Kyle Richards claims she and her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmates are coming off of their longest hiatus yet.
Just as cameras are starting to film scenes for season 13 in Los Angeles, Kyle is reflecting on her time off while also addressing the many swirling casting rumors in regard to the new episodes, sharing her outlook on her evolving relationships with her co-stars, and admitting there is one good thing about Lisa Rinna leaving the show.
“We usually have a month off after the reunion. We’ve now had four months. We’ve never had that. This is the longest break I’ve had in 13 years,” Kyle told In The Know by Yahoo’s Gibson Johns on February 7.
According to Kyle, she’s spent her downtime at her new home in Aspen, on trips, and doing her best to give her mind a break from the drama. After all, season 12 wasn’t the easiest season for Kyle as it featured a falling out between her and her sister, Kathy Hilton.
“There are some seasons where I can do absolutely no wrong, and then there are some seasons where people come after me and I deserved it. Then there are times where I don’t feel like I did anything and they’ll still come after me. You just don’t know,” Kyle said of the fans’ reactions to the show. “I try to just stick with people that know me and know who I am and love me and support me. It’s easy for me to not think about the show … It’s been very good for me to have this extra time, for sure.”
While on break, RHOBH was targeted with tons of casting rumors regarding potential comebacks of former cast members, like Lisa Vanderpump and Brandi Glanville, and the possible addition of newbies, like Ayda Field and even Paris Hilton. But Kyle claims there’s no truth to the reports.
“Ayda Field, someone was just talking about her [joining the show],” Kyle shared. “I can just tell you that not one thing I’ve read online is true. Not one thing.”
Even Melanie Griffith was recently tied to the show.
“I remember I was talking to Melanie Griffith at the Halloween premiere and I was like, ‘Apparently, I’ve been trying to get you on the show!’ And she said, ‘I saw that everywhere!’ I had never met her, but I saw her on the plane in Aspen and we talked in the airport in Aspen and said hi — we’re both very close to Jamie Lee Curtis,” Kyle explained, admitting that she would love for Melanie to be on the show.
“If you’re reading this, Melanie, come on, let’s do it,” she stated.
As for her hopes for season 13, Kyle said she’d like to get to know Crystal Kung-Minkoff and Garcelle Beauvais better.
“I feel like Crystal and I really haven’t had a chance [to get close]. We’ve had moments of not getting along, but when we don’t have those moments, we get along great. We just haven’t gotten close,” she shared. “I feel close to [Sutton Stracke], which I don’t think you see on the show … We get along great. She makes me laugh, and we have fun together.”
“[Then there’s] Garcelle,” she continued, “who I’ve had bumps with. I actually really like Garcelle. We get along great, and we’re good and I’m hoping to get even closer and have more fun with her.”
And while Kyle will surely miss her friend Rinna, saying that she “brought a lot to the show,” she believes her departure will spark new friendships amongst the group.
“Whenever someone is really tight with another cast member and they leave, then all of a sudden that person who was very close to them is going to have to be more open to other relationships — especially Erika [Girardi], I would say. I’ve always been close with Erika and we had our issues this last year, but people end up leaning on their wingman a lot, so it does open up the door to be closer to other people,” she reasoned.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 is currently in production.