Lisa Rinna is getting sort of a bum rap this season for questioning Yolanda’s “Chronic Lyme Disease.” Even here on this site where we are all trying to understand what is going on with Yo, we have people taking issue with Lisa much the same way we all seemed to take issue with (I am literally sitting her trying to think of the name. I’m actually going to have to Google it. That is how much I have blocked RHOOC out of my head) Meghan and the Brooks situation.
I’ve always said that Meghan was tasked by production to question Brooks illness and Lisa was the one tapped to question Yolanda’s diagnosis. But the manner in which these two women went about their job was markedly different. Meghan was on a mission to “take Brooks down.” Meghan’s real goal was to take Vicki down and secure a place for herself on the show. Maybe she did that but she sure made most of the viewers hate her and the show in the process.
Lisa talked to Jenny McCarthy about this topic on her podcast about a month ago just after the first episode aired. She said that she knew when she was watching RHOOC that she knew that questioning Yolanda’s diagnosis was going to be a big storyline. She mentions that RHOOC and RHOBH have the same producers. She also talks about how the veterans sort of hung her out to dry even though they all had questions about what they were seeing on Instagram. It was clear that Lisa was given the storyline and received no backup. Eileen seems to be a particularly disappointing friend and a bit of a shit stirrer this season.
You can hear on the podcast that Lisa is very distressed by her storyline with Yolanda. It is much different than Meghan discussing Brooks. Clearly, Lisa wants the best for Yolanda and wants to find out what is wrong with her. I think she feels terrible about the whole producer driven “Munchausen scene.” She seems frustrated that Pinky and Kyle have no issue discussing Yo behind her back, but then throw her under the bus.
I spent a lot of the RHOOC season being furious for production. And I’m quite irritated with them already for making someone’s illness storyline fodder again. On the other hand, it’s easy to forget that production has more information than we do. They had the knowledge that Brooks (and Vicki) backed out of scenes they had scheduled to see ” Shannon’s ” medical expert. I’m going to guess that on RHOBH they have knowledge of Yolanda not being able to do some things that aren’t fun and being fully into doing things that are. They may have some feedback from David. They clearly knew the end of the marriage was near.
Lisa is handling her job much differently. You can see that she feels uncomfortable with the situation she is in. She has genuine concern for Yolanda. And no one on RHOBH is saying that Yolanda is faking illness. Everyone, just like us, is concerned for her that she is misdiagnosed. Clearly, she tried dozens of treatments for “chronic lyme” and they are not helping but she is unwilling to consider other possibilities.
Lisa seems to be having trouble very early on watching all the other ladies pretend like they don’t have questions and it’s all Taylor (who will say or do anything she is told by production to be on camera) and Lisa who are talking about it.
We’re all talking about it. And only Lisa is going to say it to her face. And for that reason, I love Lisa.