Russell, who is an investor, said in court documents that he had less than $50,000 in assets with his debt being somewhere between the 1 to 10 million range.
As for the reason for the bankruptcy filing, Russell revealed he earned a ton of money during the 1990′s “dot.com boom” but apparently took a huge financial hit when everything crashed. Things also went from bad to worse following 9/11, an IRS dispute, and a “costly” palimony lawsuit filed by a former fianceé.
If it seems as if you’re being bombarded with a new Housewives franchise every couple of weeks, it’s likely because you are.
The latest franchise coming our way tonight is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The premiere episode, airing at 10/9c on Bravo, will introduce us to the six new ladies who are getting ready to stick their heads into the Bravo Housewives toilet.
While the most of the other housewives series feature unknowns, this series stars some well known names. The most famous cast member would have to be Camille Grammer, who recently filed for divorce from husband actor Kelsey Grammer after 14 years of marriage. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the divorce drama, Kelsey then went on to impregnate his new girlfriend just weeks after Camille filed for divorce, and just last week, Kelsey announced publicly that his much younger girlfriend suffered a miscarriage.
So what can we expect in tonight’s premiere? A Bravo press release states “Sisters Kyle and Kim Richards have trouble seeing eye-to-eye on anything and aren’t afraid to fight it out. Kyle, who promised her mom she’d look after her sister isn’t sure if she can keep her word with so much inter-family drama happening. Meanwhile, Lisa VanderPump happily welcomes house guests to join her and her husband Ken. Lisa’s personal trainer and close friend may turn out to be the house guest that never leaves. But in a mansion like Lisa’s, who can blame him? Join these ladies in the lap of luxury and enjoy a rich serving of drama tonight.”
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Move over the Real Housewives of OC! For there are some blonder ladies with more frozen/injected faces and younger body parts ready to take your place! Not only is Bravo officially announcing the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills today, the network is also announcing the new franchise will debut on October 14!
The premiere date is a bit of a surprise considering the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 3 is set to debut on October 4. It seems Bravo is wasting no time over-saturating us with their Housewives franchises.
And when it comes to the Beverly Hills cast, it includes Camille Grammer, who recently filed for divorce from Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, who has since gotten his much younger girlfriend pregnant. Adrienne Maloof, who is part of the Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings NBA team and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. KimandKyle Richards , who are former child stars and aunts to alleged coke-head Paris Hilton.
Below are photos and bios of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
Camille Grammer – Camille is a multi-talented model, actress, dancer, and advocate, who calls Beverly Hills her home. Grammer began her career as a dancer on Club MTV. She was married to sitcom star and icon, Kelsey Grammer, for 13 years. Together, they have a daughter, Mason, and a son, Jude. Camille and Kelsey own a production company, Grammnet Inc. She has appeared on both the big and small screen. She has also appeared as a dancer in several music videos.
Adrienne Maloof – A savvy “no-nonsense” businesswoman, Adrienne Maloof is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native who moved to the palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills 15 years ago. Adrienne, her mother and four brothers comprise the Maloof Family dynasty whose multi-faceted sports and entertainment enterprise includes the Sacramento Kings, Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Married to prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif, she is a mom through and through, raising her three young sons, Gavin (7) and twins Christian and Colin (4).
Kelsey, who’s wife Camille is currently filming the upcoming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, confirmed through his rep yesterday that his British girlfriend Kayte Walsh is pregnant.
Just days after Kayte’s father confirmed his daughter was pregnant by Kelsey to the Daily Mail, his rep tells UsWeekly: “Kayte and Kelsey are happy to confirm what Kayte’s father told the London Daily Mail is true.”
There’s no word on how far along Kayte is or how long she and Kelysey have been together, you know considering the divorce filing was only a little over a month ago. Kayte’s father, Alan Walsh, told the Daily Mail that his daughter is a flight attendant and that he thinks they met in New York.
“I don’t know how long they have been together and I have not met him yet, but I’m looking forward to it. We just found out about her pregnancy a couple of days ago,” added Alan.
Kelsey and his third wife, 41-year-old former Playboy model Camille are parents to daughter Mason, 8, and son Jude, 5 . Kelsey’s child with Kayte will make his 5th child by a 4th woman.
Bravo has yet to announce a premiere date for the Real Housewives of Beverly HIlls, but something tells us all this drama will make for great TV.
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UPDATE – More pictures of Kayte below. She looks to be covering up a bump in one of them. Could she be much further than a month pregnant?
A report by Popeater today states that the Bravo Housewives are tired of being used by the network.
According to Popeater, “All the ladies have had enough of being used by Bravo and plan to start fighting back.” A source tells the site, “They are pissed that they only get paid $3,000 to tape each episode and are furious that they get paid nothing to tape the reunion episode. It’s two full days of their lives with no lunch breaks and no pay. Everyone on the set is getting a paycheck except the stars. How can that be right?”
The $3,000 per episode fee was unveiled in Teresa Giudice’s bankruptcy documents. However, that amount only applies to the Real Housewives of the New Jersey. Negotiations are done separately for each franchise and the Real Housewives of Atlanta did receive $100,000 each for their second season, and will be reportedly receiving $150,000 each for their upcoming season 3. One of the Atlanta Housewives confirmed the salary to the Atlanta Constitution Journal a while back. No word yet on how much the other franchises are receiving.
And in case you follow any of the housewives on twitter, you probably noticed a lot of them took a trip to New York last week, while not revealing what they were going there for. Well Popeater is now revealing the executives at Bravo decided to have the housewives make an appearance on ‘The Fashion Show,” in other to boost the ratings.
“None of the housewives wanted to be on ‘The Fashion Show,’” an insider dishes. “However, the network insisted they film all week for hours and hours, and to add insult to injury, they got nothing in return. Not even a thank you.”
Popeater also reveals that the reason the Atlanta Housewives decided to dial down the drama during last year’s infamous boring reunion show was because of money. The ladies reportedly took a stand together, agreeing not to fight unless they got paid. This reportedly led to Bravo paying the NYC ladies for their reunion, thus leading the drama filled 3-hour reunion special.
The reunion of the NJ Housewives is also being taped today and tomorrow in Atlantic city according to Popeater. It’s safe to say the entire premise of the reunion will be all the ladies vs Danielle. Wonder if Kim G. will make a special appearance?
So are the Bravo Housewives getting screwed? Absolutely. The Housewives series continues to hit ratings highs as the popularity of the show continues to soar all thanks to the ladies who decided to put their heads into this toilet to put their lives (the good and bad) on national television.
To give you an example of this, the main stars of MTV’s The Hills‘ were earning over $500,000 per season, while the Atlanta Housewives only earned $100,000 per season last year. The ratings of both shows? About the same, plus there are less cast members, meaning less people to pay on the Atlanta Housewives. So yes, I do think the ladies deserve more money, but then again, something tells me these women would do the show for free, as they all seem to want to be famous at any cost, or no cost at all rather.
Also want to add that the guy that wrote this article has relationships with a number of the NJ Housewives, so the source for this story is likely one or more of the NJ ladies.
In other NJ news, it seems Danielle Staub continues to hit new lows, even after the release of the self-leaked sex tape that came out earlier this year.
The Crushable blog is reporting that Danielle encouraged some crazed fan of the show on twitter, after he made some disturbing remarks about Ashley Holmes.
Twitter user @PriinceEdwiin tweeted the following to Danielle: “ItsMyBDAYToday And I Want @_ashleyholmes 2 kill herself & videotape so I can sit back, relax, & share the popcorn w/ @DanielleStaub.”
Danielle then tweeted back: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY boo!!!! May Every wish come true!!”
And despite the public outcry, Danielle has yet to take down the status. The story even makes this week’s issue of Life&Style with a “source” close to Ashley’s mom Jacqueline Laurita telling the mag, “No matter what happened between Danielle and Ashley, Danielle is the adult,” says the insider. “She’s a mother. What if someone said something like that about her kids? How would she react then?”
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Camille, 41, a former Playboy model, is citing irreconcilable differences. She is also seeking primary physical custody of their daughter Mason, 8, and son Jude, 5, as well as spousal support.
What makes this divorce filing odd however is the fact that the couple was pictured together (see above pic) at the Tony Awards just 2 weeks ago on June 13th. The couple have been married since August 1997 and their two children were both born via a surrogate due to Camille’s problems with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Camille, who also goes by Camille Donatacci, is currently filming for the first season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Filming started back in March.
However E! Online has now been able to officially confirm the entire cast. The biggest surprise would have to be Camille Grammer, wife of popular actor Kelsey Grammer. And as we previously reported, Paris Hilton’s aunts — Kyle Richards and Kim Richards — are also a part of the cast.
The above photo was taken when the cast attended a Lakers vs. Kings game last week.
So will these Beverly Hills be able to give us the drama we are used to? Well the jury still seems to be out on that as a source tells E! News, “Everyone seems very happy to be on the show. They are all really very nice. Lisa is hilarious. She has that dry, British humor.” It seems the Beverly Hills ladies are about to take the Housewives franchise into Hollywood.
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Camille Grammer – 41-year-old former Playboy model and married to Frasier star Kelsey Grammer for 13 years. The Hollywood couple have a 9-year-old daughter, Mason, and a 6-year-old son, Jude.
Adrienne Maloof-Nassif – is no stranger to plastic surgery judging from the above photo. The 48-year-old is a member of the popular Maloof family which owns everything from the Palms to the Sacramento Kings. She is married to Dr. Paul Nassif, a plastic surgeon who has appeared on multiple episodes of E!’s Dr. 90210.
UPDATE – More Photos of The Cast Added!
UPDATE #2 – The last and newest housewife has been revealed. CelebrityNation reveals Taylor Armstrong, 38, is the final housewife. A photo and bio of Taylor is below.
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Bravo made some major announcements this week about what is to come next season. The biggest announcement came in the form of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
There had been numerous rumblings and reports but Bravo has finally confirmed the Beverly Hills Housewives series will be the fifth spin-off based on the original “Real Housewives of Orange County.” No word yet on when the show will premier.
As for the cast, it has been reported Paris and Nicky Hilton’s aunts, Kim and Kyle Richards, have been cast. Kim and Kyle are sisters of Paris’s mom, Kathy Hilton. They are also former child stars. Restaurant owner Lisa Todd, who owns the swanky Villa Blanca restaurant in Beverly Hills has also reportedly been cast as a third housewife.
Real Housewives of Atlanta – Bravo also confirmed the return of the Atlanta housewives, more importantly they confirmed all five housewives will be returning. Kim Zolciak made recent headlines when she revealed she had yet to sign on for season 3. According to a report, the women will each receive $150,000 for their third season.
Real Housewives of D.C. – Notably absent from Bravo’s announcements were the Real Housewives of Washington D.C. which should have finished filming last year. If you recall, there was a big scandal with the White House party crashers, Michaeleand Tareq Salahi, who were part of the cast though Bravo officially said they were simply auditioning them to be on the show. Michaele and her husband had filmed for months with other women, so it would be pretty much impossible for Bravo to air the season without them.
We also reported that Bravo was polling viewers last December to gage their opinion on the two. Guess we will all have to wait a little bit more to see about the DC Housewives.