- Lisa Rinna criticized Garcelle Beauvais in season 11 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
- Rinna said Beauvais did not text her to thank her for a gift of her husband’s pasta sauce.
- On “Watch What Happens Live,” Sutton Stracke said Rinna did the same thing to her.
Lisa Rinna arrived at “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season 12 reunion with two envelopes full of receipts, but viewers never saw what was in them.
Receipts are evidence that a housewife collects to prove her point or to defend herself. They can be physical evidence or the word of another person willing to back up their story.
Andy Cohen, the reunion host, shared that Rinna’s envelopes were full of “receipts relating to the Elton John AIDS Foundation ticket snafu” on his Sirius XM radio show Monday.
Cohen, who executive produces the series, was referring to a riff between Rinna and her fellow cast member Sutton Stracke that began on his Bravo series “Watch What Happens Live” in September 2021.
Rinna called out another housewife, Garcelle Beauvais, for failing to send a thank you text to her for a gift of homemade sauce from her husband Harry Hamlin in season 11, episode eight. Stracke went on the show and criticized Rinna for doing the same to her.
Stracke said Rinna and Hamlin had been her guests at a benefit gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and had not issued her a thank you afterward. “I never got a thank you,” she said.
Cohen said Rinna did present the information in the envelopes but the segment was cut due to time restraints. “We just wound up cutting it all out,” he continued.
The housewives film for months and rehash the season at length during the reunion taping so moments that are filmed can often end up cut.
“There were a lot of decisions made in the edit to cut down many conversations,” Cohen explained.
Kathy Hilton’s feud with Rinna, Beauvais’ issues with Diana Jenkins, and Stracke’s reaction to Dorit Kemsley being robbed at gunpoint were explored. “We had a lot to get into three episodes,” he added.
Juicier “Housewives” franchises tend to get a maximum of three episodes for their reunions. On rare occasions, this can stretch to four episodes, as with last year’s “RHOBH” season 11 reunion.
Cohen held concerns that fans would take issue with a four-part reunion. “I feel like everyone would’ve complained that it was too long,” he said.
Rinna is not the first housewife to arrive at a reunion with props. Kenya Moore used a bullhorn at the season six reunion of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Monique Samuels brought a full binder of receipts to the season five reunion of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” which ended up in the pop-up museum at this year’s BravoCon.
Season 12 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” including the three-part reunion, is now streaming on Peacock.