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REPORT: RHOBH Cast Was Blindsided by Garcelle Beauvais’ Addition to the Cast, Was She Given Lisa Vanderpump’s Salary?

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REPORT: RHOBH Cast Was Blindsided by Garcelle Beauvais' Addition to the Cast, Was She Given Lisa Vanderpump's Salary?

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast was reportedly surprised by the news of Garcelle Beauvais‘ new role on season 10.

According to a new report, the actress showed up to Kyle Richards’ house for filming on the new episodes on Thursday, August 29, immediately after her addition to the show was publicly confirmed by Bravo TV. This allegedly left the rest of the women feeling blindsided.

“The RHOBH ladies were completely shocked to find out Garcelle Beauvais joined the show,” a source told Hollywood Life on August 29. “They were notified about 5 minutes before everyone else was and Garcelle is filming today her first scenes with all of the ladies at Kyle Richards’ house. This will be the first time all of the ladies are filming together. Kyle and the ladies were shocked to see Garcelle moments later at her door earlier today. Production really wanted to add another celebrity name to the cast all along.”

Bravo TV had been on the hunt for a big star to join the show since Lisa Vanderpump quit the series in June. They also needed another new face to fill the empty space left by part-time star Camille Grammer, who recently confirmed she was not asked to return to the show.

“Garcelle is thrilled to be joining the show. She is exciting to reconnect with her fans in a new way and this is such a great platform for an epic comeback, and Bravo felt that too. She’s been in an on/off long distance relationship, she absolutely loves being a mom, and her life is enriched and happy,” a second source said of Garcelle’s addition. “She has a lot to share and talk about! She’s pretty low-key and she’s looking forward to a new opportunity, especially one that is out of her comfort zone. She’s excited to see how she’ll adapt. There are some nerves, mostly excitement though.”

Joining Garcelle on the show as a new cast member is Sutton Stracke, who was reportedly brought to the cast by Lisa Rinna.

As for what the ladies will be making for their roles on season 10, the first source said Lisa V.’s salary is “essentially being split into two.”

“Garcelle is so excited the cat is out of the bag about her joining the cast as it was a big secret. Everything just came together for her. Both Sutton and Garcelle are their own people and aren’t replacing Lisa, they are just being added as additional cast members like everyone else. In the ladies’ eyes, Lisa Vanderpump is long gone and a thing of the past,” the insider added.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 10 is currently in production and expected to air sometime early next year on Bravo TV.

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