For the first time in eight seasons, Kim Richards will not be appearing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
. According to her sister Kyle Richards, Kim is doing well with her sobriety and is busy spending time with her one-year-old grandson, Hucksley.
"She's with her grandchild almost every day," Kyle told People
. "I see her with him and I'm like, 'Okay you're good. You're so happy.' "
"There were a few times I asked her to film with me, but she didn't want to," Kyle added. "I miss my sister Kim being on the show. It feels weird to do the show without my sister, honestly. I'm a creature of habit! I don't like change."
Kim has appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since the show's conception in 2010. She spent five seasons as a regular and then appeared as a guest in seasons six and seven. In 2015, she was arrested and charged with trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer, and battery on a police officer at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Several months later, she was arrested yet again for allegedly shoplifting at a San Fernando Valley Target department store. Since then she has been working on her sobriety.
Though Kim will not be part of the upcoming season, Kyle promises "a lot of drama, a lot of style, a lot of glamour, a lot of traveling and a lot of fighting."
"I don't think anybody came out unscathed this season," she said. "Unfortunately, things happen and if you're going to be honest about it, it's going to come out. Then the other women chime in and the next thing you know it's a full-blown problem."
Part of the drama involves Kyle and co-star Lisa Vanderpump, whose friendship will be tested in season eight.
"We have rough patches throughout the season. It's hard... You think, 'Okay, We're good now. We talk through it, but then the show's going to air and then it could make it all bad again,' " Kyle said. "So you really have to fight hard to keep your friendship strong, and you know reality television. But we do. We make a point to make each other a priority, our relationship is very important to us, so we're like okay, we can not let this happen to us. We can get through this."
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season eight premieres December 19 at 9/8c on Bravo.
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