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Lisa Vanderpump Apologizes For Transphobic Joke She Made About Erika Jayne On RHOBH; Billie Lee Comes To LVP’s Defense!

Lisa Vanderpump is apologizing for her transphobic joke she made about her co-star Erika Jayne during Tuesday night's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “It was not my intention to belittle the trans community with my poor choice of words directed toward Erika,” she told to Us Weekly in a statement.

“I have nothing but respect and love for trans people around the world, as I have been a staunch supporter, provided employment, offered emotional support and championed LGBTQ issues.”

She concluded: “With recent news of trans women losing their lives for living their authentic truth in a world of discrimination and hate, I never want to diminish the very real pain and struggle that trans people go through every day.”

The news comes after LVP came under fire after she suggested Erika was transgender on Tuesday night's episode of the Bravo hit reality series.

“Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about,” Vanderpump said in her confessional before laughing.

Erika Girardi and Lisa Rinna reacted to LVP's comment on Twitter. “She did it on national TV. You have to own your behavior,” Rinna replied to a fan on Wednesday via Twitter, according to Us Weekly. “I’ve owned all of my behavior that they are calling out. All of it.”

In another tweet, Rinna also referred to Vanderpump as “transphobic.”

As for Erika, she reacted to the remark by retweeting Candis Cayne’s comment on the matter.

“Oh come on @lisavanderpump joking about @erikajayne ‘tucking’ Ugly Trans jokes marginalizing our community are not acceptable,” the former I Am Cait star wrote on Tuesday. “Being an ally doesn’t give you a free pass to make transphobic remarks. Do better.”

Meanwhile, Billie Lee came to LVP's defense on Twitter. “I have to say @LisaVanderpump has always supported me and my trans experience. She has one of the biggest hearts ever. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fairy god mother. Our allies don’t come perfect and it’s our responsibility to educate them. 🏳️‍🌈💕✌🏼,” she wrote.

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