Yolanda Hadid is leaving RHOBH: ‘Would have loved a more graceful exit’

The last time we bothered gossiping about Yolanda Hadid she had just released the book cover for her upcoming memoir, Believe Me, about her battle with lyme disease. It was rumored around that time that producers on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gave her an ultimatum to stop focusing on her health issues, which were boring viewers, and instead try to date and find a man. Yolanda was said to have agreed to those terms, probably because she didn’t have a choice. She split from her husband about six months ago and I would assume she still gets sick randomly, making dating difficult. Now we’re hearing that she’s off the show though, and she’s confirmed it with a statement on Instagram about her exit. In a roundabout way she’s claiming it was her decision. Here’s what she wrote:

❤️I would have loved a more graceful exit then "Season 6" but sometimes we don't get to control the ending of the chapters in our life………… I am leaving what's over without denying its past importance in my life. I believe that every exit is an new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our Home……….. Thank you to all the fans for your love and unwavering support these past 4 years. I am grateful for the housewife experience and all it has thought me. I'am excited about this CHOICE and look forward to the next chapter of my life……………… #RHOBH #TimeToSayGoodbye with #Gratitude @evolutionusa @bravoandy @bravotv #WWHL

A photo posted by YOLANDA (@yolanda.hadid) on

Ha I love how people who share every detail of their lives on reality shows and in social media cite “privacy” as a concern when interest dries up. I do have mixed feelings about Yolanda. She brought awareness to lyme disease and how devastating it is, but she also fed into the narrative that sufferers are malingerers. I don’t watch the show, but I don’t know how she could have handled it differently. If she tried to fake being healthy people would say she wasn’t that sick and when she accurately showed how sick she was people said she had munchausen’s. Lyme sufferers are all too aware that their illness is misunderstood and discounted. That just played out on reality television and then that castmember go the boot. She’s not the first person with lyme to have to leave their job. She’s framing it as a choice though. We know from the all caps she used on that word. TMZ is reporting that Yolanda was told to accept a demotion from full castmember to “friend of” and that she left instead of accept the smaller role on the show.

Yolanda Foster at Cafe Gratitude

Gigi Hadid Steps Out In NYC With Her Mother Yolanda Foster

Yolanda Foster Out And About In Beverly Hills

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  1. Ali says:

    Within the RHO Galaxy, this is great news. We will not have to deal with Yo’s baggage and Ericka’s inauthenticity about their friendship. Even better, there is no room for a Brandi come back.

    I imagine this departure feels like being chewed up and spit out as last season focused on her health and demise of the marriage. I do have a sliver of empathy in that regard. This is how Jules of RHONY will feel when she’s not invited back.

  2. NewWester says:

    I will never understand why women from wealthy backgrounds( or any person for that matter) want to be on these reality shows. The women come across as very nasty and entitled. Do they really need the money that badly?
    Read a report last week that there will soon be a “Real Housewives of Toronto” , I can’t imagine who they plan on casting for that show

    • Krista says:

      I think the only reason she did this show was to help get her kids famous. She had all the perks of being a socialite but none of the name recognition. Now her daughters are “supermodels”.

    • Neelyo says:

      I think that anyone who appears on a reality show that doesn’t involve a skill or talent has mental issues. At the very least they’re an empty soul that can only be fed by the validation of the camera and the fans.

      More of the Housewives casts seem to be performers or models whose careers have gone south. This is a way for them to crawl back into the limelight.

    • ladysussex says:

      She wanted fame and to push her children into fame. Similar to the Hiltons.

    • Bridget says:

      She initially wanted to use her RH fame to start her own lifestyle business, and then that didn’t happen.

    • sherry says:

      I read an interview with one of the Housewives several years ago (sorry – can’t remember which one) and they admitted it wasn’t for the money. Pretty much all of them have side businesses they are promoting or want to promote by being on the show. They are hoping to propel those businesses or themselves into lucrative commodities on their own.

      It’s a means to an end. Those with that approach and a plan are successful (i.e. Bethany Frankel with Skinnygirl and Nene Leakes with her new entertainment career). Some of them are just looking for a paycheck and are not as successful (Brandi Glanville).

  3. Konspiracytheory says:

    Someone needs to re-read for errors/typos before posting – yikes.

    • mytake says:

      When will people stop leaving messages like this? It just comes across as a cry for praise, like, “Lookie over here! See! See! I can spot typos and tiny grammar errors on a gossip blog! Aren’t I so smart!?!?!?!” Ugh. Annoying. No. Just sit down.

      • Alix says:

        No more annoying than a mistake-ridden rant that’s actually harder to read because of all the errors.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Agree with mytake

      • GiGi says:

        I mostly skim, so haven’t noticed errors on this site, but I would say that if writing is your job, then, yes, please proof read. You’re getting paid to write. You’re a professional. Regardless of the nature of the content, I’d expect an error free editorial.

      • Christin says:

        I think they were referring to the social media post. There is one sentence that makes no sense to me (words are out of place), plus other typos.

    • Konspiracytheory says:

      Sorry, I should have been more specific – I was referring to YH’s Instagram post. My first thought when reading it was that her message would be much more effective if she proofread it, as the typos are distracting. Apologies for offending anyone – not my intention.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m sorry. I thought you were talking about the CB post. It annoys me when people come on here and tell the CB writers off, like “check your facts” or “proof read.” I just think “don’t come here, then.” I didn’t realize you were talking about Yolanda’s Instagram.

      • Konspiracytheory says:

        Yeah, I definitely wasn’t clear – my bad!

      • Hudson Girl says:

        I just wanted to add, I believe that English isn’t Yolanda’s first language. Non-native speakers get a break in my book.

      • Konspiracytheory says:

        @Hudson Girl – well, now I really feel bad – good point.

      • Boo says:

        English is not her first language. Plus she’s dealing with an illness which causes cognitive issues. That’s what occurred to me when I read her post.

  4. Donna Martin says:

    She will be pitchin or having another reality show. Privacy was not the i$$ue

    • ladysussex says:

      Who knows if it’s true or not…but there were rumours maybe a year ago that she had been pitching her own show involving her and her children.

    • Christin says:

      ‘I want to restore privacy to my home. And by the way, I just released a new book about my private life…’

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      agreed. I think she always thought this would be the stepping stone for a Brady Bunch type family show for Yo and the family

      She was so deathly dull. From the cringeworthy ‘my love’ to David Fossil Foster to the endless banging on to others about how they should behave
      Lyme disease was the only thing that made her interesting to me as at least I then got to view the madness money can buy in terms of quack ‘cures’ I loved her double closet of ‘medicines’ in RHOBH.
      There i nothing compelling about her and her family, whilst now beautiful, are similarly personality free.
      Beautiful meat sacks ARGGGHHH

  5. Talie says:

    She got what she wanted — her kids got a platform for success.

    But she was beginning to be a drain on the show with the debate about her illness and her own bad attitude.

  6. Tate says:

    This show used to be a guilty pleasure but I stopped watching a few seasons ago. Vanderpump is unbearable. I found myself fast forwarding much of it.

    • mytake says:

      OMG, thank you for saying this. I thought I was the only human being on earth who can’t stand that horrid Vanderpump woman.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        You aren’t. She is very skilled at creating a veneer that bamboozles most.
        She is horrid.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I completely agree. Well, they were all pretty bad, but Vanderpump is the meanest, most vile. She enjoys hurting people and omg, I love dogs but the way they spoil that little dog they have is just revolting. It used to be fun to see the houses and clothes, but then I started to feel the need for a shower after watching.

    • Talie says:

      It got too heavy too…similar to Jersey. NY and Atlanta are the only light ones.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Ditto. She is vile. I honestly think she has some sociopathic tendencies. Plays victim or proper mannered woman or attacks with relish, that’s all she is.

    • carol says:

      Yep. I used to think Vanderpump was funny and enjoyed watching the Real Housewives franchise but now the shows have become unbearably ugly and boring. Why the heck would I tune in to watch rich women bicker about nothing and act like they are the next hot comedian – which, by the way, they are so not.

      I do think Yolanda did bring a lot of much needed attention to Lyme disease .

      • Veronika Knowles says:

        Gimme a break. LVP is hilarious and RHOBH would be unwatchable without her.

        I find it amusing that all the Housewives that cross her get banished to Adrienne Maloof Island.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I believe Yolanda. I know a lot of people don’t, but I can see the disease in her face. My husband used to say it hurt to smile. In spite of my mixed feelings about her – she can be gracious and enlightened but shallow and insufferable at the same time – my heart goes out to her and all those who suffer from misunderstood “invisible” diseases in their fight for health, sanity and to be believed.

  8. Merritt says:

    She will be shopping around another show or maybe Andy Cohen has already given her one. She likes attention too much.

  9. Oxy says:

    I guess she went back to Hadid as its the more famous name. Isnt she just a “classier” version of PMK.

  10. JudyK says:

    Wow, before I put that “Departing Message” on Instagram for the world to see, I would have fixed all the grammatical mistakes in it:

    …more graceful exit then…should be “than”
    …every exit is an new…should be “a” new
    …focus on “a” my recovery…no “a”
    …all it has “thought” me…should be “brought” me

    Yeah, it’s just an Instagram and not a term paper, but I’ve never thought Yolanda was very bright.

    • Beatrice says:

      I know she has “people” who should do that, but English isn’t native language so I will cut her some slack.

      • JudyK says:

        I realize that but am not cutting her any slack, simply because I don’t think she’s bright, native language or not. There’s NO way she’d ever get a book written and/or published without an outstanding editor.

    • Boo says:

      Holy cow. People, please. She has an illness. Plus english isn’t her first language.

      I can tell you I used to be a perfect speller, excellent professional writer (can’t write fiction to save my life but reports, letters, legal stuff, yes Aces) but now I have an illness. And sometimes I misspell words, I leave words out, my sentence structure sucks I’m sure and basically, I see none of it. Until later if it crosses my path and then i’m always shocked immediately followed by sad.

      So please, on this one thing, spelling and grammar, for people with illness, can we NOT do this?

  11. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Looking at the photos, she seems to have great style. That’s all I’ve got.

    • amilu says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ve never and will never watch any “Real Housewives…” shows, but she looks chic in her royal blue loafers.

  12. Narak says:

    I need more coffee- when I saw that headline I was trying to figure out if I’d missed episodes of OITNB and which character she was.

  13. Pandy says:

    She was more a “friend of” last season anyway. I would cringe when she came on because it was all just about Lyme. Not what I’m tuning in for lol. Geez I like Vanderpump! But I’m only on year two of watching so maybe I haven’t seen enough. I live in Toronto but I don’t think I will watch those housewives. Canadians are too boring for this stuff.

  14. Mamunia says:

    I’m so happy she is leaving! I never believed her “perfect” marriage storyline – who constantly calls their husband “my love?” It was obvious he was never around. She always came to everything solo and then talked about how great her marriage was. She should not have been on last season. It wasn’t good for her mental health because those shows are loaded with toxicity. I hope she has the good sense to stay away from reality TV and her tendency to show how great she is as there is no bigger turn off. I hope she gets better mentally and physically.

    • guilty pleasures says:

      Hey Mamunia, I actually always called my husband ‘my love.’ I guess it becomes a knickname, like ‘sweetie, pumpkin, doofus,’ whatever. It worked between he and I, it felt natural and very affectionate. He passed from cancer and I can’t imagine ever calling anyone else ‘my love.’ Weird, but it really was a personal term endearment for him.

  15. Cdoggy says:

    Bye Felicia!

  16. Boo says:

    I can’t help it, I have compassion for Yo. She didn’t get a post secondary education. She only had her looks and body to get through life on and look what happened? The father of her children cheated on her and everything since then.

    She is not a saint nor do I particularly like her, but I don’t wish her any ill will and my heart wishes her well actually. Sincerely. I hope that she is able to enjoy her life and finds more happiness in whatever way that means to her.

    I give her credit for not playing the victim and standing strong in trying to be positive. Not easy to do.