Tori Spelling hasn't been invited to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because she's "too poor"? That's the ridiculous premise in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into it and found the story nonsensical.

Spelling, despite being born in and living in Beverly Hills, has yet to be asked to star in the latest run of Real Housewives. According to the National Enquirer, mysterious sources are apparently spilling the "truth" about why Spelling hasn't joined the cast. "Tori just isn't wealthy enough for the show," says an alleged tipster

"Each lady gets a decent salary, but their expenses are their responsibility," adds the seemingly phony source. "Tori simply can't keep up! At this point, her multi-millionaire mom, Candy Spelling, has a better chance at getting on the show than she does!"

Gossip Cop can pinpoint exactly where the Enquirer got its inspiration for this latest bit of fiction. Earlier this month, Spelling appeared on an episode of Jenny McCarthy's SiriusXM show along with 90210 co-star Jennie Garth. McCarthy asked the two if they've ever been asked to join the RHOBH, prompting a conversation about Spelling's disappointment about her lack of an invitation. The Enquirer obviously spun this off as a story about the actress's wealth.

While it is true that Spelling has had some financial issues over the years, that doesn't quite translate to a reason she wouldn't be considered for RHOBH. Spelling's legal cases and financial troubles actually translate to juicy drama for the reality show. Bravo has never shied away from that kind of drama — the network has actually embraced it.

Take, for example, Teresa Giudice from RHOBH's sister show, Real Housewives of New Jersey. Giudice and her husband filed for bankruptcy months after the start of the first season. The couple was also tried and convicted of fraud between the sixth and seventh seasons, and Giudice's 11-month stint in prison delayed production.

If declaring bankruptcy and going to prison weren't reasons enough to remove Giudice from the franchise, it doesn't make much sense that that Spelling's financial situation is costing her an offer on the show. The reality of this reality show is that she simply hasn't been asked. There are a lot of women living in Beverly Hills who haven't been asked either.

The Enquirer is no stranger to making up drama for a show that already has enough drama as it is. Last November, the tabloid came up with a story about Bethenny Frankel purposefully blocking Jill Zarin from returning to the New York edition of the show. Shortly before that, the tabloid published a phony story about Julie Chen joining RHOBH. The Enquirer really doesn't need to keep creating false scenarios for a reality show that's already filled with conflict.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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