"Scheana Marie has worked for me for three-and-a half-years, and we do have this whole situation because Brandi Glanville would often be eating at Villa Blanca or Sur, and Scheana would be there," Lisa told Radar Online.
Lisa was completely taken by surprise when Brandi told her that Scheana had slept with Eddie Cibrian while he and Brandi were still married. "I had no idea!" Lisa said. "So I was put in a situation many times, where I had to say, 'Scheana, I don't want you working today.' Or 'Scheana, I need you to do this section over there, as it was very uncomfortable for Brandi.'"
However, Lisa says that firing Scheana from SUR was never really an option, and Brandi never asked Lisa to do anything that drastic. "She wouldn't [ask me to fire Scheana], she wouldn't ask me to do that, and even if she did, that would put me in a ridiculous situation because Scheana had worked for me for three-and-a-half years, and I wasn't privy to any of this until Brandi pointed out, 'That girl there!'"
"On what grounds would I even be able to fire Scheana?" Lisa asked. "Let her go because in her private life three years ago she had an affair? It's really not any of my business, but it does come to fruition because I think it [would have been easier to fire her] if Scheana was going to continue to work and Brandi was going to continue to come into the restaurant as my friend."
Lisa is proud of Brandi for accepting Scheana's offer to sit down and talk things out, which we'll see on the first episode of Vanderpump Rules. "I remember just being there and thinking it was best that I didn't get too involved in it, and they need to sit down and work things out for themselves," Lisa said. "I don't know if I could have done that, as the wife, to sit down there and talk to somebody who had been having an affair with my husband, so I commend her for that."
Lisa thinks Real Housewives viewers only get to see one side of Brandi, but that she has a very nurturing side as well. "There's so much that people don't know, and I wish that you saw more of Brandi as a mother – but she is not allowed to use her children [in the show], which is a shame because that is another whole side of her personality that we don't see," she explained.
In fact, Lisa thinks Brandi has gone above and beyond in order to do what's best for her sons. "There are many things that I think no one is aware that Brandi's done. The fact that she went to therapy with LeAnn [Rimes] and Eddie after he left Brandi, because it was in the best interest of the children. She wanted to make sure they worked things out going forward and make sure they would all be on the same page," Lisa said. "I couldn't have done that. I take my hat off to her for that."
We think it's safe to assume that this theoretical hat of Lisa's would be pink and fabulous.