While many states around the country are opening up and loosening their COVID-19 safety restrictions, there are also many states that are on some stricter lockdowns. Regardless of one state’s status, it’s safe to say that the months-long stay at home orders and quarantines have led to many complications and delays in the world of television.
Bravo and The Real Housewives franchise are no exception to this. The Real Housewives of Atlanta had the very first Zoom reunion show, and Andy Cohen has been hosting his show, What What Happens! Live, from his home in New York for weeks.
Filming is not the only snag Bravo has hit when it comes to their shows, but editing has gotten a bit more complicated as well. Because of these complications, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is taking a break until July 8, 2020 so their editors can catch up.
Editing has not been completed for the 10th season of ‘RHOBH.’
According to Fansided, “At the start of the season, Andy Cohen mentioned that they had not completed the editing of the series due to everyone working from home. This caused a delay for many shows, but they went ahead with the episodes they had. There is usually a bit of a summer break for shows airing between June and August, but it usually only lasts two weeks.”
The news was also confirmed on The Real Housewives franchise Instagram page. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is taking an extended break – but they’ll be back Wednesday, July 8 on Bravo,” the Real Housewives Franchise Instagram account announced on June 10, 2020.
Bravo has been filling the time slot with the Housewives watching reruns of the show with commentary. They started with Watch with Garcelle and Dorit that included commentary from Garcelle Beauvais and Dorit Kemsley.
‘The Real Housewives of New York' is also taking a break.
After the news about RHOBH taking a hiatus broke, New York cast member Sonja Morgan confirmed on Instagram that RHONY would also be taking a break from airing.
“After tomorrow’s RHONY we are dark two weeks,” Sonja shared, according to a screenshot from Christian Gray Snow’s Instagram.
Some are wondering if the delays are due to other more insidious issues.
While it’s more likely that these delays are due to COVID-19 restrictions and a need from the network to stretch out their content as much as they can due to other shows that would premiere in the fall being unable to film, some are still wondering if the delays are due to a ratings fall or other issues that many fans have pointed out about Bravo shows.
One Twitter user wrote about suspicions that the delay is not due to post-production issues but rather, something a bit more complicated. @NO1GifQueen tweeted, “Why did Bravo even start a new season of #rhony or #rhobh if they were going to take an extended break of no new episodes? Something smells fishy”
Another user responded to this conspiracy theory with a tidbit of suspicion, alluding that the delay was due to the recent firings of “Bravolebrities,” Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute. They wrote, “Pretty sure they're all-hands-on-deck reviewing all @BravoTV catalog with their legal department ... they made their bed!”