Just moments ago, the actress and reality star announced her exit from the top-rated Bravo show following reports claiming she had been on the chopping block.
“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 shared in a statement to PEOPLE. “It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!”
According to the outlet, the decision for Rinna, 59, to leave the RHOBH was made after her contract expired following season 12.
And after looking at all her options, plus business obligations including her acting career, the controversial star and the Bravo network reportedly mutually agreed that she would be departing the ‘Real Housewives’ series.
Following a highly dramatic season 12, during which Rinna came after Kathy Hilton and exposed Kathy’s alleged off-camera meltdown during a cast trip to Aspen, Rinna, who is no stranger to controversy, received a ton of backlash from fans who felt she had yet again crossed a line when it came to attacking a co-star.
In fact, during the most recent RHOBH reunion, Kathy didn’t hold back as she accused Rinna of being the “biggest bully in Hollywood” as well as repeatedly attacking and running off other stars of the show – including Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kim Richards, and Denise Richards.
Following the announcement of Rinna’s exit from the RHOBH, fans reacted to the news on Twitter. Below are some reactions –
— Alex by Alene Too (@adrianasmojito) January 5, 2023
— rosechocglam (@rosechocglam) January 6, 2023
— I blame Roc Nation???? (@reallymarieb) January 6, 2023
Lisa Rinna trying take down Kathy Hilton was her biggest mistake ! #RHOBH
— ❤️???? (@partywitbardii) January 6, 2023
Love or hate her, Rinna took RHOBH to the next level! Farewell ???? https://t.co/nNQ40hL5pz
— Deirdre Beaubeirdra (@MissBeaubeirdra) January 6, 2023
— Queens of Bravo (@queensofbravo) January 6, 2023
It is also unknown if Rinna’s departure had anything to do with Kathy issuing an ultimatum following last season about not wanting to return unless Rinna and Erika Jayne were taken off the cast. Although, Kathy appeared to change her tune on the ultimatum just weeks later.
Production on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 is expected to begin in early 2023.