It is, officially, the end of a dramatic and intense and emotional and memorable era.
Lisa Vanderpump is no longer a member of The Real Housewives family.
Following Tuesday night’s episode of this beloved franchise, the veteran reality star took to her Instagram account and bid farewell to the show and its loyal viewers.
She shared a montage clip that featured sultry saxophone music in the background, along with herself in a flowing gown, and wrote as a caption to the footage:
The Pump has left the building. Thank you to all of you for your support for 9 years. #rhobh.
Vanderpump, of course, had been a series regular in Beverly Hills from the very beginning.
She turned her stint on the show into her very own spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, and has used the fame she garnered as a cable network stalwart to expand her restaurant franchise.
Along with Bethenny Frankel and NeNe Leakes, one could argue that Vanderpump has been the most successful Real Housewife of all-time.
Vanderpump told Entertainment Tonight back in April that she “stopped filming halfway through the [current] season” and that a reconciliation with her fellow cast members was unlikely after one too many fallouts.
“When you are a woman of integrity, and you’re a woman that works really hard and is very compassionate, and is very principally minded, and they keep coming at you and ganging up on you, I don’t know,” she said at the time, adding:
“I didn’t integrate with the other women after they constantly called me a liar.”
The star has faced multiple personal tragedies over the past year, contributing to her need to make some sort of change in her life.
Last April, Vanderpump’s brother died of a suspected drug overdose.
This past June, her mother passed away.
It didn’t help, after all this, that Vanderpump clashed with her colleagues over a dog this past season.
Yes, a dog.
Known to fans as PuppyGate, we’re referring to an incident that involved a canine that Dorit Kemsley adopted from Vanderpump Dogs.
She then alleged the dog nipped at her husband and kids.
Instead of returning it to Vanderpump Dogs, however, the pet ended up in a shelter.
From there, Vanderpump was accused of leaking a story about Kemsley’s dog to the press, an act she has since denied.
It may sound ridiculous, but it created legitimate tension between all involved.
In May, on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump took a lie detector test to prove her innocence in PuppyGate.
“I handled it with the truth and that’s, I think, why I ended up doing the lie detector test,” she explained to Us Weekly earlier that month.
“Because I was like, I was so sick of them saying, ‘Oh, I don’t believe this.’ Or ‘I don’t believe that.’ Or ‘You did this.’”
Lisa then spoke to this same tablod last month.
“I made the decision to leave. It was a very difficult year for me, personally and professionally,” Lisa told Us Weekly last month while attending 7th Annual Real to Reel: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBT’s in Hollywood event.
“I had wonderful things happen this year, opening up and TomTom and the cocktail garden in Vegas. The Housewives, it’s just, it’s emotionally too difficult to deal with.”
Will you miss Vanderpump? Will you keep watching the show without her?
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