It’s official — Denise Richards has signed on as a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member!
“I am so excited to join the cast of [RHOBH] as I am a huge fan of the show.” the 47-year-old actress confirmed.
The mom of three joins existing cast members: Lisa Vanderpump, Kylie Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Dorit Kemsley, for the Bravo reality series ninth season.
“I am looking forward to spending time with all the ladies… and hopefully meeting Boy George!!” Richards added to PEOPLE, referencing Kemsley’s close friendship with the ’80s pop icon. (Her husband, Paul, is Boy George’s manager.)
Richards comes with a lot of contraversary — she was married to the infamous Charlie Sheen — the two divorced in 2006 after three years of marriage.
In January 2016 — just two months after Sheen, 51, went public with his HIV diagnosis — Richards filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against her ex-husband for allegedly not providing all of the financial support he had promised toward the care of their children. Apparently, Richards had known Sheen was HIV-positive for a number of years and that he was infected after their split.
“Denise has been wanting to join the show for a long time,” the source explained. “She’s a huge Housewives fan and watches all of the shows. And she has close relationships with many of the women in real life, including Kyle and Lisa Rinna.”
“The timing was never right for her in the past, but the producers needed to shake the dynamic of the show up after a season without much conflict,” the source continued. “She’s going to be a great fit. She’s not afraid of the drama. And she lives a glamorous, Hollywood life — which the show looks for.”
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