According to E! News, the forthcoming ninth season will mark the last appearance of the British restaurateur, who joined the show as a cast member in 2010. "Lisa will appear in the majority of episodes this season," a production source tells the site.
"She has not been filming at every event, but fans can expect to see her throughout. The show will return to Bravo in early 2019," adds the source.
While Bravo and Vanderpump haven't responded to the report, another source reveals that "Lisa has only filmed on a few occasions during the beginning of filming this season, and has been absent the remainder of the time." The source goes on saying that Vanderpump has been refusing to film, resulting to a "solely negative" interaction with the other housewives.
"Lisa has still not returned to filming and as of now has no plan to," claims the source. "It's too far gone, and Lisa agrees that she shouldn't return at this point."
As for the ladies' reaction, a third source adds, "The rest of the cast is over her." HollywoodLife.com states that Vanderpump's co-stars, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley and Teddi Mellencamp, are in "total disbelief" over the report.
"Every year Lisa says she's going to quit the show, but this year friends are finally starting to believe her," an alleged friend of Vanderpump claims to the site. "After every season, Lisa takes time and thinks about all of the fun times she's had and doesn't want to walk away, but this time, it's different."
"Lisa has been feeling beyond excluded for months now and the target of the drama from her fellow 'RHOBH' cast members and she simply had enough," the source adds. Vanderpump reportedly "feels like her friends are not being loyal friends to her, which is what really is making her feel her time on the show, and with the franchise, is coming to a close."
The pal continues that Vanderpump has been hinting at her departure since summer as she hasn't seen the other ladies in months. The source continues that the ladies are "emotional over" her exit rumors, with some of them feeling relieved, others feeling sad, while others being in disbelief. "They don't think she will go through with actually leaving the show that she loves so much for so long," says the source.
However, don't freak out just yet! TMZ assures fans that despite the rumors, Vanderpump has not made a decision about her fate on future seasons of the franchise. For now, the reality TV star is said to be focusing on the Foundation Gala which she's throwing on Thursday night, November 15. The gala will benefit the animals affected by the California wildfires.
In fact, Vanderpump thinks it's "absurd" that people are worrying over her exiting "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" while half the state of California is struggling due to the wildfires. "She doesn't give a s**t about casting for season 9," says the source.