EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Rinna says Harry Hamlin threatened divorce if she joined 'Real Housewives'

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EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Rinna Says Harry Hamlin Threatened Divorce If She Joined 'Real Housewives'

Lisa Rinna is one of the newest cast members on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but according to the actress, she almost didn't do the show at all.

"Before season five started of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I had a meeting with the producers to do maybe another show," Rinna explains in ETonline's exclusive sneak peek from Saturday's Oprah's Where Are They Now? on the OWN Network. "What came out of the meeting was, maybe I should do The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

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Rinna was game to be a part of the reality hit, but worried about telling her husband of 18 years, actor Harry Hamlin.

"I thought 'Oh god, Harry's never gonna go for this'," she recalls. "He never will."

Hamlin was initially very opposed to the idea, Rinna says, telling her "Nope. I'll divorce you. If you do it, I'll divorce you."

"I said, 'Ok, done'," she remembers. "No more conversations, done. Walked out of the room, that was that. I was fine with it."

Lisa Rinna through the years:

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EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Rinna says Harry Hamlin threatened divorce if she joined 'Real Housewives'
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Pictured: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Actress Lisa Rinna attends the Decades for modern vintage shoe collaboration launch with Gilt.com at Decades on March 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- 'Winter Heat' -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Robert Kelker-Kelly as Bo Brady -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Lisa Rinna presents an outfit during The Heart Truth?s Red Dress Collection show 01 February 2008 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The annual Red Dress fashion show raises awareness about heart disease in women. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Lisa Rinna wearing Gucci during Decades Hosts a Tea for the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection of Costume Jewelry at Decades in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- 'Winter Heat' -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Robert Kelker-Kelly as Bo Brady -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Leigh Shapiro, Suzy Hougton and Lisa Rinna during Decades Hosts a Tea for the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection of Costume Jewelry at Decades in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Lisa Rinna NOW (left) and THEN (right). Pretty wild, huh?
This photo was taken on the red carpet at the 2005 Annual Race to Erase MS Benefit gala.

This week -- in 2015 --  Lisa and hubby Harry Hamlin posed for photos at the HBO Golden Globes after party and she looked hotter than ever in a dress she dug out from the back of her closet.

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Soon after, however, Hamlin had a change of heart.

"He comes back to me in like two days, and he said, 'You know, I've thought about it, I've done some research'," Rinna recalls with a laugh. "Harry, being a really, really smart businessman himself, said 'It's a good thing, it'll work for you, you should do it.' So I did it."

Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays at 10/9c on OWN.

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