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Lisa Vanderpump to Return for 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 7: The Pump Is 'Still in the Game'

by Latifah Muhammad 2:23 PM PDT, July 07, 2016
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The "Pump" isn't going anywhere anytime soon!

Lisa Vanderpump confirmed on Twitter Thursday that she has decided to return for season seven of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

"Yep, never thought I would return, but after many discussions. The pump is still in the game. Thank you to all of you," tweeted the 55-year-old restaurateur.

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In an interview with ET in May, Vanderpump said that she wasn't sure about returning to RHOBH. "I'm going to be ambiguous on this one, because nothing has been decided yet," she explained. "And, for the most part, I've had an amazing time. It's given me so many incredible platforms."

Sources connected to the deal tell ET that Vanderpump signed her contract on Tuesday after "several" meetings with Bravo and the production crew. She delayed the show's production, which was scheduled to begin June 27, as she was "holding out" for a seven-figure payday that sources say she received.

Vanderpump's big reveal comes about a month after Yolanda Hadid announced that she was leaving the show to focus on her battle with Lyme disease.

"I would have loved a more graceful exit then 'Season 6' but sometimes we don't get to control the ending of the chapters in our life," Hadid wrote on Instagram. "I am leaving what's over without denying its past importance in my life. I believe that every exit is an new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our home."

Though Hadid's health struggles (and the other housewives questioning her diagnosis) were a major storyline in the previous season, according to an ET source the 52-year-old former model quit RHOBH because she was demoted from main housewife.

See more on Hadid's RHOBH exit in the video below.

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