When Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville walked into Lisa Vanderpump's SUR lounge to confront waitress Scheana Marie about having an affair with her now ex-husband Eddie Cibrian in the shortest, tightest black dress money could buy, I thought, Yes, Brandi, yes. You're the awesomest.
Then, after it all went down, I was like, No, no Brandi, you're not the awesomest. She told Us Weekly that she felt really anxious about the sit-down and changed her mind several times before finally deciding to meet with Scheana, and after bearing witness to that atrocity, I think I know why.
Brandi wasn't worried about pathetic Scheana with her terrible under-eyeliner, disco nails, and Wet Seal outfit, no. She was probably worried about the fact that she was an accomplice to one of the worst tricks Bravo has played on us to date.
I felt bamboozled. Swindled. Flabbergasted, and not just a little bit dirty after the Brandi-Scheana showdown.
And not because of the exchange -- I was happy as a clam watching Ms. Glanville tell it like it is. It was like the Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon "I'm up here, you're down here" talk, only without the palpable craziness and spite.
It was what occurred just after the sit-down that made me stare at my TV like this: o_O.
(Sorry, they say a picture is worth a thousand words -- I had throw down an emoticon there.)
The cameras didn't follow Brandi out of the restaurant but instead followed Sheana into the kitchen where suddenly and without warning, I was watching an overly-glossed Vanderpump Rules.
I mean, here I was settled in for what I thought was a two-hour RHOBH only to be hoodwinked into watching (the first five minutes of) Lisa's new reality show about the slutty people who work at her restaurant.
And I hope Brandi only hesitated about meeting Scheana because she knew she'd be the lynch pin of Operation: Cross Promotion and that it just didn't feel right to her. How could it? It weakened her show. It made the Housewives play second fiddle to Lisa's new venture. It made it seem like there's some sort of connection between their lives and the lives of these actors/waiters the producers have hired to create Hills-level fake drama on a show about tanned people sleeping with each other by day, taking food orders by night.
Obviously, this has inexplicably gotten to me. I guess I just reveled in the denial that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were, you know, real. Now I just see them for what they are, a tool to sell ads, because clearly the producers came to Brandi and Lisa and said, Hey, we got this great idea how to weave in Vanderpump Rules ... Brandi, what if you met with Scheana?
And the rest is scripted history.
Did you feel swindled by the RHOBH transition into Vanderpump Rules?
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