After a long and grueling season as resident newbie (and self-appointed interventionist on Kim Richards!) on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,Lisa Rinna is now facing some sad news at home. Monday, Rinna tweeted “My dad is is in the hospital again with pneumonia and it’s the 4th time this year. Dang it. He is almost 93. He is a fighter!” She also posted a throwback photo on Instagram of her and her parents with the comment: “Sending love and prayers to my Dad he is in the hospital but he is a fighter so fight Daddy fight!”
Some will remember meeting Lisa’s dad, Frank Rinna, from her visit to their hometown of Medford, Oregon on this season’s RHOBH in order to sell her childhood home. During the visit, Lisa claimed, “I just belong in a big city.” While growing up in Medford, Lisa admitted she asked herself, “Why am I here? I’m more fabulous than this.” But emotions were high when she saw her aging parents during that visit, who hadn’t been in the best of health. “I have a lot of guilt being so far away. It’s really, really hard,” Rinna said. Rinna’s mother, Lois, had a stroke that damaged much of her memory, but Rinna said her father deals with his own pain quietly: “He fights through it because I don’t think he can leave [my mom].” Although Rinna said, “My mom is the Rock of Gibraltar. She always had everything together,” she also admitted, “It’s hard not having your parents be young and not full of life. What I’m realizing now is that I’m the adult. I’m taking care of my parents. You never prepare for that.”
First of all, Kim sounds … off in the beginning; slurry and inarticulate with a glazed expression in her eyes as if she’s reciting from a teleprompter. I don’t think she was – I think it was rehearsed and she was desperate to stay “on message” of denial.
In classic Kim fashion, she was hours late for her sit-down with Dr. Phil leaving him waiting for the interview to start while she fussed over her appearance. Kim denies procrastinating and insists she was ready the whole time, apologizes insincerely. More classic Kim. Dr. Phil is prepared for Kim’s “controlling” behaviors and calls her out throughout the entire segment.
Speaking out about Kim’s state of mind during the interview, Dr. Phil admits he’s concerned about her overall health and stability. The interview left no turn unturned as Kim was confronted about her toxic friendship to Brandi Glanville, whether or not reality TV is healthy for her, her relationship with Kyle Richards, and her constant denial about her own behavior – including blaming the police, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and RHOBH for her arrest!
Dr. Phil shares that Kim got “frustrated” with him throughout the interview because he wouldn’t let her standard behavior of accusations, threats, and excuses stand. “Addicts and alcoholics are great at deflecting, and I think she’s shown a lot of that behavior. I’m not real good at letting people do that… ,” he explained. “I didn’t let her wiggle, and think it was very frustrating for her.”
Kim Richards quietly entered rehab over the weekend, just days after her arrest for public intoxication and her disastrous interview with Dr. Phil. The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star checked herself into a private, live-in facility in Malibu where she can still be close to family and friends, but get the treatment she needs.
Sources say Kim made the decision to go to rehab after discussing it with her family, but she’s still in denial about the severity of her addiction. “If the arrest hadn’t happened she wouldn’t be going to rehab; it would be business as usual. She’s in denial that she has a problem,” a source informs People.
Tonight the THREE-Part Real Housewives Of Atlanta reunion begins – meaning the drama between NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss will finally explode! Actually it seems like the entire reunion is NeNe-central (sorry NoNeensters!) because as Kandi explains, “She had a break-through.”
“She was bringing up some things in her past that really struck a nerve with her. Like talking about things in her childhood.” says Kandi of NeNe’s sobbing meltdown. “It brought about a different emotion.”
Apparently NeNe’s meltdown was a bonding moment for the group as all the women comforted her. “It was better than last year’s [reunion]. There was no hair pulling, so I guess that was progress,” Kandi laughs. “But, how do you have all this arguing and then skip off?”
TMZ reports tonight that after a long period of denial that she even has a problem, Kim has checked herself into a facility in Malibu and will stay as long as it takes for her to get better, with the support and encouragement of her family.
With 3 of her children and Kathy Hilton present, Kim stormed out of the interview and hid in her hotel suite arguing with her children and Dr. Phil staffers about her condition and getting treatment.
Of course, this is just how Kim rolls – production sources for RHOBH have been covertly spilling all about how impossible Kim has been to work with over the years, explaining that her drinking, irascible (and dangerous) behavior, and a refusal to get help has been a constant problem – including becoming a major insurance liability!
Man – I’m disappointed in Bravo. They left out all the fun stuff from Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills to focus on Kim “RAMBLES OF MY SOBRIETY” Richards. Yes, we missed Eileen Davidson announcing she’s driving her Ford Flex to collect her Emmy, so we could instead hear KimKillah wax poetic about all the terrible things HARRY did while Lisa Rinna was sleeping, only to deny she ever said them because she doesn’t remember, only to admit she made the whole implication up! Anyway, Bravo – more Emmys and less Kimmies. (And how gorgeous did Eileen look in her Emmy gown).
So, what else happened. Oh – Yolanda Foster “downsized.” With Mauricio as her guide towards these uncharted territories of humble abodes, Yolanda house hunted. Yes – she realized having a 4,000 tree lemon grove was just a touch too much even for her perma-master cleanse state of being, so she looked at houses in the 8,000 – 4,500 square-foot range. But oh, they were just not for Yo!