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.
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