Eileen Davidson claims that this week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills amounted to one long, convoluted game of “telephone.” And the outcome is more confusing than Yolanda Hadid’s “journey” around the world for a Lyme’s Disease cure!
Eileen begins her blog reviewing the lunch hosted by Kathryn Edwards, which took a wrong turn after the ghost of Kim Richards came to haunt the table. “I don’t think anyone expected lunch over at Kathryn’s house to be so emotional. Although, it seems that whenever Kim’s name is brought up, lots of buttons get pushed. When Kathryn broke down while divulging the details of her father’s suicide, I was heartbroken. She has been affected by a loved one’s addiction in the worst way imaginable…It was brave of her to be that vulnerable, and I’m honored she felt comfortable enough to bare her soul and cry.”
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As for Erika Girardi’s barbecue, Eileen isn’t so sure a good outcome was in the cards for anyone. She likens the entire conversation that led up to the event – and continued during it! – as one giant “telephone game.” Eileen blogs, “If there is anything everyone should take away from this, it is these two things: 1) YOLANDA IS SICK AND NEEDS OUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. 2) LISA RINNA NEVER SAID THAT YOLANDA HAS MUNCHAUSEN’S.” (Eileen is going all caps on us! #PREACH!)
In an attempt to clarify Lisa R’s involvement in the “M” word debate, Eileen explains, “The only reason Yolanda ever found out about it is because Lisa R. told Lisa [Vanderpump], Kyle [Richards] and me that she felt tortured by ‘engaging’ in a conversation that she did not start about Yolanda.” Yes, we saw the tape roll. And those of us with at least 50% of our brain function left comprehended the scene!
“She did not originate this, nor perpetuate it, save for telling us about it,” continues Eileen. “I encouraged her to be honest with Yolanda, and so did Erika. And Lisa R. made a good faith effort to confess all of it, and she thought that Yolanda and she had resolved their issues. I honestly believe that if Yolanda hadn’t been so separate from the group during her recovery, Lisa R. would have talked to Yolanda about it first, and there would be no issue.”
Eileen also defends Lisa R’s reluctance to reveal her gossip “source” to Yolanda. “I understand why Lisa R. wouldn’t name who said the ‘M’ word in the first place. It’s definitely not relevant, because she said that Yolanda didn’t even know the person. That right there should say it all. This accusation didn’t come from anyone who knows Yo, or is important to her. This is very important information that never got heard, I think. This person has no connection to Yolanda or understanding of her battle. Enough said.”
Erika’s rabid-dog approach in defending Yolanda (and her initial refusal to admit throwing Kyle and VPR under the bus about Yo’s children) also did not sit well with Eileen. She writes, “I know she was standing up for Yolanda, but I do think it was inappropriate for Erika to scream at Lisa R., insisting on her naming this person, when she wouldn’t admit that she’d gone to Yolanda and told her about the discussion over Bella and Anwar’s Lyme. I’m still unclear on why. But I knew it had to be Erika by process of elimination. That is why I brought it up the night of her show in San Diego. I wanted to give her the opportunity to come clean. She said she wanted to tell Yolanda because she would want to know if anyone was talking about her kids. If that’s true, though, why was it such a big secret?” Exactly.
No blog would be complete without a paragraph dedicated to the JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND EPISODES, thus Eileen closes with warm thoughts for Yolanda. “I empathize with Yolanda. She’s been so sick and must feel so isolated. I think she came in with a different understanding of what’s been going on and what’s being said about her. Of course she feels on the defense. She’s vulnerable and feels like her friends are trying to tear her down instead of building her up.”
Ah, but our girl Eileen isn’t going down without one last word about the transparent hypocrisy in all of this mess! She astutely argues, “there is one thing I find confusing. Last year Brandi [Glanville] basically stated that Yolanda’s daughter was an alcoholic. Yolanda seemed to let that roll off her back. I don’t understand why. After Lisa R. apologized for not even saying she had Munchhausen’s, Yo is harboring very hard feelings toward her. As a parent, I would be much more upset by a falsehood being perpetrated on my child then one barely being perpetrated on myself.” Boom!
In any case, Eileen concedes, “It’s very frustrating for me, because I care deeply for both of these women. I want forgiveness all the way around, but I’m afraid I definitely don’t see it coming any time soon.”
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