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Kyle Richards Defends Controversial Cheating Book Passage On 'The View' (VIDEO)


First Posted: 01/26/2012 3:21 pm Updated: 01/26/2012 3:27 pm

Kyle Richards from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has written a new book called "Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real With the Housewife Who Does It All." One particular passage, in which Richards gives women the advice, "If you cheat once, don't tell," seems to be attracting some controversy. Thursday on "The View" (weekdays on ABC), the panel pressed Richards on whether she stands by what she wrote, and asked if she'd be okay with her husband, Mauricio Umansky, following the same advice.

Richards started by clarifying her position. "I do not condone cheating in any way, shape or form. This was a particular situation with a friend of mine who I knew she had a beautiful, happy marriage and she did love her husband, but she did make a mistake. So I said, 'Listen, I think you need to acknowledge it to yourself and God ... but I knew if she told him he would leave her."

When Elisabeth Hasselbeck pressed Richards on whether she'd maintain her position if the the situation was reversed and it was her husband who'd cheated, Richards stayed consistent, while offering a caveat. "My husband knows what I would do to him if he cheated on me ... I would kill him, so he knows not to tell me," she answered.

"So you would kill him, but he should forgive if you do it," Barbara Walters interjected. "I think that it would kill him to know," Richards replied.

At that point, Joy Behar put a bow on the confusing moral dilemma. "So he's dead either way," she joked.

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