RHOBH hasn’t been the same this season without Kim Richards, and the former cast member knows it.
Kim Richards is, in the words of Sheryl Sandberg, leaning in. While Richards hasn’t yet appeared on the current season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she will be back soon, along with friend and former cast member Brandi Glanville. In addition to showing back up behind the cameras for RHOBH, Richards is reportedly negotiating hard in regard to her salary to return for the reunion.
It hasn’t been the best year for Richards (that might be the understatement of the century). She’s been in and out of jail and rehab, is mourning the death of her ex-husband and best friend Monty Brinson and continues to quarrel with her sister Kyle Richards. In spite of all that, though, Richards is continuing her own hustle. She’s been on television her entire life, so it wasn’t likely that she’d totally step back, even in the face of her health and legal troubles. But now she’s definitely got bills to pay as well, especially since her family has been helping her out financially. In addition to working with RHOBH, Richards, along with her daughter Kimberly Jackson, will also be appearing on Lifetime’s The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition.
The issue of Richards’ sobriety has hardly vanished from the public eye, and it will most likely play a part in her appearance on RHOBH, where fans can probably count on an encounter with Lisa Rinna on the subject, as well as Kyle (if they’re talking right now). It isn’t just the fighting with other cast members that brings fans flocking to Richards, though — it’s also her quirks. Remember the time she had a psychic come over to her house to suss out if there were spirits hanging out? And the time she did a lap as a race car driver? And her super intense relationship with her dog? In other words, she’s still reality TV gold, and, judging by the degree to which she’s negotiating her Bravo salary, she knows it.