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Trying to Unravel RHOBH’s Complicated Puppygate Controversy: Breaking Down the Accusations, Gamers and Timeline

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Kyle Richards jokingly requested this on Watch What Occurs Reside about The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ present season. However actually, was she joking?

Since season 9 of the Bravo actuality hit kicked off, Puppygate has formally taken over the present, with somewhat canine named Lucy Lucy Apple Juicy unexpectedly changing into the HBIC of RHOBH.

Whereas it seemingly began off as a easy misunderstanding between associates Lisa Vanderpump and Dorit Kemsley, it has now escalated, involving the remainder of the forged, a few of Vanderpump’s workers, two new Johns, infinite accusations and literal receipts being pulled out in virtually each episode.

It has been onerous to maintain observe of the entire drama, with every Housewife adamantly presenting their very own model of the occasions that transpired since final summer season, whereas additionally offering new info as every episode airs.

Puppygate has turn out to be the riveting thriller charming the Bravo world…and likewise its most complicated, so we’re making an attempt to interrupt down the entire info we have been given up to now. 

The Primary Gamers

Lisa Vanderpump: One of many authentic RHOBH forged members, LVP and her husband Ken Todd co-founded Vanderpump Canine in 2016 as a part of their ongoing mission to assist rescue canines within the U.S. and around the globe. The couple had been shut associates with Dorit and PK Kemsley for years earlier than Dorit joined the forged in season seven. 

Dorit Kemsley: The Housewife who adopted Lucy, ultimately giving her to as a result of the canine bit her husband and had “bit the youngsters a couple of instances,” she defined to Erika within the premiere. “She was not the proper match for the household.”

Teddi Mellencamp: After clashing with Dorit final season, Teddi was the Housewife that first came upon concerning the canine state of affairs from one of many Vanderpump Canine workers, John Blizzard, 

John Sessa: The manager director of Vanderpump Canine, Dr. Sessa (he has a Doctorate of Enterprise Administration concentrating in Worldwide Enterprise and World Finance! The extra you understand!) is LVP’s companion, not her worker. And he was the one to deliver out Lucy in the course of the scene that launched a thousand accusations within the premiere. 

“I am pissed,” he stated when LVP instructed him to not discuss concerning the state of affairs. “All people this is pissed.”

And Lisa later wrote in a weblog, “He had a really sturdy opinion concerning Lucy and we had tried to placate him to no avail.”

In an interview with “On the Rocks” radio present, Sessa confirmed his fury and the confrontation he had with Ken, particularly being requested to forgo the $5,000 penalty within the contract they signed for not returning the canine to VD. 

“He is saying, ‘Shield my pal.’ And I stated, ‘F–k you. I am not defending your mates,'” he stated. “I am defending the muse. I haven’t got loyalty to Dorit. I’ve loyalty to my basis, and I’ve loyalty to my canines.”

He continued to defend his actions, saying, “I am the mentor to all these younger, budding philanthropists, saying, ‘We’ve to be so strict with this stuff.’ So how am I going to take my duty down and say, ‘No, it is Dorit from Actual Housewives, so we have now to disregard all of our procedures.'”

Cue his now-infamous: “Does this canine look acquainted?” line from the premiere. 

John Blizzard: Sure, there are two Johns concerned, and whereas Sessa took the lead within the premiere when it got here to the state of affairs, Blizzard, the 23-year-old occasion planner for Vanderpump Canine, is definitely the one who spilled the tea to Teddi initially after the 2 struck up a friendship when Teddi was internet hosting charity biking rides for the muse. (A fast scroll via his social media proves he’s associates with fairly a couple of of the Bravolebrities.)

Additionally, he clearly knew he was in for it earlier than the season started, judging from this cryptic put up. 

The Girl Who Adopted Lucy: The lady who allegedly dropped Lucy Lucy off on the shelter after asking Dorit if she may take her has but to be recognized on the present or publicly for the reason that season started airing. 

“Once I alerted her to the truth that Lucy was in a shelter and requested if she may please give me the title of the lady who had taken Lucy, she requested to name me again – she wished to make sure of the title,” LVP wrote in her weblog. “I do not imagine she knew the title of the lady, however possibly her assistant did.”

 In line with Dorit on Twitter, she did in reality know the lady:

Lucy Lucy Apple Juicy: The canine on the middle of all of it, Lucy was initially adopted by the Kemsleys in February 2018 (renaming her Celine, BTW!) earlier than they discovered a brand new house round six months later, round June or July.  Whereas we have but to get a full replace on Lucy after her scene within the premiere, LVP provided an replace in her weblog.

“It is ironic and beggar’s perception that not as soon as has anybody enquired after the welfare of the pet – the beloved pet,” she wrote. “How is she? Is she on the middle? Properly, she lived on the middle and went house with one in every of our devoted workers for a while, and now she has discovered a loving house.”

The Arguments

Teddi’s Model of Occasions

In final night time’s episode, Teddi lastly got here clear about her function within the alleged hit put out on Dorit’s character as orchestrated by LVP, explaining to Erika how she got here to be roped into the plot.

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As a result of there was “rigidity” between her and Dorit, Teddi stated, “So I get the decision from Vanderpump Canine. They stated, ‘This factor occurred with Dorit and the canine, are you able to imagine it? It is loopy. Lisa wished you to know.'”

That is the place Teddi admitted to some preliminary wrongdoing: “I had a really dramatic response and I used to be form of in it. Texting with them, being catty again, like, ‘Alright, give me the deets,’ not being probably the most above board human being.”

Given her emotions towards Dorit on the time, Teddi claimed that LVP knew to feed her the data, and very like Lucy on PK’s nostril, “I bit.” 

However right here is the place Teddi begins biting again, as she claimed that scene in Vanderpump Canine didn’t go down the way in which it was imagined to. 

“Kyle and I get invited to Vanderpump Canine. They wished me to say it. I already know this going into Canine… and I could not undergo with it…telling all people what Dorit did.”

However in a weblog Teddi posted to BravoTV.com after final week’s episode, she went onto declare LVP did not persist with the script she had allegedly written herself.

“There have been lots of calls and texts because the Johns (Blizzard and Sessa) found out the ‘plan’ with LVP and I waited for her directions,” Teddi wrote. “I knew issues weren’t as they appeared that day at Vanderpump Canine which explains my hesitation at bringing the canine up. Please rewatch John Sessa’s response when LVP says ‘cease.’ That claims all of it. LVP was not enjoying to the state of affairs she had set forth.”

Teddi then absolutely turned when she realized she was being set-up by LVP, changing into the Housewife’s fall lady…besides she wasn’t happening and not using a struggle. 

Lisa Vanderpump’s Model of Occasions

After not running a blog for fairly a while, LVP returned to the Bravo weblog recreation with an extended, detailed put up concerning the state of affairs. 

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“John Sessa was enraged. He got here to our home, apoplectic, whereas Ken was emphatic that John wouldn’t disparage our associates and would by no means discuss this publicly in a unfavourable means. John thought in any other case: he wished accountability. John’s anger outdated any compassion for the aftermath which may ensue. It was relentless,” she wrote. “I recall stating emphatically within the warmth of the argument, ‘I do not care who says what, it is unimportant,’ and that it was irrelevant who spoke about it and who stated what. The essential factor was to retrieve the pet from the shelter ASAP.”

It turned out to be essential when Lisa and Ken found Blizzard had despatched a “gossipy textual content” to Teddi. After studying this, LVP stated she contacted Dorit to let her know the information was out. 

“I despatched Dorit a textual content urging her to get in entrance this challenge,” she wrote. “I’d have thought that may have included Dorit happening to the middle and calming an already emotional younger employees, reassuring them that her intentions, albeit careless, had no malintent.”

Whereas Teddi alleged all the scene at Vanderpump Canine was plotted forward of time, LVP is saying she had no half in it.

“I did ship John Sessa a textual content previous to arriving on the middle to let it go and to not deliver up the topic of Lucy as I knew they had been fired up,” she claimed, including they had been going to the middle for grooming and Instagram opps for the women’ canines. 

After being accused of mendacity and setting the scene up, LVP doubled down.

“I not often touch upon the infinite nastiness and accusations from castmates; nevertheless, anyone who lies and asserts that I used to be answerable for the filming schedule at Vanderpump Canine must retract that.”

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Dorit’s Model of Occasions

Whereas John Sessa stated the middle solely found the Kemsleys not had Lucy when the acquired the decision from the shelter, Dorit stated she instructed Lisa she had discovered a brand new house for the canine earlier than giving her to the still-unidentified lady. 

“When the chance arose for Lucy to go to a ravishing house (which is in the end the aim for rescue pets) quite than having to return to the middle and wait for somebody to undertake her, we took it. It was by no means about hiding that from Lisa V as I instructed her instantly,” she wrote in her weblog. 

She continued to query her pal’s dealing with of all the state of affairs, writing, “This brings me to the second a part of what she stated: ‘It’s best to’ve given the canine again to me.’ Why did not she inform me that she wished me to deliver Lucy again to the middle and that it was a violation to re-home a canine after I spoke to her?” 

As for the way Lucy ended up within the shelter, Dorit defined, “The lady who we despatched Lucy house with had a household emergency and will not look after Lucy. She was assured that Lucy was going to a different secure, loving house, however a lot to our dismay, apparently ended up in a shelter.”

LVP acknowledged speaking to Dorit earlier than she gave Lucy to the brand new proprietor in her personal weblog, writing, “I had spoken to Dorit a couple of days prior, and she or he defined to me {that a} lady had come to her home and fallen in love with Lucy, and that the little canine was apparently going to a brand new house ‘for a a lot better life.’ I stated that it was inconceivable for us to ever give them one other canine, to which she agreed. I wasn’t indignant together with her, however I could not perceive why she did not return Lucy. I knew in some unspecified time in the future a house examine was crucial and a switch of possession would want to occur. However with Dorit being an in depth pal, she reassured me that the pet was going to a superb house so I did not really feel it was a matter of urgency. There was no point out of biting.”

John Blizzard’s Take

In Tuesday’s episode, we lastly obtained to listen to from the occasion planner on the eye of the storm himself, as LVP beckoned John Blizzard to Villa Rosa for a reckoning sitdown. 

After as soon as once more explaining that John Sessa and Ken had been “going face to face” on the way to deal with the state of affairs after they obtained the decision from the shelter, LVP stated she seemingly stated one thing about not caring who knew about Dorit and the canine (which she wrote in her weblog.) 

“Clearly, John has stated one thing to you, to the impact of, ‘Lisa says it does not matter. Inform whoever!'” she theorized. “However you then implicate me.”

Blizzard mainly confirmed this account saying, “[Sessa] stated, ‘Lisa stated it does not matter, inform whoever,'” Blizzard recalled.  “I put phrases in your mouth that weren’t true and I’ll personal that and I am sorry for that. I am not pleased with it.”

As for why he was revealing his personal textual content conversations with Teddi, whom he stated he was associates with, Blizzard stated, “She should not have of introduced up my texts!”

However Teddi took to Twitter to with some receipts about Blizzard saying LVP had no half on this:

Inspecting the Case Proof

Exhibit A: Teddi’s Texts

On the present, Teddi was the primary to drag out the digital receipts, displaying a cropped picture of a textual content convo she had with John Blizzard, which she stated proved LVP had instructed him to inform her about Lucy.

After the episode aired, Teddi posted the uncropped model on her weblog, together with this change the place Blizzard seemingly confirmed that LVP instructed him to inform Teddi.

However on Twitter, Blizzard addressed his all-caps response.

In one other screengrab Teddi posted in her weblog, Blizzard stated he was getting “combined messages,” with Lisa pushing him to inform Teddi whereas Ken, associates with PK for many years, was telling him to not say something. 

Teddi has since claimed to have much more textual content threads proving her level. 

Exhibit B: Blizzard’s Textual content Messages

After Teddi uncovered her textual content change with Blizzard, Ken went proper to the supply and demanded the worker print out the dialog, which embrace Teddi telling him, “Have the canine there and I can say it appears like dorit’s canine.” She then goes on to say, “Both means. It should come out.” 

Afterward, when LVP is displaying Teddi and Kyle the dialog, we additionally see the unique change that began every little thing. 

Blizzard: It is advisable name me right now
Teddi: All the pieces okay
Blizzard: Everytime you’re free
Blizzard: Lady you are going to die
I simply can’t textual content
I simply CANT
Teddi: I’m in complete shock. That’s insane!! I really feel unhappy for her youngsters and that poor canine.
Blizzard:I KNOW
Teddi: Narcissistic conduct at its best. 

Lisa or Ken helpfully wrote in the course of the web page that Blizzard and Teddi spoke on the telephone throughout this, which Blizzard seemingly telling her all concerning the Lucy Lucy state of affairs. 

Whereas the messages appear to principally affirm LVP’s take, there are some fascinating messages that do not precisely gel together with her story (or Blizzard’s):

“He is similar to earlier than you inform Teddi and Kyle…I am simply going to attempt to management the state of affairs…as a result of PL has been his greatest pal for like 40 years,” was Blizzard’s message to Teddi about Ken having hesitations about transferring ahead. 

Exhibit C: Sessa Speaks

Whereas the director has remained fairly quiet on the controversy on social media, he did give one interview to the radio present On The Rocks, the place he stated he has the receipts to show LVP did not orchestrate the scene at Vanderpump Canine. 

“Opposite to what Teddi has stated in her blogs and every little thing that she’s doing proper now, she’s saying that Lisa had deliberate that every one of this may go down on the rescue middle on the primary day of filming. However that is not true, [according to] the timeline. And I’ve emails. If you need receipts, Lisa Rinna, I can provide you some receipts.”

He additionally confirmed that Lisa did ask him to “shut down” any talks of the Dorit state of affairs, which he ignored.

“I even have the textual content message from Lisa—and once more, nobody know this—Lisa stated, ‘Shut this down,’ at 9:45, and we had been filming at 10. And actually, I am not going to as a result of how am I imagined to be an government director, physician of worldwide enterprise for a basis that’s worldwide—we’re in six international locations—and I am imagined to say, ‘Oh, when one thing unhealthy occurs and it includes a celeb, we simply push that underneath the rug.’ It does not work that means.”

In her weblog put up after final night time’s episode, nevertheless, Teddi truly used this protection from Sessa in opposition to LVP, writing, “In a current interview, John Sessa says LVP texted him to ‘shut this down’ 15 minutes earlier than filming. Shut what down? If there wasn’t a plan, what would have to be shut down?”

Exhibit D: The First Canine

Whereas probably not evidentiary, the actual fact hat this was the second canine Dorit and PK had adopted from VD proves they did know the suitable approach to deal with the return of a pet.

Again in February, PK truly posted a video of Lucy Lucy, whom the household renamed Celine, and defined within the feedback what occurred to the primary canine when a follower requested what occurred to Madison. 

“Maddy had to return to LVP ,she bit Jagger and Phoenix on the identical day ( nothing unhealthy ) and wanted a bit Extra coaching ,she got here from a damaged house and was Three so somewhat fastened in her methods , she’s discovered a brand new fab house ,, and Celine works higher for us with the youngsters x”

In his interview with the radio present, Sessa went into element about this example. 

“That is the second canine that Dorit had returned to us, or quite, given up,” he defined. “She adopted a 3-to-4-year-old stunning Yorkshire Terrier. So Dorit adopted the canine. She beloved the canine, Madison. And every week later, two weeks later, she says, ‘I am sorry, it is simply not gonna work out with the household. The canine is biting my household.’ Much like what she stated the second time round. I am undecided what occurred. I did see there was a photograph with chunk marks on PK’s nostril. So the primary canine, we take again.”

When it got here to Lucy, John stated they didn’t give the Kemsleys a “rescue canine,” quite “a canine that I’ve hand-reared that is by no means had any points.”

So when he acquired a message from “a kill shelter in Orange County” saying that they had one in every of VD’s canines and it was dropped off by a “actuality movie star,” John stated he was “spitting blood.” 

Exhibit D: The Spinoff Rumors

After efficiently launching Vanderpump Guidelines utilizing RHOBH (and Scheana Marie‘s affair with Brandi Glanville‘s ex-husband Eddie Cibrian), whispers of one other potential spinoff from LVP centering on Vanderpump Canine had been slowly spreading earlier than Lisa Rinna determined to douse them in gasoline and light-weight ’em up simply to observe it (probably) burn. 

“I am a hustler. I make no bones about that. I feel you receives a commission for what you do,” Rinna started a prolonged put up on Instagram Tales. “So my feeling is that if we certainly are servicing a spin off we ought to be paid for it.

“In case you are going [sic] to make use of our providers with out telling us-that we’re enjoying out a storyline to launch a pilot for a brand new present and you do not compensate us further for that,” she continued. “Yeah I am a hustler I receives a commission for what I do.”

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And she or he ended her message with a warning: “So if this certainly turns into one other present my lawyer will likely be calling.”

She is not the primary forged member to voice their points about one other spinoff probably being within the works from LVP.

“Would not that be handy? Actually,” Teddi instructed Us Weekly. “I’m wondering why they primarily based an entire drama a few canine!”

And when the accountability coach stopped by E!’s Each day Pop on Tuesday, she stated she in the end does not care if a by-product concerning the shelter turns into a actuality. “So long as the reality prevails, that is all I care about,” Teddi stated.

Curiously sufficient, within the textual content conversations between Teddi and Blizzard  proven on-screen in the course of the episodes, at one level he wrote, “This season of Vanderpump Canine…” (He included the cry/snigger emoji and the canine emoji, for the report.)

Exhibit E: LVP’s Historical past of Previous Doable Manipulations

A forged member since RHOBH started in 2010, Lisa Vanderpump has weathered her justifiable share of controversies and arguments over time, normally at all times popping out on prime and main the pack. 

 “Properly, it has been the identical seasons two, 4, and 6,” Lisa acknowledged to E! Information earlier than the beginning of the season. “So it is form of the fourth time.” 

However she’s by no means actually confronted a whole forged of lady banding collectively in opposition to her earlier than like she is with Puppgate, with Lisa Rinna main the cost to finish LVP allegedly controlling the drama and creating storylines behind-the-scenes. 

She was first accused of this in season two, when Adrienne Maloof claimed LVP was promoting tales about her to tabloids. 

On the reunion, Lisa fiercely denied the accusations, saying, “By no means bought a narrative. Have I talked to Radar On-line? Sure! Bought a narrative? You assume they’ve given me a examine? No on my youngsters’s life. On my life!”

The next season, Adrienne left RHOBH.

Throughout her current sitdown with us, E! Information’ Melanie Bromley confirmed that, revealing, “Season two—you and I had been associates for a really very long time—you had been accused in season two of giving tales to me and you weren’t giving tales to me.” 

In season 4, her former BFF-turned-nemesis Brandi Glanville accused LVP, who had taken the brand new forged member underneath her wing, of convincing her to deliver tabloids that claimed Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio had been having points of their marriage on a forged journey. She then went on to say it was Lisa who satisfied her to disclose Adrienne’s surrogacy secret the earlier season on-camera.

Vanderpump denied the accusations, nevertheless it kicked off an epic feud between the 2 girls, with Brandi ultimately leaving the present. 

“I have been underneath your spell for 2 years,” she instructed LVP in their finale struggle. “Reality is, I am stronger by myself. I do not ever need to be on the opposite aspect of your anger. With this struggle, I lastly be at liberty. I really like you, however I am not a part of your recreation anymore.”

Brandi Glanville, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


Throughout a 2014 look on Watch What Occurs Reside, Brandi claimed she agreed to sit down down with Scheana, the then-SUR waitress who was as soon as her ex-husband’s mistress, to assist increase scores for Pump Guidelines and assist out her former pal.

“I sat down with Scheana for her a number of instances to assist her present, and I stated, ‘I’ll do no matter you want to,’ and I obtained uninterested in it,” the model-turned-author claimed, implying Vanderpump set her up for TV. “I feel that I fed that b—h.”

And within the wake of Puppgate, Brandi has stated she is “so blissful” to see LVP lastly being held accountable for her alleged puppeteering on her Unfiltered podcast, claiming she was fired due to her former pal. 

“Lisa Vanderpump is a manipulative individual and after I was on the present I did lots of her soiled work for her,” Brandi stated. “I lastly realized it and I began calling her on her s–t and I had no backup, zero, and that obtained me no job.”

Brandi, who will make an look on the present later this season, added, ” I really like that Rinna is looking her out, it is a setup, that is what she does. It solely took 9 years, 9 seasons, for this to be acknowledged.”

In season six, a lot of the drama got here from the fallout of Lisa Rinna questioning if Yolanda Hadid‘s Lyme illness was truly Munchausen syndrome. It was complicated. It was tedious. It was onerous to comply with. And it was allegedly orchestrated by LVP, based on Rinna on the reunion. 

“Lisa V does have a behavior of manufacturing the present however the cameras would of caught her saying There’s our story line #RHOBH,” she tweeted again in 2016.

Finally, it was Yolanda’s final outing as a Housewife, with Rinna left to take care of the fallout the next season. And it is clear she’s nonetheless been holding a little bit of a grudge about feeling used as a pawn by LVP, changing into Teddi’s final defender this season.

“Much like what Teddi is dealing with right now, three years in the past I had the very same emotions and an uphill battle to face. To be sincere, it is extremely irritating to observe it play out in entrance of me, and I can see precisely how this setup will go,” Rinna wrote in her weblog. “I’ve painfully lived it already, and I do not need to see Teddi used as a pawn. If I really feel like I can assist make clear what is going on, you higher imagine I’ll do exactly that.”

The “Aftermath”

It is onerous to evaluate the fallout simply but as we’re just about nonetheless within the thick of it, with extra info popping out because the episodes lastly air.

However followers knew one thing massive was taking place when it was reported in November 2018 that LVP would seemingly be leaving the present after season 9. 

“Lisa will seem within the majority of episodes this season,” a manufacturing supply instructed E! Information on the time. “She has not been filming at each occasion, however followers can anticipate to see her all through.”

Translation: LVP will seemingly cease showing in scenes with the opposite girls at a sure level this season. (She notably didn’t attend Camille Grammer’s wedding ceremony or a bunch journey to France.) 

“Lisa has solely filmed on a couple of events in the course of the starting of filming this season, and has been absent the rest of the time,” a supply instructed E! Information. “She has been refusing to movie and…her interactions with the women have been solely unfavourable. Lisa has nonetheless not returned to filming and as of now has no plan to. It is too far gone, and Lisa agrees that she should not return at this level.”

One other supply merely added, “The remainder of the forged is over her.” 

As for her future on RHOBH, Lisa ominously instructed us, “I do not know but. They have not picked it up. I do not know who the forged is, I do not know what I am doing. Sooner or later I will must stroll away,I simply do not know whether or not it is now or not.” 


LVP made a shock look on the season 9 premiere occasion in February, although she did not put up for any pictures with or discuss to any of her forged members.

“It is my 330th episode of actuality tv, I’ve by no means missed something till now and that is the way in which it ought to proceed,” she instructed E! Information of displaying up.

“No, it does not shock me in any respect,” Teddi later stated to us of Lisa’s surprising attendance, “As a result of I feel that is all the purpose! [Laughs.]” Dorit felt the identical means, saying, “Lisa likes to be unpredictable. She hasn’t been round or proven up for a lot of issues and [this event] was an excellent alternative for her to indicate up and shock everybody.”

As for the way unhealthy the divide at present is between LVP and the remainder of the ladies, Dorit revealed it has been “an excellent few months” since they final spoke.

The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo. 

(E! and Bravo are each a part of the NBCUniversal household.)


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