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Days after his tragic passing, one of the last interviews Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong gave has now been released.

In the interview with TheFix.com, we get a better picture of what Russell’s mindset might have been weeks before he took his own life. According to The Fix, a blog about addiction and recovery, Russell, 47, had longtime interest in addiction and recovery, brought on by his father’s alcoholism and his sister’s crystal meth addiction.

Russell, a venture capitalist, told The Fix he and Taylor Armstrong had recently invested in a number of rehabs, and were seeking to build a “rehab empire.” When talking about Bravo, he seemed conflicted — on one hand calling them “bastards” while also stating the “publicity” from the show has been good for his businesses. Excerpts from Russell’s interview below –

Russell On Bravo –

“The Russell you see on T.V. has nothing to do with my real personality. He’s just a stock character created by Bravo’s evil overlords. That’s not me you see up there. It’s just a character I play on TV.”

• Everything you see on that show is bullshit. Those Bravo bastards take every little argument out of context and magnify it for the cameras. They think that tension drives ratings, and of course they’re right.”

• “At first I was a little annoyed about all the bullshit, but then I realized it’s not so bad to be a celebrity. The thing is, all the publicity has been great for my business.”

And over the weekend, Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe, a 45-year-old mother of two, broke her silence to defend her brother against mounting accusations of violence and a secret gay past. In the shocking interview, Laurie completely slams Taylor, calling her a “sticky-fingered social climber,” as well as “a liar and a thief.” Excerpts from Laurie’s interview below –

Laurie On Her Sister-in-law Taylor

• Taylor, an Oklahoma cheerleader whose original name was Shana Hughes, later changed her name to Taylor Ford, and claimed to be a member of the Ford family. “But we had a friend who knew all the Fords and they didn’t know anything about her,” said Laurie. “We knew she was a phony from the beginning, but Russell wouldn’t hear of it.”

• “Taylor is a liar and a thief,” Laurie continued, “Her lifetime ambition was to become a Housewife, and she got what she wanted. You know, she was pregnant when they got married, and I don’t think that was an accident. She wanted a man, she wanted tons of money and she wanted to be in the limelight. She’s just a gold-digger who reinvented herself and dragged my brother down in the process.”

• Laurie claims that Russell had reluctantly agreed to appear on the show to satisfy his wife’s social ambitions. “He spent all his savings to maintain Taylor’s illusion that they were wealthier than they were,” she said, “He did anything to make sure she was happy, but nothing was ever enough.”

• Horrified by the media’s allegations about him, she’s eager to set the record straight. “My brother is not gay. He’s not into S &M. His biggest mistake was falling in love with Taylor, which is a form of masochism I guess.”

• On the $65,000 party that Taylor threw for her five-year old Kennedy: “It was a complete embarrassment to everyone in the family. It was a revolting use of money that could have gone to pay for the college of Russell’s two other children.”

Laurie On Bravo –

• Laurie also alleges that Bravo execs, unhappy with early footage of the new season, told Taylor she would be fired if she didn’t amp up the drama. “Well, they got what they wanted,” said Laurie. “Russell only did this to please his wife. Bravo never told him, ‘We are going to torment you, destroy your marriage, empty your life and rip you apart, now will you please sign on the dotted line?’”

• The Armstrong family is now reportedly planning to sue Bravo for more than $50 million for its alleged culpability in Russell’s death. “I hold Bravo absolutely responsible for Russell’s death,” says Laurie. “When the show first started, he thought these people were his friends, but they ended up stabbing him in the back.”

Laurie went on to deny the rumors that came out last week alleging Russell feared a tell-all book would reveal his secrets. “He is not a homosexual. He’s not a wife beater. He’s not a crook. He was a decent and loving guy,” she said. “All these news stories mention that he went into bankruptcy but they don’t mention that he paid back every dime he ever owed. They’re just slandering my brother.” Laurie also admits that Russell suffered from depression.

And finally, following allegations by Taylor that Russell was physically abusive to her, Entertainment Tonight stated Monday night that it had viewed “graphic” images of Taylor following one of the alleged abuse incidents.

“I’ve seen shocking photos of Taylor with a deeply bruised right eye and a terrible trauma that stretched from here (the mouth) to here (the eye socket),” host Chris Jacobs said. “We are not ready to show them to you just yet, but I can tell you that it looks as though she was hit in the eye with tremendous force.” As of the moment, it is unclear whether or not ET plans to show the images.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON RUSSELL’S COMMENTS ABOUT BRAVO AND LAURIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT TAYLOR? SHOULD ET RELEASE TAYLOR’S IMAGES?

It’s deja vu all over again for the Real Housewives of New York City as the Bravo network has decided to bump the show yet again.

After being bumped earlier this year in favor of the lackluster Real Housewives of Miami, Bravo has decided to delay filming on the new season of RHONY and some are now wondering if this could be related to the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong.

“We were originally meant to start filming on Labor Day,” a member of the RHONY cast tells the Huffington Post. “Then we all received an email saying we would start filming September 8th, when Fashion Week started in the city. Now we have all been notified that it has been pushed back another three weeks at least.”

The cast member adds that with the recent tragedy involving Russell, Bravo is now more hesitant to shake-up the cast fearing they might end up casting someone who’s too dark or mentally unable to handle being on a show like the Housewives.

“We expected a huge shake-up in the New York cast,” another star of the show reveals “But now, after what has happened, it might be more beneficial to proceed with the devil you know. The New York cast is certainly whacky but [for] the most part, we are all mentally stable which has to be a bigger priority at the moment than making crazy TV.”

Another source connected to production however assures E! the delay has nothing to do with Russell. “The shoot schedule for RHNYC was pushed due to production details that needed to be finalized and there is absolutely no correlation between RHNYC and RHBH production concerns,” reveals the source.

Meanwhile, whether or not Bravo decides to shake up the cast, it appears new cast member Cindy Barshop is likely done with the series.

A source confirms to the RumorFix blog that Cindy has not been invited back for another season of the Real Housewives of New York. If true, this doesn’t come as a surprise as Cindy didn’t add much to the show, was dull, and just seemed like a deer in headlights in most of her scenes. Let’s face it, she was out of her league with these women, who might or might not hold a PhD in drama!

Now if only Bravo can axe Kelly Bensimon as well. In light of the above comments, hopefully Bravo now realizes that having someone who might be mentally unstable on the show is not worth the risk.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE DELAY IS RELATED TO RUSSELL? SURPRISED CINDY MIGHT BE DUNZO?

Two days after officially tying the knot, Kim Kardashian was photographed above yesterday at LAX getting ready to jet off on a secret honeymoon with husband Kris Kardashian Humphries!

But first things first as new reports are now stating the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s wedding was more awkward than romantic.

“It was awkward,” a source who attended the lavish wedding which was filmed for E! told UsWeekly. The reason? “There were 100 crew members everywhere,” explains the insider, “and people kept complaining they almost got hit by five camera guys everywhere they went. ” Wowzers!

But there’s more as the insider revealed noise was also a factor for the over 440 guests who were present at the bash. “The helicopters were so loud nobody could hear the ceremony,” the insider revealed, adding that Kim, 30, and Kris, 26, also had to wear microphones for the taping.

And it gets even better as in other to prevent images or footage from leaking out (PEOPLE magazine paid a ton to get the exclusive images) the guests were not only stripped of their cameras but also their cell phones. But don’t feel so badly for the guests as the Kardashian family provided a “hotline number” for the guests who wanted to check in on their kids left behind at a hotel. Ah, the romance!

Don’t feel bad for Kimmie as well as she reportedly raked in over $17 million from her wedding festivities.

Meanwhile, it seems Kimmie, who shares every single aspect of her private life with the public, was actually able to keep something under wraps!

Following reports that she would not be going on a honeymoon with hubby Kris, Kimmie surprised the media and public when she flew out of the country yesterday for her honeymoon! The E! star was photographed above with fiance Kris on Monday afternoon as the two reportedly departed for Italy. They are planning to visit different parts of Europe. Perhaps this wedding wasn’t solely made for TV after all.

And finally, it appears Kimmie will never be able to escape her past, you know, that whole sex tape thingy. First there are reports that her sex tape costar/ex Ray J sent her a text on her wedding day which read: “And to think you really have me to thank for all this.” Kris Jenner was reportedly furious over the text. While Ray J has vaguely denied sending that text, TMZ does confirm the site hosting Kimmie’s sex tape got a record number of hits over the weekend.

Roughly 2 MILLION people visited KimKsuperstar.com between Friday and Sunday night, which is a huge boost for the site which typically averages 300k visitors per month. Congrats in order for Kimmie?

Photos below of Kim with Kris, plus a close up for Kim’s ginormous wedding ring! Photos credit: WENN, SPLASH

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIMMIE’S AWKWARD WEDDING & RAY J’S TEXT? WOULD YOU HAVE AN AWKWARD WEDDING FOR $17 MIL?

Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino is suing mad after In Touch Weekly magazine branded her as being broke and “bankrupt” on the cover of a recent issue (the cover is posted below). She’s not broke?

TMZ reports that inside the mag, the article read, “Bankrupt! Evicted! Foreclosed! Housewives Are Going Broke.” The article continued, “After selling off her home at a fraction of its cost to avoid foreclosure, Alexis Bellino still refuses to admit she and her husband … have money troubles.”

Well Alexis didn’t take too kindly to the cover story as she had her lawyer fire off a nasty cease and desist letter to the mag days ago, demanding In Touch retract its “patent, malicious, and libelous comments.”

The ‘sis and desis’ letter (hi Tamra!) claims Alexis is “in great financial health” and if In Touch doesn’t retract its comments, she plans to sue. TMZ adds that In Touch has yet to respond to the letter.

A bit odd that Alexis would threaten to sue when she did appear to have some financial issues last year. Her home with hubby Jim Bellino was indeed facing foreclosure until the bank decided to cancel the scheduled auction earlier this year.

And while they did not file a personal bankruptcy, Jim did file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for one of his businesses. But apparently all is well and there are no financial troubles. Must say these two are starting to remind me of another Bravo Housewives couple who shall remain nameless, from the way the husband treats his wife right down to the part about threatening to sue media outlets for reporting about their finances.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK ALEXIS IS REALLY BEHIND THIS OR JIM? DOES SHE HAVE A CASE?

After TMZ reported that Taylor Armstrong was once beaten so badly by her late husband Russell Armstrong, to the point that she needed surgery, many wondered why neither Taylor nor the doctor(s) who performed the surgery on her failed to alert the police.

Fast forward to today and TMZ is now touching on that issue. According to TMZ, sources state the doctor who performed surgery on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star failed to report the incident to police even though medical professionals who suspect domestic abuse are required to report it by law.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred in June. Russell allegedly beat Taylor so badly to the point that he broke her cheek bones. And when Taylor informed her costars Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards of the incident, Russell reportedly sent Camille a threatening email.

TMZ adds that the cops never interviewed Taylor because no one reported the incident. TMZ also makes it clear that the surgeon who performed the surgery was NOT Adrienne Maloof‘s hubby, Dr. Paul Nassif. In addition to the doctor, the hospital staff also failed to report the incident.

RadarOnline adds to the TMZ report by stating Taylor did not get the cops involved because she wanted to protect her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. “She told me she was trying to protect Kennedy,” a source said of Taylor’s decision not to file a police report. “She said that she didn’t want Kennedy to know and she knew that Russell would never harm their daughter… Kennedy would hear them yelling behind closed doors but she didn’t witness any violence.”

Meanwhile, a week after Russell took his own life, the Huffington Post is now reporting he was never paid by Bravo to appear on the RHOBH.

“The only people that get paid to be on the show [are] the Housewives,” a member of Bravo’s Housewives franchise reveals. “Some of the husbands signed the same contracts as their wives without the financial compensation and others like Jill Zarin’s husband, Bobby, sign a day release every time they appear in front of the camera. Most of the husbands are happy to be on the show to support their wives’ dreams.”

“No one has become extremely wealthy from the money they get from the show,” adds an insider. “Last season, the ladies on the New York franchise earned $265,000 for the entire season, while the men earned nothing — except Alex’s husband [Simon] who was paid separately for a web-based show he did.”

While Russell’s attorney has publicly stated Russell suicide was likely a result of his mounting financial problems and impending divorce, his family, his mother specifically, has blamed Bravo saying Russell couldn’t handle the pressure of being a reality TV villain.

For the time being, Bravo has confirmed it will indeed edit the upcoming RHOBH season. While it was reported last week that the Sep. 5 season premiere will be pushed back at least a week, the network reiterated again over the weekend that no decision has been made regarding the season 2 premiere.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST TMZ REPORT? SHOULD THE HUSBANDS BE PAID BY BRAVO?

While Kate Gosselin attempted to put on a happy face following news that her TLC show Kate Plus 8 had been cancelled, a new report is now stating that is far from the case.

According to the Hollybaby blog, Kate is “very depressed” by TLC’s decision and was blindsided by it.

“Kate didn’t even learn about the cancellation from TLC until a few minutes before the story broke,” reveals a source. Ouch. “Kate is devastated. She had no idea that her show was going to be cancelled, she thought this was something they’d film on and off until the kids went to college.”

Another source close to the TLC show echoes the same sentiment. “Kate thought the show would go on forever, she expected it to.” Unfortunately for Kate, ratings for the show fell sharply this season bringing in less than a million viewers per episode. This apparently wasn’t worth it to the TLC network, which reportedly pays the mom of eight a lot of money.

In the meantime, the sources reveal they do not know what Kate is planning to do next. “Kate doesn’t know what she’s going to do, she’s getting lots of offers but hasn’t settled on anything.”

Perhaps the next step in Katie’s life is becoming a stage mom a la pimpmomager Kris Jenner and Dina Lohan! Moments after her show was cancelled, Kate hinted on twitter that she has no plans to stop making money off her kids one of her eldest kids, 10-year-old Mady Gosselin, is interested in acting, specifically on the Disney channel!

“Aww that Mady… So well spoken! Wants to do MORE tv!!! Disney anyone? Lol” And when a fan tweeted her that “Mady is a star in the making,” Kate replied “AGREED! MADY SAYS ‘THANKYOU!'”

Kate also had an interesting response when a fan wondered if she planned on going back into nursing. Kate replied, “I plan on staying on tv 🙂 but if I have to to provide for my 8 lovelies, of course!” She plans on staying on TV? How entitled is this woman??? Good luck with that Katie!

As for Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin, he made it clear he no longer wants his plus eight to be on television. Jon revealed last week that he was “very relieved” the show was cancelled. “I hope they can have more private family moments,” said Jon. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST?

Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada is opening up about her upcoming wedding to fiance Chad Ochocinco as well as those rumors that she might be appearing on Dancing With The Stars!

First Evelyn, who got engaged to NFL player Chad last November, discusses the drama from the finale episode when she caught Chad having lunch with another woman. “We resolved it and we moved on,” Evelyn reveals to the Hollywood Life. “I don’t know if he sees my point, but there’s always that man-woman conflict.”

And what about those trips to the fertility clinic so that she and Chad would have twins right away? Well it appears the baby plans are on hold for now. “That’s the good thing with fertility, you can pick and choose when you want to have babies,” explains Evelyn. “We want to have the babies after the wedding.”

As for the wedding, Evelyn confirms they are indeed planning to wed in the summer of 2012! “I would like something small,” Evelyn gushes. “But Chad being who he is wants something bigger and more over the top. We’ll see if we can meet somewhere in the middle.”

Meanwhile, weeks after TMZ first reported that Evelyn was in talks to appear on Dancing With The Stars, she is now confirming the report. Evelyn states that while she has yet to sign on for the show, she would love to kick off her dancing heels!

“I would love to do Dancing with the Stars,” Evelyn states. “There was that whole rumor that they were thinking about having me on and I wouldn’t be opposed.” Evelyn continues, “The rumor is true. I haven’t been picked, but the rumor was true. There was a story. They were talking about potential contestants and I was one of them.”

Evelyn also adds that fiance Chad, who competed on the show in the past, is fully supportive. “He’s very supportive,” Evelyn continues. “He’s like, ‘You’ll have a good time.’”

Moving on to tonight’s part II of the Basketball Wives reunion. The drama picks up tonight as Meeka and Tami will really go at it. In fact Tami Roman hits Meeka Claxton with some low blows when she brings up her husband Speedy Claxton and his time in the NBA league. The always messy Shaunie can of course be seen in the background snickering. The preview clip is below. The reunion airs at 8/7c.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S REUNION? FEEL BAD FOR MEEKA YET?