Brandi Glanville, Denise Richards, and the Real Housewives’ Gay-Panic Problem

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It’s an incredibly sad but illuminating thing when a Real Housewives series reaches a dead end.

Last Wednesday, during part two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ at-home reunion, host and executive producer Andy Cohen revealed to the cast that former housewife and season 10 guest star Brandi Glanville, who provided one of the show’s only explosive moments this year, was denied a Zoom invite to rehash the drama of the season with the women, specifically Denise Richards. According to Cohen, who’s usually discreet about what goes on behind the scenes of the show, it was Glanville’s graphic outburst toward the end of the season about her alleged hook-up with Richards that left producers thinking, “We’ve kind of heard enough, and what more can we add to this conversation?”

“What more can we add to this conversation?” is possibly the most stark and depressing thing you can hear in the middle of a Real Housewives reunion stated frankly by Bravo’s relentless mascot. And yet that sentiment sums up much of the fan response to a season built on the promise of one shocking allegation that left us all wondering why same-sex affairs are still meant to be shocking in the year 2020.

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