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Denise Richards Officially Confirms She’s Joining The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills For Season 9!

Denise Richards has officially confirmed that she's joining the cast of the upcoming ninth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “I am so excited to join the cast of [RHOBH] as I am a huge fan of the show,” the actress told PEOPLE.

“I am looking forward to spending time with all the ladies… and hopefully meeting Boy George!!” added Richards, referencing Doirt Kemsley’s close friendship with the ’80s pop icon.

She’ll join Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Dorit Kemsley, all of whom are expected to return to the Bravo hit reality series.

Last month, sources told PEOPLE that Denise has been rumored to be in discussions with producers for years, but “the timing was never right,” says a second insider close to the show. “Denise has been wanting to join the show for a long time.”

“She’s a huge Housewives fan and watches all of the shows,” says the insider. “And she has close relationships with many of the women in real life, including Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna. The timing was never right for her in the past, but the producers needed to shake the dynamic of the show up after a season without much conflict. She’s going to be a great fit. She’s not afraid of the drama. And she lives a glamorous, Hollywood life — which the show looks for.”

Meanwhile, E! News reported last month that Richards was "being tested" for the Bravo hit reality series and was going to be "the only new person" in the show. "They're hoping for a casting similar to Lisa Rinna's," the source explains. "Someone who's already famous with an interesting [and] unusual family life."

A second source confirmed that Richards is being heavily considered to be on the next season and has already been filmed with her children. The source said producers think she will have a great storyline and draw audience interest and that the cast already knows they will confirm her soon and that they are finalizing her contract.

Richards is no stranger to reality television. Her show Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, ran for two seasons on E! before ending in 2009.

Denise is a mother of three. She has Sam, 14, and Lola, 13, from her marriage to ex-husband Charlie Sheen, and Eloise, 7, whom she adopted in 2012.

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