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I remember idolizing the California rich and famous with their million dollar convertible cars, diamond encrusted watches and Peach Pit lunches alongside Color Me Badd. Things Beverly Hills used to be known for: ridiculously lavish lifestyles (thank you, Robin Leach!), Rodeo Drive, a snobby yet endearing Girl Scout troop (hats sashes off to you, Shelley Long!) and 90210.

Things Beverly Hills is known for now: Kyle Richards’ White Party (#sosorrybevhills), Jiggy as well as the Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong tragedy. Whatever happened to “Donna Martin graduates!” and the iconic Pretty Woman mantra, “You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Huge!” Simpler times, I guess.

Because she’s not going anywhere one celebrity site is shedding more insight into Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong’s life… and the decision she may have hoped would secure her a spot on the potential third season of Bravo’s hit show. I’m exhausted writing about it, so she surely has to be tired living it. One would hope…don’t I wish.

RadarOnline.com is citing Taylor’s timing for her divorce filing from the late Russell Armstrong as a necessity to keep her in the network’s good graces. The site is reporting that Taylor “finally decided to file for divorce from her then-husband… because executives at Bravo had implemented a ban prohibiting the couple from appearing on the hit show after Russell sent executives legal letters threatening to sue.”

We all watched awkwardly (insert typical metaphor here — it’s a train wreck… you don’t want to see it, but you can’t look away) on the most recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. You recall that Taylor and Russell were turned away from Kyle’s annual White Party by the teary hostess (and a bada$$ Paul Nassif!) after Russell threatened fellow cast mate Camille Grammar with a lawsuit via e-mail for alleging abuse against his wife.

However, it seems Camille wasn’t the only one on the receiving end of Russell’s litigious barrage because a source close to the show claims, “During filming of the show, as the season progressed, [he] started sending blistering letters and e-mails to Bravo and NBC Universal executives threatening lawsuits. Russell was furious that Taylor had discussed their serious marital issues, including the fact that he hit her on multiple occasions.”

The insider continues, saying that Russell was irate “the fellow housewives were now talking about it on the show.” The insider reveals, “Russell would have had no legal leg to stand on because it was Taylor who was telling the girls this stuff. Bravo and NBC decided that Russell and Taylor were more trouble than they were worth, and decided to end filming with them, as soon as it became apparent that Russell was going to continue down that path.”

So what’s a girl to do?  Her spotlight in jeopardy and her husband an alleged ticking time-bomb, the Bravo star did what needed to be done.  The source says, “Taylor decided to pursue the separation first, but then she thought to get back on the show, she would need to file for divorce, so that she could appear on the show again, if she promised executives that she was leaving him for good.” Despite all the clauses the insider throws out in that statement, the entire scene is just plain sad. Whether you believe a woman was so desperate to remain on a television program that she would throw her marriage under the bus or that she was saving herself and her young daughter from terrors to come, the whole situation was/is/and will continue to be horrific and heart wrenching.

The insider continues, “[F]or a very long time [Taylor knew] that she needed to leave Russell because of the verbal and physical abuse. Being taken off a show that she loved doing because of his actions was the catalyst that finally made her pull the trigger on her marriage. Russell knew he was going to be exposed and was in full damage control mode. Ultimately, there was nothing he could do to stop it.”

Taylor won’t be seen on the show again until the new year according to the source who reports, “The episode that will air on Monday night will show all of the girls except Taylor going to Hawaii. Taylor will call the girls, and tell them on speakerphone while they are on their Hawaiian holiday that she had decided to leave Russell.”

Again, regardless of your opinions on this tragedy (and I have my own, believe me) it’s nothing but awful given Russell’s suicide, the fact that an innocent five-year-old is involved, and the notion that it’s all playing out for our “entertainment.” So sad, and yet please know the irony of me writing about it isn’t lost on this gal. Here’s hoping that outside the world that is Beverly Hills (past and present) you and yours revel in family and friends this holiday season.

THOUGHTS ON THIS NEW REVELATION?  DO YOU THINK TAYLOR FILED FOR DIVORCE TO STAY ON THE SHOW?  WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RUSSELL THREATENING THE NETWORK WITH LAWSUITS?

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is delivering some unbeweavable news — she recently announced she is “over” drama and her priorities have totally changed in recent months since avoiding NeNe Leakes getting married to Kroy Biermann and having her third child, KJ.

“Having a new baby changes you,” Kim told PEOPLE. “Watching this season, I feel like you can just see how happy I am on my face – I don’t even have to say anything.” And this season Kim is happy to have her life on film, “I’m grateful to have all this captured on camera.”

Kim admits that past seasons were hard to watch due to the non-stop confrontations and drama surrounding her, but now that she is in a different place with a different focus she doesn’t cringe at all. Not even when we see her carting around a couple dozen wigs she treats like children? “I used to cover my eyes sometimes [during my Housewives scenes]. I’d be like, ‘Oh, god,’ ” Kim confesses. “And now, this season … it’s been incredible … I wasn’t involved with the drama.”

“I absolutely have no regrets, but this season is a lot easier for me to watch,” she reveals. “Last year I was caught up in drama and trying to do that bus tour. And it’s hard to watch.”

“You live it, and then six months later, you watch it on TV,” Kim explains of how reality TV works. “So this season, there aren’t any moments where I’m in a position where I’m going to cover my eyes.”

Kim is equally excited about the new year and the premiere of her spin-off, Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding. So what’s her New Year’s Resolution? “To get more for sleep.” Darn, I was hoping it’d be something along the lines of start more drama or that her wigs would get their own spin-off. At least it’s not to produce another song!

THOUGHTS ON KIM’S INTERVIEW? IS KIM CAPABLE OF AVOIDING DRAMA OR IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL SHE GETS SWEPT BACK IN? ARE YOU LIKING THE LESS CRAZY KIM THIS SEASON?

Santa Claus came early, y’all!  Forget about that cookbook, those cozy socks or that chic handbag you’re hoping to see under the tree – Real Housewives of D.C.’s famewhorusband Tareq Salahi has given you the most wonderful gift. His belly could definitely shake like a bowl full of jelly… ironic, no?

Tareq is finally responding to estranged wife Michaele Salahi’s recent allegations. It’s humorous, it’s mythical, it’s everything you would think it could possibly be. Tareq is quite “fra-gee-lay” in the following interview. Perhaps he should have asked Santa for a leg lamp instead of a plastic, White House party-crashing bride.

Tareq, who has filed for divorce from his better other half, spoke with the Huffingtonpost.com defending himself against Michaele’s claims of abuse. He begins, “She’s a piece of work. First it was she found true love with Neil Schon [of] Journey and now that she lawyered up, they are grasping for a way out so she doesn’t have to pay up her side of our financial obligations.”  Don’t stop believin’, Tareq!  She’ll come clean about her cheating ways and you’ll get your money! Will the Journey jokes ever get old (Perhaps in 2012, but not yet!)?

Tareq is still in contact with his former lady love. He says, “When I spoke to Michaele yesterday, she said she didn’t know her lawyer wrote those things and was sorry… I doubt that. She is very calculating and devious. So now, she says, after 12 years, I’m suddenly controlling or abusive… [w]hen in fact I loved her, and did everything to support my wife and put her on a pedestal to make her a shining star.”

“I really think Michaele thinks she’s still on Real Housewives and needs to create drama,” Tareq continues.  Well, someone certainly does, but I won’t name names! Seriously, why did these two part ways (besides that whole “she became a Journey groupie” situation)? It’s like they are the same person.

Tareq is quick to note that his wife is famous (poor choice of words) for twisting reality in her favor. He even goes as far to call her a liar, reminding ‘fans’ that “Michaele is a well-known and documented liar from The Real Housewives of D.C., to our personal life with her other false statements such as being a Redskins cheerleader,Victoria’s Secret model, college graduate, her M.S… Everything was a lie in our marriage.” So, Tareq was just as fooled as the rest of us about Michaele’s cheerleading past? Seriously? Even the Redskins knew she was never on the sidelines, but Tareq… he coveted those fake pom-poms until his marriage fell apart. I’m not even going to touch his accusations that the M.S. claim was a lie. Shame… on both of them.

It’s sad, really. Poor Tareq is just an innocent party, victimized by his soon to be ex-wife’s web of deceit. He reveals, “Michaele abandoned her home, committed adultery and lied to all her friends. Michaele lied about her real home [when] filming the Real Housewives.”  Truly? Michaele is the only one who lied about her real home? How tragic for Tareq to spend a full Bravo season filming and pseudo-living in a house that wasn’t. Even. His. He must be devastated to learn that truth. I bet Michelle Obama isn’t her half-sister either. Tareq must feel so betrayed — Why else would he have crashed attended that White House dinner?

It gets better. Tareq was totally blinded by Michaele. He thought she was “just a small town girl.” Too much? While it’s hard for him to admit, he shares, “Michaele lied to her husband about attending college. Michaele lied to her own friends, family and cast about an eating disorder. Michaele lied to the public about loving our dog Rio. In short, nearly everything [she] told me was an apparent lie.” Wait, she lied about not eating?!? I don’t buy it. However, when she starts pretending she loves a dog when she’s clearly a cat lady person, that’s when I draw the line. B*tch.

So, let’s break this down. Tareq was a doting, clueless husband, who is not at all shady or fame hungry while Michaele was brilliant enough to make up these falsities on her own. Sure, and he’s just friends with Michael Lohan because they share the same hobbies. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to pour a glass of Oasis wine and watch an episode of “Lifestyles of the Chubby and Irrelevant” if you’d care to join me. Those Salahis, bringing the Christmas cheer all year long!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TAREQ SALAHI’S INTERVIEW?  WAS HE IN THE DARK ABOUT MICHAELE’S ALLEGED LIES?  DO YOU THINK EITHER OF THEM WILL EVER JUST GO AWAY? :)

With the Real Housewives of Orange County premiering in a few short weeks the first ladies of Bravo are out in full force promoting the new season. Bravo recently confirmed new Housewife Heather Dubrow and they have also released a preview clip of the upcoming season!

Season 7 is promising lots of drama (as well as some bad eighties costumes) and despite Vicki Gunvalson‘s insistence that everyone is getting along it seems like Gretchen Rossi is having some issues with both Vicki and Heather! Oh, yeah and we finally meet the other OC child support challenged boyfriend: Brooks Ayers!

Frankly, I’m surprised Vicki and Gretchen haven’t bonded over their woes. Apparently, Vicki’s children are less than thrilled with her new beau and some of the other women are concerned about how fast the relationship is moving hot on the heals of her split from Donn Gunvalson!

Tamra Barney and her soulmate/bathtub porno partner Eddie Judge are still together but there are some hurdles as “free bitch” Tamra has difficulty settling down and apparently lets another man touch her boob! Hey, she is the hottest Housewife! And taking a cue from the totally believable and awesome Real Housewives of New York storyline, there appears to be some sort of Tamra-related pregnancy scare. Oh, please…

Finally it seems that Gretchen and Tamra are able to put the past behind them and mend fences as we see Tamra apologize to her former nemesis, but will Gretchen and Tamra’s new-found closeness interfere in her relationship with Vicki?  The brief preview clip is below!

In other RHOC news, the new girl in the gated community recently introduced herself with a “Five Things You Don’t Know…” segment in Us Weekly! Heather, a former beauty queen, is originally from NYC and majored in Theater at Syracuse University where she aspired to be a Broadway actress! When an audition sent her to LA she “never looked back.”

She has since appeared in several TV roles on shows such as Married With Children! And despite being a full-time mom, she tries to fit in acting, joking that she “still [does] a pilot every year that doesn’t get picked up.”

Heather met her husband Terry Dubrow, a plastic surgeon, on a blind date. Terry is also a Reality TV veteran that appeared on such gems as The Swan and Bridalplasty. Of her family life Heather says, “My husband and I are very down to earth people. We’re not defined by where we live or what we have. We’re just normal people and we’re incredibly grateful for what we have and each other.” We’ll see about that! A photo of Heather, Terry and their four children, below.

Finally, it seems that Vicki and Jesus Barbie, original flavor, Alexis Bellino have made up! Alexis recently posted a photo of Vicki, Brooks, herself, and her king husband, Jim Bellino on her Facebook page under the caption: “It’s gonna be a great season!” The photo is below.

Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7 premiers on Bravo, February 7th at 9/8c.

THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW CLIP? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NEW HOUSEWIFE HEATHER?

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A week after revealing she had no immediate wedding plans with her fiancé (isn’t that an oxymoron?) Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert is now revealing details of her dream wedding!

Ashley, who got engaged to beau J.P. Rosenbaum on the last season of the ABC hit show, tells In Touch Weekly her “dream is to be outside in a big open field, very down-to-earth.”

“I thought Kim Kardashian’s wedding was gorgeous, but I want mine to be simpler,” adds Ashley on her potential wedding plans to JP whom she refers to as the “love of [her] life.”

Below are some details of Ashley’s dream wedding!

  • Ashley hopes to have an outdoor ceremony, possibly in the Hamptons
  • A large guest list
  • Ashley admits that she wants to take dancing lessons with J.P. so that they can have a memorable first dance
  • A honeymoon somewhere tropical — “One of those huts on stilts in the water,” describes Ashley
  • Ashley and J.P. will write their vows, and Ashley has already started to write hers: “What bonds us together is the crazy experience we went through. You’re my everything. You look after me, you’re my best friend.”
  • She wants a televised wedding

“I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him,” Ashley reveals. “He looks after me. We respect each other. It’s cliche, but our personalities just go together.” Feel free to let out a collective awwwww.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ASHLEY’S DREAM WEDDING? WHY IS ASHLEY TALKING ABOUT HER DREAM WEDDING WITH NO FORESEEABLE WEDDING PLANS?

The first season finale of The X Factor aired last night and a new winner was crowned!

So, who won the highly coveted $5 million prize? The lucky winner was  19-year-old Melanie Amaro! Melanie beat out her fellow finalists – Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik to take home the ultimate prize.

Chris was the first finalist to be eliminated, leaving Josh and Melanie to duke it out for the final prize.

“America, thank you for giving this girl an opportunity,” said Simon Cowell. “She is a star.” A very emotional Melanie stated after her win, “Thank you so much! I don’t know what to say. Thank you. God is good.”

Melanie’s win wasn’t exactly a huge surprise as she had one of the best auditions to get on the show. The finale began with the top 12 contestants, including Rachel Crow and Astro, singing Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge of Glory.” This was followed by performances by Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder and Leona Lewis.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELANIE WINNING? DID YOU ENJOY THIS SEASON OF X-FACTOR?

Fans of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were relieved to learn that Kim Richards had checked herself into rehab following a season filled with erratic and troubling behavior (“Slut Pig” outburst, anyone?).

Well, In Touch Weekly now reports that what viewers saw was mild compared to what was happening behind the scenes and that Kim’s situation was far more dire than we could have imagined! In a new expose titled “Destroyed By Hollywood,” the magazine speaks to a relative and a family friend of Kim’s that claim appearing on the series caused Kim to relapse! “Before the show, Kim was sober and living a low-key life,” the relative reveals.

“Kim is a really quiet person when she’s sober,” the relative shares. “But in order to get good ratings you need big personalities. So she started drinking again almost as soon as she got on the show.” It was Kim’s sister Kyle Richards who got her a spot on the show after she introduced Kim to producers and it was also Kyle who exposed Kim’s alcoholic past and publicly worried about her drinking and behavior throughout this season.

The pressure of being on camera and dealing with the show, including interacting with the other ladies, led Kim to start drinking again. “She turns to alcohol to deal with her nerves,” the relative explains.

Initially, Kim’s silly and goofy personality along with her shy, but straight-forward demeanor earned her fans and she became one of the breakout stars of the series, but all that changed this season when viewers witnessed a very different side of Kim. According to Bravo insiders much of Kim’s behavior was so outrageous it had to be cut from the series, which is perhaps why we aren’t seeing much of her this season.

“They’ve actually edited out a lot of scenes in which she was acting really sloppy,” the insider recounts. “It was too evident that she was on something.” That lost footage was one of the reasons the network supposedly encouraged Kim to seek treatment for her addiction.

Kim apparently has a “lifelong” pattern of using alcohol and has been in and out of rehab throughout the past decade. Kim actually admitted this to fans in a Twitter blog, in which she acknowledged her past struggles with alcohol abuse and claiming that she was better now.

According to her family friend Kim was far from healed and in fact her desire to be famous fueled her addiction. “She has always wanted to be famous,” the friend shares. “Even a taste of it is addictive to her.” Indeed, Kim’s days in the limelight as a child star dwindled once she reached adulthood and pursued marriage and children.

Kim tried to break into acting as an adult, but never quite got a big break. Making it a particularly bitter pill to swallow was her niece Paris Hilton‘s rise to superstardom for a sex tape and personal scandals. Kim “actually had talent,” the family friend explains, “so to watch her niece, Paris become huge for doing nothing was especially difficult. It ate her up inside.”

The pressure of dealing with disappointment, along with the sudden new-found interest in her personal life due appearing on a hugely popular reality show pushed Kim to drink again. “She’s a closet drinker who uses alcohol as a way to escape from pressure,” the relative reveals.

And despite Kim’s ex-husband Monty Brinson‘s optimism that this time rehab will work for the struggling star, her relative is dubious about her potential for long-term success. “It’s good that she’s taking responsibility. But she won’t really get better unless she quits TV altogether.”

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THOUGHTS ON THE ARTICLE? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM WILL TRULY GET THE HELP SHE NEEDS AND BEAT ADDICTION? SHOULD KIM LEAVE THE SHOW?

Another day, another piece of news about the Kardashians! In the latest, Kim Kardashian is furious about so-called “malicious” claims that her trip to Haiti was for publicity (cough, cough) and a human rights group leader insists there is no proof that any Kardashian klothing utilized sweatshop labor. Why is there no proof? Because the organization has not finished conducting their investigation.

Kimmie Kakes recently took to her blog to defend her trip to Haiti as righteous and without ulterior motive. #yeahright. Claiming to be “inspired” by the women of Haiti, Kim believes the trip changed her life.

Calling the experience a “very emotional and surprisingly positive journey that I will never forget,” the Kourtney & Kim Take New York star then tackles the rumors of what she really did in Haiti, writing, “some media outlets have tried to tarnish the motive behind my visit and have written completely ridiculous and untrue things.”

“The National Enquirer wrote that I went to a fashion show in Haiti and then spent a fortune pampering myself! The truth is that I was at the Haitian Artisan Fair, where the amazing men and women who make their jewelry and crafts sell them to visitors to make a living, and I bought some of their beautiful jewelry after the fashion show!! Reading this made me so disappointed in the media.”

“Taking such a positive thing and writing something malicious and untrue,” Kim continues. “The journalists obviously didn’t bother to do their research and instead published a ridiculous story to sell copies.”

“I have become accustomed to dealing with rumors and lies spread about my family or my relationships, and have learned to ignore it to a certain extent,” Kim seethes. “But when a magazine makes the decision to twist the truth and write lies like that, it belittles the entire experience we had in Haiti, and I won’t let them do that.”

Considering Kim usually likes it when journalists follow her around and report on her every move for money, I’m surprised she is this upset. Maybe it’s because this time she doesn’t like what these so-called malicious journalist have to say! A photo of Kim enjoying the fashions of Haiti are below. She was only shopping for charity, you guys!

Moving right along, TMZ is reporting that there is no proof that the Keeping Up With The Kardashian family is exploiting sweatshop labor according to Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights!

Charles Kernaghan, the Executive Director of the Institute is claiming he advised Star Magazine against printing the untrue article! “It was a wise idea to wait on the article,” Mr Kernaghan explains, because currently there is “no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use violated child labor standards or human rights.”

Mr. Kernaghan feels he was misquoted by the publication and that his statements were twisted to convey a certain point! Star Magazine reported him as saying: “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people. Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women’s rights.”

But Mr. Kernaghan explains that he was actually speaking, not of the specific factories the Kardashians use, but of a specific region of China known for utilizing slave labor.  His actual sentiment is that while child labor practices in many of the factories are appalling he has “no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use employ such practices.”

He goes onto add that his organization is conducting an investigation into the factories the Kardashians use to produce their merchandise, but at this time there is NO EVIDENCE of any human rights abuses, adding that “75%”of the factories in that region have violations similar to those reported by Star.

Kris Jenner has spoken out denying the accusations, telling TMZ the factories used to produce Kardashian products are “strictly policed” and do not violate child labor or human rights practices.

Finally, onto something important! Kendall Jenner turned sixteen in November, so naturally she needed an over-the-top party to celebrate this milestone. There was some sort of costume-circus theme and Khloe Kardashian played photographer for the evening. Some photos of the event are below.

TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS: DO YOU BELIEVE KIM’S TRIP TO HAITI WAS A PUBLICITY STUNT? DO YOU THINK THE KARDASHIAN’S FACTORIES WILL BE FOUND GUILTY OF ANY HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS? HOW LONG UNTIL THEY DO A PUBLICITY TRIP TO CHINA TO VISIT SAID FACTORIES WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS PRESENT?

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