There have been some accusations that the drama is not real. If you’re a long-time fan, don’t worry – it’s all real. Except it’s totally been under the editor’s knife. There’s a reason why there’s an Oscar for video editors. These professionals really make a difference. They can turn the plot of a comedy into a horror.
One of the most notorious housewives, Tamra Judge of the “RHOC” cast, once said in an interview that all the “housewives” have to sign contracts allowing the editors to frame them in the worst possible light. While these women are without a doubt a piece of work, editors have a big hand in it. After all, if these women can’t make a scene, the editors can.
Vacations Are Encouraged
While the rest of us regular workers must fight tooth and nail for time off, the “real housewives” are encouraged to take time off. Seriously, we want their jobs! Except, maybe not the drama. While we’re green with envy that their employers are so understanding about time off, we admit these ladies need downtime. In fact, they shouldn’t be called vacations but cooling-off periods.
The drama on-screen gets pretty heated, and they don’t exactly get a break from it off-screen. With all the heat, these ladies would burn out if they didn’t have downtime. We can understand why Bravo producers encourage the housewives to take vacations.
It’s Not Fake
One of the remedies to imposter syndrome is to “fake it until you make it.” We can say with some confidence that this isn’t the official slogan of “The Real Housewives” franchise. The show isn’t about faking it in any sense. There have been some accusations that the drama onscreen is staged but it isn’t so.
Drama has certainly been instigated and provoked, and many strings have been pulled to bring out these housewives’ nastier sides, but these ladies aren’t acting. They might be overdoing it a bit, but all the drama is totally 100% legit. Even Taylor Armstrong’s famous meltdown – which inspired a generation of memes – or Tamra’s outburst on the yacht were both real.
There’s certainly a golden rule among Bravo producers – drama is golden. These producers will do anything to make sure that the tension is boundless. There’s a reason there’s no cap on conflict and that’s because producers are behind the scenes, pulling strings to make it happen. Reunions are known for regularly taking a turn for the worst, even when the big-shot producer, Andy Cohen, is present.
One thing producers do to turn up the heat is strategic seating. Each housewife is assigned a seat to make sure friends are either all seated on one side staring down their enemies or strategically seat enemies side by side. Now we know why these reunions can get quite vicious.
“Housewives” Can Bring Evidence
If there’s one thing worse than being accused of something in public – or rather your SO being accused of something – it’ll have to be your accuser showing you and everyone else evidence of it. Fortunately for the rest of us, we aren’t “Real Housewives” and probably won’t ever have to deal with this. Unfortunately for “real housewives” this is all part and parcel of the job. For reunions, “housewives” do their research.
They get evidence against their “friends” to support their claims. This means going through texts and emails and digging through medical records. And of course, they have the burden of proof to make sure they bring the hard evidence along to the reunion. The truth must come out after all.