'Real Housewives' Roundup: A Fire, a Deadbeat Dad and a Drug Metaphor
'Real Housewives' Roundup: A Fire, a Deadbeat Dad and a Drug Metaphor
Gina Pusateri
Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
What's going on in the glossy lives of the Real Housewives lately? Well, you might be surprised how unglamorous even their lives can be at times:

She Didn't Start the Fire
On Friday night, the former home of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump (and Giggy Vanderpump) caught fire in Beverly Hills. Lisa's home (which she sold last fall for $19 million) caught fire and although no one was inside at the time, it took nearly 200 firefighters to put it out.

"I'm just shocked, really," Lisa told CBS News. "It's just been an incredible journey coming to America and living there, and my daughter got married in that house, so I'm really emotional about it even though I just sold it a few months ago."

According to CBS, while the mansion suffered extensive damage, it is likely the house can be salvaged.

Deadbeat Brooks
While Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson has been adamantly denying that her new boyfriend Brooks Ayers is a deadbeat dad, it seems like his baby mama is set on proving Vicki wrong. His ex-girlfriend and mother of his three-year-old son (one of his four children) Nicolette Catanzarite told 20/20 that Brooks has been a less than responsible father.

"He has not supported his child," Nicolette said. "He bailed on the hospital bill, the pediatrician bill, and left me with all of it... No birthdays, no cards for Christmas, no phone calls, nothing. It's very frustrating."

Not only does Brooks owe thousands of dollars to Nicolette in child support, she first became pregnant after he lied to her about having a vasectomy. Charming. Nicolette has some more unkind words about the father of her son.

"He's a manipulator, he's a liar, he's a con, he'll do or say anything to anybody, anytime, anywhere, to get what he wants."

But as long as he's buying Vicki furs, he can't be all that bad, right?

Research Is My Drug
In a Q&A session with Deutsch this week, Bravo exec Andy Cohen admitted that they definitely take the opinions of their viewers into consideration when making decisions about the Real Housewives franchises and other shows on the network.

"We snort up research like fine Colombian cocaine," Andy said while promoting his book, saying that the most important thing in show business is to know your audience. "I love Twitter because it's a live focus group."

He also hinted that negative feedback on social media was one of the reasons they decided to fire Real Housewives of New York City former castmates Jill Zarin, Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon. (I'm sure somewhere in the Twitter-verse Jill Zarin is sending angry tweets about this right now.)

Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer

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