Kyle Richards on Why She Didn’t Defend Kathy Hilton at RHOBH Reunion, Kathy “Liking” Tweet Slamming Her, and Talks Kathy’s Ultimatum to Bravo, Plus Her Family’s Double Standards

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RHOBH's Kyle Richards Reacts to Kathy's "Liked" Tweet, Explains Not Defending Her at Reunion, and Talks Kathy's Casting Ultimatum, Plus Her Family's Double Standards

On Teddi Mellencamp‘s podcast on Friday, Kyle Richards reacted to the Twitter post her sister, Kathy Hilton, “liked” last week. The post accused Kyle of being responsible for Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne‘s efforts to take Kathy down amid Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 and criticized her for “laughing at a 14-year-old Black boy getting verbally abused.”

Before opening up about why she didn’t speak up for Kathy more during the reunion and weighing in on Kathy’s ultimatum to production, Kyle revealed what Kathy told her about the shocking post.

“I would never do that. When I first saw that, I thought she tweeted that and I said, ‘Someone must have hacked her. She would never do that,’” Kyle revealed on the October 28 episode of Two Ts in a Pod.

But when Kyle confronted her sister about it, Kathy took ownership for the “like,” but she insisted that she “liked” the post “by accident.”

Looking back at her ongoing family drama on RHOBH, Kyle said that it’s hard for fans to understand the history between herself and Kathy, as well as Kim Richards.

“Even Kim will tell you that being on the Housewives helped her. I’m not gonna go back in time. You cannot understand family dynamics. You can think you do because you’ve watched the show, you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors,” Kyle shared. “You have no idea the history.”

And as Kyle explained, revealing her complicated background with Kathy and Kim would only make her life “more complicated.”

“So if I have to have people hate me for thinking a certain thing, I’ll take it. I’d rather have people that don’t know me think I’m an a–hole than deal with more problems with my own blood by speaking up,” Kyle admitted. “My husband [Mauricio Umansky] will say, ‘Why didn’t you speak up and say this?’ Because it will make it worse. It could be one month without talking or 10 years. So what’s better for me?”

As for her quiet demeanor at the RHOBH reunion, which saw Kathy facing off with Lisa over claims she made against Kyle and her family amid her meltdown in Aspen, Kyle said she “didn’t want to” speak up on Kathy’s behalf because she was “hurt.”

“When you are hurt by somebody, it’s not always so cut and dry. I’m not subscribing to the idea that you stick with family no matter what because sometimes when you’re treated really poorly, you have to take a step back regardless of whether it’s blood or not and you have to have boundaries,” Kyle explained. “If you don’t know the whole story, you can’t know why I wasn’t jumping in and not defending.”

“It’s not no matter with blood you get to treat me however you want because we’re blood and I’m gonna have to take it because we’re blood and I’m gonna stick by you no matter what cuz we’re blood. If you’re mistreated, you’re mistreated and that’s how I feel,” Kyle continued. “And I was just at that point, really, really upset and hearing the things I was hearing and obviously defensive of my family, meaning my husband and my children. And I just didn’t want to. I was like, ‘Why would I when I’m hearing this and she’s saying, ‘I did‘?’”

Although Kyle isn’t sure who will and won’t return to RHOBH for season 13, she said Kathy likely won’t get her way when it comes to her ultimatum, which saw the series “friend” revealing she would not return if Lisa and Erika remained on the cast.

“Anytime a cast member has said, ‘I don’t want to do the show with so-and-so,’ that doesn’t work,” Kyle stated. “That doesn’t happen. Maybe she doesn’t realize that but that doesn’t work. By the way, the more you don’t want someone on, the more they’re gonna want them on. So that just doesn’t fly. Bravo makes up their own decisions.”

Continuing on about Kathy’s many social media disses, as well as those of her nieces, Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Kyle suggested they made Kathy’s apology feel inauthentic.

“It’s what’s happened since [Aspen]. The apology, I could’ve been good and done with but then it starts, people taking to social media and clips and it’s like, people getting upset I didn’t jump in and say something like, ‘Rinna, how dare you call out my sister?’ But I have blood, family, liking mean tweets about me and liking tweets saying I should be fired from the show I’ve been on 12 years that I brought my sister in to have fun with her,” Kyle said. “I’m like, ‘What’s this? Why is there this double standard?’ I don’t think people are noticing that.”

Kyle then said that she believes much of the RHOBH cast remained silent in regard to the drama surrounding Kathy because they didn’t want to take on the fan-favorite.

“When someone on the show is liked, people don’t like to go up against them. You used to see that a lot with Lisa Vanderpump, or even me,” she noted. “They think they don’t want to fight with me because it’s gonna create an issue. Not always. But I think that all of them are like, ‘Well if we say that Kathy did this or was not nice to Kyle, then people are going to hate us because they like her and people are mad at Kyle right now.’ I see through all that.”

In closing, Kyle said that despite what fans have seen on RHOBH, she still loves her family very much.

“I love my family no matter what. My sisters, my sisters and kids and their kids. And I just hope that doesn’t get lost in all that. Even if I can get upset or be hurt, I love my family.’