Opinion

Is RHOBH parting ways with the wrong cast members ahead of Season 14?

Dorit Kemsley on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Dorit Kemsley should be done with RHOBH. Pic credit: Bravo

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been stuck in a rut for the better part of a year, and the recent wave of casting changes doesn’t instill much hope that producers are aware how bad things are.

One of the biggest frustrations with the show this season was the reliance on speculation about Kyle Richards’ personal life to drum up interest, including whether she was in a relationship with Morgan Wade.

Given that we endured a whole season of it, you’d think the reunion would have given us some much-needed answers about the situation.

Instead, we got a random feud between Richards and Dorit Kemsley that felt more like they were trying desperately to manufacture a storyline for them to secure comebacks for the next season.

We know that producers wouldn’t want to part with Richards, but you have to consider how much she’s making on the show as an original star in relation to what she contributes nowadays.

Kemsley legitimately offered nothing and somehow seems to be locked in for a comeback because the show wants us to believe she’s at odds with Richards.

Annemarie Wiley didn’t get a fair shot

Love her or hate her, Annemarie Wiley brought some of the pettiest drama the show sorely lacked for years. Was she obnoxious? Yes, there’s no question about that.

But producers also threw her under the bus by bringing her into the show mid-season, long after the cast dynamics had settled, so naturally, she came across as a try-hard as she tried to immerse herself in this group of women.

You have to get the limelight somehow. Although it’s hard to sympathize with many of her actions, Wiley had Sutton Stracke and Crystal Kung Minkoff pressed pretty much off the bat.

What would the season have offered without that petty drama aside from Denise Richards’ sloppy return and those questions about our sole original star’s life? Not very much is the only answer here.

Whether her actions following the show sealed her fate, Wiley should have gotten a fair shot at being a cast member from the beginning of a season. She didn’t feel like much of a full-time cast member because she was M.I.A. for the first half.

Crystal Kung Minkoff should return

It’s hard to even describe her as “one-and-done” because she was more like “half-a-season-and-done.”

Minkoff didn’t have as polarizing of reception as Wiley, but she didn’t really clock in this season until she went up against Wiley, leading to questions about what she’s doing to earn that coveted fee to retain her diamond.

But at least Minkoff did clock in, unlike Kemsley, who stirred up drama and bailed on dinner parties before the attention turned to her.

Minkoff’s time on the show may not be over for long because she hinted that she could return in the future. Whether that’s for a cameo, a friend, or a full-time housewife, we don’t know.

RHOBH doesn’t need Kathy Hilton. In fact, it should avoid her

Now that we’ve lost two housewives, Richards, Stracke, Erika Jayne, Garcelle Beauvais, and Sutton Stracke are likely returning.

Kathy Hilton is also likely on her way back, despite sitting an entire season out, only to return for the reunion and whine that she wanted to go after Stracke after the fashion designer’s medical emergency.

It’s disconcerting that RHOBH Season 14 is already shaping up to be a disaster, but unfortunately, producers seem to be waiting to take the necessary action until the ratings falter.

Bravo recently announced that the show was eclipsing 4 million viewers per episode, with multi-platform viewing factored in. As a result, very little will change.

Could Lisa Rinna return?

We never thought we’d say it, but Lisa Rinna’s return doesn’t sound like a bad idea because then we’d have some good drama.

Let’s not put that out to the universe because we’d probably regret that happening during her first episode back because she’d be quick to say that the show needed her to succeed.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is currently on hiatus. Season 14 is expected to premiere in late 2024 on Bravo.

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Jersey Girl
Jersey Girl
1 month ago

Keep Dorit!!!!! She’s the best member of the cast, and her fashion sense alone is worth the price of admission. I love watching her and her children. Bring back Lisa Rinna! She made the show fun to watch. Nobody wants to see Denise Richards return.

Lori-Ann Crofoot
Lori-Ann Crofoot
1 month ago

I think Garcel could go for sure. She is one of the most obnoxious people I have ever had the displeasure of watching on television. The way she turns absolutely everything that is said or done into an accusation or argument is so tiresome.

VALERIE
VALERIE
1 month ago

I really hope that Garcelle leaves the show. There is no substance to her at all. She has always got such a high & mighty false sense of herself on the show & she just doesn’t fit in, at all.

Esther Catherine Strauch
Esther Catherine Strauch
1 month ago

I totally agree with you. She needs to be gone, gone gone.

holly
holly
29 days ago

does anyone remember when RHOBH was fun ans not constant bitching? When these women actually had fun and were fun to watch? can wehave that again?

Jersey Girl
Jersey Girl
26 days ago

Keep Dorit! She’s my favorite housewife in the franchise. Lisa Rinna brings the drama and fun to the show. Kyle wasn’t pleasant this season. The Morgan Wade storyline didn’t ring true. Kyle was always so Beverly Hills, and now she does a complete change and not for the better. Kyle has become nasty and backstabbing to former friends. Teddy Mellencamp and Morgan Wade don’t appear to be positive influences on her.