'RHOBH': Kyle Richards on what made Lisa Vanderpump feud 'so much worse' (Exclusive)

Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump's tumultuous friendship has come to a head on the current season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but Richards says that input from the Bravo show's loyal viewers has made their feud "so much worse."

During an exclusive sit-down with AOL's Gibson Johns at Allergan's Mother's Day event in New York City over the weekend, Richards opened up about how the dissolution of her friendship with Vanderpump has divided viewers, prompting oftentimes heated discussions on Twitter that haven't helped any efforts to resolve their issues.

"The Twitter world just loves to take their gasoline and throw a match on it, which really hurts us, because we could maybe be getting better and then a lot of the cast will look and see what the Twitter universe is saying, and it gets us worked up again," she explained. "Like, can you not contribute to this? We’re trying to fix things!"

Richards admitted that her tiff with Vanderpump over accusations that the restauranteur planted a story about #PuppyGate in Radar Online has become "very polarizing," with fans of the show taking one side or the other in this season's dominant storyline.

"People so want Lisa and I to be together and are so upset about it," she said. "Lisa and I are having this argument and then you have people making it so much worse than it is. It seems so stupid, because we’re grown women. But we’re looking at Twitter, and it’s part of our jobs to promote and talk about the show ... but it’s like, 'Leave me alone!'" 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 11: Kyle Richards and Allergan Celebrate Mother's Day on May 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Allergan)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 11: Kyle Richards and Allergan Celebrate Mother's Day on May 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Allergan)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Kyle Richards (L) and Mauricio Umansky attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Kyle Richards is seen on March 20, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Kyle Richards -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Kyle Richards and Thom Filicia -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Kyle Richards is seen on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BRAVO EVENTS -- "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Mexican Dynasties" Premiere Party -- Pictured: Kyle Richards -- (Photo by: Jesse Grant/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Kyle Richards -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and Teddi Mellencamp -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards, Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Kyle Richards -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Kyle Richards arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Halloween' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Kyle Richards arrives at the Universal Pictures' 'Halloween' Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Jamie Lee Curtis (L) and Kyle Richards attend the Universal Pictures' 'Halloween' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Kyle Richards arrives at the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Kyle Richards is seen on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kyle Richards is seen on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kyle Richards is seen on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards are seen on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BURBANK, CA - JULY 30: Kyle Richards arrives at the premiere of Disney's 'Christopher Robin' at Walt Disney Studios on July 30, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 14: Kyle Richards visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 14, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: TV personality Kyle Richards visits the SiriusXM Studios on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Kyle Richards attends the premiere of Paramount Network's 'American Woman' at Chateau Marmont on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Kyle Richards attends Premiere Of Paramount Network's 'American Woman' - Arrivals at Chateau Marmont on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Kyle Richards is seen on April 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Kyle Richards is seen on March 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: Kyle Richards arrives for Dr. Paul Nassif unveils his new medical spa with grand opening and ribbon ceremony on March 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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That being said, though some of the more pointed rhetoric online has certainly fanned the flames of her low-point with Vanderpump, the original cast member did express gratitude for the loyalty that millions of people have shown "RHOBH" since it premiered nearly a decade ago in 2010.

"They’re very passionate about it, which is really good. The show’s been on for almost a decade of my life, so the fact that the ratings are so high speaks volumes," Richards said. "I appreciate them watching."

Since joining the show, the former child star has grown to push herself to embrace rather than avoid confrontation, both with her fellow cast members and her critics online.

"I’ve always been the type of person who doesn’t like confrontation, and I have anxiety, so that’s part of why I can’t handle it. But it’s taught me to be more vocal," Richards explained to AOL. "My mom was very vocal and did that hard work for me, so I had to start doing it myself. I learned to be more honest, which can be very difficult on the show, because it can turn into something. It’s made me stronger and more confident to speak my mind."

Richards' late mother, Kathleen, acting on her behalf is something that the "Real Housewives" star can relate to, as well. Her involvement with Allergan's Mother's Day event in New York City over the weekend was spurred by her desire to encourage all moms to take a moment to treat themselves.

"I teamed up with them because, honestly, as a mom of four daughters, I’m always doing everything for my kids, so I wanted to show other mothers that this is something that we could do for ourselves," Richards said of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. "It used to be a topic that wasn’t really talked about it, but now it can be part of a normal conversation between women talking about their routines."

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CIRCA 1979: David McCallum, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards and Carroll Baker pose as the Curtis family for the Walt Disney movie 'The Watcher in the Woods' circa 1979. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- 'Remember Me: Part 2' Episode 8 -- Aired 11/12/1975 -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Bonnie Bartlett as Grace Snider, Radames Pera as John Sanderson, (front row l-r) Brian Part as Carl Sanderson, Victor French as Isaiah Edwards, Kyle Richards as Alicia Sanderson (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
James Brolin shares a tender moment with his daughters Kim and Kyle Richards in scene from the film 'The Car', 1977. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1979: Bette Davis and Kyle Richards looks at a music box in a scene for the Walt Disney movie 'The Watcher in the Woods' circa 1979. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FANTASY ISLAND - 'Cornelius and Alphonse / The Choice' - Airdate: May 6, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: STEVEN SPENCER;MICHAEL ANDERSON, JR.;MARY ANN MOBLEY;KYLE RICHARDS
Actress Kyle Richards and actress Kim Richards on April 23, 1983 sighting at The Palace Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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