Lisa Vanderpump, who is best known for her role in the reality TV show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has issued an apology for making a transphobic joke about castmate Erika Jayne.
During the episode which featured 58-year-old Vanderpump taking a lie detector test, following the test in her on-screen confessional, Vanderpump makes the joke “Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about.”
The joke which has been slammed across social media for being transphobic by both fans of the show, and fellow cast members including Lisa Rinna, has seen Vanderpump back-track and apologise saying:
“It was not my intention to belittle the trans community with my poor choice of words directed toward Erika,” Vanderpump told Us Weekly.
“I have nothing but respect and love for trans people around the world, as I have been a staunch supporter, provided employment, offered emotional support and championed LGBTQ issues.”
She added, “with recent news of trans women losing their lives for living their authentic truth in a world of discrimination and hate, I never want to diminish the very real pain and struggle that trans people go through every day.”