How Dorit Kemsley’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills felt reliving the home invasion throughout Season 12, according to Kyle Richards

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In October, the public learned that armed robbers had successfully broken into the home of reality TV star Dorit Kemsley. She was unfortunately present when the crime took place but was able to remain relatively calm as the thieves threatened her life and fled with several expensive items. We’ve since known that the home invasion was going to feature in Kemsley’s storyline in season 12 of the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, given that she was filming the series at the time. But reliving the chilling ordeal through the eyes of millions of viewers was another story entirely for Kemsley, according to her co-star, Kyle Richards.

the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actually documented what happened. In the May 11 premiere episode, in fact, Dorit Kemsley was shown breaking down emotionally as she described the ordeal to her friends and husband PK (the latter had just arrived from a plane from London). Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the last remaining OG of the RHBH, Kyle Richards, was candid about Kemsley continuing her therapy after the incident, as she said. She added that her castmate was a bit bombarded when it all came back online and elsewhere, seven months after the fact. She says:

It was very disturbing for her to relive the heist on the show. She went to therapy – I mean, I don’t want to speak for her, but I know she worked with a therapist, and all of a sudden people are talking about it again, even though you don’t you’re not watching the news, if you’re on Instagram, you scroll, you see the clips, and it brings up all the memories of all the stuff she’s been working on, trying to get over it.

After the initial events, the star made her first public statement, confirming that her two children (aged 5 and 7) were also in the house at the time. Luckily they stayed asleep and no one was physically hurt. Although on the show, Kemsley claimed it was a close call, as she had just moved one of her children to her own bed beforehand. Later, the Bravo alum shared more heartbreaking details about how she had to repeatedly beg the robbers not to kill her because of her children. She went on to say that she suffered from panic attacks due to the trauma.

It appeared that the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 45-year-old grabbed the camera in the middle of one of those panic attacks. Her husband had briefly left her outside Kyle Richards’ house to retrieve her phone inside, only for Dorit Kemsley to be seen sitting on a bench, shaking in visible fear. Reflecting on those sensitive moments the show always captures, Richards sarcastically told the outlet, “It’s the gift that keeps on giving.” But overall, she continued:

Usually it’s a fight or an argument, which is hard enough, but when you’re going through something really traumatic, like Dorit and [her husband] PK did it, having to relive it on the show and then again at the reunion, it’s going to be a very long road to recovery for them.

Those typical co-star arguments certainly show up already in season 12, with Sutton Stracke at the center of the drama. She showed a pronounced lack of empathy for her colleague after the home invasion, which didn’t sit well with Kyle Richards, and she also found herself at odds with Lisa Rinna over an alleged tea party at an event. charity on Watch what’s happening live. Stracke and Erika Jayne, too, have been at each other’s throats for the past year over the latter’s culpability in her legal troubles. Still, Stracke may well have an ally in Crystal Kung Minkoff, who was shown in the season’s trailer defending the alleged embezzlement victims of Jayne and her ex, Tom Girardi.

Obviously, there’s a lot of drama going on, as usual. Hopefully, though, Dorit Kemsley can find an end to the events she’s been through without the show pushing too hard on her in the process. Discover new episodes of the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsairs on Bravo Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST and airs the following day with Peacock Premium.

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