Kim Richards Talks To Dr. Phil About Her Arrest: “None of This Would Have Happened If I Didn’t Drink”

Posted on Apr 21 2015 - 1:17pm by BeachSpin

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Could Kim Richards be hitting rock bottom…again? “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star sat down with television doctor, Dr. Phil, to discuss her battle with alcoholism, and recent arrest, following a drunken rampage at the Beverly Hills Hotel, on April 16th. The interview will air as a special episode on Tuesday, April, 28th.

Richards was charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting arrest, and battery on an officer, after reportedly refusing to leave the Beverly Hills Hotel, after becoming ornery and bothering other customers, in the hotel’s restaurant. Her sobriety, or lack thereof, was a major focus of the just wrapped season of her Bravo reality show, with Kim adamantly insisting that she was maintaining stone cold sobriety, and hadn’t even been struggling with the addiction monster that has plagued her for decades.

READ: Step Out of the Spotlight! Bravo Challenged to FIRE Kim Richards to Spur Recovery

Her story line took disturbing twists and turns, with her off camera arrest crushing all of her blathering, finger-pointing demands that questioning her condition was out of line. Kim finally takes some responsibility with Dr. Phil, her back against a wall that has no shady best friend, or enabling bystanders holding it up. Richards commented,

“I was angry and frightened and I was scared,. I knew what I had done. The whole night is my fault. None of this would have happened if I didn’t drink.”

Evidently, it takes being dragged out of a bathroom, booting an officer, and getting arrested to push Richards to some accountability.  Who else could she blame for such a careening spectacle?

“Ms. Richards was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication including slurred speech and belligerent insolent behavior cursing at the officers and passively resisted arrest,” the police department said.

Her sister, Kyle, is FOR SURE in the clear on this one! Has Richards truly chosen to face her demons head on, and with what motives do you think she approached this interview?  Has she bottomed out to the point where yet another stint in rehab may actually trigger change? This interview appears reminiscent of the sit down that she had with Andy Cohen about three years ago, when she admitted her raging problem, and sincerely committed to aggressively pursuing sobriety. As any addict knows, the struggle is real, and rarely completely vanishes, the way Richards claimed it had this season.

Will Kim try and pull off that the public drunken meltdown was an isolated incident? Will Dr. Phil approach the subject of a possible pill dependency? Dr. Phil is used to addicts trying to bamboozle him….how do you think this interview will go down?

 

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  • TartLemon

    Kim likes it on ‘rock bottom’ because she keeps making the CHOICES that keep her there. She’s (in)famous again. Face slapped all over the tabs. I’ll watch the Dr Phil interview hoping he does not coddle her like that lying POS Taylor. He generally sends people from the show directly to rehab. Is she in rehab?

    Instead of pampering her with this individual interview, I wish Dr Phil had made her face the bright filled studio. He has no license to do therapy, does he?

    • when Dr Phil pays for interviews like this he coddles – see LOHAN WASTED interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vNULJ2uC5U

      • twifan2

        WHY was she on there?! o.0

        • MidwestMiddie

          Being a bad mother ………?????
          Also, perhaps an abuser of drugs and alcohol????
          I’ve only read the headlines about this family.

          • twifan2

            Oh I see-to confirm it! Got ya. 🙂

        • Sophia Z.

          Dr Phil… Ratings whore.

      • MidwestMiddie

        Good Grief!!!

      • So sad to see the druggie the mother has turned into. Ugh!

    • MidwestMiddie

      Good Question about Dr. Phil.
      I had no idea but from a quick internet read, he isn’t licensed to practice.
      He is educated and is a doctor but most would consider him an Entertainer MD.

  • MorningYawn

    So she admits she drank that night… do you think she says that was a slip like “Monty’s pill”, or will she cop to being an alcoholic? Will she flat out apologize to her kids, her sisters, and the ladies on the show she attacked and berated? I don’t watch Dr. Phil, but I am really hoping that he digs his heels in and doesn’t let her deflect~

    • Dr. Phil is beast with the druggies and pins them good. This interview will be very interesting.

      • MorningYawn

        Good to know! If it’s fluff and I watch I will be annoyed!

  • twifan2

    She needs to admit she also does drugs.

    Where’s her ‘bff’ Brandi?!

    • RonnieIsBack

      Trying to secure a tampon deal..

      • twifan2

        Think they may be stringing Brandi along? 😉

        • MidwestMiddie

          Road Show!!!!!!
          Applause ………
          : )

          • twifan2

            American Horror Story-Freak Show The After Show! 😀

  • Ilivehereandlikeit

    Alcohol isn’t the only addiction she has, addiction to fame seems to be vying for the top spot too.

    Go get help and get the F off of TV – jeesh!!!!

    (My opinion, she’ll never get better until she gets out of the public eye, goes to an inpatient rehab facility and doesn’t try to spin her illness in order to garner attention.)

    • Ilivehereandlikeit

      Oh and one more thing, I’d have a lot more respect for her if she’d gone directly to rehab as opposed to going directly to the Dr. Phil show….

      • MidwestMiddie

        X100

      • Sophia Z.

        LMAO.

      • Just a jersey girl

        I think she went to Dr. Phil because he will send and pay for her to go to rehab. Then she will have follow up shows.

  • twifan2

    The interview will probably go down with Kim saying ‘That topic is off limits.’
    I’m kind of surprised she did a Dr Phil interview & not another Andy one. :/

    • Sophia Z.

      LOL, off limits. You nailed it.

  • KIM will lie n deny – and tow the Bravo line – why else would Bravo pre approve the interview?

    • twifan2

      I was hoping that Bravo was ‘distancing’ themselves away from Kim, but $$$/ratings talks. :/

    • MidwestMiddie

      Good Point about Bravo having to pre-approve the interview.
      I am really beginning to hate Bravo and the majority of their shows.
      “It’s All About The $$$$$$”
      Gag

      • Sophia Z.

        I couldn’t agree more with you on this. As I watch how people react on other websites such as ones that try to be like this website and twitter, all of the Bravo shows do is bring out hate and anger in people. So much arguing over things that were not caught on camera, etc… Who to hate today… I became aware of the huge negativity when I went social to discuss. Bravo has formulated a negative nightmare with an audience that seems to want more negativity in the shows which brings Bravo $$$$$

        • misstc

          ITA. But I am not one who likes all this negativity & rachetness. I enjoy Below Deck, So. Charm, MMatchr, where people can be dysfunctional, but funny at same time.

          • Sophia Z.

            I’m with you on that. I enjoy the same shows sans matchmaker. I love the humor side of it and even some of the drama… just not the insanity that draws hate.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Love Below Deck and the Real Estate Shows………..
            I missed out on the beginning of Southern Charm. : (
            So many comment about how it may be the best of Bravo’s shows.

        • RonnieIsBack

          Oh yes, the Pimp hand is strong with Bravo…trust.

          • Sophia Z.

            Proof? Brandi and Kim are still employed w/ Bravo as far as we know.

    • twifan2

      OMG Doxing! Monty really twitted that he does live with Kim to you & some others & now he’s supposedly issued a statement that he doesn’t live with Kim?! (as per Tart above). This is all confuddling! o.0

  • side of Sour Cream

    I detest this woman more each day.

    • MidwestMiddie

      Agree.

      She has joined Felon Tre, Brandi, Bethenny and several others on my
      Bravo Detest List. Funny how most of them are Andy’s BFFs.

      Bravo will parade Kim out there all in the guise of doing something good when
      in reality for Bravo, it is about the money.

      • misstc

        Is Nene included? She is in my book. LOL

        • MidwestMiddie

          lol

  • TartLemon

    Supposedly Monty has made a statement that he does not live with Kim and never offered his very potent pain meds. Monty was married to Kim knows her propensities well.

    • RonnieIsBack

      Oooh for realz!? That is some great tea!

    • chacha1

      I bet Monty was furious when she said Monty gave her pills for her pain …… and I also heard that although she says that he lives with her and takes care of him it is all a lie …. and remember in the limo ride to the poker party when she said Monty disappeared for 3 days

  • misstc

    Good article Beach; looking forward to Dr. Phil next week. One disturbing broadcast was by ET last week who said Kim/family blaming Bravo for her fallout? Hope to see Kim take responsibility for her actions – AGAIN.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    The way she is sitting there…I can already tell it will be deflection, lies…and blaming the incident on Lisa Vanderpump…

    • RonnieIsBack

      hehehehh and Kyle…

    • Throw in Lisa Rinna for good measure.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    ‘None of this wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t drink’ …well DUH you dumbass, druggie loser!

    Bring your ass to rehab…no one needs to hear you ramble about sober this & sober that…GAWD I can’t stand this woman!!! Never seeing her face again won’t be too soon for me!!!

  • Just a jersey girl

    Did Dr. Phil offer the biggest paycheck.

  • RonnieIsBack

    This drunk azz…she owes Kyle and HUGE apology….I just wish Brandi was caught pouring it down her throat.
    You know that skank saw her getting sloshed..and probably ran like hell…

  • Dr. Phil must have a massive budget to snag Kim. I bet Andy is PISSED!!

    • MidwestMiddie

      One poster mentioned that Bravo would have to have given permission
      for Kim to be interviewed by Dr. Phi.
      Sounds about right doesn’t it?

      • Not if Dr. Phil is under NBC which I think he may be but not 100% certain.

        • MidwestMiddie

          True.
          I have no idea if Dr. Phil is part of NBC.

          • I think his show airs on NBC but I’m sure…..might want to look that up.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Just checked – 2015 – CBS has Production Rights for his show.

          • LOL – We’re both checking. I just checked my local listings and he’s on NBC here. See TV Guide schedule below. Refresh.

          • chacha1

            CBS here in Chicago ….. Hey everyone 🙂

          • Seems like CBS for most folks. Hey my lovely Chacha! 🙂

          • chacha1

            and how are you my lovely cyber friend 🙂

          • I’m sooo tired but not complaining. I’m loving the Spring weather! 🙂

        • twifan2

          I thought it was under CBS?

          • I’m not sure…

          • MidwestMiddie

            Correct.

          • I just checked and Dr. Phil is on NBC here. I’m in Texas.

          • MidwestMiddie

            I think syndication of his show may have him on all of
            the various networks, however on his website at
            the bottom of the page, CBS is listed as having
            Production Rights (or some wording similar to that) for 2015.

            ***** Edit – It is Distribution, CBS.

          • Well there you go. CBS got got him.

          • MidwestMiddie

            So how did Kim manage to give this interview to Dr. Phil
            and not to Bravo Andy?
            Did Kim ask Bravo’s permission or go off on her own?

          • That’s a good question. Andy likes to monopolize everything so I can’t see him willingly giving Dr. Phil the interview over him but another possibility is Bravo is trying to “look” like they’re getting Kim help and may have approached Dr. Phil or working with him in some capacity. Who knows.

          • MidwestMiddie

            “Who knows?”
            That is the question…………
            IF by chance your speculation is right and Bravo is attempting
            to “Look” like they’re getting Kim help……the responses here and
            elsewhere prove them wrong.
            It seems like, right now, Dr. Phil is as popular as Kim. lol.

          • HAHA! So true.

    • RonnieIsBack

      YEs it is called OPRAH. ….HEHHHE

      • twifan2

        He’s so OWN! 😀

      • Uh huh!

    • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

      I hope it’s a sign that they don’t care because they aren’t renewing her contract. Please dear Gods let it be so.

      • Hey Eyes! Haven’t seen you in awhile, hope all is well. Sorry hon but Kim is the HOTTEST star in the Bravo boardroom right now. They are loving all the publicity she’s bringing the show/network.

        • Jennymckitty

          I have such a low opinion of Bravo. I keep thinking they are worried not signing her contract and Kim ODing…worried about not capturing it on film.

        • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

          Hi Seuss! All good thanks 🙂 I hope all is well in your world too. That’s my fear, she’s loving this and it will keep her around. That interview was so damn quick for someone who so fiercely wanted to censor her castmates all season about the same issue.

    • MorningYawn

      Kid gloves with Kim… Don’t want to upset the apple cart!

  • Birdie

    Kim has already had enough people yammering at her about choices that she REFUSES to make. I would much rather see the Richards family, along with her adult children, sit down with an expert (NOT Dr Phil) to counsel them to shut her drunk ass out of their lives until she chooses to put them before booze and pills. I would love to see an end to this loser dragging people through the gutter.

    • Chloe

      Well said — Dr. Phil is a joke counselor chasing ratings. He could care less about Kim’s sobriety.

    • Marsbars09

      Good point Birdie.

  • Chloe

    Brandi should join Kim in this intervention. On her 21 days of not drinking she still took a Xanax and that is the same thing as drinking in any substance abuse program. She is just as mean as Kim at times and her language and behavior is disgusting.

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Well… after the show for ratings drama of course, hopefully she gets some real help. On Dr. Phil’s/Oprah’s dime, but hopefully it will set her on a true path to recovery.
    Still don’t want to see you & your messiness on my TV though.
    Best of luck to you.

  • undergroundrailroadtrain

    Now if Lisa R, Kyle and Eileen release a collective “I told you so” statement

  • Pony Mama

    Oy Vey! Yes it’s the drink’s fault, it catapulted itself into your mouth, and you are once again an innocent victim Kim. Your poor children… that’s all I can say. I feel so bad for them.

  • chacha1

    I read that Dr. Phil of crap offered her rehab but she said that she has to be at her daughters wedding so she turned him down at this time ….

    • HAHAHAHA! Make sense…. the wedding will have all the alcohol for her consumption…why waste rehab. LOL.

      • Pony Mama

        Yeah, why cool her heels in rehab when she can be wasted in Mexico? Nothing bad ever happens to intoxicated people in Mexico. Although, come to think of it, maybe that is the best place for her?

        • Ahahahaha! I wish I could upvote this comment 100x!

        • fred

          Margaritaville

      • chacha1

        Right LOL

  • Pony Mama

    Can anyone enlighten me? I thought that the Bravo contracts had a stipulation that someone had to wait a year after their last episode aired of their show to be featured on another network. Sheree waited a year to do Iyanla, and Horseface mcgrifter Gretchen had to wait a year for her couples therapy disaster to air it seemed. So is Kim violating her Bravo contract?

    • chacha1

      Brandi, Kim and Teresa are special and Andy only promotes violence, criminals, alcohol and bullying

      • Pony Mama

        Like Seuss said earlier in this article comments, I wish I could upvote your comment 100x!

        • chacha1

          Thank You 🙂

      • pixntrix

        Can we please add Nene and Tamara to that list?

        • fred

          that is the
          president and vice president of rachetness

          • pixntrix

            Lol Fred so true

      • carefreemama

        And we all watch/listen. Shame on us!!

        • Rochelle Barozzi

          Exactly. We can blame Andy and Bravo all we want. But WE still tune in and watch. Let’s face it if we were really that disgusted we wouldn’t watch any more. But we do! Me included.

    • bellaboo

      It sure as hell wont be the last, how long has it been since kim wrote a blog?? Its as if she just does & says what she wants. I just hope dr phil wont put up with her and her pointing her finger in his face, & says ive been sober for 3 yrs, go take care of your own family, her finger justa pointing. Dr phil i know you are really good at seeing through an addict, hop you do the same with kim. She needs rehab & intensive mental health therapy.

  • chacha1

    Like Andy Cohen says “take a drink everytime the word Kim is mentioned” Mazel !!!

    • Omg! We’re so bad. Hahahaha!

      • chacha1

        yes we are 🙂

    • twifan2

      Yep! I know I couldn’t hold as much liquor as Kim! 😀

  • TartLemon

    One of Kim’s first stories about the pill poppin’ was they called Monty’s Dr to prescribe it over the phone. Then it was Monty who gave it to her for pneumonia/bronchitis. Interesting at the poker party Kim was smoking CIGARS. Must have been hell on the (phantom) pneumonia/bronchitis.

    • twifan2

      But didn’t she first say the pain was from a hernia? o.0

      • TartLemon

        Probably. There’s been so many.

      • dj j

        and a broken rib hahha

    • bellaboo

      She never coughed at the poker party, both of those illnesses you have a terrible cough..

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      THIS!

  • Well that was quick. Instead of getting help, she goes on Dr. Phil, the ultimate pawn, to exploit her illness even further. She’s such a sad and twisted individual.

  • bellaboo

    I am curious how much money she is making for this interview? I just thought about something. Kim has been so angry at kyle because of alexias picture on instagram, i wonder who will kim blame for her arrest? The cop, the bartender, her ride or did she drive, if she drove, will she blame the car. Nono we do need to take this serious, just hope kim does too

    • TartLemon

      Kim needed someone to foot the bill for the latest rehab. Otherwise, she would have to go to regular/average people rehab.

    • C.R.

      Kim didn’t blame anyone but herself, that’s what this interview is about.

      • MidwestMiddie

        My guess is that this interview is nothing more than a public relation ploy.
        Kim may say she blames herself because that is what she knows she
        has to say. Deep down, she probably has a “List”of those whom she
        thinks are responsible for her problems. I, also, bet she will say this
        was the only time this season, outside of the “pill” incident, that she was
        not clear minded and sober.
        She is an alcoholic with the gift for lying to herself and everyone
        around her.
        Hopefully this time, the game is over and she will complete rehab.

        • Marsbars09

          True dat MM! I was wondering if Dr. Phil could really “help” her.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Dr. Phil has the education and credentials, even if he doesn’t have
            a license, BUT he is first and foremost an Entertainment Doctor.
            If he really wanted to help her, imo, he would have agreed to see her
            off camera. Also, as everyone knows, Kim has to want the help.

        • dj j

          that is why I knew she wasn’t sober and hasn’t been sober. When you are working a sobriety program, you don’t carry resentments. She is still going on about that house from years ago.

          • MidwestMiddie

            True.

      • dj j

        she blamed everyone else yesterday. Her agent told her to take responsiblity, I mean she’s going on dr phil.

  • TartLemon

    Kim’s already had the Dr Phil interview. Is she in rehab?

    • twifan2

      Nope, she declined for now.

      • pixntrix

        OMG I thought for sure she would go…that is sad

        • Sherri

          Given the circumstances. This might be where the Sober Coach comes in play. She has a lot going on right now and what would really push her over the edge is missing her daughter’s wedding and not being there for Monty”s final moments.

          • twifan2

            Which boils down to more excuses for her to use for not going into rehab…
            & so it goes.

          • MidwestMiddie

            This is her daughter’s second wedding to the same man.
            Kim was there for the official ceremony/wedding. I’ll bet
            most family and guests attending the 2nd Ceremony would
            prefer for Kim to be in rehab vs at the 2nd Wedding.
            With Kim there, the focus will be on her and not on the Wedding couple.
            Also folks will be worried ……
            Will Kim spoil the wedding?
            If she drinks will she hurt herself and/or someone else?

            Going into rehab would be the most loving gift Kim could give
            to her family.

          • dj j

            she needs more than a sober coach. Being sober is not just using. You have to fix what causes you to drink and drug in the first place. She needs a sponsor and needs to go to meetings every single day. That should be her priority. I’m sure her daughter would agree.

          • MorningYawn

            All that plus professional counseling – lots of it.

  • TartLemon

    IMO, the only shocking thing about this is that Kyle has not made all kinds of statements to the tabs making it all about herself. I think I heard a flock of pigs flying by.

    • Marsbars09

      As Kyle should just allow things to play out without getting involved.

  • Marsbars09

    I don’t see how a Dr. Phil interview will get Kim back on track. However, if Dr. Phil is seriously concerned about Kyle’s well being he’d recommend a hard core rehabilitation plan for her.

    • M Davis

      He does and she refuses to go at this time as she wants to attend her daughter’s 2nd wedding to the same man that is scheduled for next month.

      • bellaboo

        If she goes to treatment, she was gonna go to the wedding. I had to go in for depression once, but i told them, only if i could attend my sisters wedding. I went to treatment & to the wedding. So they are willing to help with outside activities, but she is using anything to keep from going, & the whole family including brooke, & chad begged her to go, but NO, NO, NO

        • M Davis

          I am glad that you were able to get the treatment you needed. Depression is no joke at all. All the best to you!

  • dj j

    It’s obvious she hired someone for damage control, and she is saying what she thinks we want to hear.

    • I agree…that’s very obvious. When has she ever taken accountability…NEVER!

    • MorningYawn

      I don’t think think she had the wherewithal to do that. Maybe it was Kathy, Bravo, hell the fat burger folks. But Kim I don’t see that would not be reflective enough to think crisis management so quickly. From times we’ve seen that behavior, like poker night, dinner in Hawaii a few years back, she’d be thinking “F- everyone, I don’t need to explain myself”

  • Vic

    Part of me feels sorry for her, as I’m a very empathic person. Then, the other part of me knows what it’s like to live w/an addict, my ex-husband is a high-functioning alcoholic, that never seemed to get past the 70s/80s ‘coke phase’ either. He was very abusive, physically (scars all over my body) and verbally/mentally (things he’s said I’ll never forget) when he got jacked up, or didn’t get jacked up and jonesing for a line, so I can relate to her ‘addict’ side of denial/I don’t have a problem/It’s not me, it’s you/and the hateful side. Many addicts are mean to people because the mere thought of thinking they have a problem, or someone telling them they do, sets them off when confronted….I get that. They deflect so much onto other people. I guess all of us, as human beings, deserve a happy & healthy life, even addicts. I’m sure there is much good inside of her (I do see it, I really do) but her addiction isn’t allowing people to see it fully, as her behavior overpowers the good she does emit. From one human being to another, I wish her a healthy recovery, and that she find happiness….and stops being an azzhat/mean to others. She does seem very sad/depressed/in pain.

    • MorningYawn

      I am glad you made it through that Guest!

    • bellaboo

      DITTO, when kim started saying she doesnt struggle with her sobriety, because that is a bold face lie. Something an addict who is not working the program, or even perhaps never got clean/sober. Also saying she took 1 pain pill (yea 1), and its not considered a relapse, or a slip, & because she had “A REASON” it doesnt count, it doesnt MATTER WHAT THE EFFN REASON IS, & kim needs to get over herself about making up HER RULES as she goes along. when she should know it was a relapse & if she had done the work, she woul know better. Its all of the facts i have seen, or heard that makes me think she is not clean. Especially when there was so many times i dont think she was using6

  • kathy

    I dont feel sorry for her!! She knows whay she is doing. Junkies have a hard time admitting to their flaws.. she needs to get off the show and focus on her recovery.

  • bellaboo

    During the whole reunion, she kept saying “LETS GET THIS CLEAR, IM NOT STRUGGLING WITH MY SOBRIETY”, i knew then, she definately is not sober. I dont care how many years you have clean, you still struggle, fight the triggers. Thats why you have a sponser, go to meetings, & work the program, always. The thirst (for a,cohol, pills, etc) doesnt go away just because you say so. Also kim got agitated whenever she was asked about meetings, sponser, when in fact if she was working HER program, wouldnt have gotten mmiffed and wouldnt say, bla, bla, bla, bla, like she did. There were so many RED FFLAGS, but because kim is under the influence, she really doesnt have control of her emotions. I am truly sorry for her family, all of her family, but at the same time, i rejoiced because lisa r, & eileen, & even kyle were vindicated. Like “i told you so” Just like kim said kyle wanted to say “i told you so” when she was trying to tell kim about brandi talking out of both sides of her mouth. Kim needed to be knocked down off of her high horse, & now she OWES A LOT OF PEOPLE A PUBLIC SINCERE APOLOGY FOR HER ATTITUDE, ESPECIALLY AT THE REUNION. SHE WAS BAD ALL SEASON, ALL MIGHTY ATTITUDE, that swayed all season around her, & i even think she got off on all of the attention, even tho she acted different. Its a vicous cycle