On the heels of the news that Kim Richards has returned to rehab, E! News has learned that she will not be returning to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a cast member for season six.
According to sources connected to the show, it's possible Kim may return for a cameo, or a few appearances, but not as a full-time series regular.
The fates of the rest of the housewives have not yet been decided, however we are told that most of the women are expected to return.
Bravo had no comment on Kim Richards' status or the rest of the season six cast.
Another source tells E! News that it's unlikely the 50-year-old reality star will return.
Richards, who has been a cast member on RHOBH since season one in 2010, has struggled with alcohol addiction issues and sources confirmed to E! News on Tuesday that she is back in rehab, following her daughter Brooke Brinson's wedding in Mexico.
"She's doing OK, a lot better than she had been," a source told E! News, adding that Kim has been in a treatment center for a few days.
Richards, whose erratic behavior in season five lead to serious conflict with sister Kyle Richards and some of the other RHOBH cast members, was arrested in April at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (She was later charged with one count of public intoxication, one count of resisting, obstructing, delaying a peace officer or EMT, and one count of battery upon a peace officer).
After her arrest, Richards sat down for a candid interview with Dr. Phil to discuss her struggle with sobriety.
"I'm a very strong person and I have been sober. I haven't been working a program," she told him through the tears. "Living through a season on a show, sometimes it's hard to just get through it. The fans are really hard on me."
Richards later stormed out of the interview, when she believed three of her children were there to hold an intervention. Days later, she checked herself into rehab.
The ratings for RHOBH held steady in season five, averaging about 1.8 million viewers, which is close to its season-four average. Real Housewives of Atlanta remains the franchise's highest-rated series.
Best wishes to Kim and her family.
—Additional reporting by Beth Sobol