"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is known for its luxurious mansions, expensive wardrobes and of course, the drama the stars dish out. And when it comes to the latter, fans of Bravo's hit reality show can certainly expect more in season four, especially with the addition of two new women to the cast: Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud de Ohoven.
The ladies of season four, from left, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, Yolanda Foster, Brandi Glanville, Carlton Gebbia, Lisa Vanderpump.
But the show’s inevitable conflicts won’t bubble up immediately. Gebbia told TODAY that, initially, she fit in nicely with the group because she’s not perceived as a “threat” by any of the women.
“Yes, it’s a very dynamic group of girls,” Gebbia said, “but I think you’ll see more explosions towards the end of the season.”
Giraud de Ohoven, a former Miss Puerto Rico, checked out episodes from last season before she signed on the dotted line.
“It’s silly when people say they’ve never watched a show that they’re joining, so, yes, I did watch,” she told us. “I had a few preconceived ideas of what the girls would be. In some cases, I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong. In other cases, I was saddened by the fact that the girls I thought would be great actually were not.”
Kyle Richards was one of the more pleasant surprises for the former beauty queen.
“I thought this girl looks like the biggest conniving b---- ever, and I didn’t think I was going to like her,” Giraud de Ohoven revealed. “But I love her! She’s a great girl. I love her husband and her kids. They’re an amazing, beautiful family.”
Gebbia, who’s a Wiccan, didn’t plan to talk about her religion.
“I had one very negative experience with one of the housewives that didn’t surprise me,” she said. “When (this individual) cast aspersions upon me, it wasn’t surprising or shocking. It was beyond ignorance, it was prejudiced. I don’t judge or discuss politics or faith. (But) being on the show, I’m obligated to talk about things.”
There are plenty of quips and confrontations among the returning cast members, too. The cameras captured the women at taping of "Dancing With the Stars" last season when Lisa Vanderpump competed on the show. The restaurateur stayed in the competition until its fourth week, and was eliminated after suffering a fainting spell during rehearsal and later performing a cha-cha.
However, one housewife wonders if it was the fainting spell that was choreographed.
“I think she gave it her best,” returning housewife Kim Richards (Kyle’s older sister) told us of Vanderpump’s run on the dance series. “I think she (also) did a heck of a faint!”
Rumors have also been swirling about conflicts and confrontations among cast members that will stir the pot in season four.
“Everything you’re reading in the tabloids and in the blogs is just hearsay because no one has seen the season yet,” noted Kyle Richards, who said that tweets and rumors are prompting people to speculate. “(But) they haven’t seen the season yet. You have to watch!”
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" kicks off season four Monday at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
First published November 1 2013, 4:33 AM