Zampino, who married Smith in 1992 after months of dating, welcomed their only son Trey Smith that same year. The couple would later finalize their divorce in 1995. Since then, Zampino and Smith have remained close friends and she has a good relationship with the star’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and their two children, Jaden and Willow Smith.
In an announcement shared exclusively with “E! News” on Dec. 21, the 54-year-old’s role in the series will be a friend of the show. The other addition, entrepreneur Diana Jenkins, will be a full-time housewife. The newbies will be joining the current cast members, including Garcelle Beauvais, Kathy Hilton, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, and Sutton Stracke.
Zampino, who previously made a couple of appearances on the hit Bravo series, is a close friend to Beauvais. Last year, Beauvais made history by becoming the first Black housewife in the Beverly Hills franchise.
As news regarding Zampino’s latest gig went viral, many begged the star not to bring up her former relationship with her ex-husband or any hidden secrets. Smith and his wife Pinkett Smith have recently faced public scrutiny for oversharing their business with the world, including their sexual experiences.
“Please don’t tell no more of this man’s secrets. I mean imma listen…but just don’t.”
“We want her storyline, not a storyline about Will and Jada.”
“Sis please don’t come and tell us about no sexual experiences we’re tired.”
“OMFG WILLARD SMITH name better not come out her mouth one time.”
“Chillllleeeeee we don’t wanna hear about you and Will’s relationship.”
Before officially joining “RHOBH,” Zampino shared her thoughts about being a cast member on the show during a 2020 interview with “Entertainment Tonight.”
She said while discussing the scenes she shot with Beauvais last year, “Yes, it is something [she’s interested in]. I wouldn’t shoot it down. I would definitely consider it — and there’s more to come, ’cause we’ve had other scenes together. Her and I filmed scenes [for season 11], so it definitely is something I would consider.”
Zampino was previously a part of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes.” A reality show that aired from 2012 to 2014, it also starred Andrea “Drea” Kelly, Nicole Murphy, Mayte Garcia, Jessica Canseco, Shamicka Gibbs, and Shanna Moakler. It followed the lives of the women who were formerly married to famous men.
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