Kyle Richards Return to 'RHOBH' ... Is Saving Kim's Life

12/8/2015 2:06 PM PST

Kyle Richards -- Return to 'RHOBH' Is Saving My Sister Kim's Life

EXCLUSIVE

The way Kyle Richards sees it, the best way for Kim Richards to avoid falling of the wagon again is to continue showing up for her 'Real Housewives' tapings.

Kyle was on TMZ Live on Tuesday and we asked if she'd thought it might be better if Kim did NOT come back to the show ... since there's frequently alcohol around when they shoot.

Her response was interesting, and made it seem like things are going well for Kim since her issues with the law and addiction earlier this year.