Published On: Thu, Jun 10th, 2021

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills: Erika Girardi shocks castmates with group text announcing divorce

Erika Girardi shocked her castmates with a group text announcing her divorce on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.

The 49-year-old reality star made the revelation on Election Day in November 2020 just four days after the cast returned from a group trip to Lake Tahoe, California.

‘Ladies, I truly consider you my close friends and this is why I’m reaching out to tell you that I filed for divorce this morning. Thank you for supporting me. This will be tough,’ Erika wrote in the message sent at 9:15 am to Lisa rinna, 52, Kyle Richards, 52, and Dorit Kemsley, 44.

Surprise divorce: Erika Girardi shocked her castmates with a group text announcing her divorce on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

Kyle was at home sitting in front of a makeup mirror when she got the text and immediately looked sad and confused, while Dorit and Lisa also appeared perplexed as they received the message.

‘What?,’ Dorit asked aloud before she read the message from Erika in a voice-over.

The three of them were soon on a video call and Dorit asked, ‘What is going on? Did you have any idea?’

‘No idea. And we were just in Tahoe and not one peep about anything,’ Kyle said.

Group text: The 49-year-old reality star made the revelation on Election Day in November 2020 just four days after the cast returned from a group trip to Lake Tahoe, California

Group text: The 49-year-old reality star made the revelation on Election Day in November 2020 just four days after the cast returned from a group trip to Lake Tahoe, California

Close friends: 'Ladies, I truly consider you my close friends and this is why I’m reaching out to tell you that I filed for divorce this morning. Thank you for supporting me. This will be tough,' Erika wrote in the message sent at 9:15 am to Lisa rinna, 52, Kyle Richards, 52, and Dorit Kemsley, 44

Close friends: ‘Ladies, I truly consider you my close friends and this is why I’m reaching out to tell you that I filed for divorce this morning. Thank you for supporting me. This will be tough,’ Erika wrote in the message sent at 9:15 am to Lisa rinna, 52, Kyle Richards, 52, and Dorit Kemsley, 44

‘Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nothing,’ Lisa said.

‘What the hell?,’ Kyle added.

‘It’s Erika, so she had to do it like this. She couldn’t tell anybody,’ Lisa suggested.

Shocked reactions: The three of them were soon on a video call and Dorit asked, 'What is going on? Did you have any idea?'

Shocked reactions: The three of them were soon on a video call and Dorit asked, ‘What is going on? Did you have any idea?’

Out loud: Dorit read the message from Erika out loud in a voice-over

Out loud: Dorit read the message from Erika out loud in a voice-over

‘It’s a long time to spend with somebody to all of a sudden be done,’ Kyle remarked of their 20-year marriage.

‘It’s sad,’ Lisa said.

‘It is,’ Dorit agreed. 

No knowledge: 'Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nothing,' Lisa said as they all agreed they had no idea about the divorce

No knowledge: ‘Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nothing,’ Lisa said as they all agreed they had no idea about the divorce

Erika and her lawyer-husband Tom Girardi, 82, got married in January 2000 and a month after their divorce announcement they were sued for allegedly embezzling funds meant for families of victims of a fatal 2018 Lion Air plane crash.

Tom’s license to practice law in California was revoked in March and he also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the same month.

No further mention of the pending divorce was mentioned during the season 11 episode titled Overexposed.

Sad situation: Dorit agreed that it was a sad situation for Erika

Sad situation: Dorit agreed that it was a sad situation for Erika

The episode opened with Sutton Stracke, 49, trying to resolve matters with show newcomer Crystal Kung Minkoff, 35, after a dinner prank went awry.

Crystal told Garcelle Beauvais, 54, how she and Sutton also clashed while discussing race, while Kyle was telling Sutton that she should apologize to Crystal.

Sutton refused to apologize and insisted that she had done nothing wrong.

Prank reaction: The episode opened with Sutton Stracke, 49, trying to resolve matters with show newcomer Crystal Kung Minkoff, 35, after a dinner prank went awry

Prank reaction: The episode opened with Sutton Stracke, 49, trying to resolve matters with show newcomer Crystal Kung Minkoff, 35, after a dinner prank went awry

Lisa arranged a boat ride for the group and Sutton took Crystal aside in another attempt to establish a connection.

Sutton used a skin roller on her face to keep herself from crying while talking to Crystal and blamed her erratic behavior on recently moving out of her dream house.

‘Moving out of your home is not an excuse to attack and act like a crazy person,’ Crystal said in a confessional.

Erratic behavior: Sutton Stracke used a skin roller on her face to keep herself from crying while talking to Crystal and blamed her erratic behavior on recently moving out of her dream house

Erratic behavior: Sutton Stracke used a skin roller on her face to keep herself from crying while talking to Crystal and blamed her erratic behavior on recently moving out of her dream house

No excuse: 'Moving out of your home is not an excuse to attack and act like a crazy person,' Crystal said in a confessional

No excuse: ‘Moving out of your home is not an excuse to attack and act like a crazy person,’ Crystal said in a confessional

Erika during the boat trip also had a talk with Garcelle about her relationship with Tom.

She mentioned that she spoke with Tom that morning and he was ‘good’ and at his law firm.

‘He’s dedicated his life to being a lawyer; that is first and foremost in his life. And you know what? God bless him for that because that’s who he really is. He loves it,’ Erika told Garcelle.

Lawyer husband: 'He’s dedicated his life to being a lawyer; that is first and foremost in his life. And you know what? God bless him for that because that's who he really is. He loves it,' Erika told Garcelle

Lawyer husband: ‘He’s dedicated his life to being a lawyer; that is first and foremost in his life. And you know what? God bless him for that because that’s who he really is. He loves it,’ Erika told Garcelle

Erika later spoke about the elusiveness of truth.

‘Nothing is what it seems in life. Nothing. And you don’t know anything about anyone. And that’s really the truth,’ Erika said in a confessional.

Crystal decided to skip dinner that night after growing frustrated with Sutton who she earlier called ‘crazy’ to her face.

The truth: 'Nothing is what it seems in life. Nothing. And you don't know anything about anyone. And that's really the truth,' Erika said in a confessional

The truth: ‘Nothing is what it seems in life. Nothing. And you don’t know anything about anyone. And that’s really the truth,’ Erika said in a confessional

Lisa was on the hot seat during dinner as Garcelle refused to let her off the hook for her treatment last season of their mutual friend Denise Richards, 50.

Garcelle told Lisa that she had to learn when to back off and stop pushing people.

Lisa was soon put to the test as she jumped in the swimming pool and screamed for the other women to join her.

Hot seat: Lisa was on the hot seat during dinner as Garcelle refused to let her off the hook for her treatment last season of their mutual friend Denise Richards

Hot seat: Lisa was on the hot seat during dinner as Garcelle refused to let her off the hook for her treatment last season of their mutual friend Denise Richards

Back off: Garcelle told Lisa that she had to learn when to back off and stop pushing people

Back off: Garcelle told Lisa that she had to learn when to back off and stop pushing people

She resorted to name-calling in a bid to get them to join her, but Garcelle shut her down.

‘Can I make a point? This is when you go OK,’ Garcelle told her and Lisa then stopped harassing them about it.

Sutton joined Lisa in the pool and they entertained the rest of the women with a synchronized dance routine in the water.

Dance routine: Sutton joined Lisa in the pool and they entertained the rest of the women with a synchronized dance routine in the water

Dance routine: Sutton joined Lisa in the pool and they entertained the rest of the women with a synchronized dance routine in the water

Crystal came out later and told Kyle that she also was offended by Sutton walking in on her naked the night before when she was returning her jacket.

She explained that she decided to skip dinner because she didn’t want to trigger Sutton again.

Sutton the next morning told Crystal that she should have been nicer to her while Crystal said she felt like her space had been violated when Sutton returned her coat.

Naked encounter: Crystal came out later and told Kyle that she also was offended by Sutton walking in on her naked the night before when she was returning her jacket

Naked encounter: Crystal came out later and told Kyle that she also was offended by Sutton walking in on her naked the night before when she was returning her jacket

They hugged it out and Sutton said she’d likely send Crystal flowers.

The women packed up and carried their own luggage out as the trip ended and four days later Erika revealed that she was divorcing Tom.

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills will return next week on Bravo. 

Making up: Sutton and Crystal hugged it out after talking yet again

Making up: Sutton and Crystal hugged it out after talking yet again

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