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'RHOBH' Origin Story: How Kyle and Kim Richards Pulled a Bait and Switch to Launch the Show

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By Mike Walters

Over the last few days, a debate has sparked about which cast member of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is responsible for helping originally launch the show and convincing the network to greenlight it.

Here is how it started: Kyle Richards did an interview on Jenny McCarthy's Sirius XM show and described how she and her sister, Kim Richards, were the first to sign on to the show, saying, "We were the first two people signed on to do the show ... Looking back, it's kind of crazy to think. I remember where I was exactly. I was at my daughter's preschool and I got a call saying Bravo has greenlit if you and Kim sign now, otherwise they're not doing 'RHOBH.' And I had to make decision because there was another network that was asking us to do the show."

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In true BH style, Lisa Vanderpump responded on social media with, "Andy said otherwise...he would know lol #boss."

Andy Cohen then tried to clear the air and said it's a little of both.

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Well, our well-placed sources — who actually worked on the original deal with the housewives — say that most of what was said is true. But we are told the TV show Cohen mentioned, that hung in the balance for Kyle and Kim, was not exactly what everyone thinks.

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There WAS a show being developed and pitched involving Kyle, Kim and Kathy Hilton that would involve parts of the extended Hilton family.

But a last-minute discussion was had with representatives of Kyle and Kim, and the honchos at Bravo, letting them know that if they didn't sign K & K that day, they were going to sign with another TV project.

We are told that was simply a bit of great negotiating done by the ladies' team. The TV deal on the table for Kyle and Kim was actually nowhere near ready to go, but Bravo bought it and signed the dynamic duo the next day and greenlit the show.

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As for Lisa Vanderpump, Andy is totally telling the truth and many people at Bravo are aware of how much he loved Lisa's casting tape and how it tipped his hand to be all in.

Either way, in the end, we all win because "RHOBH" was born.

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