Lisa Rinna opens up about The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills exit

Lisa Rinna joined Andy Cohen’s franchise back in 2014 (Picture: Getty Images)

Lisa Rinna did not hold back when she was grilled about her departure from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The Days of Our Lives actor, 59, joined the hit reality series, which also stars Kyle Richards and Garcelle Beauvais, back in 2014.

But the Soap Talk host announced she was exiting the blockbuster franchise devised by Andy Cohen in January, after eight drama-packed seasons.

In a statement at the time, she told People Magazine: ‘This is the longest job I have held in my 35 year career and I am grateful to everyone at Bravo and all those involved in the series.

‘It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!’

Throughout her stint, Rinna, who is married to Mad Men actor Harry Hamlin, was involved in some of the Real Housewives’ biggest bust-ups, from claiming Yolanda Hadid had Munchausen syndrome to hurling a wine glass at Kim Richards.

Lisa Rinna said in a statement she was excited for ‘what’s to come’ (Picture: Getty Images)

The QVC star has now opened up further, in her first interview since leaving the juggernaut series, and got candid about her experience, revealing she’d had a ‘rough year.’

She told Interview magazine: ‘Well, I feel lots of things. It’s always a scary thing to decide to leave something. But I always know when I need to do something.

‘What happened was I left, really, right after the reunion. People don’t know that. But I let everybody know right after the reunion that I was going to move on, that was going to be it.’

Lisa Rinna was renowned for catchphrases such as ‘Own it’ on Real Housewives (Picture: Bravo)

Lisa explained she’d had a ‘rough year’ and questioned whether she would be able to ‘handle it again’ before stating she always comes back fighting.

‘But something has gotten to the Housewife Universe because of what’s going on in the world, and it’s reflected in the way the fans react to the world of Housewives,’ she continued.

‘And I just think it’s unhealthy. It wasn’t working for me. It wasn’t right for me.’

Lisa Rinna was at the centre of some huge Real Housewives rows (Picture: WireImage)

The soap star added: ‘I f**king hated this year. For a lot of reasons. My mom died, we all know that. But that’s not the biggest reason. The story just didn’t get told as two-sidedly as I would’ve liked. How about that?’

Lisa’s departure was met with a mixture of reactions from the showbiz world, with former housewife Lisa Vanderpump tweeting: ‘Ding dong.’

Sharon Stone was even seen in the comments of a post by Queens of Bravo, sharing the news of her exit.

She posted a string of applause emojis, with many followers begging her to take Rinna’s place next season.

The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills is available to watch on Hayu in the UK and Bravo in the US.

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