Judging from the turnout for the launch of his new book, I don’t think Andy Cohen is “over” his Housewives.
Andy’s new book “Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture” released this week and he celebrated in style – with all of his favorite Bravolebrity BFFs and his mom, Evelyn (seen above)!
And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Bravo event without some drama! Tamara Tattles got some juicy behind-the-scenes gossip – including rumors that many of the Housewives weren’t invited, despite Andy claiming they were ALL included. Also, Taylor Armstrong was reportedly enjoying the free booze – shocking, we know! You can get the rest of the dish here.
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The media has been buzzing with news regarding the upcoming season ofThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so of course those ladies who love cameras and interviews have been out in full force. Taylor Armstrong, who is promoting her new book Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within, has recently revealed that she was floored to learn that her young daughter Kennedy knew about the abuse she endured at the hands of late husband Russell Armstrong.
Taylor discusses her conundrum in a recent interview with HollywoodLife.com. She states that Kennedy inquired why Taylor could miss her father when he “beat her all the time.” Tragic, to say the least. Taylor says she replied, “I said, ‘You know what, you’re right. Your daddy had a bad temper and that wasn’t okay, but he loved you very much.’”
When trying to explain Russell’s relationship with his young daughter, Taylor reveals, “He never acted out towards my daughter. I try to reinforce ‘Your daddy loves you, and I know he misses you.’”
Going in depth about her past, Taylor admits, “The cycle of violence is a really interesting thing. It happens in a lot of relationships. You think you can change someone, and you can’t. You think that if they hit you for one reason or verbally abuse you for one reason and you don’t do that behavior again that it won’t happen again, and that’s not the case. They will always look for something new.” I am not a Taylor fan, but knowing people who have been in similar situations, I have to agree with her statement.
Meanwhile, Taylor isn’t ready to jump back into the dating pool. She says, “I’m just so happy being single and loving my little girl and being so present with her.” Taylor continues, “If you read my story, I’ve had a boyfriend since the time I was in the sixth grade and for me to be 40 and be so fine with being alone is beautiful. I just flew back from a vacation with my little girl, and we had the most fun that we’ve had in so long.” And go buy her book! 🙂
In other news from Beverly Hills, it has been reported that Kim Richards will be returning for the upcoming season. Now an insider is coming forward and telling Radaronline.com that Kim is trying to get healthy while maintaining the Bravo paycheck.
The source reveals, “Kim needs the money because she has no other way to support herself and her children. She does receive child support from several different men who fathered her kids. Kim was able to negotiate a better salary for the upcoming season, she got a $10k raise. Kim truly didn’t want to do another season because she is still extremely vulnerable and dealing with her sobriety.” This is the opposite of Kim’s friends who say she wanted her recovery documented to help others who may be struggling.
Someone “close to the women” shares that all the women “received a modest raise to come back and do season three. Taylor Armstrong has also become dependent on the show for the income and will be earning around $127,000 for the entire season. None of the cast is paid over $165k for a season of work. People might be surprised to learn how little the women earn from the show, this isn’t per episode, but for an entire season, which Bravo dictates the terms of how long the filming will be for.”
The same source continues, “The ladies won’t get rich from doing the show, but feel the exposure and publicity they get from appearing will be the big payoff. Look at Bethenny Frankel, she never earned more than $100k for being a cast member on the New York Housewives franchise of the show, and she just sold her Skinny Girl alcoholic beverage line for millions of dollars.” Is said source Andy Cohen?
The insider tells the site that everyone involved in next season “seem[s] very excited to begin filming the third season of the show. However, they were all extremely sad and disheartened that Camille Grammer won’t be back, she truly has been the heart and soul of the show. There will be at least two new Housewives on the Beverly Hills cast this season, Bravo hasn’t officially decided who they will be yet.”
Perhaps, said insider isn’t as inside as he/she hoped! Regardless, I am torn on both Taylor and Kim returning. I am not on the hateful Taylor bandwagon (but please know I’m not a fan either). If her allegations are true (and I tend to think they are, regardless of how I feel about how she’s handled things since), I don’t think she is doing herself, or her daughter any favors by letting her life play out on television. Similarly, watching Kim’s breakdown wasn’t entertaining, it was cringe-worthy. I just wish these women would take the time to heal themselves and their families out of the spotlight.
Speaking of someone who is doing just that, Camille is still having issues with her new boyfriend’s ex, and finds herself unwittingly at the center of their custody battle. Her beau Dimitri Charalambopoulosrecently obtained a restraining order against his son’s mother, Lisa Chynoweth. Now Lisa is fighting back, wanting to move their son from Texas to Colorado…closer to her family and farther from his father.
Radaronline.com is reporting that Lisa submitted a sworn declaration to the court, stating, “I do not believe it is in the best interest of our son to be subject to the social media, paparazzi, and social pressures of the type of lifestyle his father has chosen to live. Because of Camille Grammar’s publicizing her relationship with Dimitri on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Dimitri is now being referred to all over the Internet as a ‘Boy Toy’..This negative publicity is harmful and devastating to the self-image of our nine-year-old son.”
However, a source close to Camille is quick to point out that her relationship with Dimitri is why she decided not to return to RHOBH, as producers wanted “her to have Dimitri on the show, and have their relationship play out on camera, along with her children.”
The source states, “Camille was steadfast on her decision to not put that part of her life on the show, and she ended up walking away…No one told her to do that, not a judge, her lawyers, Dimitri, that was Camille’s decision.” Further, “Camille has never met Marcus! Camille thinks it’s just too soon to meet him, even though she has been dating his dad for almost eight months. Camille is fully supportive of Dimitri’s relationship with Marcus, and would love to meet him one day when it’s appropriate.”
The insider continues, “Camille has been through her own custody battle with her two children, and her ex-husband, Kelsey Grammer, and Camille knows that the children come first, period. Dimitri can’t believe how down to earth and level headed Camille is, it’s not what he has been used to at all.”
I am glad to hear that Camille is taking the high road with this situation and her life. Who knew that the most vilified season one housewife could make such positive turn-around?
THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK KENNEDY WAS AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND HER? SHOULD TAYLOR RETURN? SHOULD KIM RETURN? COULD BEING ON A REALITY SHOW HINDER HER RECOVERY? COMMENTS ON CAMILLE’S RECENT DRAMA?
The strange case of Camille Grammer‘s threats towards boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos‘ ex-girlfriend, Lisa Chynoweth, continues to get stranger and stranger. Today, more information surfaces about why Camille was allegedly recorded without her permission, making threatening comments towards Lisa.
In response to the shocking YouTube video that surfaced of Dimitri being deposed by his ex-girlfriend’s lawyers, he has sought a temporary restraining order!
RadarOnline reports that the restraining order was obtained in Dallas, Texas and states: “the court examined the pleadings and affidavit of Dimitri Charalambopoulos, and finds that Dimitri Charalambopoulos is entitled to a temporary restraining order restraining Lisa Chynoweth from releasing any deposition transcripts or videos regarding this case to anyone, directly or indirectly, for any reason…”
According to RumorFix, Dimitri is also petitioning the court for a gag order against Lisa to prevent her from further disparaging his reputation! “Necessity of gag order, sealing file, closing courtroom and confidentiality order,” the petition requests
“Dimitri loves his son and will hold Lisa responsible in court for her actions,” a source explains to Radar.
Unfortunately, the video has already hit the net, and it also featured a recorded phone call of Camille telling Lisa: “If you go to the press, I have lawyers that are beyond what you can imagine and they will pull stuff on you and you will be so mortified about your life and your family and what you have done. You don’t want to do that to Marcus.”
Many have wondered just why Camille would go psycho-bitch on the woman over a custody dispute, and as always, there is more than meets the eye about the situation. A source is coming forward defending Camille and allegedly exposing Lisa’s actions as a set-up to make Camille look bad and potentially extort her.
Allegedly, it was Lisa who contacted Camille first. “Lisa is the one that called Camille about a month and a half ago and she had a laundry list of issues she needed to address. Camille was very gracious in the beginning of the conversation and just let Lisa talk. Camille had a lot going on in her life because she was still in a custody dispute with Kelsey [Grammer],” the source–who is reportedly close to the situation–describes.
“Towards the end of the conversation, Lisa told Camille that the press had been calling her and brought up Camille’s children. Lisa knew about the custody battle and threatened to insert herself into that situation. Camille was provoked and reacted as any mother that loves her children would, period. Camille didn’t threaten Dimitri’s son, Marcus, she was simply saying that no child should have to deal with the fallout of their parents feuding.”
People are always trying to goad Camille into an awful situation, aren’t they? First Taylor Armstrong, and now this Lisa person!
The source adds that Dimitri is totally supportive of Camille’s version of events, and that the couple has never been happier. “Dimitri and Camille have never been closer and more in love. Camille has handled herself with true class and Dimitri is so grateful to have her in his life.”
“Neither one of them thought they were ever going to find true love again and be able to trust someone with their heart. They are a fantastic couple and are rock solid.”
The source also adds that despite Lisa’s accusations against Dimitri and Camille, he is a loving and devoted father. “Dimitri won’t trash her [Lisa] in the press though as she has threatened to do to him. He is a gentleman and will handle this with class. He is so grateful to have Camille in his life.”
THOUGHTS ON THE NEWEST INFORMATION ABOUT CAMILLE’S THREATENING PHONE CALL? WAS CAMILLE GOADED INTO MAKING THE COMMENTS?
While the ladies of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills are deep into the pre-season casting charade they all do before contracts get signed, some very interesting news has leaked about former villain and now “laid-off” housewife Camille Grammer.
As said on the reunion, Camille has been very happily dating a younger man, Dimitri Charalambopoulos, who had yet to make it on-screen. A taped video deposition of Dimitri posted to Radar Online may give us a clue why he was so camera-shy. Like every other housewife boyfriend, Dimitri has baby mamma drama. In the following video, Dimitri is being deposed by his girlfriend Lisa Chynoweth‘s lawyers in Dallas. Lisa apparently wants to move her son to Colorado.
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It is quite unfortunate that Bravo can’t just give the ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills their contracts already, because the constant speculation is killing me! In the latest, reports have emerged that contract negotiations have been held up because of fighting amongst the ladies, who do not want to work with each other!
“Let’s just say there are more than a few women who truly don’t get along,” an insider tells Celebuzz. “Two in particular that threaten they won’t return if the other does.”
Kyle Richards pretty much echoed that statement when she confirmed her return was conditional on certain someones getting the axe. “We’ll see,” she said of round three. “It kind of depends which girls are coming back.” Let the speculation begin on just who she was talking about… (ahem, Brandi!)
Brandi Glanville, who is seen as a shoo-in to return next season, dished that contracts still weren’t out. “I’ll know in two weeks,” she shared, also revealing that she’s “so sad” her on-screen bestie Camille Grammer won’t be coming back. “She’s my girl! We had such a great time last season,” Brandi gushed.
And speaking of which, Camille is said to be “devastated” that she will not be involved in the show next season, although I don’t know why considering it was such a horrible train wreck!
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PEOPLE reports that Camille, 43, has decided to quit the Bravo hit series. “She’s been in discussions and at the end decided she wasn’t willing to expose her personal life anymore,” reveals a source. “She’s at peace with her decision.”
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Camille went from being the most hated housewife ever during the first season of the show, only to come back more mellow and more likable during the second season. Many, however, felt she wasn’t being herself and was playing it safe in hopes of redeeming her image.
“She’s in a great place in her life right now,” the source continues. “She’s grown a lot in this past year and she’s made some wonderful friendships [on the show]. It has steered her life in a direction she never imagined. She’s ready for new challenges.”
We do have to wonder if this was all Camille’s decision or if this is her way of saving face in case Bravo doesn’t invite her for a third season. Reason? Camille was expressing her desire to return for season 3 just weeks ago. “I had a good year so I would want to go back for a third season, but they haven’t asked me yet, so I wonder what’s going on with that,” said Camille.
Plus a report came out in January saying Bravo was planning to fire Camille.
Bravo has yet to announce the returning housewives for RHOBH season three, though, it was reported last month that the network would like to invite all the BH housewives back — minus Camille — for the new season, including the very well liked Taylor Armstrong!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CAMILLE LEAVING THE SHOW? WILL YOU MISS HER? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS PLAYING IT SAFE ON SEASON 2? DO YOU THINK BRAVO FIRED OR WAS PLANNING TO FIRE HER?
UPDATE – Just as we suspected, it appears the decision to walk away from the show wasn’t entirely Camille’s. “I can’t say too much at this moment, but we couldn’t get it worked out,” Camille tells UsWeekly. “I’ve had so much fun with the franchise, but I guess the producers and I couldn’t come to an agreement.”
As you know, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are anything but dull… and almost always sometimes the ladies are downright catty, crazy and dramalicious. The latest episode was no different, as the women participated in The Dinner Party From Hell 2.0.
In an effort to explain the insane events of that evening, Kyle Richards took to her personal blog to discuss her take on frenemy Brandi Glanville’s belly dancing girls’ night, where the wine flowed like… well, wine. And if we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that where there’s wine, there’s Kyle doing splits a Taylor Armstrong meltdown of epic proportions.
Kyle begins, “Brandi had invited us all out to her friends house for a ‘wine tasting’ with belly dancing lessons… When we arrived, the girls were already tipsy and having fun. Brandi made a comment about my husband being ‘super hot’ and said how much he loves me. I said in my interview ‘easy on the hot husband talk’. Then I hissed like a cat. That is my sense of humor. I was not offended in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM by Brandi’s comment. I honestly found it to be a compliment and took it as such.” Seriously? If I had a dollar for every time Kyle used her “sense of humor” as her excuse for tacky behavior, maybe I’d have enough money to move to Beverly Hills… or at least buy a pair of Adrienne’s shoes.
“Brandi’s friend started giving us belly dancing lessons,” Kyle continues. “I felt SO AWKWARD doing belly dancing which did NOT come naturally to me . I am known for joking around and acting ‘goofy’ so I decided to do some of my ridiculous ‘dance’ moves to make my friends laugh. It’s a running joke amongst my friends and me. Years ago it was ballet moves (never taken ballet in my life) then it was yoga and now I have settled on the splits. Who knows what’s next?!” Perhaps the Dougie? Again, Kyle cites her joking personality as a reason to be disrespectful to the belly dancing teacher. I’m not even trying to come down on Kyle because she’s Kyle… it’s like that cringe-worthy feeling I get when people talk over a public speaker — it’s just plain rude.
When addressing her nipplicious snarks about braless Brandi, Kyle admits, “Yes, I made some comments about Brandi’s nipple’s showing through her dress. How can I not? They were right in my face. I think that if you wear a dress that you can see your breasts through, you must want them noticed. I personally wouldn’t do that, but I get that Brandi is more of a free spirit. That doesn’t mean I can’t tease about it .” Dear Diary, aren’t my comments cute? I’m not mean, I’m just funny.
However, Kyle does treat Taylor’s behavior with the kind of gravity it deserves and I give her credit for the fierce loyalty she showed on Monday’s episode. She describes the downward spiral, saying, “The night suddenly shifted from being silly and having fun to a complete nightmare. Taylor could not let go of the resentment toward Camille. Taylor was afraid that if Russell found out she had told all of us what had gone on in their marriage, and that it was repeated in FRONT of the cameras, he would lose it.” An understandable assumption, but it is also odd to me coming from someone whose job is to have their life recorded for a television show while sharing intimate details of her relationship with several friends. But I digress…
Kyle continues, “[Taylor] was scared. Too much alcohol played a big factor in this evening as well. Dedra came to Camille’s defense , as a best friend should. Dedra is a great girl and this evening was very out of character for her. Emotions were running high. I’m convinced there was a full moon that night. I was in shock watching all of this I felt like I was witnessing a nervous breakdown. It was a nightmare.”
Of that oh so hard to watch limo ride home, Kyle reveals, “I was overwhelmed with sadness for Taylor. There was so much we knew, but even more we didn’t.” Continuing, Kyle advises, “In watching this, you may think, Taylor is crazy, a trouble maker, a phony, whatever it is you may be thinking. However, please remember, you have never met Taylor. She really is a kind person. She may have her issues, but she never wanted to hurt anyone. Walk a mile in her shoes before passing judgment….” Kyle makes a very valid point. Gracious, I am all over the board with my thoughts on these women!
In other news, Taylor’s nemesis of late Camille Grammer was recently called out for sporting a 10 karat diamond ring given to her by ex-husband Kelsey Grammer in a recent photo shoot. According to American Superstar, Camille was only wearing the ring for the photo shoot… it’s not something she wears every day.
Camille explains, “I did a photo shoot for Life & Style magazine and they had asked me to bring my bling. That ring is bling, along with other gifts that I have gotten from my ex over 14 years. I had acquired a lot of rings in my relationship. So whenever anyone asks me to bring my bling, that comes along with it.” She states simply, “I only wore the ring for the photo shoot.” And why shouldn’t she be able to enjoy the gifts she acquired during her marriage?
For those who thought the ring may be a silent statement that she still has feelings for her ex, Camille assures that she is no longer in love with Kelsey, quipping, “It’s easy to fall out of love with someone when they are putting you through such hell.”
So, while the photo shoot bling is still somewhat in rotation, there are two rings that Camille will never be seen wearing again: her wedding band and engagement ring. Of those reminders of her marriage, she admits, “I have my wedding ring and engagement ring in a safe. I plan on giving them to my daughter.” Camille adds, “I don’t wear them anymore and I don’t want to hock them. That is so vulgar and cheap.”
Of course, Kelsey isn’t the only man to put a ring on Camille’s finger. She reveals the got quite a statement piece from new beau Dimitri Charalambopoulos. Camille remembers, “The first night I met Dimitri we were in Vegas and he gave me a giant flashing light ring. She continues, “It was like a silly engagement ring that looked like it was 40 karats with a flashing light. It was adorable.”
Knowing what she knows now, Camille believes that jewelry is no substitute for a healthy relationship. “A 10 karat diamond ring cannot hug you back and give you love,” the reality star muses. Amen to that!
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WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KYLE’S BLOG? ARE YOU BUYING HER EXPLANATIONS? SHOULD CAMILLE HAVE WORN THAT RING IN HER PHOTO SHOOT?
“My son’s really taken a liking to him and my daughter and him get along as well,” she explained, speaking to E! at the Dream Halloween benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. “He’s great with my kids and he’s good with me.”
Dimitri is so involved in Camille’s family life he took her two children Mason, 9, and Jude, 7, trick-or-treating! And he gave Camille a special Halloween Treat — white roses, Stargazers and white lilies.
“He brings me flowers every day — not an arrangement, a flower or two or three,” Camille explained, making the rest of us jealous.
So how exactly did Camille meet such an amazing guy? According to a friend of Camille’s the two met while attending a mutual friend’s wedding five months ago. Even though they clicked immediately they waited two months later to begin dating, because Dimitri was living in Texas at the time. “The stars were aligned,” Camille told RumorFix of their serendipitous meeting.
And things are going great! “I’m definitely enjoying my time with Dimitri,” she gushed. “He’s a really good person and we get along very well.”
So is marriage in the cards for the happy couple? Perhaps! “At some point, possibly yes,” Camille, said, playing coy. “A year ago I would have said I definitely never, I will never enter into that kind of agreement. But now I’ve definitely changed my mind.”
Best of luck to Camille and Dimitri in their new relationship!
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THOUGHTS ON CAMILLE’S NEW BOYFRIEND AND HER RELATIONSHIP? ARE YOU HAPPY FOR CAMILLE? DO YOU THINK HE WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON RHOBH?