‘RHOBH:’ Rumors Heat up About Who Could Replace Lisa Vanderpump

Nearly moments after she announced her departure, rumors swirled over who could replace Lisa Vanderpump on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Vanderpump only recently asserted she had no interest in returning to the show next year. And confirmed she would not attend the reunion, which was just recorded.

Kim Richards, Kathy Hilton, Kyle Richards, Paris Hilton, and Nicky Hilton |Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

But as Team LVP fans grappled with this realization, rumors began to fly about who would possibly take the queen’s crown. And while Bravo hasn’t confirmed or announced who might step into her glass slippers, a few serious hints point to it being one powerful (and familiar) woman.

Hilton makes three

Kyle Richards’ sister, Kathy Hilton was spotted having dinner with producer Andy Cohen at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Daily Mail shared an Instagram post by Bruce Bozzi, owner of The Palm that pointed to Hilton as being the heir to the show’s throne.

“Sign on the dotted line… a true diamond 💎 in Beverly Hills..,” Bozzi captained along with a picture of Cohen and Hilton. @kathyhilton! #RHOBH! @bravoandy! GoodNight LA 6/7/19.”

If Hilton joins the show she will complete the circle of sisters who are cast members. When RHOBH debuted, Kyle and Kim Richards were two of the leading ladies. Kim Richards struggled endlessly with addiction throughout the series. She ultimately called it quits to focus on her sobriety although she made a few small cameo appearances this year. Only recently, Richards addressed a rumor that her niece Paris Hilton would be joining the cast. But that “wasn’t hot” for the younger Hilton.

The sisters only recently repaired their relationship

Last year Richards broke down about the fractured relationship she had with her sisters. She publicly battled with Kim on RHOBH about her sobriety, which often put the sisters at odds.

But Richards was also estranged from Hilton for some time. Tensions stemmed from Richards’ television show American Woman, which loosely portrayed her family growing up in the 1970s. At the time, Richards hoped Hilton would watch the show and see that she didn’t try to tell her family’s story. “I hope when Kathy sees the show, she’ll understand,” she told People. “I would never tell anyone else’s stories. And I felt bad because she thought it was something that it wasn’t. I was inspired by my mom [Kathleen Richards], being a single mom in the ’70s. It was a crazy, fun, reckless time. But it’s not based on my actual life.”

Eventually, Hilton did come around. The trio of sisters celebrated Kim’s birthday together. Plus an “insider” said Richards and Hilton worked out their differences. “They’ve worked on their relationship and things have gotten so much better,” the insider told People. “Kyle hated that they weren’t getting along. Kyle is so much happier when there is peace in her relationships with her sisters.”

Are fans happy about the news?

Like any update that involves Vanderpump, fan reaction is very mixed. In fact, Richards responded to Bozzi’s post with a simple, “OMG!!!!!” Some fans suspected a whole Game of Thrones type situation brewing from beneath. “Is this why it feels like this season is ‘let’s get rid of LVP’? To make room for Kathy Hilton?” one person tweeted.

Others, of course, were ready to clean house and welcome Hilton. Whereas the news that yet another sister will join the cast, helped some fans decide about whether or not they’ll continue to watch the show. “I hope @Andy realizes #RHOBH is on its way out without @LisaVanderpump,” another person tweeted. “Thanks for ruining one of the best in the franchise Andy! Who cares what the hell Kathy Hilton is up to? I will not watch without LVP. She made that show. You’re a fool to let her go Andy!”