The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a major hit for Bravo, and Brandi Glanville is cashing in on her slice of reality pie. If you aren’t aware, Ms. Glanville is the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, who we’d have no clue about if he didn’t cheat on Brandi with LeAnn Rimes. (A quick look on Wikipedia told me that Eddie is an actor hasn’t done much important acting, and the most interesting roles he’s had, in my opinion, were guest spots in Saved By the Bell: The College Years and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.)
Bravo must be thrilled because Brandi’s story is already generating controversy, and as television lovers know, all publicity is good publicity. Apparently, Eddie doesn’t want his and Brandi’s kids appearing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and is willing to sue to ensure that they don’t make their television debut.
First of all, this is shady because Brandi is the mother of the kids and should have a major say in this decision, but also, Eddie and LeAnn Rimes just had the kids in a major spread in People magazine. I can see Brandi’s side of this: how dare Eddie not allow our kids on television when he and new wife LeAnn publicized the kids in a national magazine. However, I also see how this is different – a magazine spread is a one time thing and is much more censored and planned.
I think Eddie’s opposition to having the kids on the show is a publicity stunt – he comes out of this looking like he’s concerned about his kids and doesn’t want them exposed to the public spotlight. However, I think he and LeAnn may have a craftier plan – they don’t want people to see Brandi as a good mom and start to feel sympathy for her. As of now, Brandi’s kind of an unknown, except for her high-profile divorce from Eddie Cibrian. This show could be very dangerous for LeAnn’s image, especially if public favor swings towards Brandi, rather than her.
The above statement is just a speculation and is not based on any fact, but judging from the media coverage of Eddie and Brandi’s breakup, and the fact that Eddie and LeAnn got married without even telling their kids in advance, this seems plausible.
Whatever the case, adding Brandi to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will probably be great for her image, and is sure to draw viewers to the Bravo franchise.