RHOBH Drama! Kyle Richards Spills on Yolanda Foster's Health, Sister Kim's Sobriety and Her Fallout with Brandi Glanville
On Tuesday morning, the former child star stopped by Access Hollywood, where co-hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover grilled her on the doubts about Yolanda Foster‘s Lyme disease diagnosis, lingering tension with sisters Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton and her feud with ex-Housewife Brandi Glanville.
Here are the highlights of Kyle’s candid chat:
All the Housewives believe Yolanda now.
Last week’s episode found Lisa Rinna feeling repentant after she brought Munchhausen syndrome – a factitious mental disorder in which a patient pretends to be ill – into a conversation about Foster’s ongoing health battle. (To be fair, former cast member Taylor Armstrong totally stirred the pot at a previous party.
“All of us, everyone doesn’t dispute that she has Lyme disease. I think it was, ‘Does she have something else?’ ” said Kyle, 46. “There was just a lot of confusion about it.” What about Lisa Rinna, 52? “She brought it up on camera, which was obviously – Lisa Vanderpump and I were like, ‘Oh god, here we go,’ ” Kyle said. “There was kind of like chatter about that, but even Yolanda herself has said she has been doubted by her own family. I don’t think that’s something she’s not used to.”
Though the model is still “suffering,” Kyle said her pal has been relaxing on her family ski trip.
“I do know that she seems to be feeling better now,” she said. “she’s been in Aspen, so that’s good.”
Kyle isn’t really leaving the show … yet.
Buzz of Kyle retiring from RHOBH began when her brother-in-law Rick Hilton said as much to a TMZ cameraman last week.
“We’ve all quit many times,” Kyle told Access Hollywood, laughing. “The truth is, until the show’s officially picked up, no decisions have been made.”
She also said she’s never discussed her participation on the reality series with any of her relatives, including Rick.
“It’s a hard show, putting your life out there. … Obviously, there are things you don’t want out there … you don’t pick and choose,” she explained. “I think it came about because stuff came up about my niece and the wedding. I really did not want those things in the show, but … we signed up for this, and it’s a reality show. There is no script, so what can we do? It’s our life.”
Kim is successfully staying sober.
Kim, 51, isn’t back as a regular this season after relapsing with her alcoholism and being arrested for twice over the summer. Though the sisters remain estranged in the episodes currently airing, Kyle said their relationship now is “a work in progress” but they’re “very good, and that makes me happy.”
Kyle said Kim even came over to her house Monday night to help send her daughter Alexia Umansky, 19, back to school at Emerson College in Boston. (Kim’s fallout with Kyle was exacerbated in November 2014 after her beloved pitbull Kingsley bit the girl’s thumb down to the bone.)
As for Kim’s sobriety, Kyle said “she’s doing really well. She’s good. She seems solid, and she looks beautiful and healthy and happy.”
There’s no love lost between Kyle and Brandi.
Brandi, 43, also exited RHOBH after last season. She did come back to film some scenes, but viewers won’t seen an on-camera confrontation between her and Kyle. (The women have a complicated history, and their brief truce ended after Brandi sandwiched her way between the Richards sisters.)
“I don’t have to shoot with someone if I don’t want to, and I don’t have to invite someone to a party if I don’t want to,” Kyle explained.
When Bush pushed her for more on Brandi’s reality show demise, Kyle said, “I think she got a little carried away.”
“If you’re making a reality show … and you want it to be as real and authentic as possible, how does it make sense if none of us want to spend any time with her?” she continued. “She did that with herself. She personally made it impossible for me to shoot with her.”
“I didn’t want to be tortured anymore!” she added with a laugh.
RHOBH airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.