Two weeks before Rinna announced her departure from the Bravo series, the 71-year-old actor told PEOPLE that Rinna, 59, often got in hot water on RHOBHbecause she was not afraid to speak out.
“She does her job. Her job is to show up on time, interact with the people on the show in an honest and authentic way,” he said, while talking about his upcoming projects, 80 for Brady and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.
“Her hot button issue, I suppose, is injustice or when somebody else is not behaving honestly, she’ll call it out,” Hamlin added. “And that gets into a lot of trouble. But it also helps the show.”
Hamlin also revealed the biggest misconception about his wife — with whom he shares daughters Delilah, 24, and Amelia, 21 — since she joined the cast of RHOBH in 2014.
“I’ve known her for 30 years… She has never once, in all of that time, uttered an untruth,” he said. “And something that wasn’t absolutely and honestly true.”
“And yet she’s being accused of being a liar on the show,” he continued. “And I don’t pay much attention to that because I know she isn’t.”
Hamlin added that he knows that there is no way for Rinna to make everyone happy, saying, “There’s always going to be 50 percent of the people who like you, 50 percent of the people who hate you. I think the like-hate factor is much more — like 80 percent [of] people like Lisa, 20 percent don’t.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!