Could Denise Richards Return To Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills? Here’s What Garcelle Beauvais Says

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Denise Richards’ two-season arc on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills revealed a lot more about the actress than she probably anticipated. Fans learned that she has no problem being the only one in the group without a super glam squad. She also liked to talk, a lot, about her and her husband's sexual exploits on national television. But thanks in part to one Brandi Glanville, the drama seemingly went too far for Richards, who quit after the show's previous season. While a future return to the show seems unlikely, Garcelle Beauvais has now chimed in.

Many fans were disappointed that Denise Richards didn't return for the current season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Too many loose ends were just never fully resolved, even after her final reunion. However, Garcelle Beauvais fanned our flames of hope concerning her former co-star, who she is still in contact with. On Watch What Happens Live, Beauvais shared:

I think she wants to come back... Somebody's got to go, though. Just sayin’!

Garcelle Beauvais’ revelation is certainly a shocker. In Denise Richards’ dramatic last Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season, she was accused of having an affair with Brandi Glanville and lying about it. Glanville also made it seem as though Richards’ husband would “kill” her if he ever found out. Richards vehemently denied it and tried to shut down filming several times whilst it was being discussed by the group on the show.

If what Garcelle Beauvais is saying is true, the only question that remains is which current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star does Denise Richards allegedly want axed? We can rule out newbies Sutton Stracke and Crystal Kung Minkoff, who weren't castmates on Richards’ seasons. That only leaves Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne.

It seemed as though Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen believed Lisa Rinna is on the chopping block when discussing the potential on Watch What Happens Live, which Garcelle Beauvais neither confirmed nor denied. He also indicated that such a decision “doesn’t always work.” Since we’re all talking about it as a possibility, though, it is the logical choice. Rinna relentlessly questioned Denise Richards about the affair rumor – to the detriment of their supposed decades-long friendship.

Quite frankly, only Lisa Rinna and Halloween Kills star Kyle Richards are likely targets for Denise Richards’ Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cut list. Kyle had, in fact, allowed Brandi Glanville the opening on the show to bring up the hookup allegations in the first place. But the idea of either Rinna or Kyle (the two who have been on the show the longest of anyone) getting fired so Denise Richards can step back into the fray is a fool’s errand. (I’m sure that disappoints Lisa Vanderpump, who apparently wants the same thing to happen.)

One thing is certain: it's not Brandi Glanville who's preventing Denise Richards’ return to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Glanville even said recently that she's done with the franchise for good. (We've heard that one before, though.) The ex-Bravo star, at the same time, doubled down on her accusations against Richards and, in fact, called it “freeing.”

The current season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is slowly wading into the personal and legal drama surrounding Erika Jayne. But the show thrives, too, off quirky storylines. Personally, I have been scratching my head ever since Denise Richards left about those allusions that she and her husband were being “followed” by the government over his "therapy" work. The streets demand more answers on this, Bravo.

Lauren Vanderveen
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