Kim Richards refuses to go back to rehab, will she be kicked off RHOBH?

The last we reported on Kim Richards, 50, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she was not speaking with her daughter, Brooke, after making a drunken scene at Brooke’s wedding. Richards had gone to her daughter’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a furlough from rehab, accompanied by a sober companion. While no one reportedly witnessed Kim drinking, she was obviously inebriated and said a bunch of mean things to Brooke right after the wedding to Brooke’s new in laws. Kim’s sober coach got frustrated and left and then Kim missed her Monday deadline to return to rehab. It’s been over a week and Radar reports that Kim is back in LA and that she’s predictably refusing to go back to her rehab facility. She’s in touch with her family at least, and they’re worried about her.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has finally resurfaced in Los Angeles after relapsing at her daughter’s Mexican wedding on May 23. But has learned she’s not out of the woods just yet: According to multiple insiders, she is refusing to go back to rehab.

“Kim came back from Cabo last week but is refusing to go back to rehab,” an insider told Radar. “She suffered a huge relapse at the wedding, and was mixing booze and pills. However, Kim is refusing to go back to rehab.”

Richards entered a treatment facility for alcoholism recently after she was arrested at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge last month and charged with public intoxication and trespassing.

By agreeing to rehab, sources told Radar that she would not only get a very lenient plea deal and avoid jail time, but she would also be able to return next season to RHOBH.

But according to the insiders, all bets are now off.

Our source said, “Kim has been in contact with sister’s Kyle and Kathy, but both siblings are obviously very concerned about her. There is only so much the family can do for Kim, and refusing to get help is a big obstacle.”

[From Radar]

TMZ somewhat contradicts Radar’s story and claims that Kim has “promised to re-enter rehab.” Considering how long it’s been, and how she refused to commit to rehab while on Dr. Phil, even if she’s saying that it’s doubtful she’ll follow through. They say that Kim returned to LA only after her sister Kyle and her husband, Mauricio, sent a security guard down to Mexico to retrieve her. TMZ reports that Kyle and Mauricio aren’t going to babysit Kim anymore and that “things are so bad, Kyle and Mauricio feel Kim is actually in danger of dying. But they believe the only hope is for her to realize they will not be her safety net to constantly bail her out.

If Kim is so deep in her addiction and in denial, there’s little hope her family can force her to get treatment unless she’s a danger to herself or others. She may go back to rehab if her livelihood is threatened, like it was in 2011 the last time she went to rehab (and later lied about remaining sober). However, unless there’s an insurance issue I really doubt that RHOBH is going to kick her off. She’s a trainwreck and that makes for good television. Plus I doubt she’ll face many consequences for her drunken arrest regardless of whether she completes rehab. She’ll probably get community service and a fine and that’s it. If she’s wasted in court, though, that’s another story.


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  1. mimif says:

    From that header pic, Kim and Sean Penn would make a stunning couple.

    • Willa says:

      Baked ham and bourbon glazed ham.

      • Pandy says:

        Ha ha – good one Willa. I hope she does get community service – would love to watch her in an orange vest, picking up trash along the highway lolll. Much more amusing than Yolanda’s lyme disease storyline.

  2. Darkladi says:

    I remember Kim from the Witch Mountain movies. I loved her 😞

    • Julaine says:

      My husband loved those movies so much as a child that our daughter’s name is Tia. One of the few things I don’t regret about his dying in 2007 is that he never had to discover how that little girl turned out. At least OUR Tia is healthy, thriving and about to make me a grandmother this Fall.

      I realize addiction is a terrible disease but I just can’t wrap my head around someone risking legal sanctions when treatment is readily available to them and support is offered on multiple fronts. Maybe I am being terribly naive but if someone was threatening to convict me of a crime and rehab was offered instead, I think I would do everything in my power to stick it out, at least until the legal proceedings were over.

    • nicegirl says:

      me, too. LOVED the Witch Mtn movies!!

  3. greenmonster says:

    Kicking her off the show and stop supporting her financially and morally is probably the only right thing to do. At this point she might need to loose all kind of support, because that is only enabling her. When she has to face cold, harsh, broke reality all alone that might give her the wakeup call she needs so badly. Sorry for bringing Brandi into this, but her behavior has also been enabling her. Protecting an addict from reality is not being a friend – it’s covering up.

    • Puravidacostarica says:

      Not necessarily disagreeing with you but you can unconditionally love someone without enabling them. Cutting them off from any love or support just ups the chances they will die feeling alone and unloved. It is not a guarantee of sobriety.

  4. Samtha says:

    It does NOT make for good television. Last season of RHOBH was almost unwatchable because it focused so much on her addiction issues.

    • alicegrey12 says:

      All I can say is if Kim does not go back to rehab she will die young from the abuse. I would hate to see that happen, because she is a good person and a good actress.

      Please Kim get the help you need not just for yourself and your health, but for the family who loves you.

    • ava7 says:

      I agree. Last season was almost unwatchable because of Kim and Brandy. I’ve loved watching RHOBH until this last season. No disrespect to people who suffer from addiction but it’s really boring hearing about it all the time. And Brandi is just horrible and toxic. I won’t watch if either Kim OR Brandi are on next season.

      • Bell says:

        I don’t care if Kim stays or goes on RHOBH but I love Brandi and
        think she is the best part of
        the show. If Brandi were not on RHOBH the only thing we would see is fake Kyle and her fake friendship with fake Lisa.

    • Grace says:

      I so agree. I don’t think I can watch another season of RHOBH with Kim’s sobriety being the main storyline. It’s too depressing. I hope Kim can just concentrate on getting and remaining sober and forgo doing another season of RHOBH. The rest of the RHOBH women drive me crazy too so may not watch another season of it anyways!

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I feel so frustrated with her when I think of people who have fought so hard to overcome addictions without half of the support, emotional and financial, that is available to her. She needs a swift kiss in the ass. I know it’s not that simple, but I would hope that ruining my daughter’s wedding would be rock bottom for me.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      I agree, GNAT. I am in recovery for an addiction and wasn’t coddled and had to do everything for myself. I actually shudder when I see all these “Promises” type rehabs because I think that people who go through these places are only temporarily buffered from the reality of recovery – the places are like spa vacations! It’s a temporary “feel-good” for what is a really difficult time of early sobriety.

      Anyway, I am grateful that I “got” the program and have been sober for over 11 years. I can only wish Kim the best and hope for her and her family/friends that she eventually “gets” sobriety.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Agreed. But I also think it’s so unrecoverable that maybe she’s given up. How on earth do you come back from that?

    • Sugar says:

      That wasn’t her daughter’s real wedding, though. It was a fake wedding that Bravo put on. The daughter had married months ago.

      • Tarsha says:

        No it was the real wedding that was originally planned, its just that they hastily brought it forward a few months ago because they didn’t think her father would be alive much longer. So this recent wedding was the real original one that was planned. The one months back was the fake one.

  6. Debbie says:

    If the part about Kyle is true then good for them! It’s true they can’t help her if she doesn’t want to help herself and all the support and safety net providing they have been doing while understandable and what you do actually enables the behavior.

    I don’t think housewives will have her back regardless she was not well received and made for terrible TV.

  7. Sunny says:

    Replace her with Caitlyn Jenner!!!!

  8. LAK says:

    Irrespective of her issues, what we’ve seen of Kim on RHOBH is someone who is stubborn as a mule. Actually, more stubborn than a mule!!

    Once she makes a decision about something, big or small, she absolutely refuses to budge from that decision.

    In the end, everybody else accommodates her decision because trying to move her isn’t worth the trouble.

  9. Jenni says:

    “She’s a trainwreck and that makes for good television.” Disagree. Her case is too dark and too heavy even for reality tv standards.

  10. Kat says:

    @Sugar I heard this was the real wedding. The first one was put together quickly so that Monty could attend and this is the actual wedding.

  11. lisa says:

    she looks older than kathy in these pictures

  12. Lisa says:

    If she’s on the next season, in any way, I won’t watch. This past season was to painful and exhausting to watch.

  13. Jana says:

    After working in the Court system for 15 years, I’ve seen most judges lean towards a much harsher sentence for higher profile defendants, because it will be their name, reputation and possibly the next election on the line if that defendant goes out and does the same thing again. I hope this will be the case with Kim, because she is an addict who refuses to get the help she needs.

  14. Each addicts bottom is different. The bottom can become a hopeless spiral until you die. Kim will never find sobriety as long as she is on a reality show that goes for the juglar with her. You cannot find love and self esteem when you are constantly being scrutinized and judged by the ignorant public. If Kyle cares about her sister at all, she will make sure she does not return to that negative show. As the great Father Martin said, ‘I know I have another relapse in me but I don’t know if I have another recovery’. Sometimes you get so low that you see no way up. God bless her and help her find the way.