Inside Kim Richards' Plan To Win Back Her Place On 'The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills'

After Kim Richards left The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last year, few thought she'd be back in action the following season. However, Kim managed to work through her issues with substance abuse and made a few cameos this season on the hit reality show. With a full comeback in mind for next year, how is Kim planning on convincing the network to take her back?

For starters, Radar Online is reporting that Kim used her appearance on the show's reunion episodes to make her case. In particular, Kim has done a lot to mend her relationship with sister Kyle Richards while most of the other cast members also welcomed her with open arms.

"Kim made a triumphant return to film the reunion and everyone was very happy to see her," a source told the outlet. "Her sister Kyle was very emotional and so happy to see Kim received with such an outpouring of love. Kim said she was sober and had been going to AA meetings."

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Kim Richards, Yolanda Foster and Kyle Richards [Image via Bravo]Apart from the heartwarming welcome home, the insider added that Kim didn't waste a minute making it clear that she enjoyed being back on the show. "It was clear that Kim was using this as the opportunity to make the case for her return next season," the source explained. "She kept saying how good it was to be back and how much she missed everyone."

According to The Hollywood Gossip, Kim Richards is also prepared to bring her fair share of drama next season. In fact, the reality star threw herself into the drama mix during the reunion when she confronted Lisa Rinna about some of her past comments.

"[Kim] lit into Lisa Rinna about comments she had made in the past," an insider shared. "She took exception to statements made that Lisa was scared of Kim. It was clear that Kim was hoping to get a reaction from Lisa."

'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Star Lisa Rinna Spills All The Tea And May Have Started World War 3 [Image via Bravo]
Lisa Rinna [Image via Bravo]Unfortunately for Kim, Rinna did not react at all to the confrontation. Instead, Rinna took a completely different approach and apologized for her past conduct.

"But Lisa took the high road and refused to let Kim get the reaction she was clearly hoping for. Lisa apologized to Kim for any pain she caused her, which was the last thing she was expecting," the source added.

Despite her inability to stir up the drama during the reunion, Kim has placed herself in a great spot for a return next season. Part of this has to do with her popularity on the show The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition, and partly in how she has been able to keep things together throughout an entire season.

According to Us Magazine, the most recent episode of The Mother/Daughter Experiment focused on the ladies confronting their biggest family issues. Despite her ill will towards graveyards, Kim's daughter Kimberly Jackson worked through some of her issues when she came face-to-face with her mother's gravestone.

"This has been one of my biggest things since I was young," Jackson shared while staring at her mother's name on the grave. "Losing her."

Kim Richards and Kimberly Jackson undergo therapy on the 'Mother/Daughter Experiment.' [Image via Lifetime]
Kim Richards and Kimberly Jackson undergo therapy on the 'Mother/Daughter Experiment.' [Image via Lifetime]The pair eventually had an emotional reunion, which was a huge step considering their past issues and everything that Kim went through last season.

Clearly, Kim has already made significant improvements in her life over the past few months. Whether or not this means that producers are willing to take another chance on he his yet to be seen. Considering how they invited her to the reunion bodes well for her chances on returning to the show as a full time cast member.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills continues Tuesday nights on Bravo.

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