Yolanda Foster shocked fans when she announced she was leaving Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” The former model didn’t reveal why she was departing the series, but a new report claims it was because producers demoted her and wanted to give her less screen time during Season 7.
According to “Entertainment Tonight,” the show’s producers told Foster she was going to be demoted in the new season from being a main housewife to being a friend. Foster supposedly wasn’t happy with their decision and said she wouldn’t return unless she was a main cast member. When the production team refused, Foster turned in her walking papers.
A source told the media outlet that although Foster left the reality-TV series, there’s no bad blood between her, Bravo and the show’s producers. Wednesday, Foster told fans on her Instagram page she was quitting the series. In a lengthy post, the 52-year-old personality wrote she had hoped for a “more graceful” exit from the show but said she had no control over how her storyline ended in Season 6. “I believe that every exit is an [sic] new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a [sic] my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our home,” she posted. “Thank you to all the fans for your love and unwavering support these past 4 years. I am grateful for the housewife experience and all it has taught me. I am excited about this choice and look forward to the next chapter of my life.”
Brandi Glanville, who previously was on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” opened up about Foster’s exit in an interview Friday, saying she understands why her former co-star felt the need to leave. According to Glanville, Foster was “on the fence” about returning after some of her co-stars questioned her battle with Lyme disease during Season 6. “When you’re ill and going through a divorce ... do you really want to go on set with a bunch of 58-year-old women about nothing? I don’t think it helps, I think it adds to her stress levels,” Glanville told the Fix (via the Daily Mail).
Season 7 of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is expected to begin filming in June with Kyle Richards, Erika Jayne, Lisa Vanderpump and Lisa Rinna.