Another famous actress is joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Denise Richards confirmed Wednesday she’ll be holding a diamond when RHOBH returns for season 9.

“I am so excited to join the cast of [RHOBH] as I am a huge fan of the show,” Denise told PEOPLE magazine. “I am looking forward to spending time with all the ladies…and hopefully meeting Boy George!!”

When PEOPLE first reported that the 47-year-old star was in talks with the show in June, a RHOBH insider told the publication everyone on the show was “really excited about the possibility of having her on board.”

Sources say Denise will likely be the only new addition to the season 9 cast, as Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi and season 8 newbie Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave are all expected to return. RHOBH alum Camille Grammer might also appear again as a “friend” of the Housewives.

The Drop Dead Gorgeous and Wild Things actress is sure to fit in well with the 90210 ladies, as she’s already a close friend of both Kyle and Lisa Rinna, but don’t worry – PEOPLE’s insider said she’s “not afraid of the drama” either. Denise’s ex-husband, Charlie Sheen, is also friendly with former RHOBH Housewife Adrienne Maloof’s ex Paul Nassif. (Paul famously made the 911 call that led to Charlie being rushed to the hospital after his infamous 2011 bender.)

Denise’s name has been brought up as a potential Beverly Hills Housewife many times over the years. In fact, way back in 2011 she told Us she’d love to join RHOBH, listing it as one of her favourite shows.

Like her new cast mate Lisa Rinna, Denise has a long history in front of the camera, having appeared on scores of iconic shows, including 90210, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men and Friends. She’s also no stranger to reality TV. In 2008, she starred in her own reality show, Denise Richards: It's Complicated.

The actress is the mother of three girls, Eloise, 7, Lola, 13, and Sam, 14. (Charlie Sheen is Sam and Lola’s dad.) She’s currently dating the Canadian-born actor Aaron Phypers, who was once married to Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan.


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will return to Slice later this year.