Kyle Richards on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: It's Either Kim or Me!

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Kim Richards made a return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.

In a surprise move that should not have come as a surprise to anyone, the troubled reality star stopped by the show's reunion in order to ... well... ramble incoherently for the most part.

Kim and Kyle Richards Picture

She acted in denial of any kind of drinking problem and didn't address her recent arrest or litany of personal/legal issues.

So she basically acted like Kim Richards.

But while Kim made a few appearances on the series that made her famous this season, she is still not a full-time cast member.

Might this change in the future?

It's very possible, seeing as people watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online or on television just to see the drama that Kim brings along with her.

However, if Kim Richards does return to full-time cast member status in 2017, her sister will not be joining her. Allegedly.

 
Kim Richards Reunites

According to a Life & Style insider, “Kyle put her foot down" when it comes to Kim getting rehired.

She has supposedly threatened to quit the reality program is Kim is brought back.

"She’s concerned the fame and publicity will derail Kim all over again," the tabloid writes.

That certainly does seem plausible.

Kim, who has been in and out of rehab and was arrested for shoplifting in 2015, “has finally managed to get sober and take control of her life, but she’s still very vulnerable,” the source adds.

Why would she therefore expose herself to the tension-filled universe of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Do you really need us to spell this out for you?

Okay, we will. Here we go:

MONEY.

Bravo, meanwhile, officially renewed The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week.

Via press release, the network also picked up The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and The Real Housewives of Potomac for new seasons.

We'll never rid ourselves of these women. Not ever.

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