Kim Richards is “basically homeless” and Bravo execs forced her to go to rehab


More information is coming out about Kim Richards of RHOBH’s rehab stint, and it sounds worse than we’ve heard. Of course Kim’s stint in rehab isn’t just her second, and of course she didn’t go on her own volition. Kim was basically ordered to go by Bravo execs, who told her that if she wanted to keep her job on the show she’d get treatment. They’re a little gun shy after Russell Armstrong offed himself and are probably trying to avoid future lawsuits and image problems. Since Kim has no other income, and because she has no home after selling hers and moving in with that creepy enabler boyfriend she was hooking up with, she acquiesced. Details are vague about what happened between Kim and her boyfriend/neighbor, but she’s not living with him at this point and has been staying with friends. Here’s more:

“Kim has been to rehab more than once before,” says the source, “but every time is a new time, and everyone just hopes this sticks and that she gets the help she needs. It’s serious.”

Richards has been “erratic. Everyone was really worried about her,” says the source, who adds that Richards is not living with Ken, the boyfriend who was introduced as her love interest this season.

During a recent episode of the Bravo show, Richards says she’s planning to move in with Ken, and cameras show her packing up her belongings.

“He’s not in the picture. No one really knows what the deal was with them, but Kim doesn’t live with Ken,” the source says. “She’s basically homeless, staying with various friends. She doesn’t have a home base. It’s not unusual for people to not hear from her for long stretches of time. It’s been that way for years.”

“Her family is relieved she’s getting help,” adds the source. “She has lots of issues. She needs help.”

[From People]

And here’s part of Radar’s report about how Kim got pushed into going to rehab.

“Kim was told by the people at Bravo that she had to get help and that help meant going into rehab immediately,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”

“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows,” the source said. “They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.”

[From Radar]

I’m thinking that the Bravo people wanted to sound caring and concerned on one hand, but then made sure to let People Magazine know that Kim was a total erratic mess so that they could cover their asses on the other. It’s obvious enough when you watch the show that Kim is an addict. It just makes you wonder why it took everyone so long to see it. They spent so much time covering for Kim and making excuses for her this season.

In related RHOBH news, the book cover for Taylor Armstrong’s new memoir is out. Notice how she’s covering her giant trout pout. Radar has the details of what will be in it, but we’ve heard it all before. I feel for this woman’s child, I’ll say that.

Kim is shown on 6/20 in that awful leopard shirt and on 5/17 looking drunk and Botox squinty. Credit: WENN

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  1. miss_bhaven says:

    Nice golden teeth…and wtf is wrong with her face?

  2. DarkEmpress says:

    Rehab most likely won’t help her if the only reason she is going is because she doesn’t want to lose her paycheque. Her family in the form of at least Kyle should have been the ones to get her to recognise she had a problem. Kyle was too busy covering for ger and hence enabling her. It’s more important for her to maintain her social status than help her sister.

    • anne_000 says:

      You’re right. I think Kyle was more worried about her own image than for Kim. I think that’s why Kyle went after Kim last season. Kyle wanted to be part of the mean rich girls club against her, even when Kim had done nothing wrong. And when Kim rightfully told Kyle to be wary of Taylor cuz Taylor was instigating fights between Kyle & everybody else, instead of being loyal to her sister, Kyle went on the attack. Last season, Kyle chose her fellow bullies over her own sister.

    • KC says:

      I often wonder if these people know what absolute asshats they are; I hope Kyle reads this site; NO ONE LIKES YOU ANYMORE! YOUR TRUE COLORS CAME OUT!

      Not much of a fan of Kim’s, but good god, if rehab was ever needed…. And no way she was only drunk; maybe it was all the pharmaceuticals she’s getting mixed with the alcohol.

      Oh, and her face is starting to turn that red that drunks have- next, the capillaries on her cheeks are going to burst and it’s OVER

  3. ShanKat says:

    It’s such a pisser that Kim Richards gave up her childhood to be an actress and provide for her family, and now, she’s alone and broke, and struggling with addiction.

    I’ve been there and back. I hope she finds some peace.

  4. brin says:

    However it came about, it was the right decision and I hope she stays in rehab and gets clean, she has nothing to lose but her addiction.

  5. Jacq says:

    Taylor, it will take more than a victimy-looking picture and violating all of your only child’s privacy to change my mind about you…
    I hope Kim’s getting the help she needs. Brandi was right at “Game Night” & maybe she’d have gotten help sooner if the other ladies hadn’t insisted she was just “doing her make-up.” You could see the discomfort in Paul’s face after hearing the prescription cocktail she was on. So sad…

    • anne_000 says:

      You’re right about how it wasn’t helping that the culture amongst these RHOBH women is to keep secrets & make excuses. But because Camille (who outed Taylor) & Brandi (who outed Kim) expressed their concern or observations aloud, they got beaten down.

  6. Lllllll says:

    That’s really too bad for Kim. :( I’m dealing with somebody with an addiction in my life and it’s a roller coaster. Hopefully she is ready to accept help.

    I do wonder what happened with that guy- I didn’t want to judge him based on his appearance, but I couldn’t help it, he creeped me out.

    Also…

    HAHAHAHHAHAHA at that pic of Taylor. Funny stuff.

  7. Marjalane says:

    Looks to me like she’s abusing her body with that Gawdawful blouse. But seriously- there is no frickin’ way that the other B.H. bitches didn’t know Kim was a raving abuser/alcoholic! She couldn’t hide it during filming, so I kind of doubt she hid it otherwise. I think her sourpuss sister didn’t want their “family reputation” soiled. Ha! too late Toots, you’re related to Paris Hilton! Somewhere in Hollywood, Brandi is nodding her head and saying, “I told you so.”

    • Uzi says:

      Did you watch last season? Kim’s “sourpuss sister” DID confront her, calling her an alcoholic during an argument. So many of you don’t like Kyle and think she’s a bully, but she’s obviously a lot more stable than Kim. Disfunctional people are extemely difficult to be around, and Kyle has been dealing with Kim’s drama for many years. She and her husband (and probably their older sister Kathy) HAVE tried to help. Incidentally, if you check out Imdb you’ll see that Kyle worked just as much as Kim when they were child actors, so Kim’s “boo hoo, I didn’t have a normal childhood and everyone took advantage of me” excuse for her behavior doesn’t cut it.

      • anne_000 says:

        Actually, Kim’s worked more than Kyle & for more years.

        Also, the only way Kyle mentioned that Kim was an alcoholic was in the middle of yet another Kyle screaming fit interspersed with an attempt to physically attack Kim with Adrienne trying to block Kyle from being successful in that. Kyle wasn’t expressing concern or wanting to helpe Kim at that time. She was trying to do her best to humiliate & discredit Kim as much as possible, especially when Kim tried to bring up the Palm Springs house ownership issue. Also, Kyle was attacking Kim for not kissing Taylor’s ass.

        To say that someone is a lot more stable than Kim is not saying much considering. But Kyle has shown her true colors both seasons. Every year, there are victims of Kyle wondering “WTF?”

  8. Az says:

    I have a feeling that trout pout isn’t the only thing that Taylor is hiding.

  9. guest says:

    I have had enough with some of these reality shows and their stars, like the Housewives shows and Kardashians. Living a lifestyle that is totally unrealistic. People with no talent making lots of money. I am sorry for her that she is in rehab and broke, but welcome to the real world. If this is the only way she knows how to make a living that is sad.

  10. Rhiley says:

    I bet this time next year, 100s of copies of Taylor’s book will be on sale at your local Barnes and Noble for $2.99. The perfect stocking stuffer for any Howzewivez fan. P.S. Taylor, most people do not look at your life and think “How glamourous. I am so envious of all of your debt and kiss assy social climbing.” Nope, most people look at your life and think, “How sad and pathetic.”

  11. Roxy750 says:

    You think when Kim was little and in all those kids movies, like Race to Witch Mountain (that’s how I will always remember her), you think she would want to grow up and be like this? Makes me sad. I always wondered what happened to her–and now I see this. Don’t you wish we could all stay young and naive forever….Poor thing…she is better than this.

  12. lin234 says:

    Why is she staying with friends? Have you seen Kyle’s new house? Plus her older sister Kathy is married to a Hilton. You’d think one of them would let her stay in the guest house or put her up at a hotel room. Maybe it would really help her sanity if Kyle gave her the Palm springs house she paid off as a child actress? Kim borrows 20 grand from Kyle who supposedly got it from the house but when Kim pays her back, Kyle tells her she sold her share of the house for 20 grand? I think I’d drink if I was Kim too. The reality is so ugly.

    I recently caught up with season two. Taylor is batshit crazy. I don’t believe a word that comes out of her mouth. She’s a master manipulator. This season she’s been going after Lisa because Lisa is the only one who figured out she instigated all the fights last season. Taylor is always starting fights with people and turning it around to be the victim. The scary thing is how good she is at conning people.

    • Rhiley says:

      I get the impression that Kim and Kathy really have no relationship at all. And I am wondering, ever since Kyle called up WWHL and ass kissed Brandi Glanville if she and Kim are once again on the outs. I bet Kyle began to feel threatened if the producers were willing to kick Kim to the curb, they may turn on her as well. Oh, and I totally agree with your Taylor assessment. What a nut. She is worse than Kelly Bensimone imo.

    • k says:

      Kathy seems worse than Kyle when it comes to filial affection. At least Kyle cares about Kim, in her own co-dependent, bullying way.

    • anne_000 says:

      You’re right. Kyle should let Kim stay at the Palm Springs house AND it does seem like Kyle did screw her out of the ownership of it too. But since Kyle has proved herself to be selfish about that house, I think there’s no way Kyle would allow Kim to move in for fear that Kim would make it her home again.

      And if Kyle thinks a $20k loan is the same thing as the selling value of that house, then I wonder if she gave Kathy $20k too? Cuz I don’t think Kathy would be taken in that easily as Kim was.

    • H26 says:

      maybe they have a rule, like you can’t drink or do what ever substance she is abusing at their house. sometimes addicts need tough love. She also has 3 grown children who could help her out so maybe she’s headed to rehab because friends and family have decided to quit helping her. sometimes that’s what it takes.

  13. Franny says:

    Well at least we know that the wonky eye runs in the family.

  14. juju says:

    Both Taylor and Kim are loney toons !!! Taylor’s crying every episode makes me want to puke and well Kim she’s is a total addict if I’ve ever seen one !! Love Brandy she calls it like it is !!!

  15. Stubbylove says:

    I hope Kim gets better – addiction sucks. Taylor profiting from her husband’s suicide makes me vomit. He was no angel but – Hiding from Reality? Really??? No one knew who the hell she was before she did this reality show! Anyone who buys this stupid-ass book so Taylor can blow up her lips to oblivion is an idiot.

  16. TXCinderella says:

    Kim is just another washed up child star with issues.

  17. Coucou says:

    I cannot believe how frickin’ ridiculous she and her publisher are naming the book “Hiding from Reality,” when the only thing she’s known for is REALITY TV where she did just the opposite and compulsively revealed all her dirty lingerie for anybody and everybody to see!

  18. yalena says:

    hi

    why can’t i read all the comments ?

    thanks in advance

  19. HadleyB says:

    Kyle is so full of it! I can’t believe she would loan her sister money of 20k from the house they ALL owned together that was their mothers and now Kyle is saying no she sold her share for 20k and refuses to let Kim buy back — is she serious? NO house even in todays crap market is only worth 20k.

    What a C*nt. Kyle is acting like she takes care of Kim, loves her but really just uses her to make herself look good. Im so sick of her and her mean girl attitude.

    I can’t stand Kim either but what Kyle did to Kim regarding the house was WRONG.

  20. Madisyn says:

    When Kim was packing up her house to move in with her boyfriend, my first thought was ‘I hope she’s not selling HER house to move into his or I hope thats just a rented house’. I just had a bad feeling about this guy, like, ‘you sell your house, we’ll live in mine’ and I’m thinking he’s seeing dollar signs if she sold her house and then after he or they ran through all her money, he’d kick her to the curb and she’d have NOTHING.

    Agree with lin234, why is she living with ‘friends’? What friends? Just from the show alone, in two seasons, she seems like a typical addict loner. Besides, she has two sisters, one well off, the other beyond rich. I’m NOT advocating that relatives have to support their ‘addict’ siblings but this family ‘seems’ close.

    With four children who Kim raves about, why sell the ‘family’ home? Did she have to sell? Couldn’t make the payments? I just hope she didn’t sell and live off the ‘house’ money and now has nothing to show for it.

    Also, agree with everyone who says ‘rehab’ will not work for Kim if she only complied to continue a PAYCHECK.

    Exibit A: Blohan
    Exibit B: Sheen

    • lin234 says:

      Kyle is always going on about how close they were growing up. Plus Kim supported the family growing up. You’d think the humane thing to do is give your now homeless sister the house she spent her childhood paying for. I think every time Kim takes a “vacation” with Kyle in that house, it drives her a little bit more over the edge. But legally, Kyle and that swarmy husband of her’s managed to rip Kim off.

      I think Season 1 of the Housewives pushed Kim to double down on whatever she’s on. Especially the way Kyle took Taylor’s side in the season finale even though Kim was trying to tell Kyle the truth: that Taylor was the root cause of the fights.

  21. Criss says:

    She seems to be the worst off of all the shows. Even worse than that crazy Kelly girl from New York. She has mentioned witch mountain so many times, it’s pathetic. If she gets sober, maybe she’ll have something else in her life, a hidden undiscovered talent.

  22. Denise says:

    Poor Kim; I have been watching the show and Taylor’s lips are nothing short of terrifying.

  23. jl says:

    I hate Taylor. My father committed suicide when I was a baby. Its a tragic and private thing. I find her classless and a terrible mother for airing her dirty laundry. My mom would have never done that! Let him rest in peace. She is disgusting.

  24. OXA says:

    Years ago Kim was found by her daughter passed out almost and died from alcohol poisoning. She has been in rehab multiple times. What most people do not know is that her family have financialy supported her and her 4 kids thru-out most of her adult life.
    This article may open the eyes of those blaming Kyle for Kims eff ups.

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/12/kim-richards-rehab-friends-not-surprised-exclusive

    • anne_000 says:

      Kim has been getting child support according to the ‘House of Hilton’ book.

      IIRC: Her oldest child’s father is the son of a billionaire family. Her next 2 children’s father is the heir to a supermarket chain in the Midwest. I can’t remember who the youngest child’s father is.

      Also, IIRC, i think she received alimony from her marriage to the billionaire’s son, but it may have ended back in 2009.

      So I think Kyle makes too much of saying she & Mario helps her out. If Kyle meant that $20k ‘loan’ er selling price of the Palm Springs house, then PSHAW!

  25. Snappyfish says:

    Oddly, Camille seems the most sane this season. I like Lisa & think it wise she focus on Pandora’s wedding. The entire lot of Richards (Kim, Kyle & Kathy) are crass beyond belief. But I find Kyle the most egregious. Why is she so bitter/angry/mean/attention seeking? (splits much, anyone?) I’m guessing her lovely life isn’t quite so “lucky” & I’d lay good money down that her husband skirts around

    • anne_000 says:

      I think you’re right about Kyle’s life not being so perfect as she likes to make out. I remember how she reacted when her husband was dancing with a woman at a party last season. Kyle put her hands on the woman & kicked her out & stood by the front door to make sure she got off the property. Overreaction, imo, even if the woman had her hand on Mario’s shoulder. If Mario was against it, he would have pulled her off, but he didn’t. Hmmm…..

      • lin234 says:

        Have you guys noticed Kyle seems to target thin blond women? Last season Camille mentioned Mauricio really LOVES the ladies. Camille and her ex used to use Mauricio as their real estate agent so they’ve met before. Kyle pretty much hated Camille from the moment they met. That woman Kyle threw out of the party was blond and tall too.

        This year Kyle has hated on Brandi from the very start too because Brandi was on crutches and wearing a heel? Bizarre jealous behavior.

        Would it be completely out of the realm of possibilities that maybe Paris Hilton has boned him and Kyle found out? Paris is tall, thin, blond, and a walking std.

        I also get a weird vibe between Mauricio and his stepdaughter Farrah.

  26. pebbles says:

    Alcoholism is a disease………
    much love for Kim and hope that she is on her way to recovery…….
    we all struggle with issues……
    hers are just in the spotlight.

  27. Francesca says:

    I don’t care for this chick or her sister. I actually think Kyle is worse. Altho Kyle may not have a drinking problem, she certainly has an addiction to spreading her legs WIDE and whipping her hair around. shudder!

  28. Memphis says:

    No wonder they jumped all over Brandi for calling Kim out. She hit to close to home for them.

  29. richard head says:

    Kim Richards is a tweaker! I love how they keep saying alcohol and pills. Please…..this bitch and her creepster boyfriend are meth / coke / crack addicts. The erratic behavior….the constant jaw grinding ….the sniffing. Please. Get a grip. Alcohol. Lol and love how mule pretends to not know what crystal meth is. Saying “what? Crystal methadone?” Lol what a joke. Glad she.is in rehab. Just admit the.truth for Christ sake! And do.t get me started

  30. Vic says:

    Kim is a nasty piece of work. Total denial is her lifestyle.

    Adrienne is the classiest one of the women on RHOBH. Plus she is the most level headed.

    Camille: FUGLY WANNABE

    Lisa: I can only say her husband is so nice.

    Taylor/Shanna/Shannon (?): Sick of her

    Kyle: Her hubby is HOT!

    Brandi: Stop acting like a w hore

    Dana: Who the heck is she other than a desperate vapid individual?