Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin says he has a divorce lawyer on 'speed dial' because of all the 'Real Housewives' splits

Reality check. Harry Hamlin warned his wife, Lisa Rinna, that he was ready to call it quits on their marriage after she signed on to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2014.

Hamlin, 68, told The Daily Beast in an interview on Monday, December 16, that he notified Rinna, 56, “’I have my divorce lawyer on speed dial,’ and I do.”

“I said to Lisa, ‘You can’t do this. Everybody who does that show gets divorced. It’s a horrible, horrible thing, to do that show,’” he recalled. Hamlin has been married twice before, to Nicolette Sheridan and Laura Johnson, and joked that he and his attorney “send Christmas cards to each other every year.”

The L.A. Law alum, who shares two daughters with Rinna, Delilah, 21, and Amelia, 18, and has a son, Dimitri, 39, with ex-partner Ursula Andress, did eventually come around to the idea, thanks to Bethenny Frankel, who was on The Real Housewives of New York City and has become a mogul with her Skinnygirl brand.

“Bethenny convinced me from a branding point of view [that] it would be a good thing to do,” Hamlin said. “Then I was open to doing it on my own terms.”

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin attend the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Celebrating EJAF And The 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 at the City of West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 21: Actress Lisa Rinna and actor Harry Hamlin attend the Los Angeles Mission Christmas On Skid Row held at Los Angeles Mission on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Lisa Rinna (L) and Harry Hamlin attend the Casamigos Halloween Party on October 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Casamigos)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actors Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin arrive at the 2018 Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna arrive at HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend Premiere Of Paramount Network's "American Woman" - Arrivals at Chateau Marmont on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 06: (L-R) Delilah Belle, Lisa Rinna, Amelia Gray Hamlin, and Harry Hamlin celebrate Hudson Jeans billboard unveiling on March 6, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 05: Harry Hamlin (L) and Lisa Rinna attend Esquire and the Medavoys host a party to celebrate the Golden Globes, presented by Maserati at Private Residence on January 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Esquire)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: (L-R) Delilah Belle Hamlin, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin attend the Tommy Hilfiger VIP reception and Julien's Auctions on October 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

He told The Daily Beast that producers were not going to sign Rinna unless he agreed to appear on the Bravo show too. “The husbands have the same obligations as the wives do,” he explained. “They want you to show up and be involved. I said I wasn’t going to do that. So, we concocted a way to get around it.”

When it comes to the drama of the series, the Broadway star says it’s all real and unscripted. He noted that after every show, “I pull out my psychology degree from Yale and my DSM-5 manual and we see what all the personality disorders are blossoming and figure out how to deal with all the personalities, and what Lisa can do to stay above the fray.”

Despite his hesitation to be on a reality show with Rinna, he couldn’t be more proud of his wife, who he’s been married to since 1997, for everything she’s accomplished.

“I have seen her over the last 26 or 27 years get involved in any number of projects — soap operas, TV movies, clothing stores, clothing lines. Whatever it is, she figures out how to do it perfectly, rises to the top and makes the best of every situation,” the actor gushed. “We listen to each other. Really listen to each other.”

He added: “She’s smart. She’s the smartest person I have ever met. She’s smart as a whip. Our favorite thing is to hang out.”

Hamlin opened up about his marriage to the Days of Our Lives alum to Us Weekly earlier this year, noting the two of them “are of the same mind.”

“When you get married, you get married,” the Movie Stars alum told Us exclusively in April. “So we have a very functional relationship and we respect each other and listen to each other and admire each other and we let each other be. We’re not helicopter husband and wife.”

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