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Their friendship was intact before the show and it was Bryant who actually referred Dixon to be on the show. As it turns out, Bryant had to convince producers on Dixon as they were not sold on Dixon during their first phone call.
Gizelle Bryant says Robyn Dixon did not impress casting producers of ‘RHOP’
Bryant was referred to the show by former NBA wife, Charisse Jackson Jordan. “I was in. I was good to go and they were like, ‘Do you have any friends,’” Bryant recalled of her conversation with casting on her and Dixon’s podcast, Reasonably Shady. “And I was like, ‘Yes, her name is Robyn and you’re gonna call her and she’s going to be amazing.”
Unfortunately, Dixon didn’t make a good impression, “So, they call this person that I had hyped up, like, I was the hype woman and I was like, ‘She’s amazing,’ Bryant said. “And then, Robyn is on the phone [with the casting director] not giving a sh*t, so the guy immediately called me back and was like, ‘I hate her and she’s out!’”
Luckily, Bryant came to the rescue for her BFF. “And I was like, ‘Oh hell no. Call her back! Call her back! Call her back!’ So, it took Robyn a minute to be nice to casting, so finally, they obviously loved her and the rest is history.”
How Robyn Dixon and Gizelle Bryant met
Dixon and Bryant had been friends for nearly a decade prior to RHOP, so it made sense that Bryant would want Dixon to be part of the cast. In the podcast episode, Bryant explains how she first came into contact with Dixon.
“A hundred years ago I moved to Baltimore, and me and my husband at the time went to the car wash, and who did I see but this beautiful woman,” Bryant said. “And I was, like, oh my gosh, she’s really pretty [and] she kind of looks like me. But I saw her and I thought she was really, really beautiful, and I thought to myself, ‘I wanna know who that is.’ Then, years later, I was at a party, and lo and behold this beautiful woman was introduced to me by our friend Charrisse Jackson Jordan.”
Because both were lighter-skinned with blonde tresses and green eyes, many wondered if they were sisters. “Everybody kept asking me [if] I was related to Robyn Dixon,” she explained. “And I was like, ‘I don’t know no Robyn Dixon, and who the hell is Robyn Dixon, and Robyn Dixon what?’ So then I was like holy sh*t, you’re the girl everybody’s been asking me about! And she’s beautiful so I don’t mind being related to her. We’re not related, but, I mean… [I’ll take that]. So, we instantly become besties and the rest is history.”
RHOP season 6 is expected to premiere next year.