It’s no secret that Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise brings drama to reunion specials. Now, Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills revealed just how bad things get on set when the ladies tape the special episodes.

Kyle Gives The Real On Reunions

“Preparing for the reunion is like going into a boxing ring, I always say that,” said Richards, who will join the cast in Los Angeles for this year's reunion. “We all go to our rooms – they like to keep us separate because they don’t want any conversations to happen off camera because they want everything to happen on camera.”

While fans see the reunions typically broken up into three and sometimes even four parts, the cast films the entire reunion in one day. Considering they are there for hours at a time, it’s not surprising their patience starts to run thin as drama explodes. Richards said it can last for an entire day as the wakeup call is typically at 5:30 a.m. and they don’t wrap until 8 in the evening.

“It’s a long day of sitting and talking about torture,” added Richards.

Kyle On How Long Filming Lasts

Richards added that the reunion often takes up a lot of her free time during the off-season.

While Richards is one of the longest running cast members on the show after fans saw her sister Kim Richards and Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife make their dramatic exits, she admitted she didn’t plan on being there for long at first. She said she only wanted to do it for a couple of months but found out the hard way that shooting for a season went on for up to five months. Thanks to reunions and other interviews, she realized that being a reality star was “a year-round job.”

Are Kyle And Andy Cohen Friends?

Fans who know the housewives also know Bravo executive Andy Cohen. He not only hosts all of the reunion specials for the reality shows on the network, but is also the host of Watch What Happens Live, which features Bravo stars and other celebrities.

Kyle said that appearing on that show is actually what helped her and Cohen spark a friendship. Still, she added that he tries not to get too close to the cast members.

“I think he tries to keep arm’s length with all of us because you know, we’re so many, and it’s having a million wives that probably drive you nuts. He has a lot to deal with but we’re a lot closer these days.”

Kyle and Lisa Vanderpump are the only two original stars left on the show. It’s currently in its eighth season.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays on Bravo at 9/8c.

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