'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Adrienne Maloof on Kim vs. Kyle: 'I was actually shaking'

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We may have had our strong reactions to watching "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" sisters, Kim Richards and Kyle Richards explosive fight on the finale of the show, but Adrienne Maloof was there. Not only was she there, but she was also clearly instrumental in diffusing a situation that could have gotten a lot worse.

"Obviously, [Kyle] wishes she could take back some of the things that she said and she feels terrible," Maloof tells Zap2it. "They are sisters and they love each other. It was a scene that lasted quite a long time. I instinctively got in the middle of both, because it looked like it was getting physical. And I think my training in martial arts probably came through."

The fact that she did anything at all to stop the situation isn't lost on "Real Housewives" fans, who have seen women literally go nuts on each other emotionally and physically on the Bravo franchise.

As the only daughter of five children and a member of the 150-year-old Maloof family business, which is a virtual empire that includes the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, entertainment companies, and the Sacramento Kings basketball team, Adrienne has learned something about conflict resolution. 

"Growing up in a family business, it's kind of my character to keep the peace," she says. "So, I think that it just came natural to me to try and be the voice of reason for the girls and hopefully I accomplished that. And besides all this, I have young women who want to get into business who see me as a role model. From that standpoint, it has been wonderful for me."

But with all that preparation and having spent the season shooting with them, she tells us that even she was thrown by the escalating argument between the two sisters that night. 

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"Being a mother and having to see that," she recalls. "I have three little boys, it was extremely difficult for me. It was physically and emotionally draining for me that night. When I got out of the limo, I was actually shaking."

And as far as the reactions to the finale fight, Adrienne understands that the fans are pretty angry with Kyle, but she hopes they'll give her some understanding.

"I think they need to understand that Kyle is very emotional," she says. "And though she's aggressive in the way she talks, she's a very sweet girl, very nice and she feels horrible after she does it. And I just think her style of communicating with Kim is a little bit on the defensive side. And that's just different styles."

She adds, "It was a heated moment that just got the best of Kyle. Unfortunately, she's having to deal with it now. But, she does love her sister and they're still working on it. I would give her a little slack there."

The sisters' fight will definitely be a big topic in the reunion specials, which Adrienne tells us took 15 hours to shoot. But when it comes to dramatic television, she says the fans won't be disappointed.

"They'll absolutely be hitting Twitter," she says. "There's a lot of ups and downs, a lot of tears. It's very emotional."

Part 2 of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion airs Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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