As it enters its eighth season, Vanderpump Rules is beginning to reach the point where most reality shows begin to show signs of age.
Producers have tried to combat this phenomenon by experimenting with new cast members, but thus far, the new additions haven’t fared well — and now, it seems another one has officially bitten the dust.
According to a new report from Radar Online, SUR hostess Billie Lee has decided to leave her station after just two seasons on VPR.
An insider tells Radar that Billie “quit filming for the upcoming season 8″ this week.
Since the show is currently filming, we can assume this was an abrupt decision.
And the insider’s comments seem to confirm that Lee quit as a result of hostility on set.
“Billie Lee has had a really hard time with the disrespect and negative thoughts overall from the show and from certain co-stars,” the source explains.
“She is sick of the bullies and the backlash that she’s gotten on social media.”
The insider adds that Lee hopes this will be the beginning of a new stage in her career, adding:
“She is ready to do her own thing now, and is trying to pitch her own show. She doesn’t need any of that drama anymore.”
Billie represented an attempt to bring a little diversity to the mayo-white series as the show’s first transgender cast member.
But she clashed with co-stars from the very start, most notably Katie Maloney and Lala Kent.
While the Vanderpump cast may not have conducted themselves with the utmost decorum in their dealings with Billie Lee, they’re pretty much a-holes to everyone, including each other, and they have a pretty good track record with regard to the LGBTQ community (albeit not in terms of representation).
All of this is to say it seems like a leap to chalk the tension with Billie up to transphobia, which is what many viewers are currently doing on social media.
It’s worth noting that the reason Billie fit with the cast so well at the beginning is that she has quite a lengthy track record of unstable behavior herself.
Highlights include lashing out at Stassi Schroeder when Schroeder went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Jeremy Madix and accusing her co-workers of bigotry for failing to personally invite her to a party.
“When yo (sic) co-workers don’t include the only trans girl in GIRLS night at your own job! On the night you work! #rudeAF #TransIsBeautiful,”
But if it’s the night you work … why would they need to invite you to a party at your place of employment?
Anyway, Billie Lee joins Vail Bloom, Whoever Scheana Is F–king This Season, and James Kennedy on the list of failed new additions to the Vanderpump cast.
We know James is still on the show, but we’re pretty sure he’s the only one who considers that a good thing.
Jokes aside, we wish Billie Lee all the best in her future endeavors — although it sounds like she’s always got a job waiting for her at SUR should she change her mind.
“Lisa has encouraged Billie to stay and to keep growing. Lisa is so proud of her and what she stands for,” the insider says.
“She is always welcome back on Vanderpump Rules.”