In an interview with RadarOnline, Vanderpump revealed that Richards' return to the show was "intense."
But despite all of Richards' lies last season, which culminated in a cast gang-up against Kim's sister, Kyle Richards, who was trying to defend her sister at the time, Vanderpump still seems supportive of Richards' journey to sober living.
"Kim is looking really, really good right now," Vanderpump revealed. "She was thriving when we filmed with her and she was sober. That was wonderful."
Richards reportedly agreed to return to RHOBH without compensation because she apparently wants to salvage her damaged reputation. Of course, Richards has yet to comment on her salary rumors just yet, but her sister Kathy Hilton took to Twitter to insist that they are ridiculous.
No matter the reason for Richards' return to the show, it looks like we will see a new and improved version appearing on this season.
"I was happy that she was doing okay and you know what? I give her a lot of credit," Vanderpump explained. "I respect her more now because of this."
She added, "The fact that she took the time to focus her energy on her sobriety and health rather than on a reality television show is great."
But that doesn't mean there won't be any drama on this season of the show, of course.
"I don’t know why we are dealing with more of the same drama from last season," Vanderpump said. "The drama follows us around. It always will."
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