It doesn’t look like Kim Richards will be returning to reality-TV anytime soon. While “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star continues to struggle with her sobriety and recent legal woes, the Bravo network has reportedly made a shocking decision regarding her future with the franchise.
According to E! News, the 50 year old will no longer appear on the hit Bravo TV show – at least, not as a full-time housewife. Sources close to production revealed that Kim may make brief cameos as a “friend” of the other “RHOBH” stars in Season 6, but the show will no longer follow her storyline directly. The insider added that the fate of the other “Real Housewives” stars has not been decided.
Following her April 16 arrest, it was rumored that NBC Universal, Bravo’s parent company, was insisting Kim return to treatment if she wanted to remain on the series. The network reportedly felt she was too much of a liability for them without getting help. The former child star, who has been battling alcoholism for many years, checked into a Malibu rehab center on April 26, just days before her intense sit down with Dr. Phil McGraw aired.
She was given a pass from the facility to leave for daughter Brooke Brinson’s wedding, as long as she returned by May 25. Kim has since entered into a new facility. It remains unclear where that treatment center is located and why she decided to make the change.
Kim was arrested at the Beverly Hills Hotel after staff called police claiming she was causing a scene. Authorities arrived on the scene where they said the “RHOBH” star appeared intoxicated. After removing her from a bathroom in the hotel, Kim was arrested and later charged with public intoxication, battery on a police officer and several other crimes. She is set to appear in court on June 10.
Neither Bravo nor Kim have released a statement regarding her reported full-time departure from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”