"Before season five started of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I had a meeting with the producers to do maybe another show," Rinna explains. "What came out of the meeting was, maybe I should do The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
"I thought 'Oh god, Harry’s never gonna go for this'," she continues. "He never will.”
And, she was spot on with her prediction, telling the Big O that Hamlin was so opposed to her signing on to the show that he even threatened her with divorce!
"I’ll divorce you. If you do it, I’ll divorce you,” Rinna recalls him telling her.
"I said, 'Ok, done’. No more conversations, done. Walked out of the room, that was that. I was fine with it."
However, after retreating for a while and thinking it out, Hamlin had a change of mind.
"He comes back to me in like two days, and he said, 'You know, I’ve thought about it, I’ve done some research'," Rinna says. "Harry, being a really, really smart businessman himself, said ‘It’s a good thing, it’ll work for you, you should do it.’ So I did it."
And the rest, as they say, is Housewives history…