How to watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season 12

When does 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' start? And, more importantly, how can you watch from anywhere in the world?

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12
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You didn't think Selling Sunset was the only California reality drama, did you? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is soon to return, meaning we'll finally get updates on that Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi divorce mess, catch up with returning cast members like Crystal Minkoff and find out what loopy shenanigans Kathy Hilton will get into this time around. 

Spring 2022 has been a treasure trove of Real Housewives news, from sneak peeks at the upcoming The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season 2 to the reveal that we're getting not only RHONY season 14 but also a second New York-focused spin-off. But brand-new episodes of RHOBH are high on our excitement meter, and we can't wait to see the fashions, fabulousness and, yes, fights that our California girls regularly serve up. 

If you're worried about how to watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or whether or not your favorite reality starlet will be returning, we've got you covered. 

How to watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season 12

Watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' in the US:

If you are in the United States, you can watch season 12 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo. If you want to catch up on season 11 or previous seasons of RHOBH, Hulu has got you covered with old episodes available for streaming. 

Watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' outside the US:

If you're an RHOBH fan located outside of the US, don't fret! You can still watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills live (and with all of the drama that we're guaranteed this season, you'll definitely be spoiled on social media if you don't watch life!) by using a VPN. 

A VPN is a handy piece of software that allows you to browse anonymously and change your IP address so your mobile, computer, or laptop thinks it's in another location. That means can watch your favorite show, film, or event - even if you’re away from home. Our favorite VPN service is ExpressVPN—rated the best VPN in the world right now, by our colleagues at TechRadar.

Platform rules often mean you'll be blocked from using your streaming service if you're outside the country. But by using a VPN to change your IP address, you can continue to watch wherever you are. 

When does 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' start?

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 premieres on Wednesday, May 11, at 8pm EST on Bravo. 

Is Denise Richards in 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season 12?

Actress Denise Richards—best-known for her roles in movies like Starship Troopers, Wild Things and the Bond flick The World is Not Enough—joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a full-time cast member during seasons 9 and 10. 

However, she officially announced that she was leaving the franchise in September 2020 shortly after season 10 aired, during which she was accused on camera of partaking in an affair with RHOBH alum Brandi Glanville (soon to be seen on Ultimate Girls Trip season 2) while married to husband Aaron Phypers. Richards was not featured in season 11 and is not participating in the upcoming season. 

“I had a great first season,” Richards said on The Real in September 2020, per Us Weekly. “The second season was challenging. 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."

Thankfully, though, Richards isn't wholly ruling out a grand return to the series. When asked if she'd ever come back to RHOBH, she said: "Never say never...I will always be a fan and I will continue to support the show."

Who is in 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast?

Gird your loins, people: this will be one of the largest casts in franchise history, with eight official Housewives and two "friends of," basically supporting reality roles. Here is who will be returning: 

  • Garcelle Beauvais (Housewife)
  • Erica Girardi (Housewife)
  • Kathy Hilton (Friend)
  • Dorit Kemsley (Housewife)
  • Crystal Kung Minkoff (Housewife)
  • Kyle Richards (Housewife)
  • Lisa Rinna (Housewife)
  • Sutton Stracke (Housewife)

And newcomers for season 12 include Sanela Diana Jenkins and Sheree Zampino, the former of whom will be an official Housewife and the latter a Friend. 

In a teaser posted by cast member Erika Girardi, Jenkins can be seen ominously announcing: "If you need a new villain, here I am."

And Zampino is the ex-wife of slap-happy Oscar winner Will Smith, so we're sure there will be some juicy stories about the Fresh Prince from back in the day. 

Watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' trailer:

Get a taste of what's to come on Wednesday, May 11, with this titillating trailer:

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