Lisa Vanderpump sets the record straight on 'RHOBH' drama (Exclusive)

Lisa Vanderpump is speaking out! 

ET's Brice Sander spoke with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star at the 3rd Annual Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she addressed rumors that she had left the show. 

"I haven't said anything for two months. Now, everybody's been talking about this. I've just been going about my business and doing my things," Vanderpump said, before answering the question on everyone's minds. "I am in the show. I have not quit, and if I did quit, it wouldn't just be a leaked story. I would be upfront, and I have a lot of loyalty to the production company and the network."

"But it has been a difficult season... But it's been a difficult year for me personally, and the season was very challenging. So I'm in a lot of it, but there are some parts I skip, and I think people have seen that," she added. 

Fans first started to speculate about Vanderpump's involvement in the Bravo series in October, when she wasn't present with other Housewives stars at Camille Grammer's wedding. Things intensified the following week when Lisa Rinna claimed on Instagram that Vanderpump had not "shown up for work" in six weeks. However, sources have since told ET that Vanderpump was filming the show -- just not with her co-stars. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the 'Women Of Influence Awards' at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Ken Todd (L) and Lisa Vanderpump (R) attend the 'Women Of Influence Awards' at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Philanthropist and host Lisa Vanderpump speaks onstage at World Dog Day on May 22, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Lisa Vanderpump -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Erika Girardi, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda H. Foster, Andy Cohen, Lisa Rinna, Eileen Davidson, Kathryn Edwards -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Lisa Vanderpump speaks at the AOL Build Speaker Series - Lisa Vanderpump, 'Vanderpump Rules' at AOL Studios In New York on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the opening night premiere of Cavalia's 'Odysseo' at Odysseo's White Big Top on February 6, 2016 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Vanderpump and Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Lisa Vanderpump arrives at the AOL Build Speaker Series - Lisa Vanderpump, 'Vanderpump Rules' at AOL Studios In New York on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Vanderpump and Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Lisa Vanderpump -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Lisa Vanderpump arrives at People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Restaurateurs Ken Todd and wife Lisa Vanderpump pose for photo at Project Angel Food on December 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
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One source told ET last month that Vanderpump was missing out on group events because of her focus on philanthropy, which has been especially strong since the death of her brother, Mark, in May. "Anytime you lose a family member you reflect on the important things in life. Her brother's passing drove her to be even more passionate about her philanthropic endeavors and appreciate every day with her family," the source shared.

During an interview with ET last week, Kyle Richards shared her love for Vanderpump, but revealed that the last time they spoke was, "not that recently." 

"You're going to have to watch the show... I think that's what's fascinating about the show, because you see the buildup, you see the story, you go on the journey, and for me to say, 'Well, this happened,' it would be kind of cheating you, really," Vanderpump told ET in response to Richards' comments. "You need to go on the journey."

As for whether this season of Housewives will be Vanderpump's last, she said it "remains to be seen." 

"I'm just concentrating on this season. I'm concentrating on this party tonight, which is all about raising as much money for these poor creatures, and we're also in China now, we've opened a sanctuary there. It's about celebrating this week because we're opening a restaurant in Vegas, so that's been announced. And it's about, again, Vanderpump Rules is coming out, and it's a lot of fun."

It was important for Vanderpump to make sure Thursday's gala still went on, despite the devastating fires in the area. As she told ET, it's all about paying it forward, and focusing on the positive. "This week has been very, very sad," she shared. 

"I think we're a nation of dog lovers, and I think everybody knows our cause is really, truly authentic. It comes from a place of love. I think it's got a feel good factor to it, you have immediate gratification, you see all these dogs that are being rescued and I think it's time to feel a little bit good about something," she added. 

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Shereé Whitfield, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-4 and 9-10)

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Phaedra Parks, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 3-9)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Michaele Salahi, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Getty Images for Bud Light)

Jeana Keough, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-5)

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Lauri Waring Peterson, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-4)

(Photo by Isabella Vosmikova/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Jo De La Rosa, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 1-2)

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Kimberly Bryant, "Real Housewives Orange County" (Season 1)

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Tammy Knickerbocker, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 2-3)

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Quinn Fry, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 3)

(Photo by Kelsey McNeal/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Gretchen Rossi, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 4-8)

(Credit: TLeopold/Globe Photos/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News)

Lynne Curtin, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 4-5)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Alexis Bellino, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 5-8)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Peggy Tanous, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 6)

(Credit Image: é TLeopold/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Lydia McLaughlin, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 8, returned for season 12)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Lizzie Rovsek, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Season 9)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Heather Dubrow, "Real Housewives of Orange County" (Seasons 7-11)

(Photo by: Michael Rosenthal/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Alec McCord, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 1-4)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Jill Zarin, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 1-4)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Kelly Bensimon, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 2-4)

(Credit Image: é Scott Kirkland/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Cindy Barshop, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Season 4)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Aviva Drescher, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 5-6)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Kristen Taekman, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 6-7)

(Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Big City Moms, Inc.)

Heather Thompson, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Seasons 5-7)

(Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Jules Wainstein, "Real Housewives of New York City" (Season 8)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

DeShawn Snow, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 1)

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Kim Zolciak-Biermann, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-5, friend on season 10)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Lisa Wu-Hartwell, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-2)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

NeNe Leakes, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Seasons 1-7, returned for season 10)

(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Kim Fields, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 8)

(Photo by: Mark Hill/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Claudia Jordon, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 7)

(Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Jacqueline Laurita, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-5, 7)

(Credit Image: é Rick Mackler/Globe Photos/ZUMApress.com)

Caroline Manzo, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-5)

(Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMApress.com)

Danielle Staub, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-2, returned as a friend for season 8)

(Credit Image: é Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press)

Teresa Aprea, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Amber Marchese, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Dina Manzo, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 1-2, 6)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Nicole Napolitano, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Season 6)

(Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Siggy Flicker, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Seasons 7-8)

(Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Kathy Wakile, "Real Housewives of New Jersey"(Seasons 3-5)

(Credit Image: é Mitchell Levy/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Taylor Armstrong, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-3)

(Credit Image: é Scott Kirkland/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Adrienne Maloof, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-3)

(Credit Image: © Brian Dowling/ZUMApress.com)

Camille Grammer, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-2)

(Credit Image: © Brian Dowling/ZUMApress.com)

Carlton Gebbia, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 4)

(Credit: TLeopold/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Joyce Giraud, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 4)

(Credit: D. Long/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Kim Richards, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 1-5)

(Credit Image: © D. Long/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)

Kathryn Edwards, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 6)

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Yolanda Hadid, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 3-6)

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Brandi Glanville, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 3-5)

(Credit Image: © TLeopold/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Larsa Pippen, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 1)

(Credit: Shutterstock)

Cristy Rice, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 1)

(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Lea Black, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1-3)

(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Adriana de Moura, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1-3)

(Photo by John Parra/WireImage)

Alexia Echevarria, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 1 & 3)

(Photo by Larry Marano/FilmMagic)

Marysol Patton, "Real Housewives of Miami (Seasons 1-2)

(Photo by John Parra/WireImage)

Lisa Hochstein, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 2-3)

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

Joanna Krupa, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Seasons 2-3)

(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Ana Quincoces, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 2)

(Photo by John Parra/WireImage)

Karent Sierra, "Real Housewives of Miami" (Season 2)

(Credit Image: © Javier Rojas/Prensa Internacional/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Cat Ommanney, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Stacie Scott Turner, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Katie Rost, "Real Housewives of Potomac" (Season 1)

(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Mary Amons, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by James Lemke Jr/WireImage)

Lynda Erkiletian, "Real Housewives of D.C." (Season 1)

(Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Tiffany Hendra, "Real Housewives of Dallas" (Season 1)

(Photo by: Michael Larsen/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Katie Rose, "Real Housewives of Potomac" (Season 1)

(Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, "Real Housewives of Potomac" (Seasons 1-2)

(Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Eileen Davidson, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Seasons 5-7)

(Photo by: Michael Larsen/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Kathryn Edwards, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 6)

(Photo by: Andrew Eccles/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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