Dorit Kemsley is “beyond relieved” to be done with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ eighth season.
“Overall, it’s just nice to finish something isn’t it?” the reality star reflects with ET.
Dorit admits season eight was “tough” for her, as evidenced by her castmates all literally pointing Dorit out as the biggest “pot-stirrer” on season eight on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.
“I think that in this world, you know, there’s always a villain and maybe it was just my time,” she says. “I think things get blown out of proportion, of course, and thank goodness we’re not talking about anything that’s really dire. You know, a glass, a miscommunication on time.”
It’s safe to say, this season of RHOBH did not have any major drama. Instead, viewers watched small argument after small argument about, as Dorit noted, misuse of glassware, tardiness and being competitive about friendship. Specifically, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Dorit being competitive about friendship.
“It’s like death by a thousand paper cuts,” Dorit jokes. “You know, Kyle, Lisa Vanderpump and I have a really great friendship individually, and collectively, and it’s that kind of relationship that’s really real, and strong and ever growing.”
In an interview with Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy last week, Dorit’s co-star, Lisa Rinna, bluntly said season eight “had nothing” when it came to drama, putting the blame on Kyle and Vanderpump. Rinna said she wanted “those other girls who are making the most money [to] f**king show up and do the work,” and said the series was in need of “some new blood, not old blood.”
Dorit admits she gets “where [Rinna is] coming from,” but she’s not sure how to take the “new blood” comment.
“I would be so sad for Lisa Vanderpump or Kyle not to be there,” Dorit says. “I think whilst they enjoy doing the show, and everyone enjoys them -- and they’ve got a very big fan base -- so, I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon.”
For what it’s worth, Rinna said she wasn’t necessarily talking about ousting Kyle and Vanderpump while on WWHL with both ladies.
The show had an injection of both new and old blood this season, with the addition of Teddi Mellencamp and the return of Camille Grammer. Dorit fought with both women, memorably calling Camille the c-word at a dinner party.
“It was just a very silly moment that unfortunately happened and you have to pay the price afterwards,” Dorit laments. “It was so out of left field that one would have thought that it may not have even made it [on the show], because there was nothing behind it. But here’s to being a rookie, you realize of course it’s gonna make it.”
It’s worth noting, Camille and Teddi are the only two cast members that Dorit did not choose to name swimsuits after in her new swimwear line, Beverly Beach by Dorit. The collection makes its TV debut on the season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, airing Tuesday night.
“You know, I have a very new relationship with Teddi and we’ve sort of had ups and downs in our relationship,” Dorit notes. “ think watching her in her confessionals this season was really difficult for me, because I thought we were actually much better friends than I realized after.”
“I didn’t name a suit after her, but quite honestly, it’s a swimwear line, there’s -- please, god! -- many collections to come, and I’m sure there’ll be a Teddi at some point in there,” she adds. “Maybe not Teddi Mellencamp, but there will be a Teddi. Just kidding!”
There will likely be time for Dorit and Teddi to become better friends, or move farther apart. Andy has said he sees Teddi sticking around with this group for a while.
“I think she brings a very different piece to the puzzle, which is always nice, because you do want that balance,” Dorit says. “She’s certainly worked hard at it, and I think she very much wants to come back, so if that opportunity is available to her, I’m sure she’ll take it.”
As for her own Real Housewives future, Dorit admits she has to think about coming back for season nine.
“I think once we finish the season, my husband and I can sit down and have a chat and see where we are in our lives and what we want to do,” she says. “I would like to take a vacation [first]!”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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