Kim Richards Gets Sobriety Clause in Order to Stay on TV

Kim Richards Gets Sobriety Clause in Order to Stay on TV


Kim Richards may get a sobriety clause added to her contract in order to stay on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a reality show on TV. Executive producers of Bravo met in order to discuss the situation and found that a sobriety clause may be a good solution. Richards was arrested on Thursday after she spent her night drinking and refused to leave the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge. She was charged with public intoxication and trespassing, as well as a battery charge which later came about after she allegedly kicked the police officer. With her past struggle against alcoholism and substance abuse, producers were wondering if the show is still a good fit for her. But with such high ratings, they do not want to let her go.

As a reality star, Richards has been in the spotlight. Producers have worried whether the fame would be too much for her. As her struggle with alcohol dates back a while, this is not the first time the reality star has been featured in relation to alcohol, on the show. In 2011, Richards checked into a rehab facility to help her with alcohol abuse. Though the show is not currently airing, producers expect that they will have to talk about this event when the show comes back on. As nothing is secret when it comes to the lives of celebrities, the same goes for reality stars as their dirty laundry is often shown on TV.

In recent episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Richards was being “horrible to everybody.” She apparently seemed moody and erratic. Sources state that this behavior led co-star Lisa Rinna to question Richards about her behavior. Rinna assumed that Richards was not staying sober to which Richards stated that she does not drink, smoke or do drugs and did not have anything to hide. Her drunken arrest on Thursday on proved what many of the housewives suspected.

As a result producers of Bravo have decided that Richards may need a sobriety clause, in which she will have to stay sober in order to be allowed to remain with the TV show. Though Richards’ family stated that they have tried to help her many times with no success, the cast members of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills¬†are trying to show their support, giving her words of encouragement. Richards is expected to appear in court next month and it was suggested that she lay low for a while. However, shortly after being released she was seen in public in a baseball cap and glasses.

Many fear that Richards will not stay sober. Her addiction to alcohol has gotten the best of her in the past, but fans and cast of the show hope that Richards can pull through and beat her addiction. If Bravo does force Richards to sign a sobriety clause in order to stay with the show, it is unsure whether or not she would sign the revised contract or leave TV. Fans and cast are hoping for Richards to stay on and fight against her alcoholism, as she has in the past, but if she can not fight it she will have to leave the show.

By Crystal Boulware


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