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RHOBH alum opens up about reactions to Lisa Rinna’s exit: ‘Why kick someone when they’re down’

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In January 2023, Lisa Rinna confirmed that she would no longer be starring in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Rinna’s co-star Sutton Stracke commented on the Melrose Place star’s announcement during an interview with E! News. The Georgia native claimed the mother of two was “missing” from the show. She also shared that she believed Rinna’s departure “will be a beautiful time of reflection for her.” As fans know, Stracke and Rinna were at odds throughout RHOBH Season 12.

On the January 11 episode of her podcast, Two Ts In A Pod, hosted by Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, former RHOBH personality Teddi Mellencamp suggested to Arroyave that she listen to Stracke’s comment about Rinna disapproved.

“I saw an interview of Sutton where Sutton pretty much says, ‘You know, I hope Rinna takes this time to think,’ which is a bit of a shade, you know, when you say I hope she takes.” take the time to reflect and come back a better person,” said the founder of All In.

Arroyave also noted that RHOBH star Garcelle Beauvais may have referenced Rinna’s exit in a Jan. 6, 2023 Instagram post, where she used the “still standing” hashtag. The 41-year-old said she didn’t think Beauvais’ post was necessary.

“Part of it makes me sad, knowing that there were real, real relationships before that. I mean the way I think about it is why kick someone when they’re down. Obviously you’re in another season, you’re a fan favorite at the moment. People love you, you’re good for the show. But now you have to get dirty,” Arroyave said.

During taping of the January 11 episode of “Two Ts In A Pod,” Arroyave revealed that she’s been in touch with Rinna since announcing she was leaving RHOBH. The 41-year-old noted that she believes the ‘Days of Our Lives’ actress can transform her career.

“I think that’s something that she knows was good for a while and now it’s like I’m focusing on the positives. I think as Andy [Cohen] said she has been working in Hollywood since she was 18 and will look for another job. She won’t have a problem with that and if she wants to come back in the end I think she can,” said the former RHOBH personality.

She also claimed that the remaining members of the RHOBH cast would have to “level up” without Rinna’s presence.

Arroyave shared similar comments about how Rinna’s absence will affect RHOBH on the January 7 episode of “Two Ts In A Pod.” She explained that RHOBH stars should be aware that they may have to fill Rinna’s role as the show’s stirring pot.

“Some of the other girls on this show have to be shaking in their boots because the fact of having to do this dirty work and stir them up when everyone else is trying to be like everyone’s sweetheart isn’t a fun job,” the former Bravo star said.

RHOBH Season 13 has not started production yet.

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