Actress Lisa Rinna announced in a statement on that she was departing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“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,” Rinna said. “It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!”

The decision was made following the expiration of Rinna’s contract at the end of this past season. Rinna joined the show in its fifth season in 2014.


The actress was well-known for her ability to attract drama. In her first season, during a trip to Amsterdam, Rinna masterminded one of the most famous Real Housewives fights after interrogating fellow cast member Kim Richards about her alcoholism. Richards hit back with comments about Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin, provoking Rinna to attempt to strangle Richards.

Rinna was a divisive part of the show, but her self-deprecation and willingness to admit mistakes often won fans back.

However, in the past couple of seasons, her actions became increasingly nasty. In season 10, Rinna called her friend Denise Richards a hypocrite for not wanting to discuss her alleged one-night-stand with former Real Housewives member Brandi Glanville.

Shortly after production began for this past season in October 2021, Rinna’s mother, Lois Rinna, who often appeared on the show, died from a stroke. Rinna spent the season lashing out angrily at fellow cast members.

In response to the news of Rinna’s departure, husband Harry Hamlin said to People, “[It was the] correct decision, the right decision to make at this point after eight years. I think she took it as far as she could take it, and she elevated the show.”

Hamlin also noted that both of them are busy in the coming months. Hamlin has 80 for Brady and Mayfair Witches coming out while Rinna is talking to studios about starting another project.

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