‘DWTS’: Lisa Vanderpump on Her Elimination: ‘I Have a Certain Amount of Relief’

by | April 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Dancing With The Stars, Interview

"DWTS": Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko (Photo: ABC)

It turns out Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t rule on the dance floor.

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” star was eliminated on Week 4 of “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night. But it might have been just what the doctor ordered for Lisa, who suffered a fainting spell in rehearsals this week and almost wasn’t able to perform her cha cha cha with partner Gleb Savchenko on Monday. Lisa bravely completed the dance, however, she made mistakes and tied for last place with only 18 points. So it was no surprise when the beautiful reality star was sent packing.

After the show, Lisa admitted to reporters, “I have a certain amount of relief, to be honest. I’m okay with it; that’s why I didn’t fall apart and cry. We knew we weren’t going to win. I’m competing against an Olympian [and] a 16-year-old dancer. I’m a 52-year-old restaurateur. Give me a break! It is what it is [but] it’s been an incredible experience.”

Still, it was a grueling one that took a toll on her health. She said, “It’s been six long weeks [doing 'DWTS']. I have two shows, two businesses and a business under construction. I have a lot going on. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. Sometimes you regret things you don’t do, not things you do do and that’s why I danced last night.”

Lisa recalled that her “DWTS” drama began after last Tuesday’s show, when she and Gleb caught a red eye flight from Los Angeles to New York to make media appearances for her Bravo show while still rehearsing. Lisa’s killer schedule “coupled with sore throat, swollen glands, and five hours dancing [a day]” proved to be too much for the star and she fainted once they resumed rehearsals in L.A. this week.

Viewers saw her go down like a ton of bricks in footage aired on the show, and Lisa said, “We went straight to the doctor and he was like, ‘your heart rate is too fast, your blood pressure is too low, you’ve got temperature, you’re a mess.’ So, what do you do?”

After she fainted, Lisa shuddered, “That was weird. I didn’t even like seeing that on playback. I begged [producers] to take that out [of the show] because I felt so vulnerable. I was like, ‘please, please, take it out’ and they [said], ‘No, it’s too late. It’s your reality. We might not show your best moments but we definitely show your worst.’”

On show night, Gleb told reporters that Lisa was in her trailer “throwing up every five minutes and then she [said], ‘Okay. I want to do it.’ “

Although her doctor advised her against dancing, Lisa said, “I thought, I’m just going to give it a try [but] I actually did question my sanity.”

Lisa, who was already slender before starting “DWTS,” lost 12 pounds while doing the show. “I think that didn’t help me because I lost four pounds this week and I think that was [too much].”

But Gleb joked about Lisa looking so great that her “Real Housewives” co-star, “Brandi [Glanville] should watch out!”

Meanwhile, Lisa said her beloved dog, Giggy, who was often seen sitting in the audience in the lap of her husband, Ken Todd, had a blast at the show. “Giggy’s been the first dog on “Dancing with the Stars.” You can’t minimize the importance of that,” she smiled. “They’ve included him every week.”

Lisa won’t have any time to rest now that her dancing days are done—she has a new restaurant under construction, is doing charity work, and will be seen on the upcoming seasons of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules.” “It’s time for me to get back to my life,” she said.