filming for the next season.