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The actress, 50, bolted from the reality show last September “because she was burned out by all the pettiness, name-calling and infighting,” dishes the insider.

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The rumors caused such a stir that Richards was forced to defend herself during an interview with The Washington Post. “I did not have an affair,” she told the outlet in July 2020. “If I had an open marriage, I would be open about it.”

Richards also felt betrayed by fellow housewife and former pal Lisa Rinna for “keeping the affair rumors percolating,” adds the insider. “She expected Lisa to take her side.”

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As OK! previously reported, the Drop Dead Gorgeous actress opened up about her decision to depart the series last September. “I had a great first season. The second season was challenging,” Richards admitted during an appearance on The Real.

“I just thought it was the right time for me to go and to just keep focusing on the other projects that I have. I had a great time. I will always be a fan and I will continue to support the show.”

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However, Richards — who was reportedly halfway through her four-year, $4 million contract (the highest salary of any cast member in the franchise!) when she ditched the show — “realizes that was a mistake, because it was a lot of easy money,” the insider explains.

“Word is she wants to return to the series,” says the insider, “but it’s hard to imagine the producers would welcome her back.”

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