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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Secrets of the Reunion! – Exclusive

The second season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has brought an endless amount of drama — and there are still a few episodes yet to air! But the cast, who finished filming season two in early summer, came together yesterday to tape the show’s reunion special. As Wetpaint Entertainment had previously reported, security was super-tight and every precaution was taken to ensure no detail got out. Not only was the cast not informed of the top-secret location until the night before, none of them was allowed to bring their publicists, assistants or any other guest with them. Even so, we uncovered several juicy secrets of the reunion — and we're ready to spill!

Secret No. 1 - Kim was NOT there
Ever since it was reported that troubled co-star Kim Richards had checked into rehab in early December to deal with an alcohol problem and other serious issues, viewers had been wondering if she would be out in time to attend the reunion. The answer is no, she was not. “Her presence was missed,” a show insider tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “But that’s okay. Her recovery takes priority over the show and everyone is happy she’s getting the help she needs.”

Secret No. 2 - Producers let Brandi participate, but not for the entire show
As we previously revealed, producers were so annoyed with Brandi Glanville over her booze-fueled New Year's Eve wedding and her subsequent twitter posts extolling drugs and hookers, they had considered banning her from the reunion. In the end, they relented, but not before exacting a little revenge on her. “Brandi was told to come really, really early,” the insider tells us. “She arrived way before anyone else in the cast. Then, the producers just made her sit there and wait. She waited for hours. I think it was their way of messing with her.” Brandi and cast mate Dana Wilkey, billed this season as “friends of the Housewives” did participate in part of the reunion, but not the entire show.

Secret No. 3 - Taping took all day...and into the night!
The Housewives were asked to be at the location, a studio lot in Hollywood, around lunchtime. The husbands arrived to tape their segment at 3 p.m. By dinnertime, filming was still nowhere near finished. “They didn’t get out until just before 9 p.m.,” says the insider. “It was their longest reunion taping yet.”

Secret No. 4 - How they handled the Russell situation
The topic of Russell Armstrong’s suicide was handled as sensitively as possible. “Each of the women was asked if they wanted to say anything about it,” notes the insider. “Most of them shared their own thoughts. Dana had the most insight about it because she had known Russell and Taylor longer than the others and has been friends with Taylor since before the show. I thought she spoke very eloquently.”

Secret No. 5 - The whole cast went to dinner afterwards
“They were exhausted when they got out,” the insider explains. “But they were also hungry.” As soon as the filming wrapped, everyone headed to Lisa Vanderpump’s new restaurant, Sur, for a big group dinner. “Like every reunion, there were plenty of heated moments,” the insider adds. “But it didn’t seem like anyone left with hard feelings. Everyone was drinking and joking around with each other at the restaurant.”

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01.6.2012 / 09:09 PM EDT by Beth Sobol
Related: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Real Housewives of Atlanta

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