RHOBH’s Kyle Richards on Why She Won’t Turn on Erika Jayne Despite Backlash, Casting News, and Who She’s Closest to, Plus She Reveals She Quit Drinking

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RHOBH's Kyle Richards on Allegiance to Erika Amid Legal Drama, Season 13 Casting Rumors, and Who She's Closest to, Plus Reveals She Quit Drinking

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Kyle Richards is explaining why she has remained loyal to Erika Jayne amid her legal drama.

On Monday, while appearing on Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge‘s podcast, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member, who recently cut alcohol out of her diet, revealed the “hardest thing” about the show before reacting to recent rumors regarding the next season’s cast and sharing which cast members she’s closest to.

“These girls are all important to me, the women on the show, some more than others, obviously. I have a history with them, and when I have had hard times, they really have been there for me, which is why it’s hard,” Kyle said on the January 23 episode of Two T’s in a Pod.

After noting that bringing “both of [her] sisters,” Kathy Hilton and Kim Richards, to the show was “[her] idea,” Kyle said she has a hard time going against cast members who’ve supported her.

“We get called out like, ‘Why aren’t you calling out Erika and yelling at her?’ Even though I know what the audience is saying, I’m not stupid. I read the same things. I understand that people are like, ‘What the hell? Give the earrings back.’ I get all that,” Kyle explained. “[But] it’s very hard when someone [has] been there for you for seven years and when I didn’t have my sisters … [And] when she’s calling me and saying, ‘I just want you to know, Kyle, I’m really proud of you. You’ve done an incredible job with American Woman.’”

According to Kyle, Erika and other members of the RHOBH cast have “[shown] up to [her] events” and been “really supportive” of her in recent years.

“It’s really hard. That’s probably the hardest thing about the Housewives, to sit there, ‘I’m gonna call you out.’ Really? This person’s been nothing but kind to me,” she stated. “So I have to split myself and go, ‘I understand what we’re reading but we don’t know the truth yet so I’m going to reserve judgment because she’s been a good friend to me.’”

In recent weeks, a number of women have been tied to the show, both potential new cast members and possibly returning ex-wives. But when it comes to these swirling reports, says Kyle, everything online “is a lie.”

“They keep saying that certain people are joining, not true. Every year it’s like this. It’s so weird,” she explained.

As for who she’s closest to, Kyle named Dorit Kemsley and Sutton Stracke.

“I’ve always had a great relationship with Sutton [but] they don’t show it [on RHOBH]. We talk all the time. We like to talk in the morning. We’ll stay on the phone for like an hour. She’s really fun and funny, and I love that about her,” Kyle gushed, noting that she “used to have the best time with [former co-star Eileen Davidson].“

Also on the podcast, Kyle revealed “it’s been six and a half months” since she last drank alcohol as she continues to focus on her health and fitness ahead of season 13.