Yesterday we heard that Kim Richards was in danger of being cut from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a result of her arrest late last week for being drunk, disorderly and abusive. The issue is reportedly that Kim’s arrest might make her uninsurable, not that her addiction doesn’t make for good, conflict-filled television. Enter Dr. Phil, the pseudo-psychologist bottom feeder who capitalizes on D-list scandals. Kim will appear on Dr. Phil in an episode to air next week. People has some of the details and allegedly Kim admits that she shouldn’t be drinking. That’s somewhat of a step forward for her, because she’s been mired in defensiveness and denial on RHOBH. According to sources, she’s still refusing to go to rehab again, though. Here are some segments from People’s recent stories on Kim:
Dr. Phil has snagged Richards for an interview following her arrest Thursday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“I was angry and frightened and I was scared. I knew what I had done,” Richards told Dr. Phil, according to an early transcript. “The whole night is my fault. None of this would have happened if I didn’t drink.”
“As of now, she is saying no to rehab,” says the friend. “People are trying to get her to go. A lot of people are worried about her.”
Rchards has “calmed down” since the arrest, says the friend. “When it first happened, she was upset and didn’t want to talk about it. Now she does.”
The friend adds: “She is very embarrassed.”
On the night of the arrest, the former child star was “distraught” after watching the RHOBH reunion, which showed her arguing with her sister Kyle Richards, says the friend.
“But a big part of all of this is that she is just stressed out,” says the friend.
Richards’s ex-husband, Monty Brinson, the father of her daughter, Brooke, is battling Stage IV cancer.
“She is under a lot of pressure, especially because of Monty.”
The reasons People lists for Kim drinking are all the things that TMZ reported earlier. This is Kim’s official line, that she drinks because of problems in her life. Kim drinks because she’s an alcoholic. Judging from the clip I saw from the epic fight she had with Lisa Rinna on RHOBH, I would be very surprised if she takes responsibility for her addiction and admits that she needs help again. However, she has owned up to being an alcoholic. In 2013, about a year after her last stint in rehab, Kim admitted to Andy Cohen in an on-air interview that she was an alcoholic.
Radar has a related story which claims that Kim is broke and is supporting her cancer-striken ex husband, whom she’s been caring for at her home. Again, these are all excuses. She should know from what she learned in rehab that she should not be drinking full stop. For all you can say about Dr. Phil, and there’s a lot, he does tell hard truths to people. Kim just doesn’t seem ready to hear it however.
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