LISA Vanderpump “wants to rejoin the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” but will “NOT” accept a lower salary than ex-BFF Kyle Richards, The Sun can reveal.
The former “Queen” of the Los Angeles-based Bravo franchise will return “if the price is right” following her dramatic exit back in 2019 due to the “puppygate” scandal and feuds with her costars.
A Bravo insider exclusively told The Sun that Lisa, 61, has her eyes set to return as ratings have plummeted on her other reality show, Vanderpump Rules.
In addition to VPR ratings being just HALF of what they were in previous years, numbers for her new Peacock shows, Overserved and Vanderpump Dogs, have also been disappointing.
The source explained: “Lisa Vanderpump wants to come back to Housewives.
“Between the terrible ratings with Overserved and Vanderpump Dogs and VPR crashing in ratings, she hasn’t been able to find success outside of Beverly Hills Housewives and wants to make a return."
However, the insider claimed: ”She would still view it as though she’s doing them a favor and not vice versa so she will only do it for the right price.
“And there is mutual interest, the show is eyeing to get her back too. She has stayed in execs’ good graces all these years, it would make sense for her career and for their show.”
In terms of what salary the Sur restaurant founder will request, the source alleged Lisa could ask for over $2 million.
“Expect a 2 and not a 1 in front of it. I can guarantee you this – she will absolutely not return to the show for less money than Kyle Richards is getting,” the insider added.
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While it has not been confirmed what Lisa made in previous seasons, it’s been reported she cashed in between $750,000 to $1 million per season towards the end of her tenure.
Kyle, 52, is the only original Housewife who is still a main cast member on RHOBH.
After 11 years on the reality show, her salary has increased throughout the years and she is reportedly earning around what her nemesis used to make – between $750,000 to $1 million per season.
The only person who has allegedly made $2M a season is Real Housewives Of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes – who quit the show last year.
Real Housewives Of New York’s Bethenny Frankel reportedly made $1.5 million when she returned to the show following a brief hiatus in 2016.
Kyle and Lisa’s friendship took a turn for the worst during season nine when the British star was accused of leaking an incriminating story surrounding Dorit Kemsley.
Lisa was accused by her costars of leaking stories to media outlets about Dorit, 45, giving up a newly adopted puppy from Vanderpump Dogs – which ended up in a kill shelter.
She denied the allegations on several occasions, but this didn't satisfy Kyle – who in turn caused a huge altercation at Lisa's home, Villa Rosa, in Beverly Hills.
After the explosive fight, Lisa’s husband, Ken Todd, kicked her out of their home, screaming the now-infamous line "goodbye Kyle!" and the friendship never recovered.
Lisa ended up leaving Real Housewives in June of 2019 after nine seasons.
The restaurateur spoke to Extra about her departure, saying: "The last year was a very negative year for me…
“I just had a horrible time with the show and the women. It was a very sad time in my life and it wasn’t made any better. I just decided to walk away.”
In the months since, Kyle and Lisa’s feud appears to be as tense as ever – with the pair making jabs towards each other either in interviews or on social media.
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