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Bravo Forced Kim Richards Into Rehab

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Dec. 6 2011, Updated 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter

Rattled by recent tragedies, Bravo played it safe with Kim Richards.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has entered into rehab, and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that it was her network employer Bravo that forced her to seek help in a treatment center.

“Kim was told by the people at Bravo that she had to get help and that help meant going into rehab immediately,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”

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The reality show of the uber rich Beverly Hills women has been rocked with scandals this season since the untimely death of Taylor Armstrong’s husband.

“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows,” the source said. “They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.”

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, friends close to Kim weren’t surprised that she decided to get help.

“The pressures the women face being on the show are enormous. Kim was basically told that if she wanted to stay on the show then she had to get help, so she did.  Kim doesn’t have any other significant source of income and she needs to keep her job on the show.”

The source said the decision for Kim to get help was a relief to those close to her. “It was a strong move for Kim to go ahead and take control of the situation and get help for herself. Everyone is really proud of her.”

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