LOS ANGELES – Even when one ejects themselves from a reality show, the drama lives on.
Rumors have been running rampant for weeks as to why Adrienne Maloof blew off the highly-anticipated “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion, which taped on March 1st. And just to add fuel to the fire, Bravo executive Andy Cohen has too taken to the TV screen to scold his former star over the absence.
“Well, today we are missing one of the Housewives who has been with us since the beginning. Adrienne Maloof has decided not to participate today,” he said in a clip posted on the network’s website. “This season was hard on Adrienne, as you all know. A secret about her family was revealed by Brandi (Glanville) and from that moment on, Adrienne refused to speak directly about it. We know that frustrated you in the audience. It frustrated all of us too…Adrienne won’t be here to tell her side of the story. Not only is she absent tonight, but she won’t be on the show next season.”
“Adrienne Maloof’s final act as a Housewife was not showing up tonight,” Cohen added.
But according to an insider, it wasn’t just a clear-cut case of Maloof simply deciding she did not want to attend.
“Of course Adrienne wanted to go on and say her part. But there was no way she could,” a source closely connected to the famous businesswoman. “She was strongly advised not to because of family court gag orders, which prohibits her from being allowed to discuss her divorce or custody whatsoever. And naturally, those topics would have come up on the show. So it was better she not go at all, to avoid any potential legal complications.”
Maloof’s tenure on the hit reality show turned sour last year when he co-star Brandi Granville revealed that she used a surrogate to have her twin sons, Christian and Colin, who are now six. Sparking something of a frenzy, Maloof’s marriage to plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif soon fell apart, with their divorced finalized late last year, along with plenty of finger pointing as to whether Granville’s blurt caused the relationship to rupture.
And while all this makes for great reunion special fodder, apparently Maloof simply couldn’t risk treading anywhere near those forbidden topics.
“It was a smart decision on her part,” added the source. “She has too much to lose. Technically she can’t say anything at all, or she’s in violation of family court orders which are very common in these cases.”
Reps for Maloof and for Bravo declined to comment.
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay