Kyle Richards Discusses ‘Taking a Step Back’ From RHOBH Costars, Who Can Replace Rinna on Show, If Chrissy Teigen Would Join Series, Plus How Often She Talks to Andy

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Kyle Richards Discusses 'Taking a Step Back' From RHOBH Costars, Who Can Replace Rinna on Show, If Chrissy Teigen Would Join Series, Plus How Often She Talks to Andy

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When it comes to Lisa Rinna, does Kyle Richards agree with Erika Jayne’s assessment that Rinna is “irreplaceable?”

Ahead of production on the upcoming 13th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle spoke of a potential cast addition, revealed if Chrissy Teigen would consider, and admitted to taking a step back from her castmates after filming the season 12 reunion in September of last year.

“I don’t like to say ‘replace,’ because, you know, she’s irreplaceable. Everyone brings something different to the table. Lisa was great on the show, so it would just be somebody else who is hopefully great. But I don’t like to say ‘replace’ her, because there’s no replacing people,” Kyle explained during a joint appearance with her youngest daughter, Portia Umansky, 14, on Amazon Live on January 19.

And while she’s said on a number of occasions (as has Andy Cohen) that she would love to see Chrissy on RHOBH, she admitted it won’t happen.

“I know [Chrissy Teigen] wouldn’t join, but I just think she would be great on the show,” Kyle shared. “I know she can be controversial. She’s really funny. She’s really quick and smart.”

As Kyle prepares to begin filming the new episodes, she’s gotten into seriously great shape after embarking on a fitness regimen of “Peloton, a very long, extensive ab routine … [and] weights … hot yoga [and] hiking,” and a diet of “protein, vegetables, fruit, and carbs once in a while.”

After filming season 12 in 2022, Kyle “had to take a little step back.” That said, she did stay in touch with certain members of the show, including Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, and Dorit Kemsley.

“I talk to, on text with Garcelle, with Sutton. Rinna has sent me some messages. Dorit, I talk to obviously, but I haven’t hung out with anybody really,” she admitted. “This last season really was not fun for me. Not at all. And I really needed to take a step back … I’ve been doing my own thing and not seeing a lot of people.”

As for how often she talks to Andy, Kyle said, “We text all the time.”

Also, during the livestream, Portia named Dorit as her favorite housewife.

“Dorit is the sweetest person ever,” she revealed. “Every time I’m like, ‘[I’m] hungry,’ she’s like, ‘What can I get you, my love? What can I get you? Let me go get you some food. What do you want?’”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 is expected to go into production later this month.