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Denise Richards teases 'RHOBH' return with stunning video as fans — and one costar — celebrate

Is she returning to Bravo? Sure looks like it!

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Justin Ravitz
Justin Ravitz - New York
Editorial Director, U.S.New York
March 31, 2023
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It appears that Denise Richards is definitely headed back to where she belongs: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. After several months of rumors and chatter, the actress, 54, dropped a very heavy, very sultry hint that she's returning to the beloved Bravo reality series. 

In an Instagram video posted on Friday, the Wild Things star struts down the carpeted hallway of what appears to be a hotel as Diamond Dondada's hip-hop track "She's Back" plays. The former teen model looks absolutely sensational in bootcut jeans, oversized blazer and a cleavage-enhancing rose-pink top as she tousles her hair, tugs at her belt and gives a flirty look-back as she catwalks closer into view.

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"Walking into meeting the fab 3…" reads the caption. Followers immediately seized upon that "Fab 3" breadcrumb, with most reaching the same conclusion: that the trio in question are current RHOBH stars Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, and Crystal Kung Minkoff, who have  banded together on the show. Seemingly confirming Denise's return, Sutton weighed in via the comments, noting "You know how to do this."

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"Omg I have chills. We need you back queen. Hold others accountable," wrote one fan. Added another: "motherrr. Lisa Rinna could never." Soap actress Lisa Rinna, for those unfamiliar with RHOBH, was a longtime star of the Bravo smash — and a longtime friend of Denise's until an intense feud tore them apart. In fact, Denise left the show in 2020 after two seasons as a result of the battle, in which Lisa and others accused Denise of cheating on her husband Aaron Phypers with another RHOBH veteran, Brandi Glanville. Denise adamantly denied the rumor, and later refused to film with Lisa.

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Sutton Stracke, Garcelle Beauvais, and Denise in a 2019 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

But, following Lisa's own exit from RHOBH following season 12 last year, there's been increasing speculation that Denise — as well as other former stars, including Camille Grammer — might return in some capacity for season 13. 

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In the past few weeks, several stars of the show have begun to confirm the good news on the record. Sutton, 51, told Page Six that Denise and Camille joined her, Garcelle and Erika Jayne at costar Kyle Richards' L.A. home for a "weed dinner." She clarified: "not all of us partook and some of us did other things that were weed-involved." 

Denise Richards, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, and Lisa Vanderpump in a season 19 promo shot.© Bravo
Denise Richards, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, and Lisa Vanderpump in a season 9 (2019) promo shot.

In addition to sharing the screen on RHOBH, Denise and Garcelle, both veteran Hollywood actresses for decades, are particularly close, and Garcelle fiercely defended Denise against the allegations.

The premiere date for season 13 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has not yet been announced. 

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