In typical Bravo-lebrity fashion, Kyle Richards is hinting at an early exit from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. After making her debut on the 90210’s output of Bravo’s successful franchise last fall, Kyle quickly asserted herself as the “normal” one with the “solid” marriage and the “happy” family. (Unless Allison DuBois is concerned.) The Demi Moore doppelgänger seemed genuinely likable, with a hot, supportive husband and enviable Rapunzel-length hair. But while the show was lauded a season of excess and luxury in one of the most infamous zip codes in the world, watching Beverly Hills gradually went from laughing at middle-aged women’s horrible dancing and attempts to seductively eat cotton candy, to cringing at the dissolution of a marriage (Camille and Kelsey Grammer) and a castmate’s excessive drinking (Kim Richards).
But the aunt to Paris and Nicky Hilton isn’t confirming a departure just yet. “The show has been picked up for a second season, but I’m not sure if I’m coming back yet,” she told E! over the weekend. While rumors about new cast members have been moving as fast as Lisa Vanderpump down an L.A. freeway, Bravo is keeping mum on possible additions. “The only thing we’ve announced is that the show is coming back for a second season,” a rep for the network told EW. Would Kyle’s potential absence make you less likely to watch? As long as Lisa has Giggy and Adrienne Maloof continues to wear outfits like this, I’ll be tuning in, but which Housewives do you need to make it through a second season? Should Kyle Richards return to Real Housewives, PopWatchers? (Or, in a season that was tainted by such heavy events, should any of them?)
Of course, Kyle’s not the first Real Housewife to flirt with life outside of Bravo’s brightly colored walls. (But Danielle Staub and Bethenny Frankel she is not.) Will she simply ride off into the Housewives sunset (relatively) unscathed, or become another forgotten former reality star like Kimberly Bryant and DeShawn Snow? (Who? Exactly.) And are these one-season-wonder ladies smart for bowing out before the dance singles and SVU gigs, or stupid for missing the chance to market their own wine?