Lisa Vanderpump


The fan favourite of The Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump, fi­nally may have bit­ten off more than she can chew this year.

With three restau­rants — in­clud­ing SUR, the fo­cus of spin-off re­al­ity TV project Vanderpump Rules —a home­wares line, a new sea­son of RHOBH and char­i­ta­ble projects, the Bri­tish-born beauty says she’s had just five days off since May.

Why shoot a re­al­ity show in one of your own restau­rants? It must have seemed a risk.

Andy Cohen (ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of The Real House­wives fran­chise) said he’d quite like to do a spin-off. SUR is a very sexy, unique restau­rant and I thought, well let me in­tro­duce them to some of the peo­ple who work there.

Are you shocked at what your staff get up to out­side of the restau­rant?

Oh very much so. Of course some of their per­sonal lives and shenani­gans and an­tics I don’t want to be privy to. I’m a pro­ducer on the show and many times I’ve said, “Oh no, we can’t show that”. But then I think, “Well hang on a minute, are we making a show about what I want them to say or what they ac­tu­ally say?”

You’re also film­ing a new sea­son of Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills. What can we ex­pect?

You’re go­ing to meet a couple of new peo­ple which al­ways changes the dy­namic. I didn’t rel­ish some of it, that’s for sure.

When the women on the show have turned against you, how have you dealt with it?

It’s very dif­fi­cult and with­out the au­di­ence sup­port it would have been even more so. I’ve done 200 episodes of re­al­ity tele­vi­sion and I don’t think any­body can re­call a time when I’ve ever at­tacked. If I ever start act­ing like that, that’s the day I should leave re­al­ity TV.

How do you man­age three restau­rants, two TV shows, char­ity com­mit­ments and still have a pri­vate life?

Well there’s no life out­side of that, I’m ac­tu­ally far too busy. That’s been my com­plaint this year. I’ve spent a lot of time and been very in­volved try­ing to stop the tor­ture of dogs in China, I’ve spent a lot of time speak­ing for the LGBT com­mu­nity, a lot of time do­ing my restau­rants and then be­ing doc­u­mented do­ing ev­ery­thing — even if I sleep.

What would have to give way for you next year? Would you give up one of the shows?

I’m not sure how my life will be struc­tured next year. I know you should make hay while the sun shines if you’re given op­por­tu­ni­ties in life. But I’m also very pas­sion­ate about what I be­lieve in and stand­ing up for what’s right. Ev­ery mo­ment I spend making ban­ners, or­gan­is­ing marches, scream­ing from the rooftops about bar­baric tor­ture of our four­legged friends, fight­ing for equal rights in the LGBT com­mu­nity is a mo­ment I have no re­grets ... be­cause that’s what I want on my epi­taph.


Truth is stranger than fic­tion for hard­work­ing “house­wife” Lisa Vanderpump

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