Pete Snodden interviewed Jon about touring, playing Slane, the new album What About Now, and songwriting... but when it came to the question of whether Richie would be back with Bon Jovi in the future (at 5:55), this is what Jon had to say (after a pause):
"Let's just say I certainly hope so. He has not been fired from the band, he is not ill, he's got some personal stuff that he's gotta deal with and I can't comment any further and it's not me being elusive, but it's for him to answer any further than that. We did not have a row, but we go on and he is always gonna be welcome as long as he's up for it."
I don't know about you but that doesn't sound overly promising. :/ Here's the interview in full.