He notes the franchise’s divorce rate as part of his reasoning.
Rinna has always claimed that Harry isn’t all that into RHOBH and in a profile with the Daily Beast, he seems to be in agreement. “They were not going to hire Lisa if I didn’t do it, and the husbands have the same obligations as the wives do,” revealed Harry. “They want you to show up and be involved. I said I wasn’t going to do that. So we concocted a way to get around it.”
As a franchise, the husbands have always been integral to RHOBH. In earlier seasons, viewers watched as Taylor Armstrong’s troubled relationship with her husband Russell Armstrong came to the forefront, and Kyle Richards’ husband Maurico Umansky always played a big part, as did Adrienne Maloof’s husband at the time, Dr. Paul Nassif.
While he understands his role on the show, he also has a say on how much he films. “I don’t have to do any of it,” he said. “Sometimes Lisa will say to me, ‘They’re begging me to have a scene with you. If we give them that I get brownie points.’”
Although being flexible with production helped Harry and Lisa make the decision to join the show, he also recommended she reach out to a longtime friend: Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny used the show to reportedly convinced them that it would be a great branding opportunity. (Rinna has a successful clothing line on QVC.)
Reality TV isn’t for anyone and while it’s understandable that Harry had his concerns, RHOBH just wouldn’t be the same without Lisa Rinna. She has brought some of the best drama over the years and love her or like her now, that’s something to be noted.