Could a sobriety clause be part of Kim Richards’ new contract with Bravo? According to a new report, the answer to that question is “no!”
Although there have been multiple reports that claim Richards will be required to stay sober if she is asked back for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 6, a source recently revealed there is “no truth” to the rumors in an interview with Gossip Cop on April 23.
While Richards is clearly struggling with serious addiction issues, which led to an April 16 relapse at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the network has yet to consider a sobriety clause for the star, which would require her to pass regular drug tests in order to stay on the Bravo reality show.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, rumors of a sobriety clause first began circulating just one day after Richards’ arrest. According to a Radar Online report on April 17, Bravo allegedly held an emergency meeting in regard to the former child star’s relapse. During the meeting, a source claimed that a sobriety clause was a hot topic of discussion.
“They do not want to get rid of Kim on the show because she does so amazing for ratings, but they also think that keeping her on the air is not conducive to her well-being. The fame that this show has brought her has seemed to actually make her alcoholism worse instead of better because whenever you throw a lot of money and fame at someone who is already struggling with addiction issues, the situation can become incredibly volatile, as it has in her case.”
Because of their fears of being held accountable for Richards’ struggles, Bravo reportedly felt a sobriety clause would be perfect for her time on the show. That way, if she did relapse, they wouldn’t be responsible.
As fans have heard, Richards was arrested on April 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, where she reportedly downed cocktails until being cut off by the resident bartender. After growing upset over her inability to order more alcoholic beverages, Richards refused to leave the scene, and police were called. At that point, Richards agreed to leave, but first said she had to use the restroom. Once inside, Richards refused to come out, and police were forced to remove her themselves.
After being taken into custody, Richards reportedly kicked a police officer, leading to a battery charge, which was added to her public intoxication, resisting an officer, and trespassing charges.
Bravo has yet to officially deny reports of a sobriety clause.
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