Gossip is inextricably connected to reality shows, and so is the network of women cast in the shows. When you consider their cause-and-effect relationship, it is no surprise that spin-off shows like The Real Housewives of Orange County and New York City have a close tie to the salacious comments and reveals made on their original series.
It’s pretty clear from the dramatic series of events that lead us to these primetime reality shows that there is a blend of gossip and the voyeurism that people crave for escapism in the real world. And those same ravenous viewers look to public figures for the best gossip and in-the-know scoops, therefore creating a business opportunity for those companies that cater to them.
While these hit shows have pushed their ever-evolving cast in glamorous places like San Francisco and Napa as well as down on the heart of the big city, the Real Housewives franchise has established its footprint across the country with its small seaside towns, rural hotbeds, and upscale sedans. We’ve compiled a top five list of our favorite Real Housewives women whose life stories are worth the eavesdropping:
In Vanderpump Rules she has been typecast as always being a lady. She is the woman that invited the Slauson High School alum out onto the party scene in Los Angeles, and is the eternal fountain of life (or bridesmaid costumes) for The Vanderpump Rules cast’s dreams, as she lives in a single-family home worth over half a million dollars and buys her best friends’ favorite Italian casserole.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills took a different turn when they pulled in Kim Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Miami version, which was only about 10 minutes away from Vanderpump’s home. Kardashian Time at the famous Beverly Hills party stop in full swing, and the Scott Disick ex then took the actress-slash-model for a run in her Bentley.
Could there be a more dramatic Real Housewives alum with an infinity pool? At the helm of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, whose life revolved around her three marriages, three kids and house renovation and Renee Zellweger fashion, Adrienne must have made for so many happy dramatics in an already-boring series with her own catchphrases.
Williams has been the central player in The Real Housewives of Atlanta — much more as the season of drama and subversion toward NeNe Leakes is far from over. The Atlanta housewife returned to television in late February after being a NeNe Leakes fan-favorite during her last Housewives stint. From a blindingly bright white-hot complexion to leather pencil skirts to food tanning, she clearly walked the red carpet into the Atlanta premiere of a new movie.
Winter has been the current point of attention since she made her first appearance on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a guest during the disastrous first episode last fall. First appearing in a room of mostly negative comments from the series’ core castmates, where they distanced themselves from her after her pregnancy, she has been thrown into quite the opposite situation by Kyle Richards’ daughter Lisa Rinna. Along with her announcement of her engagement, she has been a main player in the L.A. premiere of American Horror Story: Coven and seen her birth certificate emblazoned on a novelty milk carton, which you can still buy on Amazon.
After a ten-year absence, the merry-go-round was placed back into motion for the Real Housewives of Atlanta when Leakes was welcomed back to the show in early April. In one of the first in a long line of events, she was offered the opportunity to perform the dance “The Lord’s Prayer” at a promotional performance of Stevie Wonder’s 2015 Christmas album. The Backstreet Boys performed at the event and Leakes managed to secure them both—but she lost.
Oprah called the woman a phony, but her intentions behind the shuffle to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are pure, loving—and pay-offs that are directly targeted at current stars of the show, Kyle Richards. Show runner FranPew commented on the move by saying, “I guess she needed a fresh start,” adding that she was thrilled to see how her friend—and this real “shady girl”—has turned the Beverly Hills franchise in her