Are they really working, or is it for show?
Vanderpump: I don't think that's any different. If they're behind the bar, they have to really work.
Have you seen an increase in business since the show started?
Vanderpump: I think Pump and SUR were in the top 100 across America on Open Table last year. They're both very successful. Even though we don't promote Pump, it has its own identity -- it does so well and it's such a unique location. The food is consistent and the ambience is really great.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is about to start up again soon, too. Any hot news or gossip you can give us there?
Vanderpump: I think you're going to be interested in meeting the new girls. Dorit Kemsley, she's my friend. She has a rough season for a first season. You're going to like her. I like her.
Why did she have such a rough season?
Vanderpump: I think she's opinionated, and I think there was a misunderstanding about a couple of things, but she would hold her ground. How can I say this? I'll say she's very loquacious.
Last season a lot of the women were against you. Does that continue this year?
Vanderpump: What you mean, Brian, is all of the women. They were all against me. The audience always supports me, so with the strength of them, I could muddle through. I didn't know that I was going to go back this season, so I didn't start filming until later in the season.
Why did you decide to go back?
Vanderpump: It's the same production company as Vanderpump Rules, and the same network. When I could step away from it emotionally, time heals all wounds. When I think of all the lights they've shone on my charitable endeavors, all of those things were important to me. I love Kyle on the show. There were endless discussions, but at the end of the day, I decided I'll do it.