TV Series - Aug 29, 2022
Kim Richards gave an update on her memoir. There was a tell-all book in the works for the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, but it hasn't been published yet. The Daily Mail reported in March 2021 that the publisher canceled the book, which was originally scheduled for April 2020, despite the former Bravo star receiving an advance. A source told the outlet, "They killed it.". The advance of $300,000 is going to Kim. As a result, Harper Collins took a loss, believing they would not be able to recoup the money."According to Reality Blurb, Richards was sued by ghostwriter Allison Kingsley Baker for $5,000 in unpaid services.
Richards spoke to Entertainment Tonight in July 2022 about what happened with her book, which was originally supposed to be titled “The Whole Truth: The Reality of It All.”'I was supposed to receive weekly updates from a private writer, but she didn't,' Richards told the outlet. She was supposed to provide me with an update every week, so I kept contacting her.
Eventually, the ghostwriter told her, "I'm busy and I'll get them to you when I get them," and she later admitted she had written 375 pages of the book without Richards' assistance. It was all "too much" during the height of the COVID pandemic, Richards said, noting that he had never seen the book. Then COVID hit, and she thought, I don't want [the release] to coincide with COVID." She recalled, "It was a scary time."
The author's manuscripts were never seen by Richards, and if she was to take on a new book project, it would be very different. The story she told does not apply to me anymore because I've changed so much since then. I'm so different today - in a good way, hopefully - but I'm not sure how I would express myself today. I didn’t know who I was until I spent two years by myself [during COVID].”
As a child star in the 1970s, Richards suffered several tragedies in her life, including the murder of her fiancé, John Collett, as well as the deaths of her mother, Kathleen Dugan, and her father, Ken Richards. According to People magazine, the HarperCollins website description for “The Whole Truth” teased Richards' “soul-baring confession” of being treated as a show pony as a child star, a disposable object as a wife, and a whipping post as a sister.
She previously told Page Six that reliving her painful past while writing her memoir was "rough." Reviewing my life from the beginning was very, very impressive," she said in 2019. It was difficult to go through some of the ... painful parts. I've enjoyed it as well. There has been a lot of growth for me."The new other source interview reveals that Richards said COVID made writing the book more stressful. The last thing I wanted to think about was my mother passing away, and [my ex-husband Monty] leaving, my father... those were the most important things I didn't want to reflect on. Living in the now was something I was just physically unable to do.”