Kyle Richards is dishing on Erika Jayne’s ongoing divorce saga that has caused quite a bit of drama on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during season 11.
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kyle reveals she’s not here to “defend” Erika as she doesn’t know the ins and outs of Erika’s divorce from her estranged husband Tom Girardi or the truth about the fraud claims they are charged with. Instead, Kyle says she’s here to “support” her friend and co-star.
“To me, it’s easy to judge someone on reality television,” Kyle remarks. “She’s someone that has dealt with that for years, even before reality television was a part of her life. So, when the audience watches the show, they have to remember, this was six months ago. It was literally unfolding as we were filming. Every day it was another headline, another story coming out, and some of them were devastating, and I’m sure some people think, ‘Oh, she knew…’ and all that shady stuff they’re talking about. But you really don’t know, and if you know Erika, you think, ‘Well, why would she have known all of this stuff?’”
“I don’t feel that Tom Girardi, one of the biggest attorneys in the world, was going home and sharing things happening at his firm with his wife,” she adds. “That’s not the relationship they had, but you’re going to see a lot of that unfold, and she has a very, very difficult time. It’s a very difficult time in her life right now.”
Kyle also notes that there’s a big difference between defending and supporting a friend.
“I’m not defending because I don’t know anything,” she says. “I don’t know. I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘I know for a fact, so I’m going to defend…’ No. I don’t know, so I’m there to support, not to defend.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.