‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2011: has Kim Richards joined cast?

A new rumor is here.

The newest “Dancing with the Stars” casting rumor is upon us, and this is a strange one. According to a new report from Celebuzz, Kim Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is going to be one of the celebrities battling it out in the ballroom when the season starts on September 19.

While this may very well be happening, it is not the sort of casting rumor that gets too many people excited. Kim was famous for being a child star, but that was several decades ago — now, she is not even the most popular member of the “Housewives” cast. (As of late Taylor Armstrong and Camille Grammer have dominated that space.)

This rumor is also particularly surprising once you remember that Teresa Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” recently was turned down to be on the show, and she claimed it was because “Dancing” producers were not looking for “Housewives” stars. While you can try to book Kim under a different title, the public only remembers what you are famous for in recent history.

If this turns out to be true, Richards will join a cast that seems to include the likes of Elisabetta Canalis, Rob Kardashian, Chaz Bono, and Kristin Cavallari. A number of other people — including Larry King, Ryan O’Neal, Snooki, and Tiffani Amber Thiessen — have been rumored at some point or another.

What would you think of having Kim on board this season?

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