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Lisa Vanderpump Reveals The Real Reason She Quit RHOBH; Says “I Don’t Have Room In My Life For Nastiness”

Lisa Vanderpump is opening up about walking away from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and reveals the real reason why she deiced to quit the series after nine seasons. “I had a great time on Housewives,” she told PEOPLE.

“But to have negativity during a time in my life when I needed to try to be positive … I decided it was over.”

Just months after her brother Mark died by suicide following a battle with depression, Vanderpump, still reeling from the loss, began filming season 9 of the Bravo hit reality series.

“I shouldn’t have even committed to do that season,” she says. “If I had had my choice, I would have just wallowed in grief. I wasn’t ready.”

If you recall, LVP's fallout with her co-stars comes after Dorit Kemsley adopted Lucy Lucy Apple Juice from Vanderpump Dogs. However, Kemsley gave it to a friend after the pup allegedly attacked her husband and children. Then the dog’s new owner allegedly dropped it off at a kill shelter, and Lisa Vanderpump was informed of the situation. While this ordeal went on off-camera. The ladies have also accused LVP of leaking the dog drama to the press, which Vanderpump has denied.

“I’ve been in a position where the whole cast has been against me before,” says Vanderpump. “But this time, our foundation was taking a bashing from the women, and it didn’t deserve it. And suddenly, to start dealing with them all screaming and shouting at me on that first trip [to the Bahamas], I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ And that was really it.”

With regards to accusations that Vanderpump leaked a story about Kemsley to the press, she asks, “Why would I want to shine a light on the fact that one of our dogs ended up in a kill shelter? I know that nothing with Dorit was intentional. But it all just became too much quite frankly.”

Vanderpump continued to film on her own, avoiding group gatherings and didn’t attend the season 9 reunion. “I just had more things going on in my life at that time,” says Vanderpump. “[Grief] encourages you to take stock. I’m a strong woman, but I don’t have room in my life for nastiness.”

Vanderpump says she doesn’t speak regularly to any of her former co-stars but reveals that “a couple of people reached out,” after her mother passed away last summer. “That was nice,” she said.

Ultimately, “I don’t want to shoot arrows,” says Vanderpump. “And I don’t want to get down in the dirt and react to every negative thing these women have said about me. That’s not who I am, nor who I want to be.”

As far as the show, “I don’t want to look back on my time on The Housewives as a negative experience,” says Vanderpump. “I had wonderful moments and laughs and giggles. But I have no regrets about leaving. And I’ve moved on.”

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