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Kim Richards reportedly has an ulterior motive for returning to RHOBH

RHOBH apparently isn't paying Kim Richards a dime, so why is she returning?

Kim Richards has been spotted filming scenes for the new season of the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but it isn't the paycheck that's driving her appearances.

In fact, Life and Style reports that the show isn't paying Richards at all.

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That's right, despite the fact that she was apparently living out of her car not too long ago, the reality star has agreed to appear on the show for free.

But she is, obviously, getting something out of the arrangement. Otherwise, why bother?

A source told the outlet that she is desperate to repair her damaged reputation.

And while she definitely needs some good PR after relapsing earlier this year and then trying to steal $600 in merchandise from a Target store, there might also be more to her forgoing her paycheck.

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After all, no money probably means no contract. Or at least, less of an intense contract. And if Richards isn't bound to the same set of rules as all the other ladies, it means she has more control over when and how she appears on the show.

Richards' bestie and costar Brandi Glanville even told Howard Stern during an interview that she refused to film scenes with any of the ladies aside from Richards and Yolanda Foster. There is no way the show just agreed to that without some negotiations happening.

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It isn't like Richards needs the money. Not when sister Kathy Hilton is rumored to be covering Richards' expenses while she focuses on her health. Though, Life and Style also reports that friends and family are concerned that Richards' return to the show might be too much, too soon.

Why do you think Kim Richards is giving up her paycheck to be back on RHOBH?

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