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EXCLUSIVE: Kim Richards Refuses To Join Housewives Cast On Ellen After Drinking Problem Exposed

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Feb. 1 2011, Published 6:20 a.m. ET

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It looks like the ladies of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will be minus a cast member when they all tape the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Kim Richards is the only Housewife not appearing with the cast, a source close to the family told RadarOnline.com, because she’s embarrassed that her drinking problem was revealed on national television on the show's recent season finale.

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“She’s not doing Ellen because Bravo aired that she was an alcoholic on the reality show and she didn’t want that to be made public,” the source said.

But the problem goes much deeper than that.

“She’s not willing to admit she’s an alcoholic. That’s why she left rehab after one week.”

According to our source, Kim’s family  --  which includes her sister and reality co-star Kyle and the famous Hilton clan  --  has been trying to get her help for years, only now it’s tearing the family apart.

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“Her family and friends have tried to help her and she’s not willing to accept the help, leaving everyone in her family in peril because of her stubbornness,” said the source. “Her daughters have been trying to move out of their mom’s house because the drinking is that bad.”

As of now, it’s still uncertain whether Kim will return for season 2 of the hit Bravo show.

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