Kyle Richards Says The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Saved Sister Kim Richards’ Life

Kyle Richards and Kim Richards have a unique relationship among Real Housewives–they are the only sisters who have ever starred on a Housewife show together. For five seasons of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we watched Kyle and Kim fight, make up and fight some more. Their challenging sibling relationship was painful to watch at times, almost making the audience feel like voyeurs to a family psychodrama we weren’t sure we should be watching.

The complicated history of the Sisters Richards would be enough to fill a show all of their own. Kim has made sporadic appearances on RHOBH since leaving the show after Season 5 and there have been occasional rumors about her returning as a cast member. Kyle recently spoke out about Kim’s days as a Housewife, her sobriety–and her possible return to the show.

According to Page Six, Kyle discussed Kim’s time on RHOBH on Sirius XM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, sharing, “If anything, being on the show made her [Kim] accountable and she says that as well. She says that it saved her life because you know, there’s nowhere to hide and everyone knows–now anywhere she goes, people know who she is. She can’t get away with anything! So it actually helped her!”

It is great to hear that Kim benefited from being on the show. Especially in regard to something as important as her sobriety. Kim often seemed troubled, sad, anxious and lost as a Housewife. Kyle and Kim were frequently at odds on the show, with Kyle at turns supportive, enabling and resentful of her sibling.

Kim also engaged in a number of feuds with other cast members, including with busybody Lisa Rinna, who attempted to serve as a deranged sobriety coach to an unwilling Kim. It must have been challenging for Kim to work on her sobriety in an environment where alcohol flows freely.

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Would it be a positive thing for Kim to come back to the show? Kyle seems to think so. She gushed, “I would love to see Kim back. The audience loves her and you know she has a lot going on in her life right now. She has two new grandchildren actually.” It is good to see that Kim is in a positive place–watching her struggle was often painful.

How would Kim fit in among the current cast–that is–if they all return next season? Lisa Vanderpump was supportive of Kim, but she has bid her adieu to the show. Kim recently made amends with Rinna, so their dynamic could be interesting–although it is difficult to imagine their current truce would last. I am sure Rinna would love to have Kim back to use as a storyline. She could conveniently deflect from her own messy life.

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Kim’s accountability could be held in check by annoying accountability coach Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave. Talky Jo would spend so much time lecturing and advising Kim. Like she does with other cast members. Kim wouldn’t have time to dream of veering off the straight and narrow path. In fact, she would probably do anything Talky Jo commanded just to shut her up!

And what if the recent rumors about Kathy Hilton becoming a Housewife were true? Can you imagine the drama between not two, but three Richards sisters? Who wouldn’t love to get all the real dirt on the Richards family? This family is hiding more skeletons then were lurking in the bushes at Kyle’s Farrahween bash!

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Time will tell if Kim comes back to the show as a full-time Housewife or a Friend. If she does, let’s hope that she is in a solid place so the return could be a healthy one for her.


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