The final episodes of the last season garnered record ratings for the reality show franchise, which featured Taylor Armstrong finally admitting to the other ladies that she was physically abused by her late husband, Russell Armstrong.
The Texas beauty feared that she wouldn't be asked to return for another season. However, network executives realize that Armstrong and her saga were ratings gold, and she will be asked back.
"Taylor, Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof, Brandi Glanville, and Kyle Richards will all be asked to return,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com. “Bravo would love Camille Grammer to return too, but she might want to move on to other projects which she has expressed interest in. Kyle's sister, and fellow housewife, Kim Richards, has made it known she doesn't want to come back. Kim is still very fragile after her latest stint in rehab."
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Lisa Vanderpump's spin-off show for Bravo wasn't picked up. "Lisa was hoping to follow in the footsteps of New York housewife Bethenny Frankel who had her own successful spin-offs focusing on her wedding and new baby, but the network decided not to pick up her show," a source close to the Real Housewives told RadarOnline.com.
While none of the ladies have formally been asked back for the third season yet, it's expected that Bravo will extend the offer for season three in the next several weeks to Taylor, Adrienne, Kyle, Brandi and Kyle.
Meantime, “The network is actively looking for new cast members for the third season," the insider says.
Taping for the new season will begin after the 4th of July.