RHBOH Goes on Hiatus After Kyle Richards and Crew Members Get COVID

Reality TV runs up against the reality of filming during a global pandemic

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards cleared up rumors about why the show suddenly paused filming just before Thanksgiving, sharing on Instagram Saturday that she and daughter Sophia, 20, have contracted COVID-19.

Richards posted a photo of herself with her husband, celebrity real estate broker Mauricio Unmansky, and daughters Sophia, Sarah, Portia, and Alexia, in matching holiday outfits, along with the caption, “I love these people so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Some of you may have heard I have COVID. I got it after these photos were taken. Since I was diagnosed I have been separated from my family in order to keep them healthy. Unfortunately, Sophia also got it. We will stay in isolation until it’s safe to see the family and others again. I can’t wait to hug them”

When the show shut down production just weeks into filming Season 11, it was widely reported that fellow cast members Dorit Kemsley and Richards’s sister, Kathy Hilton—who joins this season as “a friend of the housewives”—had also tested positive, but neither of them have confirmed that diagnosis.

Last week, however, RHOBH’s Garcelle Beauvais dished to her cohosts at talk show The Real that several crew members had come down with COVID-19 and that the cast was in the middle of a 14-day quarantine.

“We’ve done the right thing, we get tested so many times,” she said. “We do all the protocols. We get tested at least three times a week. We get tested before we shoot. My kids get tested. I get tested—anybody who’s in my household. And you know, we did the right things. But at the same time, it just shows you that this virus, you can touch something. It’s not necessarily just from people.”

As for Richards, even before the Halloween star revealed her COVID status, she admitted in a November 26 Instagram Story that all was not well with her health.

“Thank you @teddimellancamp for dropping off a Thanksgiving meal for my family (at 7 am today) knowing I am not feeling well & unable to cook,” she wrote. “Thankful for you my friend (my family is too).”

Richards was still on the mend this weekend. When an Instagram follower asked in another post, “KYLE ARE YOU FEELING OK?” she responded, “hopefully soon.”

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