David Foster is mad he still gets recognized for RHOBH: ‘I have 16 Grammys’


David Foster is an accomplished man, there is no denying that. However, by his involvement with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills while married to Housewife Yolanda Hadid, his PDA-filled relationship with a woman 35 years his junior, their subsequent splashy wedding and his dropping names to show how connected he is, David’s overshadowed his own accomplishments with the gossipier stories. In a new Netflix documentary called David Foster: Off the Record, David wanted to us to know, he’s done with his RHoBH infamy and wishes we would acknowledge his multiple (16!) Grammys instead.

David Foster is still annoyed that he is often recognized for being on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He voiced his frustrations about the connection in his Netflix documentary David Foster: Off the Record.

At the time, (Yolanda) Hadid blamed the couple’s divorce on her Lyme disease. He told the LA Times that was not why the couple split. Even though he wouldn’t elaborate, he discussed why he was irritated about being recognized for reality television instead of his music. “The Beverly Hills Housewives was just kind of a nightmare for me and something that I really wish I hadn’t been part of,” he said.

Foster recounted a story of doing an interview with a reporter who dove headfirst into RHOBH questions, bypassing his music. “And first question: ‘So, what’s Lisa Vanderpump really like?’ It was all about the Housewives. I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got 16 Grammys, b**ch!’ But I didn’t. She really had no clue about my musical history at all. She only knew about me on the show. A lot of people loved that show. I can’t imagine why, but they did.”

He admits in the documentary that he runs from relationships when things get “rough or bad.” His daughters believe their father is looking for perfection in a relationship. Foster married Katharine McPhee who shared in the documentary that while she may chase him if he runs, he may need to come looking for her too.

[From Showbiz CheatSheet]

Had I won any Grammys, or any notable award, I would probably expect someone interviewing me to at least know I’d won it. And by the sound of it, the person who asked about Lisa Vanderpump (her?) didn’t know anything about David’s career and that’s a mark against her for not doing her research. However, it’s no secret that the Housewives are incredibly popular, at least from a gossip perspective. I understand he wishes he hadn’t done the show in retrospect but it’s too late. As my mom would say, he made his bed, now he has to lie in it. I’m not saying people should only be defined by their fame-thirsty reality grabs, but they have to know by now that it will follow them around forever. If David agreed, he has to accept there are people out there who find that more interesting than his music career and although that’s unfortunate, it is the reality (pun intended).

As for his admission that he runs if things get “rough” in a relationship, I guess kudos to Katharine McPhee for being aware enough to realize that David probably already has an escape route planned. As for making him come find her instead of chasing him once he bolts? Oh, honey – sure. If I were her, I’d focus on polishing his Grammys and locking the back doors.



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  1. SamC says:

    He knew what he was getting into, he did a reality show before with Linda Thompson and her kids with Caitlyn Jenner, which IIRC was the death knell for that marriage. Hopefully Katherine McPhee has no reality show goals.

    • lucy2 says:

      Well, she did get her start on American Idol, so…

    • holly hobby says:

      Yep the Princes of Beverly Hills or something or another with Brody and nameless sidekick. Never watched the shows but have seen the ads. That was the beginning of the end of his career.

  2. Erinn says:

    Dude, get used to it. Soon people won’t even recognize you as anything else than your social media loving children’s father. Maybe stop marrying women with a 34 year age difference from yourself, and focus on that music more and people will care.

  3. Jessica says:

    He is insufferable.

  4. Jessica says:

    He is insufferable.

    • lemon8 says:

      Agreed. I used to watch RHBH years ago and recall how self absorbed and rude he was to people.

  5. CROWHOOD says:

    Stop marrying thirst traps. Problem solved.

  6. Eleonor says:


  7. Meem says:

    I binged RHOBH during quarantine. He had all his awards on the piano he played for his guests during a dinner at their house. He most definitely courted reality tv fame until he realized how bad he looked on camera shushing the women, etc

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Off topic so if I get deleted I understand.

      The most superior “housewives” show is Ladies of London. I would recommend this show to anyone who has an interest in London. The real estate porn is First Class and the show is not nearly as fake as the other “housewives” shows. The show is so good that I have actually binge the entire series twice during the lock-down.

      • Elizabeth says:

        So thoughtless right now to be bragging about sixteen Grammys as a rich old white man.

    • minx says:

      I have watched one episode of any RH and that happened to be the one lol! He made himself the center of the dinner party. I mean, he’s talented and has had a prolific career but he’s vain and self centered. I can’t even imagine being married to him, he would be so high maintenance.

  8. Jaxonmeh says:

    This seems like a very self-created “problem.”

    Doesn’t matter to me. I’m not going to be watching. He sounds like a very self involved man and should be thrilled he’s relevant at all considering how thirsty he is.

  9. TIFFANY says:

    He and his ex did a show together so this ain’t the 1st time on the reality tv front.

    Also, there is a reason why you are only known for Housewives, ya old.

    I know of him as well, I am middle age. I would be surprised if my niece knew he was a mega producer and not just Yolanda’s ex and Bella and Gigi’s stepfather.

    • molly says:

      “Ya old” – Ha.
      I know him as Sara and Erin Foster’s dad and Katharine McPhee’s oldass husband. I couldn’t name a single song he was involved in to win those 16 Grammys.

      • Tiffany says:

        He has been at a lot of music specials and had one about himself and…not for nothing his catalog is pretty damn impressive. The ego is justified on that front.

      • holly hobby says:

        He produced Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard soundtrack. He also produced Josh Groban and Michael Buble’s earlier work. His music career is prolific. Doesn’t mean he’s a great person though.

    • Alyse says:

      I’m 30 and first heard of him b/c of RHOBH (pre Hadid girls model careers)
      He has a very impressive career, but to the majority of the world he is know as being a trophy-wife collector… and that’s not wrong.
      He didn’t come across well on RHOBH, which is esp bad considering Yolanda was so likeable (in the earlier seasons anyway… I stopped watching after around 5)

      Him and Katherine know what they’re in it together for, good for them, while it lasts

  10. Etrain says:

    His is ego is the most legendary thing about him. What I can’t get over is Katharine McPhee’s jacked up face–put down the injectables baby girl!

    • Meg says:

      Yep the first pic after the post in the purple dress her face looks completely different

  11. Mary says:

    Saw an old episode when his then wife Yolanda has breast implants that had leaked removed. He was horrible. Telling Lisa Vanderpump that now Yolandas “tits” were smaller than Lisa’s husbands while Yolanda laid in the bed fresh out of surgery. What an asshole. Glad she divorced him.

    • Wrin says:

      I think that episode featuring that comment revealed who he REALLY was. It appeared that Yolanda catered to him and when she was unable to do that – on top of no longer being able to be the sexpot wife – he checked out. Katharine better make sure that she stays youthful, adoring and healthy.

  12. Christin says:

    The first time I heard of him was when he was married to Linda Thompson and they did a reality show with her sons. My mom watched every episode, and I remember her saying that David looked peeved at times.

    Based on track records, I would not consider him or his current wife very loyal.

    Isn’t Kat doing a TV show with LeAnn’s slimy other half? Eddie probably has jackpot symbols in his eyes. Sugar Daddy better have a solid prenup regardless.

  13. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Lol, once a dick, always a dick, David.

  14. Cupcake says:

    Ahahahhaha! This gave me a good chuckle this AM. Thank you!

  15. lucy2 says:

    I could see if that was one of the early reality shows and people didn’t know how popular they’d become, but…come on dude.
    He knew what it could be, and signed on anyway. So now he’s going to be known for that and marrying someone who could be his daughter.

  16. tcbc says:

    Well he’s a songwriter, and even the really prolific, most sought-after songwriters are not known the general public, unless they are performers as well. For example, I know the name “Diane Warren”, and I know she’s extremely successful, but I have no idea what she looks like.

    For me, it seems like the ideal version of celebrity. You get to do what you love, get paid extremely well, the people “in the know” (including A list celebrity musicians and pop stars) all respect you, and you can still go to the supermarket in sweats and no one blinks an eye. It would be more than enough for me. But he wanted Joe Regular to know who he was too, so he went the reality show route. Perhaps now he realizes that was a mistake. But I bet he blames the show itself, rather than his thirst for mainstream fame.

  17. Marigold says:

    I cannot stand him. I don’t like disloyal people.

  18. Karen Mccabe says:

    He seems like an insufferable twat

  19. Ang says:

    He could also be known for being married several times and a possible pedo for his most recent marriage to a woman younger than his daughters, he’s a real jack ass. Weirdo oh

  20. SJR says:

    I recognize his name, I knew he was a Grammy winner.
    But, I know him from gossip columns.
    Linda Thompson will always be Elvis Presleys girlfriend in my mind. I am old. Yup.

    • theotherViv says:

      Ha, me too. Linda Thompson wrote a book about her life with Elvis, Bruce Jenner and David Foster and boy, does she have a horrible picker for awful Golden Boys.
      She wrote so lovingly about the despicable things these guys did during those years that I wanted to shake her while reading. Being a poet she co-wrote so many songs with David Foster and he hated having to give her credit for it.
      I wouldn‘t be surprised if you told me she dated Trump and Weinstein, that clueless beautiful soul.

  21. booboocita says:

    There’s a terrific documentary on Netflix about the supergroup and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Chicago Transit Authority, later named Chicago. There’s a segment in there about how Chicago’s sound went from soul/funk with a tremendous horn section to synth-heavy pop. Basically, Peter Cetera brought David Foster on as producer and songwriter on their later albums, and the sound Foster wanted was very different from what Chicago had been in the past, and placed a lot more emphasis on Cetera as the band’s “leader,” which he wasn’t. Foster is interviewed in the documentary, and he appears seated at his piano with all his awards arrayed behind him. He comes off as the biggest a**hole, talking about what a good songwriter and producer he was and implying that Chicago would have been nothing without him. B*ich, they were already big when you came on.

  22. Zut alors says:

    I will never forget Yolanda serving dinner in her lingerie while he sat there, fully clothed. Their dynamic was really off.

  23. Suzieq359 says:

    Seriously though he was always behind the scenes. It’s not like he was out front singing so there’s probably old people who don’t know him either. They likely know his work but might not know him visually.

  24. Shannon says:

    Who is this dude?

  25. pupax says:

    Trust me David, I wish that I did not recognize you from Housewives either. I got douche canoe vibes from you right from the start, and could have done without ever getting to know you.

  26. Emily says:

    Foster is hardly new to reality TV. When he was married to Linda Thompson (mom of Brody Jenner), he appeared on Princes of Malibu, the show Brody and Spencer did before The Hills. So, in that sense he’s always been connected to the Kardashain-Jenner reality TV family. If he hated it so much, he wouldn’t do it.