It’s hard to believe when Lisa Rinna was not at the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Since joining the cast in season 4, she has become a household name. Andy Cohen was recently put on the hot chair when a fan asked why Rinna started so late on the show.
Although Rinna turned out to be a big hit for the RHOBH and a fan favorite, Cohen wasn’t sure of her. A decision he recently made was a mistake. He also admitted that she was not the only casting error he had made with the show franchises.
It turned out that Rinna wanted to be part of the reality show from the start. She was shown and even recorded a video for producers. Moreover, she already knew and was friends with most housewives. Why did Cohen let her wait until the fourth season?
Andy Cohen was unsure about casting Lisa Rinna for RHOBH
When it was time to pour for the RHOBH, Andy Cohen had the opportunity to cast Lisa Rinna. Unfortunately, he felt she might not be a good fit. His biggest concern was her fame. He felt that maybe she was a little too famous for the show.
That does not mean that the other cast members were not famous or famous, but that he was concerned that Rinna was more recognizable. He wanted the show to be about all women, not just about Rinna.
“I felt like it would all be unknown people, and although Kim and Kyle had acted years before, anyway, I felt like Lisa Rinna was too much of a personality and a name to join,” Cohen said on are after the show. He also said that once the show was set up, he knew it was time for Rinna to participate in the cast.
What made Lisa Rinna more famous than other housewives at the time?
In addition to a big hit in reality television, she has also seen success in acting and modeling. She has several training videos and she is a published writer.
Her most striking roles on TV are from Days of Our Lives and Melrose Place. Her regular role at Days has earned her two Soap Opera Digest Awards, as well as various other nominations. She has been in over 300 episodes as Billie Reed.
She played Taylor McBride in Fox’s Melrose Place, the original series, not the reboot. Fans will remember the squirmish, oversized attitude of this character the most. She was a hit from the start.
According to Biography, Rinna also found success with a recurring role on Baywatch, posing nude for Playboy magazine while she was six months pregnant at the time, and providing performances for Soap Talk on SOAPnet.
It is no wonder that Andy Cohen was worried about her cast. She was and really was a recognizable face. If his goal was to build a foundation for the true housewives of Beverly Hills, he would have released her in the first season and perhaps paid too much attention to her instead of the show.
Cohen also hesitated to cast Bethenny Frankel for the RHONY
According to Andy Cohen, Lisa Rinna was not the only cast member he interviewed. When it was time to find women for the New York Real Housewives, Cohen was uncertain about Bethenny Frankel.
Die-hard fans might not be able to fathom the show without her, but Cohen didn’t think she was a good match. She was just finished second in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and he was afraid people would think she was a jumping competition.
Well, she was cast and some fans might claim to have made RHONY what it is today.