Lisa Vanderpump Thinks Kim Richards Was "Integral" in Making RHOBH a Success

The #RHOBH restaurateur defends the alum in the wake of gossip.

Kim Richards may no longer be a full-time member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills crew, but that doesn't mean she doesn't remain a hot topic of conversation within the clique. In fact, Kyle Richards' sister, who was a full-time 'Wife for the show's first five seasons, remains an important part of the series' legacy, according to Lisa Vanderpump. The RHOBH restaurateur recently came to Kim's defense in the wake of gossip regarding Kim's sobriety.

As you might recall, RHOBH rookie Eden Sassoon got caught up with Lisa Rinna in regards to Kim's current sobriety status (and those infamous comments from Rinna) — and Vanderpump has a message for her and any other 90210 rookies.

"Well I think it might be overwhelming right at the beginning. But I also think it's accumulative. I don't think you have that huge following until you've been on a show quite a few years, so I think you can adapt to it slowly. But you know I think everybody they should be thankful to join a reality show that's a hit reality show is a luxury. And I think that people like Kim Richards, you know, she shouldn't be put down," Lisa recently told The Daily Dish.

In fact, she credits the alum for helping to make the show what it is today. "I don't like that — the fact when people are commenting on her because Kim Richards was an integral part of making the Beverly Hills Housewives show a hit," Lisa said. "And the fact that she's not on the show anymore and people are still talking about her, I think that is a bit of a shame really."

Kim will pop up again going into the RHOBH season finale. Preview, below.

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