On this episode of Straight Up With Stassi, Lisa Vanderpump graces Stassi’s podcast with her iconic presence.
“A sexual magnet.”
“I am looking at a queen right now,” Stassi begins. “Someone who I never thought would ever do my podcast is sitting here and she’s a little loosey-goosey because she’s had two glasses of wine. I have Lisa Vanderpump.”
“Who’s actually kind of filled with regret right now,” Lisa says.
“No you’re not, it’s going to be so fun!” Stassi says. “Let me just explain. I know everyone listening right now knows who you are, but, what I really admire about you is that you do so many things, and whenever I see you, you always just look relaxed.”
“Exhausted,” Lisa corrects. “Is that another word for relaxed?”
“You’re a restauranteur, you’ve been an actress, you’re a reality TV star, a television personality — you’ve been on “Dancing With the Stars” — you’re a philanthropist, a mom, an author, like… Holy crap. You do everything.”
“A sexual magnet,” Lisa adds.
“Yes, that’s true. A sexual goddess,” Stassi says. “Do you want me to do an icebreaker right now?”
“Go ahead,” Lisa says.
“Okay. Have you ever eaten Taco Bell?” Stassi asks. “Do you know what Taco Bell is?”
“Well no, I haven’t eaten it, but I’ve seen it,” Lisa answers.
“You have never tasted Taco Bell in your entire life?” Stassi asks.
“I can honestly say I’ve never tasted Taco Bell. And I’m probably missing something, but no, I’ve never tasted Taco Bell,” Lisa says.
“Do you know what ranch dressing is?” Stassi asks.
“Ranch dressing? Like a creamy dressing?” Lisa says. “No, I probably haven’t. But that doesn’t make me a bad person. Do you have some in your handbag?”
“I wish I did,” Stassi laughs. “I’m mystified right now. Do you know what you’re missing out on?”
“I’m sure, because I got married at 21, there are a lot of things I’m missing out on, Stassi. But it’s okay, I’m surviving,” Lisa says.
“I am sitting here in a palace, I’m pretty sure you’re not missing out on that much,” Stassi says. “But Taco Bell and ranch? I’d check those out if I were you.”
“Are you a Wiccan?”
“What did you do? Where did you meet?” Stassi asks Lisa about her husband, Ken, whom she’s been married to for almost 35 years.
“We met through my brother,” Lisa explains. “I dropped my brother off at his job, which was at a night club, and I went to dinner and came back. Their manager hadn’t shown up, so I was helping them out, and Ken walked in.”
“And what? Your eyes locked?” Stassi asks.
“It was the strangest thing, because he was so wrong for me in every sense of the word. He was 16 years older than me, he was a playboy, he was running around town with his trousers around his ankles. And I was dating somebody else,” Lisa recalls. “But I looked at him, and there was an instant connection.”
“Just through your eyes? Just that? Without even talking?” Stassi asks, incredulously. “That shit happens?”
“That really happened,” Lisa says. “It’s a bit of a long story and I don’t want to bore you with that, but basically I didn’t see him again for two months, and then I met him again through my brother. But the first night that I met him, he said, ‘Give me your number,’ and I said ‘No,’ and he said ‘I’ll give you my number.’ And then he said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to, because I think I’m going to fall in love with you.’ That was the first night.”
“Are you freaking kidding me?” Stassi asks.
“It was the smoothest thing I had ever heard,” Lisa says. “I met him again, 6 or 8 weeks later, and we went on a date. 6 months later we were engaged.”
“On the first date was there some magic sentence that you uttered?” Stassi questions. “Are you a Wiccan? Did you have a spell?”
“No. I was 21, I was independent. I bought my own place by the time I was 21. I had no help from my parents. When I left home at 18, my parents gave me nothing. I worked two jobs. I was either waitressing or acting or modeling. I was doing anything I could,” Lisa explains.
“What did it look like?” Stassi asks about the apartment. “Did it have central A/C?”
“Yeah, better than that,” Lisa laughs. “Then I met Ken, and he wanted me to live with him. But I didn’t want to live with him. I felt that if I lived with him it was kind of, the old expression… Why buy the cow when you’re getting milk for free? The milk was expensive, Stassi.”
“I feel like maybe I should do as you do,” Stassi decides. “I think the rest of us should do as you do.”