LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Is Kim Richards leaving RHOBH after the current 2015 season? Kim Richards’ future with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is highly in doubt, LALATE can exclusively report. But if Kim Richards returns to RHOBH next season, major changes would be in store for the original cast member. Kim Richards could be either leaving the Housewives, returning in a downgraded capacity, of may have to undergo some production changes for the next season, LALATE can add.
It remains uncertain if Kim Richards is leaving RHOBH currently. But all indications appear that Kim Richards could leave RHOBH if certain things do not happen for next season. After the end of the 2014 season, many longtime fans of Richards thought she would not be returning for another season. At the time, Kim’s entire storyline were training a dog and sending a daughter to college. That works maybe on another network like Animal Planet. But not on BravoTV. Neither storyline works in the current landscape of reality TV which is far more escalated in drama than a dog and its leash.
This season has dramatically changed for Richards when issues about her condition prompted tensions between cast members. While those tensions provided compelling programming, there are other problems behind the scenes. Richards’ personal life has drawn production into litigation. Producers are being sued – whether wrongfully or not – by a Richards house guest who was allegedly attacked by Kim’s dog. Then, Kim’s dog attacked Kyle Richards’ daughter close to the wrapping of production. And, Kim’s former trainer allegedly sued her for nonpayment, claiming that she allegedly did not train the dog properly and did not pay him. There is too much striking Kim, and little coming from her by way of storyline. On camera, Richards has – once again – delivered no fresh storyline this season.
LALATE can also report that there appears to be a huge disconnect between Richards and the perception of housewives as a franchise. Housewives are expected to embrace new business endeavors, use the platform to achieve major new landmarks in their professional life. They are expected to repeatedly and consistently book major talk shows, not just once the show airs, but during the series run.
Housewives are not likely to be kept on any show if they are perceived as receiving a six figure check, and not going out to promote the show – on their budget – by making in person appearances and major talk show appearances. The franchise is about platform, professions, and promotions.
In the last three seasons in which Richards’ future on the show has been in doubt, Brandi Glanville – despite her critics – has really pushed her career forward in TV and print. Kyle Richards has expanded her retail business while her husband’s real estate agency has grown dramatically. Lisa Vanderpump has rolled out new beverage products and a new venue. And newcomers – like Lisa Rinna – have repeatedly co-hosted major TV shows.
For now, the perception is that Kim Richards is not out there promoting the show as much as she can. Coupled with litigation now drawing production into mix, Richards may have to make major changes with her approach to the show if she is to return for another season. For more, see the below video.