Garcelle Beauvais feared being “implicated” in Erika’s legal drama as Crystal shares how producers made them aware of the LA Times article, plus the discussed experiences as minorities about RHOBH and regrets

Garcelle Beauvais feared to be "Implied" in Erika's legal drama as Crystal says producers warned them about the LA Times article, plus they discuss experiences as minorities about RHOBH and apologize

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Garcelle Beauvais and Crystal Kung-Minkoff recently opened up about joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as minorities.

When they sat down with the co-star Sutton Stracke, Garcelle, the series’ first Black cast member, and Crystal, the show’s first Asian addition, talked about the backlash they received in the middle of season 11, while also discussing their apologies and and thoughts about season 12.

“I was ready for the challenge. But I did not think some people would have reactions on some of the topics we were talking about, “Garcelle admitted in a joint interview with the LA Times on October 6.” I was brought in so we can have diverse representation, diverse conversations, cultural differences. And if this is really a reality show, you will see my reality as a black woman. It’s my life. So I was hurt by people saying, “Why should she bring race into it?”

Although Garcelle was hurt by some of the backlash sent her way, she believes the show did a good job of handling the conversation she and her teammates had about race, including her chat with Kyle Richards who referred to Kyle calling her in addition to a lack of charity donation (which was eventually received).

“I was able to have a really good conversation with Kyle, who was receptive and understanding. It did not have to be fleeting, ”Garcelle noted. “It was just … educating her in a way. And I felt like maybe this was where our show stood out from others … we handled it a little more civilized. ”

As for Crystal, she would be a part of RHOBH because she felt a “representation pressure”.

“I was asked at the height of [Black Lives Matter], and when I was a minority, I just felt a related connection to it; of course the anti-asian thing happened soon after … For me the representation was I am going to get into this kind of very Caucasian world that I live in my real life and then the audience will see how easily integrated any of The colors of this world, ”she recalled.

What she did not realize was how challenging it would be for some viewers to accept.

“It was definitely not expected because I have always been so included. I grew up here and maybe it’s just super diverse, or else I was just so blind to it. I never felt like a true outsider. I have never experienced that before the show, ”Crystal shared.

In addition to the challenges they faced as minorities, Garcelle and Crystal also faced apologies in the middle of season 11 after seeing how Sutton was treated by Erika Jayne, who threatened their accomplice with a lawsuit – and physical violence – to interrogate her about the crimes she had allegedly helped foreign man Thomas Girardi commit against its former clients.

“I did not like it at all, and that is my only regret, and I said it on the reunion: I wish I had stood up for her at. [Kathy Hilton]dinner because it was completely out of control, ”Garcelle said. “Erika’s back was for me, so I could not see her face, but I could clearly feel her energy, and that was enough.”

“I know that if we were friends like today, I would have completely defended you. I regretted that too, ”Crystal told Sutton.

During an episode of RHOBH last month, Garcelle was seen breaking up with his teammates about feeling left out of the group. Months later, Garcelle admitted that when it came to her problems with the group, the responsibility was not entirely on the group.

“I think what happened in the group, and I am also to blame, is that I did not feel completely accepted. But I also felt that I also had a wall up, to be completely honest, ”she shared. “I think it was twofold.”

Garcelle also talked about the concerns she had for herself in the midst of Erika’s legal drama. After Sutton remarked that she had called the production to ask for advice, Garcelle admitted that she feared implications.

“When I left Kyle’s house in La Quinta, my first call was for production. I was like, ‘Will we keep hearing stories? On camera? Do we need a lawyer to help us film? “It really was my biggest question. And they said, “This is such a big question. Why do not you take the girls along? Sutton remembered.

“And then you called me, and I was like, ‘We could get involved,'” Garcelle replied.

Crystal also shared something behind the scenes about how the cast came to know about the now infamous article in the LA Times.

“I read it and thought, ‘Now this season will be about: This woman’s husband goes to jail. “The production told us about it [the article], ”Crystal shared. “We did not know anything about it because we were still in the hotel and they were in the house. So the production is like: “I need you to open your text.”

As for their potential season 12 return, Garcelle said she was “on the fence” when Crystal confessed to being “scared” of the concept.

“Sometimes I just feel like I live my life very positively and I have a really good life and it really brings a lot of negativity sometimes and even though my kids don’t see it, I feel like the energy is being thrown at them. And I’m like this: Why do I do it? Like what is this for? So I struggle a lot with that, ”Crystal said.

Meanwhile, Sutton appeared to confirm she was on board and said, “I’m a freezer for punishment.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills four-part season 11 reunion begins Wednesday, October 13 at. 8 / 7c on Bravo.

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