“I think that this season is the one season that could have a real impact on people’s personal lives, do you know what I mean?” Erika Jayne said, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It could be the one season where it can really impact someone’s personal life.”
Followers of the show know that Denise Richards has been a hot off-season topic, and that her alleged year-long affair with RHOBH alum, Brandi Glanville, will be exposed during Season 10. Denise has denied the reports, but Brandi alleged that the relationship was ‘passionate” in a since deleted tweet. Erika said that the “revelation” stunned the cast.
“I do think that you’re gonna be surprised with the Denise-Brandi thing, ’cause it does kind of come out of nowhere,” Erika dished. “It kind of comes out of left field and, you know, it was something that I didn’t see coming at all.”
Erika Jayne revealed that the Brandi/Denise story comes “late in the game,” because the women didn’t hear about the relationship until the end of the season, around the time of the cast trip to Rome.
“It is a slow build,” Erika Jayne said. “It’s a slow build, and there are some hints that are dropped. Like, looking back on them, I could see why some people were reacting to some things. Not because they knew ahead, but it all makes sense now.”
“It all makes sense now, like, why it was so massive,” she added. “I think that people criticize us sometimes for not moving fast enough. You know, Beverly Hills is a slow burn, but I just… I worry. I don’t know if Denise… I don’t know…”
Erika Jayne dished that Brandi comes with “receipts,” but didn’t share where she stood on the controversy, when the season wrapped.
“Brandi’s part of the story is backed up by receipts,” Erika confirmed. “But, there are always two sides to every story, and both women will have the chance to tell their complete story.”
Erika is seen clashing with Denise’s husband, Aaron Phypers, in the Season 10 trailer — and weighed in on how husbands mix with Housewives drama.
“I mean, I would prefer it if husbands stayed out of the women’s drama, I really do,” Erika said. “I think every woman is smart enough, bright enough and intelligent enough to work out her own things within the group. I think when men come in, oftentimes, they feel like they’re protecting their wife. When, at least in our group, it actually in some ways makes it worse. That’s my personal opinion.”
“I think it makes it worse,” she continued. “And then all of the sudden it just changes the whole tone. It changes the whole tone.”
The trailer revealed that Denise tried to shut down the affair chatter by allegedly sending cease and desist letters. Erika hinted that she received one of the warnings.
“Let me say this — I’m gonna go on the record — sending a cease and desist to [the network and your co-stars], that’s like trying to break the house in Vegas,” Erika said. “The house always wins. Don’t be stupid. Save your money.”
Erika Jayne didn’t clarify where Denise currently stands with the cast.
“It’s really on her if she wants to be part of the group or not,” she noted. “No one dislikes Denise. We actually had a lot of fun with Denise last season. But this season it’s different. So, I mean, everybody in this group has had to repair and go on. I mean, Dorit [Kemsley] and I are friends.”
“Listen, you’ve got a group of women that are friends and, hey, we had a conflict, but it can all be solved,” Erika added. “There’s nothing that can’t be solved.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premieres Wednesday, April 15, at 8 pm, ET, on Bravo.