A rift between Vanderpump and the rest of the cast has been apparent since they began filming the current season last year, as Lisa V's costars were often seen shooting without her. The first two episodes and sneak peek trailer for Season 9 both confirmed fireworks to come, in part due to some drama involving a dog Dorit adopted from LVP's rescue shelter and Vanderpump's alleged behavior after her brother's suicide.
Appearing on Jenny's show, Rinna first made it clear she and her costars feel for Vanderpump after the loss of her brother, but believes she should have handled her professional affairs differently after his death by requesting more time off.
"Okay, this is what I want to say first and foremost. I understand that everybody's grieving process is different and our hearts have gone out and we feel so deeply for Lisa Vanderpump and what she's been through," Rinna explained. "In saying that, what I'm the most disappointed in is the fact that she did not reach out to any of us -- I've known Lisa a long time -- and the fact that she didn't reach out to me and say, hey, you know what, I am in pain and I'm suffering and I need to take a medical leave of absence."
Rinna said all of the women would have understood and told her to "go do what you need to do." But, according to Rinna, that'd didn't happen. "To not show up for work and not contact any of us for two and a half months, I'm so disappointed in that behavior," she added.
"I gotta imagine, she's got 400 employees. I would imagine if one of her employees did that, they'd be fired," Rinna continued. "The fact that Bravo took no, there were no consequences, she was able to just do that ... I guess the problem I have with it is, I'm raising two teenage girls, Harry and I raised them to be professional, you're on time, and I don't care what you're going through, you show up to work. And if you can't, you say to somebody, I'm in trouble, help me. That's what I'm the most sad about and disappointed because I think it's a really bad example of women in the workplace."
For her part, Vanderpump recently admitted that "this season was particularly difficult for me and perhaps I was not prepared." She told Us Weekly, "There was a lot going on in my personal life that I had to focus on."
McCarthy then asked if Rinna believes Vanderpump "gets treated differently" from Bravo, the network airing Housewives.
"I do. She has another show on Bravo, it's not a fair playing field," Rinna responded, referring to "Vanderpump Rules." McCarthy then asked if she thinks the network is "letting her slide," which Rinna answered affirmatively.
"That is my opinion. You guys can all f--king hate me if you want, I don't really f--king care," she said, seemingly addressing the listeners. "It's my opinion. I'm extremely disappointed in all of them. We are working our f--king asses off, she did half of a season and guess what, we did another half of a season Jenny that is unbelievable."
Rinna said Vanderpump was "out of sight, out of mind" for back half of Season 9, adding that they made a "kickass show without her." Lisa R. also wondered aloud, "She shot a whole season of 'Vanderpump Rules' before she came to do our show -- why can you do that but all of a sudden you can't do our show?"
Talk then turned to the dog drama with Dorit, with Jenny throwing out her theory that Vanderpump had John Sessa bring it all up on camera so she didn't have to. Rinna seemed to agree.
"How many people do you know that go, 'Don't talk about it, don't talk about it, don't talk about it'?" said Rinna. "To me, that means, 'Talk about it, talk about it,' does it not? Call me crazy, I'm not a psychologist." Rinna also said that if Vanderpump was really irritated John brought it up, she should have fired him.
As the drama continues to unfold on the current season, Rinna brought up one final thing about some of the show's viewers, who have apparently started sending nasty and violent messages to her and her costars.
"Here's the thing that I'm not happy about, some of the cast members are getting death threats and they're getting death threats against their children," said Rinna. "Not cool."
After the interview, some viewers started criticizing her again for her comments about Vanderpump on social media, while others applauded her for her honesty.
"This is how I feel. This is my opinion," she tweeted in response. "We tell the truth. That is what this show is about. Speak your opinion. Say how you feel. I'm done I did press I said how I Feel. Which is my prerogative. I will continue to be engaged. Now just watch the show."
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" airs Tuesdays on Bravo.