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Lisa Vanderpump hosted her third annual Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala on Thursday and walked her first red carpet since news of her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills exit broke.
The reality star wore a stunning black cape and gown that featured a touch of her signature color pink. She then accessorized her look with bright pink nails and a matching purse.
Several of her fellow Bravoleberties came out to show their support, including Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga, Real Housewives of Orange County alumna Gretchen Rossi and Shahs of Sunset celeb Mercedes Javid.
On Wednesday, E! News exclusively reported that Vanderpump would be leaving the show after season nine.
“Lisa will appear in the majority of episodes this season,” a production source told E! News. “She has not been filming at every event, but fans can expect to see her throughout. The show will return to Bravo in early 2019.”
Another source told E! News the reality star has “only filmed on a few occasions during the beginning of the filming season” and that she’s been “absent the remainder of the time.” The insider added that her interactions with the other women on the show have been “negative.”
After news of her departure started to spread, Vanderpump took to Twitter to tell her side of the story.
“If you hear it from me…It has to be true,” she wrote on Wednesday. “Until then, not so much.”
She also encouraged her followers to “focus on the important things right now.”
In addition, Vanderpump addressed the rumors while walking the red carpet.
“I am in the show. I have not quit. And if I did quit, it wouldn’t just be kind of a leaked story,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I would be upfront about it, and I have a lot of loyalty to the production company and the network. But it has been a difficult season. But it’s been a difficult year for me personally, and the season was very challenging. So, I’m in a lot of it, but there are some parts I skip, and I think people have seen that.”
Vanderpump has been a part of the franchise since 2010.
(E! and Bravo are both part of NBCUniversal).