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Real Housewife Kim Richards: 'I'm An Alcoholic'

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Jan. 26 2012, Updated 10:30 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards admits she's an "alcoholic" during a segment slated to air on the show's upcoming reunion special, confirming what RadarOnline.com readers have long known as part of our ongoing coverage of the show's fascinating cast. 

As we previously reported, Kim was not at the show’s reunion, but taped a separate solo interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen in which she explained why she checked into a rehab facility as the show wound down this season.

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“I’m an alcoholic,” she said. “I’m an alcoholic.”

The 47-year-old socialite aunt of Paris Hilton, whose confession is seen on a video on People, had previously admitted on the show she'd taken a cocktail of prescription pills, including Lexapro, Trazadone and Topamax.

And don't forget the time she famously fought with her sister Kyle during last season's finale, when Kyle called Kim a delusional and demented alcoholic, adding, "Mom had to die and leave this on my shoulders!”

Our friends at Star Magazine reported in their November 28 issue that Kim's brazen behavior was causing show officials to think about giving her the boot, unless she sought treatment.

“She may have to go to rehab in order to save her job on the show,” a source close to Richards told Star. “People involved with the show are concerned and might have to step in ... friends and family don’t talk about what’s going on with Kim.”

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The complex personal lives of the Beverly Hills cast has made for some of reality TV's most dramatic real-life storylines, as viewers have sat in on Camille Grammer's painful break-up with superstar husband Kelsey; Eddie Cibrian's ex Brandi Glanville struggling to make friends with the sometimes-catty cast; and of course, Taylor Armstrong's troubled marriage to late husband Russell, who killed himself in August before this season began airing.

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