Adrienne Maloof may have been memorably absent from last week’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be holding her tongue about the behind-the-scenes drama that went on in the last season.
During the reunion episode, Bravo host Andy Cohen implied that Maloof’s absence and decision to quit the show was somehow related to Brandi Glanville’s revelation that Maloof had used a surrogate to have her youngest two sons.
“Well, today we are missing one of the Housewives who has been with us since the beginning. Adrienne Maloof has decided not to participate today,” Cohen said during the episode. “This season was hard on Adrienne, as you all know. A secret about her family was revealed by Brandi and from that moment on, Adrienne refused to speak directly about it. We know that frustrated you in the audience. It frustrated all of us, too.”
“Adrienne won’t be here to tell her side of the story,” Cohen added. “Not only is she absent tonight, but she won’t be on the show next season … Adrienne Maloof’s final act as a Housewife was not showing up tonight.”
According to a report by Radar Online, Maloof is speaking out about her absence and why she won’t be returning for another season of the show, and she’s dumping most of the blame on Glanville, who told other cast members.
“The final straw was Brandi bringing up my children. She got kicks out of trying to humiliate me,” Maloof told Us Weekly. “I made it very clear [to producers] from episode one that I wouldn’t do the series if my children were involved in any way.”
Maloof also said that Cohen only asked her to appear on the show the day before it was scheduled to tape, and that she had been advised not to because of court gag orders stemming from her divorce agreement with ex-husband, Paul Nassif.
“I said I couldn’t. And what was I going to do at the reunion? Sit there and say, ‘Can’t talk. Under gag order?’ It would have been very boring … I believe Andy gets it,” Maloof said.
She also alleged that prior to the taping, she explained to Cohen that she was hesitant to appear on the show, given her bad blood with Glanville.
According to Celebuzz, the business mogul also addressed the controversy at Perez Hilton’s birthday party at the El Rey Theatre. "I think that Andy has to understand that [ex-husband] Paul [Nassif] and I were under a gag order from the court system, not to be able to speak about our marriage, our children, our divorce."
“Since that was the whole season there wasn't really much to talk about,” Maloof said, “And knowing me being so passionate about my family and my kids, I didn't trust myself, because I have that fiery instinct and I just didn't want to take that chance."
Maloof said she told Cohen, “’I’m so upset with Brandi, I don’t know what I’ll say.’ Knowing I was leaving, I wanted to leave with dignity.”
She announced her departure from “Real Housewives” in a tweet on March 4. "To my loyal fans . . . It was time to exit RHOBH. The show served as a wonderful platform, stay tuned!"