On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the ladies hit the slopes in Colorado. Lisa and Taylor continue their passive aggressive feud to dominate Kyle’s friendship by trying to out-mean girl each other. And Kyle and Kim try to make some headway in their badly tarnished relationship.
Kyle is moving to a new 7,000 square foot house and she feels this is meant to be her house – in fact she stalked it because she feels connected to its energy. Too bad the house couldn’t get a restraining order! Kyle shows Portia a beautifully framed portrait of Kyle and Mauricio on their wedding day and despite a recent blind item hinting that they may not be so in love, I hope that’s not the case! Kyle’s bestie and decorator, Faye Resnick (looking as be-nipped and tucked as ever) shows up to help the Umansky’s move and make some decisions about where Mauricio’s pool table can go – only in the garage since furniture is more important than man cavedom. Faye discovers amongst Kyle’s possessions an enormous self-portrait. Here’s hoping she’s not arrogant enough to hang that up on the walls! Yikes!
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RadarOnline is reporting that Adrienne, who comes from the very wealthy Maloof family, is currently in financial trouble and is being forced to downgrade her lavish lifestyle.
“She is cutting back on every aspect of her luxurious lifestyle,” a source says reveals about Adrienne who is married to plastic surgeon Paul Nassif. “Adrienne and Paul lead an extravagant life, but they’re having money troubles and are looking for ways to scale back their opulence.”
The source adds that Adrienne is taking both small and drastic measures to cut back on her expenses. “She’s cut back on household staff, using people in the house only for the bare minimum requirements,” the source states. “Adrienne and Paul argue all the time but now that the economy is bad and their personal fortunes are dwindling they’re making serious adjustments to their lifestyle.” Ai ya ya.
Pretty shocking report as the Maloof family owns a NBA team as well as luxury hotels, a record company, and other business entities.
In other news, Russell Armstrong’ssister Laurie Kelsoeis speaking out against Taylor Armstrong once again, this time threatening to sue her if she dare writes anything that slanders her brother. Laurie is speaking in reference to a book that Taylor is planning to write (reportedly about domestic violence).
“Taylor had better check with our family before writing any type of book disparaging my brother or she will get sued! She is ruthless and a gold-digger!” Laurie tells HollywoodLife.
“I thought she was mourning the loss of Russell, instead she is busy shopping around a book deal and shopping around her story to any media outlet who will pay her. It is so unethical! She said she never filed any police reports when my brother allegedly hit her because she wanted to protect their daughter Kennedy. Well obviously she doesn’t care about protecting Kennedy anymore. She is so desperate for fame and money, she will do and say whatever it takes,” adds Laurie.
In a separate interview with the Rumor Fix, Laurie reveals she is planning to sue Bravo. As we have reported, Taylor got the book deal before Russell’s passing.
In more RHOBH news, a blind item was posted about a RHOBH married couple on the rocks, and many fans of the show are now wondering who that couple is. The full blind item from CDAN is below -
“Which RH Beverly Hills couple, despite giving off the appearance of being the most in love actually have the most marital issues and none of it began until the show did, which is ironic considering…. Half the time the couple does not even sleep in the same bed together.”
And finally, a new episode of the RHOBH is set to air tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. On the second episode this season titled, ‘Blame It On The Altitude,’ Camille seeks respite from the public dramas of her life by hitting the ski slopes with the 90210 ladies. The snow bunnies also bask in some hot-tub relaxation, but the drama heats up when one wife details her problems.
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Well for starters, the show premiered to high ratings for the Bravo network. While some were concerned over what impact Russell’s passing would have on the show, it appears there was no reason for that as over 2.2 million viewers tuned in for the season debut. That is a 42% increase from the season one premiere last year. Those numbers are even more impressive considering Monday was a holiday.
But back to Taylor as Radaronline is reporting that Bravo executives gave her an advance copy of the show which had been re-edited due to the recent events. She was able to watch it before it aired on Labor Day. An insider reveals, “Taylor watched the entire episode several days ago. She was very moved by the heartfelt comments that each of the Housewives made regarding Russell’s suicide. There were a lot of tears shed as she watched the episode.”
The source continues, “Taylor didn’t watch the season premiere with any of the Housewives. Kyle, Adrienne and Lisa are in New York City doing press for the show. However, Kyle did call Taylor to check-in with her. Kyle and Taylor are very close. Taylor was very emotional watching it, but she is very supportive of how Bravo is handling Russell’s suicide. Taylor believes that watching the show now will be cathartic and healing for her.” As for Kennedy, Taylor’s five-year-old daughter with Russell, the insider says, “[She] has started school, and doing well. Taylor is now trying to put her life back together.”
And while it may be healing for Taylor to watch the season, it will no doubt be hard. According to one source, Bravo plans to air footage of the couple’s marriage counseling, parts of which were filmed for the series. The insider reveals, “Bravo has made the decision to air their marriage counseling sessions. Taylor is supportive of the network airing the therapy sessions. Bravo will be looking at those sessions and doing any necessary edits if needed, given Russell’s suicide. Both Russell and Taylor were filmed individually during their sessions. Taylor’s will definitely be airing, although it’s likely that Russell’s individual sessions won’t be.” Both Taylor and Russell agreed to let the network document their sessions.
However, some reports say otherwise. A mouthpiece for the network commented, “The producers and Bravo are in the process of re-editing the entire series. As a result, any report regarding the content of upcoming episodes is mere speculation.” The couple was seeing Dr. Charles Sophy for help with their crumbling marriage. Before Russell’s suicide, the pair’s marital problems were set to be a big story line of the season. However, Bravo has since edited the season, so some speculate that the sessions will not be included. The premiere episode cut original footage of Taylor shopping for lingerie in an effort to spice up her love life with Russell. However, it aired the tense dinner party at Adrienne Maloof’s where Taylor felt attacked by Ken Vanderpump after revealing her and Russell’s decision to seek counseling.
While we are watching a show filmed pre-tragedy, those closest to Russell are still trying to cope with his decision to take his own life. As I’m sure you’ve heard, Russell’s family is speculating that his tragic death may not have been at his own hands. TMZ reports that the Coroner’s Office recently released Russell’s toxicology results, which revealed no alcohol or drugs where in his system when he died. Russell’s family is hiring a private investigator to look into the possibility of foul play. However, neither the Los Angeles coroner nor Taylor herself believe Russell was murdered.
And finally, Russell’s family continues to speak out against Taylor. The latest accusation comes from Russell’s mother who alleges Taylor charged over $90,000 to Russell’s credit card after filing for divorce.
“$90,000 was put on his credit card in June, not by him,” revealedJohn Ann Hotchkiss during an interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN Wednesday. “Taylor put $90,000 on there,” she said. “She put $90,000 on his credit card in June after she separated.” It doesn’t seem like this drama will be ending anytime soon.
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SURPRISED BY THE GOOD RATINGS? SHOULD BRAVO AIR FOOTAGE OF THE COUPLE’S MARRIAGE COUNSELING SESSIONS? DO YOU BELIEVE THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST TAYLOR?
Last night’s Season Premier of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills did not disappoint! Oh, these ladies – you know what they say: “More money, more problems!” Last night’s episode filled us in on what the ladies have been up to since last season and apparently not much has changed: Adrienne and Paul still barely tolerate each other, Lisa and Ken and Giggy, are still Lisa and Ken and Giggy. Kyle and Kim are still on the rocks and well, Camille she’s still arrogant and oblivious! Gotta love her! Before the the bickering starts, Bravo does a solid and gives a touching segment about Russell Armstrong and the housewives reacting to his passing.
The episode opens on Aug 29,2011, shortly after Russell’suntimely death and all seriousness aside: we meet Adrienne’s new face! Adrienne is looking 10 years younger and basically frozen in time. The cast sits down at Adrienne’s, to discuss Russell’s suicide. Kyle brings up how financial pressure in Beverly Hills puts so much strain on people. Lisa describes that she always felt an emotional disconnect with Russell – and that perhaps getting too much information about Russell from Taylor made Lisa shy away from him. Interesting… Kim points out that the cast focused so much on Taylor, because of their friendship, and not on how Russell was doing. All of the ladies and their husbands express guilt over not being more aware of Russell’s emotional state. Kyle is hopeful that Taylor will not feel responsible for Russell’s death given that she left the marriage shortly before he took his own life. It was heart wrenching to see the ladies and their husbands speak so openly about the tragedy.
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This morning, some of the cast members — Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richardsand Lisa Vanderpumpalongside executive producer Douglas Ross -- visited the Today Show to promote the new season. It was a pretty sobering interview as of course, the topic of Russell was brought up.
When asked how Taylor Armstrongand her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy were coping in light of the tragedy, Adrienne stated she had spoken with Taylor at the wake, adding that “as is to be expected, she was very beside herself, obviously going through such a tragic … and I think her concern is her little girl now.”
The executive producer Douglas then confirmed the reports that Bravo had edited the new season following Russell’s death. “We, along with the network, took a hard look at the show and we decided to do some adjustments where appropriate in light of the circumstances. Our goal has always been to make an honest and accurate story about the ladies and what goes on in their life. We want to be and always are respectful and responsible, and in this case, trying to be very appropriate.”
Russell will not be featured in the first couple of episodes and likely the entire season though scenes with Taylor discussing her marital issues will remain intact. “It is important to know that Taylor’s story is told throughout the season,” he added.
Kyle also defended the show, echoing Bethenny Frankel’s earlier comments which is that Russell and other reality stars sign up to do the shows. “He also signed up for this season one, and came back for season two,” said Kyle. “When we started this show they cast six strong women and they didn’t really know anything about our stories. … We certainly didn’t know the troubles that he had.”
It’s likely that in light of the editing/Bravo working hard to remove scenes with Russell, newbies Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey, will probably end up having more of a presence on the show.
And finally, Taylor Armstrong stepped out for the first time without a disguise just days ago. Taylor, 40, was photographed running errands in Beverly Hills on Aug. 31. She was pictured without her wedding ring on. Those photos are below.
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Pandora Vanderpump, who was featured on the first season of the hit show, is Lisa’s daughter with husband of 29 years Ken Todd. Pandora got married to beau Jason Sabo on Saturday! RadarOnline reports her nuptials took place — where else — but at her parent’s lavish 15,000 sq ft. Beverly Hills estate.
“I can’t explain the love and warmth that filled the room and our hearts last night,thank you all for your messages,my daughter is married!” tweeted Lisa yesterday.
Radar reports Bravo cameras were not on hand to tape the wedding but some photos posted online show camera crews taping Pandora as she prepared to walk down the aisle. Perhaps Bravo taped the preparations but not the actual event. Some photos from the wedding are below!
In other news, TMZ is reporting that just a day after Russell Armstrongcommitted suicide, a business associate of his also took his own life.
The day after Russell’s body was found hanging, Alan Schram, the managing partner at an L.A-based hedge fund, was found dead on August 16 outside of his car with a gunshot to his head. The L.A. County Coroner concluded Alan’s death was a suicide.
TMZ adds that Russell and Alan were friends as well as members of an exclusive group called Tiger 21 which is described as an “organization of high net-worth folk who jawbone with each other about investments.”
Taylor and some of her RHOBH castmates reportedly expressed shock over Alan’s death and the timing at Russell’s memorial. While Russell’s attorney has publicly stated he was in deep financial trouble, it is unknown whether Alan was also experiencing financial difficulty. No word yet on whether or not Bravo will be blamed for this tragic death as well.
And finally, the Huffington Post is reporting that Taylor Armstrongand her daughter Kennedy are now living at the home of Kyle Richards in their time of grief.
“Kyle’s only concern at the moment is Taylor and Kennedy,” a friend of Kyle’s reveals. “She has had Kennedy staying at her house. She returned from the Bahamas when the news broke and went straight to Barnes and Noble to pick out books for Kennedy to read. She also got her a little necklace with an angel so she could feel safe. Kyle has been the glue that has kept all the housewives together during this period.”
The report adds that as of the moment, Bravo is still planning to premiere the second season of the show on Sep. 5.
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After TMZ reported that Taylor Armstrongwas 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 Hillsstar 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 Grammerand Kyle Richardsof 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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The second season, which is set to premiere less than 3 weeks away on Sep. 5, was set to feature the failing marriage of Taylor Armstrong and Russell as a major storyline. In fact reports even stated Bravo was going to touch on the physical abuse claims made by Taylor.
But in light of the recent tragedy, the network is now considering postponing the premiere or editing it. A show insider tells UsWeekly they plan to “review” the footage and “probably re-edit it. They’re going to go back and probably take stuff out, to make sure they’re being sensitive to the situation.”
Andy Cohen also acknowledged the situation in a recent blog posting, “We’re all still trying to process yesterday’s very sad news, and looking at how to proceed with the series, which has finished primary production and was set to premiere on Labor Day. We’ll let you know what we decide when we do. In the meantime, we’re sending our thoughts and prayers to Taylor and the rest of Russell’s family.”
As of the moment, it’s unclear whether the late Russell will be edited out completely, or whether his death will even be addressed on the show. Other reports also state Bravo execs held a “crisis” meeting with the cast last night at Adrienne Maloof’s mansion. The network once again reportedly told the housewives not to talk to the media.
As for Taylor, PEOPLE magazine is reporting on how she’s coping following Russell’s sudden death. “She’s not talking to anyone, she’s not leaving the house at this point,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Taylor is behind closed doors, surrounded by her family… She’s with Kennedy.”
Meanwhile Russell’s attorney Ronald Richards continues his media press tour. In a new interivew with RadarOnline, Ronald once again makes it clear the Armstrongs have zero assets revealing even their home was being rented. “This was most likely going to be a no asset divorce because neither one of them have any. There just isn’t any money, period,” said Ronald. Should he be telling the media this? Isn’t this confidential?
“Taylor has to go back to work, period. She has a kid to feed, and Taylor has very expensive taste. Taylor has family in Orange County so she might move in with them. It’s just to soon to make those decisions,” he adds.
When asked if Russell had a life insurance policy, Ronald revealed he wasn’t aware of one. “I asked that question and no one I know is aware of one,” Russell’s attorney says. Wow. Russell and Taylor have a 5-year-old daughter together, while Russell has 2 sons from previous relationships.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? SHOULD BRAVO GO AHEAD WITH THE PREMIERE? SHOULD RUSSELL’S LAWYER STOP TALKING TO THE MEDIA? SURPRISED THEY HAVE NO ASSETS?