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Taylor Armstrong and her now deceased husband Russell Armstrong grace the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine under the heading “Reality Suicide Dark Secrets Exposed, Destroyed by Their Pursuit of Fame.”

While the mag touches on a lot of issues with the couple, perhaps the most shocking tidbit is the fact that Taylor, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, might have tried to capitalize on the tragic death of Russell. UsWeekly reports that Taylor’s rep “tried to shop her story to press outlets for $100,000.” Wow. One can only assume the rep was doing this with Taylor’s consent.

An insider also tells UsWeekly that in the days following Russell’s death, Taylor was asking how much money she would get from his estate. Russell’s attorney has however publicly stated Russell was broke and had no assets at the time of his death.

The mag touches on how the Armstrongs lived beyond their means while pursuing fame. In fact, family and friends of the duo paint a portrait of an ambitious, financially overextended couple desperate to be on TV and to live in the most coveted zip code at all costs.

Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe spoke to the mag stating that proud trophy wife Taylor was desperate to be on RHOBH: “It was all she wanted.” A show insider adds that the Oklahoma native, who bragged about her frequent cosmetic procedures and threw her daughter a $60,000 birthday party last season, “had a need to prove she was worthy.”

However it wasn’t just Taylor, whose opening credits for season 2 was intended to be “I fought too hard for this zip code to go home now,” who wanted fame. Russell was also on board for the ride. “He thought it was a good way for them to make money,” adds the source. This falls in line with a comment Russell made in one of his last interviews in which he called Bravo “bastards” while stating publicity from the show was good for his businesses.

And in other to get on the show, Taylor and Russell exaggerated their wealth. “Bravo cast them because they claimed they owned their house and had a real estate portfolio and major businesses. None of it was true,” says a source. The Armstrongs apparently pretended to own their modest $9,000-a-month rental house in L.A.’s Bel Air Crest neighborhood.

Once she joined the show, Taylor tried to keep up with the Joneses. “She was jealous of the way the other women on the show were living,” says a Taylor source. Laurie goes on to add that Taylor racked up a $90,000 American Express bill in July alone. “Russell was spending more than he made,” says his lawyer Ronald Richards. “He maxed out his credit cards.”

Russell’s grieving business partner John Indelicato however brings up a good point in the article when he wonders why Russell ever sought the spotlight: “If you have skeletons and don’t want them out there, you don’t go on a reality show.” Very valid point.

While it appears there were no takers for the $100,000 interview Taylor’s rep was shopping around, the NY Post is reporting today that Taylor is in talks with Bravo about doing an hour long sit-down interview.

“Bravo wants to do a sit-down, one-hour special with [Bravo exec VP and host] Andy Cohen,” said a source. Another source added, “They’ve been discussing options for a week, but no programming has been formalized.”

And while a Bravo rep tried to deny the report by stating, “It’s not true, there are no plans like that,” it seems they forgot to send a memo to Taylor’s rep who confirmed there had been talks. “There is dialogue with Bravo, but no decisions have been made. Anything would be conjecture,” said Taylor’s rep.

The Post used the words “negotiating for an interview” so it would appear there is money involved. Taylor’s rep however makes it clear her client is still grieving over her loss. The rep states Taylor is “still devastated” and hasn’t personally engaged in any talks.

And finally, the current issue of the National Enquirer posted some older photos of Taylor and Russell together including photos of Russell’s sons from his previous relationships. Those photos are below. You can read more about the couple in the current issues of UsWeekly and the National Enquirer. Photo credit: WENN.

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Russell and Taylor Amrstrong with Prince Charles in 2007

 

Russell Armstrong’s sons from previous relationships alongside Taylor and daughter Kennedy at a family Christmas outing.

 

Could Kim Richards be getting ready to put on her dancing heels? According to a new report, that answer is a strong maybe!

Celebuzz is reporting the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is in talks to join the new season of Dancing With The Stars! In fact a source close to the ABC show reveals that Kim has been practicing her moves.

Kim, aunt to Paris Hilton, has been reportedly rehearsing her moves in the studio and could be in the lineup when the cast is announced next Monday. It has been reported that ABC usually overcasts for the show just in case one of their major stars doesn’t sign on or one drops at the last minute. So it appears Kim, alongside Evelyn Lozada and others are on the short list to join the show.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of UsWeekly is reporting that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was begging producers of the show to cast her. Wowzers.

“She begged producers,” says an insider. “But the show wants real celebrities.” Uh not exactly sure Rob Kardashian qualifies as a “real celebrity.”

Teresa tweeted her disappointment a week ago after a fan told her she should be on the show. “Would [love] to but they don’t want ‘Housewives’ this season. But Playmates are OK?” wrote Teresa.

While the new cast won’t be officially unveiled until August 29 during ABC’s Bachelor Pad, the following celebs have been confirmed to have signed on: Kristin Cavallari, Chaz Bono (Cher’s transgendered son), Rob Kardashian, and according to new reports David Arquette.

Officially out are Snooki, Queen Latifah and Mike Tyson.

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Following a suicide attempt back in June, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has spent over two months at a Malibu Rehab facility in California.

According to a new report by RadarOnline, Amber, 21, is getting ready to check out of the Seasons Recovery Center to start a new life with a clean slate.

“After she settles in, she is going to head to the area her brother lives in in Tennessee,” a source close to Amber reveals. “She wants to check out houses in the area as she is considering leaving Indiana.”

It was reported weeks ago that Amber is seriously contemplating leaving her hometown of Anderson, Indiana in other to get away from negative influences in her life, which her brother claims includes her baby daddy Gary Shirley, 25. Amber checked into the expensive facility on June 24 just days after she reportedly tried to hang herself, while also taking some pills.

Meanwhile, a fresh start and a rehab stint might not be enough for Amber to regain custody of her 2-year-old daughter Leah.

Gary’s lawyer, Jeff Lockwood, tells Star magazine that it’s highly unlikely the troubled Amber will regain custody of Leah, adding that Gary’s temporary custody arrangement will be made permanent.

“I think custody will go to Gary,” his attorney explains to Star, adding that in other for Amber to regain custody, she would need to be “able to maintain a clean track record.” Something neither Lockwood or Gary think she will be able to do.

In addition to the recent suicide attempt, Amber is still in hot water with Child Protective Services for physical abuse after she attacked Gary on the MTV hit show.

“We will aim for her to have a whole lot of visitation,” said Jeff, hinting that Amber might even move in with Gary to allow her to be a full time mom. “Gary and Amber do have a relationship and a child,” he added. “Who knows, they may even move in together.”

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Another day, another legal drama involving former Real Housewives of DC stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

This time around, it involves celebrity Montel Williams. TMZ is reporting Montel fired off a cease and desist letter to the Salahis for using his name to promote their winery without his permission!

While it was reported that the Salahis were auctioning off their winery yesterday, it turns out that auction is actually for their Oasis Vineyards company and not for their actual winery — the Oasis Winery. In fact, the gruesome twosome are planning a reopening on Sept 24 for the Oasis Winery.

And this is where Montel comes in. The Salahis listed Montel as one of their celebrity guests for the reopening party which was news to Montel.

His rep tells TMZ, “Montel doesn’t support the Salahis, doesn’t know them and did not give them permission to use his name.” The event organizers also falsely announced that Montel’s MS Foundation is involved with the event. Wowzers.

A cease and desist letter was fired off to the Salahis yesterday which demanded they stop using Montel’s name and foundation. Both his name and foundation have since been removed from the website.

And in usual Salahi fashion, they are claiming there was no wrong doing on their part, first telling TMZ they were not aware Montel’s name was even on the site.

Fast forward to today and the Salahis are now claiming they are not the ones behind the charitable event, you know, the one being held for the reopening of their Oasis Winery. Michaele claims, “The website Montel Williams is referring to is NOT a Salahi website. We don’t get involved with what customers of our winery do or who they invite.” Right.

Oddly enough, Tareq gave the Rumor Fix blog this statement about the event yesterday: “The Oasis Winery is in fact reopening on Sept 24 and it will be a very exclusive private party for our good friends in Politics to family/friends and long time supporters of the Salahis before & after the White House dinner party.”  But apparently the event is now one of their customers, and not theirs.

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After contemplating a move to California on the last season of her Bravo hit show Bethenny Ever After, it appears Bethenny Frankel is staying put in New York City after purchasing a plus-size condo!

But then again, with her reported $100 million deal to sell her Skinnygirl drink line, it’s fair to assume she can afford to buy a home in both NY and LA! According to new reports, Bethenny just dropped a cool $4.995 million dollars on a high end condo in the fancy TriBeCa neighborhood.

The NY Post reports Bethenny and hubby Jason Hoppy just closed on the 195 Hudson St. pad, which is more than 3,000 square feet, comes with 4-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms, a coveted private parking spot as well as a maid’s room.

The home also includes some other features such as: 16 large windows that line the walls, a decorative fireplace with Bateig Azul limestone as the centerpiece of the formal living/dining room including a wet bar with wine fridge, sink and ice-maker; a sunny east-facing kitchen which features Pietra di Bedonia stone counter tops, glass tiles, Sub Zero refrigerator, Thermador professional stovetop, warming oven, and a Miele dishwasher. Photos of Bethenny’s condo are below!

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post is now reporting that Bethenny’s days on Bravo might be numbered now that she has a new talk show in the works! If you recall, Bethenny taped her pilot two months ago and Telepictures, the company behind the show, is reportedly very pleased with the results.

“Telepictures couldn’t be happier with the pilot Bethenny shot. They know they have discovered the next great talk show host and it’s Bethenny,” a TV insider reveals. “This is 100 percent on the fast track. Plus, with Ellen [DeGeneres] behind her this will be huge.”

So does this mean Bethenny is done with Bravo? According to a source, that answer is a likely yes as Bethenny no longer wants to be associated with the Housewives/Bravo, especially following the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong.

“Bravo has been good to Bethenny but at the same time, Bethenny has been good to Bravo,” a friend of Bethenny states. “This is business and making the right move for her future. She will always be grateful for everything they have done but at the same time, after the tragic news of the suicide of a cast member of the Beverly Hills ‘Housewives,’ she doesn’t want to be part of an organization that rewards bad behavior.”

Wowzers. This makes sense as Bethenny has repeatedly stated she no longer wants to be associated with the RHONY which she feels rewards women for bad behavior. And just last month, she stated: “I’m getting tired of reality TV, of every moment being documented.” The new season of Bethenny’s Bravo show is currently being filmed and she reportedly wants it to be her last.

The Huffington Post also states that Bravo has decided to name the 3rd season of Bethenny’s show “Bethenny Goes L.A.” Bethenny however took to her twitter page this morning to deny that. “My show isn’t called “bethenny goes LA.” Bit of advice:50%of what you hear is true (if that),” tweeted Bethenny.

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Almost two years after having her baby, E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson is now opening up about her battle with Postpartum Depression and just how bad things got.

According to the Playboy Playmate, she actually contemplated suicide at some points and also considered leaving her husband Hank Baskett.

Kendra, 26, makes the shocking revelations in her new book Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My Sexy Back, which is slated to be released on Sept. 20, 2011.

According to the Hollywood Life blog, Kendra went through screaming matches with Hank to self-confidence issues to mood swings. In fact, she even got so jealous of her nanny at one point that she fired her, wanting to take on all of her mommy duties herself.

But Kendra didn’t hit rock bottom until she became so emotionally detached from her husband and their son Hank Jr. that she actually started to contemplate suicide. Kendra however reveals she was able to fight through those thoughts, adding that she would never actually do something to hurt herself or her family.

In addition to her new book, the fourth season of her E! show Kendra is also slated to premiere Sep. 25.

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Last week, Big Brother 13’s Brendon Villegas found himself evicted from the game for the second time this season.

Brendon, who was voted back into the house by America, was ultimately backdoored by Danielle who was also responsible for his first ousting. In a new interview with Digital Spy, Brendon discusses what it felt like to return to the BB house, the players he thinks are floaters, and whether or not he feels Danielle is playing a smart game. Excerpts are below –

Having just come back in the house last week, how much tougher was it to leave this week in comparison to the first time around?
“Sadly, it was probably easier to leave the second time because I felt more comfortable leaving Rachel in the house. It was just more frustrating because I didn’t have a chance to compete for the Power of Veto.”

Where do you think things went wrong with the veteran alliance?
“Daniele turned on us way too soon and wanted the glory all for herself.”

During your final speech you spoke a lot about the floaters left in the game. Who in particular do you feel isn’t pulling his or her weight?
“Porsche, Shelly and Jordan are definitely at the top of the list followed [closely] by Kalia and Adam.”

Do you believe that Rachel really has a chance to win even though she’s up against a whole house of people who want her out?
“I think that Rachel making it to the final two is more improbable than not, but I have no doubt that she will spend every remaining moment in the house fighting as hard as she can.”

You attempted to make a deal with Daniele, which she seemed to accept. Did you have faith in that arrangement or did you always assume she might back out of it?
“I always thought in the back of my head that if Daniele had the chance to get rid of me she would. I knew that she was always afraid that if I was up on the block that I would be able to win the Power of Veto and be able to pull myself off.”

Besides Rachel, who do you think is playing a smart game in the house?
“I think Daniele is playing a smart game by keeping herself in the middle as much as she can, but she is naive to think that she is not the biggest target in the house as soon as I left.”

In other Big Brother news, Will Kirby, one of the best players to play the game?, is now engaged to his long-term girlfriend!

Will, winner of Big Brother season 2, confirmed his engagement to girlfriend of six years and mother of his 15-month-old son, Erin Brodie (For Love or Money winner). “I’m so fortunate to be in a relationship with Erin,” Will told PEOPLE. “I’m thrilled to now open the next chapter of our lives together.”

Moving on to tonight’s episode of Big Brother in which either Danielle or Kalia will be sent packing. It’s not looking too good for Danielle, who was backdoored by Jeff this week. The live eviction episode airs tonight at 9/8c. And oh yeah, tonight is also a double live eviction! The HGs are not aware of this as they suspect this will happen next week.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRENDON’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S EPISODE? DO YOU WANT DANIELLE TO STAY OR GO?

After going from a nobody to a fairly famous reality star in a span of less than 2 years, it appears Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D now feels he is really famous!

Just how famous you ask? Well according to him, too famous to do Dancing With The Stars! Wowzers. The Huffington Post interviewed Pauly D, during which he pretty much dissed the ABC hit show, implying it is for has-beens. He does have a point no?

Citing that he has a hot career as a DJ, which brings him over $10,000 per gig, Pauly D, 31, (yes he’s really 31-years-old) stated: “I will do ‘Dancing with the Stars’ when my career dips.” Ouch.

The topic then turned to his costar Snooki and the talks that she had signed on to do the show. “I texted her congratulations about doing ‘Dancing,’ but she texted back ‘am I?'” Pauly D revealed.

In fact, new reports are now stating the Snooks, 23, will NOT be appearing on the show after TMZ prematurely confirmed she had signed on for the new season.

There had been rumors that Snooki wanted more money, but a report by the Hollywood Life blog states the Snooks was simply too busy to do the show. Not sure how this bodes for the so called celebs on the show if Snooki has a busier career than they do.

“They have finalized this seasons cast and Snooki will unfortunately not be doing this season of Dancing With The Stars,”a source stated. “There is no drama between producers and Snooki. She just won’t be available to appear on the show. There is still hope they can get her in a future season though.”

A new episode of the Jersey Shore airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.

Photos credit: MTV/Ian Spanier

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