We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night. The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live. A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!
“Taylor’s appearances on Housewives will be greatly reduced,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife. “The producers want to make room for two new housewives.” The new wives are reportedly Yolanda Hadid and Marisa Zanuck.
“For all we know, Taylor might just quit the show if her role is diminished too much. That’s what happened to Camille Grammer. She said ‘Forget it,’ when she found out she would hardly be in the next season,” the source shares.
“The producers don’t want to concentrate on Taylor anymore,” the source continues. “They want a fresh start and new storylines.” And given the fan reaction to Taylor, particularly this past season, it’s perhaps in the show’s best interest to move in a more positive direction.
Which is why the embattled Kim Richards is also being added into the Friends of Housewives category. “Kim will also make some appearances, be they will be minimal,” the source explains.
The even better news, is that regardless of whether Taylor quits–or is fired–we likely won’t be seeing her on TV anywhere else! “All the housewives have signed two-year contracts with Bravo. So even if Taylor doesn’t come back, she can’t do another reality show for at least another year — and same goes for Camille and Kim.”
Moving on, Russell Armstrong is in the news again. Before his death, Russell took out a $1 Million dollar life insurance policy and named his ex-wife Barbara Fredrickson the trustee for an insurance trust that would benefit Russell’s eldest son.
The policy holder, American General Life Insurance Co. filed a claim in California Superior Court requesting a judge determine whether Barbara is in fact the entitled beneficiary who retains the rights to the policy, OR if it should be turned over to the estate of Russell Armstrong, aka The Armstrong Family Trust. The Armstrong Family Trust is reportedly held in an off-shore Cook Island account. And guess who allegedly presides over that account? If you guessed, Taylor – you guessed correctly!
In fact, Taylor is currently being sued by MyMedicalRecords for hiding missing investor monies. Their attorneys believe much of that money is possibly being sheltered in that same account.
But back to the life insurance policy, according to Courthouse News Service, American General is “ready, willing and able to pay the life insurance proceeds” but that “there are actual and conflicting claims relating” to the policy.
Barbara believes she is still entitled to that money, and submitted claim for the policy on January 9, 2012. Unfortunately, “Upon review of the claim, American General contacted Fredrickson requesting a copy of the trust agreement to facilitate payment of the death benefit. Fredrickson has been unable to locate a copy of any trust created by decedent.”
“Therefore, there existed no written appointment of Fredrickson as trustee. American General is informed and believes and on that basis alleges that Russell Armstrong never created an irrevocable life insurance trust for the benefit of A.A. prior to his death.” A.A. denotes Russell’s son, Aiden Armstrong, 13.
Barbara is unable to prove she is legally entitled to the money, because she no longer has the deed (if said deed ever existed), it will be distributed to the Armstrong estate – unless a judge rules in Barbara’s favor. The money has already been turned over to the court, who will then distribute it to its rightful owner following deliberation.
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WILL TAYLOR LEAVE RHOBH? ARE YOU SURPRISED KIM AND TAYLOR’S ROLES ARE BEING REDUCED? THOUGHTS ON RUSSELL’S LIFE INSURANCE POLICY – IS BARBARA THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY?
Us Weekly is reporting that despite Camille insisting the parting was mutual; she actually was fired! Apparently, Camille started making demands to the network and refused to incorporate her personal life into the storyline, so Bravo ultimately decided she was more trouble than she was worth.
Camille learned of the news that she would not be returning on Friday afternoon. “She got a call from producers telling her she wouldn’t be returning to the show,” an insider reveals. “She’s demanding and complicated to work with,” a second insider adds.
Apparently, the former Mrs. Grammer was completely blown away by the news and was in Vegas for the weekend with now former co-stars Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof. “Camille really didn’t think there was a chance that they wouldn’t ask her back, so she was pretty surprised and upset this weekend,” the source reveals. “She was definitely in a funk this weekend.”
While season one Camille was a villain and a lightening rod for both controversy and ratings, season two Camille was low-key and calculated and wanted to maintain that persona in season three. “She’s very careful about how she’s portrayed, and didn’t want to put herself out there without having a say in how she came across.”
“There’s nothing interesting left about her character. She refused to feature her boyfriend [Dimitri Charalambopoulos], and she didn’t want to expose her kids anymore.”
Bravo did approach Camille about returning in a Friends of the Housewives capacity, but Camille wasn’t interested. Camille is allegedly “bummed” her involvement with the series is over, but, “She wants to move on in a positive direction in her life.”
And moving along to someone who is clinging onto her involvement with RHOBH for dear life, is Taylor Armstrong. According to a new report today by the Huffington Post, the Bravo network is seriously considering firing Taylor!
The reason? They’re aware of the fact that most viewers are not a fan, plus they might be wanting to move away from last year’s tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong.
“Kim’s battle with substance abuse is much easier to deal with than someone whose husband committed suicide,” an insider states. “If they don’t invite Taylor back, then she will be free to say whatever she wants. If they do, they will be able to control her, but at the same time they must fear that her participation will turn off viewers.”
A Bravo insider adds that Bravo has officially invited back three of the housewives! “Lisa, Adrienne, and Kyle have all been invited back and are expected to sign their contracts this week,” a Bravo insider reveals. “If all goes to according plan, Kim [Richards] and Brandi [Glanville] will also be part of next season.”
While Bravo decides on whether or not to axe Taylor, it appears they already have a replacement in mind for her! A source tells Reality Tea the RHOBH producers have been in talks with Diana Roque Ellis.
The source states Diana, a portrait artist, is friends with Adrienne and has lived in Beverly Hills for over 20 years. “She has been under consideration for two months and then last week they were filming at her house doing promotional shots with her,” says the source. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Photos of Diana are below!
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WAS CAMILLE DEMANDING? DO YOU BELIEVE BRAVO FIRED HER? SHOULD BRAVO FIRE TAYLOR? WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE TAYLOR ANOTHER CHANCE IN SEASON THREE?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE PHOTOS OF DIANA!
As we all wait on bated breath for casting to be finalized for the third season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, rumors continue to circulate about who’s in and who’s out! One thing we know for certain, is new fan favoriteCamille Grammer is leaving us next season after negotiations failed to reach a compromise. Camille is speaking out about what led to her decision to retire from reality TV. And it seems it all came down to Camille simply not being desperate enough!
“I was not fired,” Camille tells The Huffington Post. “I didn’t want to expose my personal life so much anymore. I had done that and was over that. I care very much for my family and children and that show tends to take me away from them. I really want to focus on them right now.”
“It was mutual,” a source close to Camille insists, explaining that Bravo and Camille were unable to reach an agreement about what her storyline would be next season. While Camille had previously expressed some interest in returning to the show, she apparently had a change of heart when producers filled her in on what would be expected of her once the cameras started rolling.
“Bravo wanted her back but, like with all the ladies on the show, was very clear about what they expected from her: drama,” the source explains. “They loved Camille during the first two seasons when her marriage fell apart so publicly and she was going through a nasty custody and financial battle with her ex. But now all that is behind her and [she] is enjoying a peaceful life and refuses to change that just to stay on a reality TV Show.”
Apparently, there were intense negotiations with producers who wanted Camille to bring back the villainess persona she had in season one, however Camille had no interest in degrading herself for money or fame! And perhaps, she was savvy enough to recognize that viewers liked season two Camille a lot better!
“Most of the Housewives fight about money and are willing to make a fool out of themselves on camera as long as they get paid a fortune,” an ex-Housewife (named Pill Yarin) reveals. “The negotiations are brutal and the producers always assume they have the upper hand, as usually the women will do anything to stay on the show.
“Camille was different: she doesn’t need the money, plus she doesn’t crave the attention that someone like Bethenny [Frankel] does,” the ex-Bravolebrity adds. Ouch!
Another report by Radar Online is however stating Camille decided to quit the show after Bravo told her she would no longer be a part of the main cast and would only be making guest appearances on the third season.
“Camille was miffed that she was only being asked to come back as an occasional guest, and not part of the regular cast,” a source close to the situation tells Radar.
Whatever the case is, I have to say, I respect Camille for refusing to embarrass herself on camera, although, I will miss her presence on the show. She emerged as a level-headed, likable, and no nonsense character amongst the women this season, and I really enjoyed what she brought to the cast. Once again, it’s a shame Bravo refuses to listen to the viewers and instead rely on trashy drama to graft the show.
With Camille gracefully stepping away from the cameras, what about some of our other less adored castmates? Contracts have yet to be extended, despite rumors that filming will begin in two weeks.
Meanwhile, Life & Style magazine is now reporting that Bravo has wasted no time in casting Camille’s replacement! Sources tell the mag that former model Yolanda Hadid will be appearing on the third season of the hit show.
Yolanda is “just what the show needs,” reveals a source. “Adding a model to the mix is sure to make for new and interesting drama!”
Yolanda is married to Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, David Foster. She is his fourth wife. The two tied the knot last November. More photos of Yolanda are below!
After two rocky seasons exposing her family drama to the world, Kyle Richards is pretending she hasn’t decided if she wants to go for round three. “Sometimes yes, sometimes no,” she replied when asked if she has a desire to take part in a third season. “There’s fun times, but it’s also very difficult so all of us right now are just taking the time to figure out if we want to do it or not.”
Although, Kyle confirmed contracts haven’t been extended yet! “I don’t even know if it’s coming back! So…I mean, one would assume because our ratings are very high, but they haven’t made an announcement.”
Despite Bravo capturing some truly traumatic moments, Kim Richards is definitely willing to return. “I think she actually said that she would want to, because she’s feeling good,” Kyle told RadarOnline.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN WITH RHOBH CASTING? WILL KYLE RETURN? ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED CAMILLE WAS PUSHED OUT BY PRODUCERS WANTING BIG DRAMA?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE PHOTOS OF YOLANDA!
Well, it looks as if one of the lovely ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may not be returning next season! Rumor has it, Bravo has decided to add the very wealthy and well-connected socialite Marisa Zanuck to the cast.
The NY Post is reporting that Marisa–who previously appeared on HGTV’s Selling LA–will be adding Housewife to her résumé. Marisa comes with quite the prestigious background, the mother of two is married to famed producer Dean Zanuck, who is the grandson of Darryl F. Zanuck, co-founder of 20th Century Fox!
If you’re wondering how they were able to convince a woman of that pedigree to associate with the likes of Taylor Armstrong; Marisa unsurprisingly has a connection to Kyle and Kim Richards! Marisa is a real estate agent for Hilton & Hyland, which is owned by Rick Hilton who happens to be the husband of Kathy Hilton who, as you know, happens to be the sister of Kim and Kyle!
Marisa is in the photo above with her husband Dean! A larger image is below.
Marisa hasn’t confirmed her participation yet and a Bravo rep isn’t saying it’s a definite but she sounds like a pretty impressive choice to join the cast. In fact, according to RadarOnline Bravo hasn’t made any definite decisions on whose returning for season three – even though filming is slated to begin in three weeks!
“All of the women are waiting for the season three contracts, but Bravo hasn’t given them out yet and tensions are running very high with the anticipation,” an insider revealed. “They all have been scheduled to attend the NBC Upfronts in a few weeks, but they still don’t know if they’re going to be signed again or what the details even are.”
“All of the ladies are all hoping and expecting to be asked back,” the source said following last season’s very high ratings, but Bravo won’t tell them one way or another if it’s a definite. Previous reports have claimed Camille Grammer and Lisa Vanderpump may not want to return.
“They could all get together and make demands if Bravo drags their feet, but they all want to continue being on the show so they’re eager to resolve this peacefully and get their contracts soon,” the insider adds.
Here’s hoping they’re trying to class next season up and Bravo will be pink slipping some of the, um, less refined ladies. Or maybe, they are going the Real Housewives of New York route and doing a complete cast reboot. I can think of a few of these broads I’d like to see retire!
Moving onto a woman who will most likely be officially added to next season’s cast, spurned wife Brandi Glanville is planning to write a tell-all about her marriage to the philandering Eddie Cibrian! We-eh-ell… now that’s a Housewives book I may actually buy. And just when she seemed to be getting along with Eddie’s former mistress, now wife, LeAnn Rimes!
Brandi covertly announced the news via Twitter when she teased, “Brunch with my fav book agent Michael B and fav RHOBH boss Alex B.” Brandi wants you to know this is not another case of the Bravo Home Shopping Network. No, was planning to unleash her story long before reality television entered her life. It’s just that no one was interested in her story because no one knew who she was! Now that she has a little name recognition she’s picking up where she left off.
“mine has been a long time coming its about surviving divorce,no 1 wanted it until I got the show tho.Can’t speak 4 others,” she explained when fans questioned if she was just doing this because of Housewives.
No word on when Brandi’s book will actually be published or who’s actually writing it but let’s hope it fares better than Taylor’s attempt at non-fiction! If you want a good read, check out her reviews on Amazon. Scathing, to say the least!
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IS A MARISA A GOOD CHOICE TO JOIN RHOBH? WHO DO YOU THINK IS LEAVING THE SHOW? WOULD YOU BE READING BRANDI’S BOOK?
Well according to a new report today, Kim, who did a recent stint in rehab, is healthier than ever and ready for her comeback! Sources close to Kim tell Radar Online she has made great progress since leaving rehab in January. “Kim’s post-rehab transformation is awesome,” the source states. “Since she got out of rehab she’s stronger and spunkier.”
Even better for Kim, age 48, she has now cut off all times with former boyfriend Ken Blumenfeld, who some had described has being controlling. “Kim is single now, and she’s good being single,” the insider reveals. “She wants someone in her life who is going to be a positive influence, and so she’s going to stay single until she finds the right guy.”
And, while her family is reportedly begging her not to return to the RHOBH, the source reveals Kim would like to return to the show. “Kim wants to return for the next season. and while there are a lot of people around her telling her not to she really liked being on the show and being a Housewife.”
Here’s to hoping if Kim does return, she’s sober and healthy. On one hand, I would like to see her return, especially to redeem herself following last season, but then again there’s always that risk of what if she relapses during filming. As we reported yesterday, filming on the new RHOBH seasons typically start during spring.
First Kyle, age 42, explains why the viewers have yet to see Paris on the RHOBH. “Paris was doing a show at the time,” explains Kyle. “There was a contractual thing that they weren’t allowed to come on our show and vice versa. Which we thought it would work out, cause its Oxygen and it’s all underneath the same umbrella, but they didn’t allow it.”
Kyle also adds that she now has a “newfound respect” for Paris who she turned to for advice on how to deal with the backlash that comes from doing a reality show. “Once I got into [reality TV], I turned to her and said I’m really having a hard time with this. I don’t think I can do this anymore. She said this should be a fun time in your life, good or bad you can’t listen to all things people say to you,” states Kyle.
Kyle goes on to talk about the dramatic season two reunion and why she failed to come to her “friend” Lisa‘s defense. “People were also really upset that I didn’t come to Lisa’s defense with the Adriennesituation about the radar online comment but I was in a very bad position. Because I am friends with all of them and Mauricio and I are very good friends with Adrienne and Paul. That’s the number one thing,” explains Kyle. Me thinks fans were also upset because at times, Kyle also appeared to join in on the attack.
Kyle continues: “And number two, Adrienne was not making it up that she was told that. Even though it wasn’t true, they (radar online) owe everyone an apology because it caused that whole thing. What was I going to do? I cannot get involved in every fight. I got a lot of comments from people asking why didn’t I step in? And the next week when I defended Taylor, people said why didn’t you stay out of it, it’s none of your business. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t in reality television. You can’t make everybody happy. I know who I am and that’s all that matters.”
And finally, Kyle describes being on a reality show as “very difficult.” She adds, “It is extremely bitter at times. It’s very difficult. If you would have told me it was difficult being on a reality show before I did this, I would think oh please, give me a break how hard could that be? But it is very difficult. People are judging you based on snippets of our lives and they’re not always privy to the back-story, which leads to certain things.” Even though they’re “snippets” they still tell a lot about who you are. Just sayin’ Kyle.
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA FOR KIM TO RETURN TO THE SHOW? THOUGHTS ON KYLE’S INTERVIEW & EXPLANATION OF WHY SHE DIDN’T DEFEND LISA?
In today’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills news update, the ladies remind us that even though the season ended they’re still here and very much looking for some attention. Can’t they go into housewives hibernation when the series is on hiatus? How’s that for some alliteration!
To kick things off, Kim Richards, really, really wants the producers to know that despite the fact that she missed 3/4 of filming last season and regularly embarrassed herself on national television, she’s like totally down for round three!
Despite a very rocky last season, which, culminated with her entering rehab last December, Kim says she wants to come back to prove that sobriety is possible! Kim says she’s learned many lessons from appearing on the show and from going through treatment. “It makes me want to step out in front of everything and just say, ‘You know what, anybody can do it,’” Kim told US Magazine. “I don’t want to walk away from anything in my life. It’s part of life: facing it!”
“My fans have been so supportive. People walk up to me and they just hug me and cry. That’s so rewarding to me,” Kim says of the support she’s gotten.
As for what helped her focus on on getting sober, Kim credits, “My family and friends–without them I just couldn’t do it.” Richards said. “It was a rough road to get here, but I’m really, really good.”
Reports have claimed, Kim will not return next season because she is choosing to leave the show. Other reports have claimed Kim will not be asked back, because she is seen as a liability following a season of erratic behavior.
Moving right along, Taylor Armstrong, self-proclaimed expert on domestic violence, has some advice for recording artists, collaborators, and ex-couple Rihanna and Chris Brown! Surprisingly, Taylor says she thinks it’s totally fine for Chris and Rihanna to work together despite their violent history. “I do believe you can have a healthy relationship with someone years after,” Taylor revealed.
“I don’t know what their relationship is now, but as long as they’re keeping one another safe and at a good distance, or if they’ve had the appropriate treatment they can collaborate on a project without it being dangerous,” Taylor advocated while appearing on HLN.
Taylor added that she thinks the two can use their fame as a platform to educate the public on domestic violence. “I think that they have a real opportunity here to make a huge impact in the domestic violence world and I think they’re going to do that right thing.”
As for her own situation, she claims to have an amicable relationship with estranged husband Russell Armstrong, before he committed suicide, saying they were working together to co-parent positively. “We weren’t safe being married; we weren’t safe living in the same household. But could we have gone on to have a healthy co-parenting relationship and a friendly relationship? Absolutely,” Taylor remarked. Um… shocking and odd. But then again, Taylor is the person who totes her seven-year-old daughter along to book signings for a book that’s entire focus is about how horrible the child’s, now deceased, father was. So, yeah…
Taylor’s future with RHOBH is also uncertain, with multiple conflicting reports speculating her appearance on next season!
Sources close to Kelsey reveal he and Camille agreed to joint custody of their two kids — 10-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Jude. The kids will continue living with Camille in California, while, Kelsey continues to have “meaningful contact” with them. Still on the table? The couple’s divorce settlement, though, sources say they are also close to coming to an agreement with that.
Finally, Brandi Glanville has still not recovered from her tumultuous first season with the ladies of Beverly Hills. Brandi is now speaking out about the “bullying” she feels she was subjected to, at the hands of co-tarts, such as Kyle Richards.
“I’ve never really experienced anything like that,” Brandi told Hollyscoop. “It was kind of like going into mean girls’ camp and fighting your way out and like, I’ve never experienced it so I didn’t know how to deal with it.”
“I mean, I know [bullying] is an issue, but I never really realized how bad it could feel until this happened,” Brandi admitted. Her experiences on the show were not all bad, however; Brandi says she made real-life good friends in Camille Grammer andLisa Vanderpump.
“I talk to Lisa every morning,” Brandi shared. “She gives me really great advice and she tells me not to cuss on Twitter, and she’s constantly like mommying me in a way. Like, she’s not old enough to be my mom clearly, but she’s constantly saying, ‘Don’t wear that, don’t say that!’ But I like it, it’s cute.”
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SHOULD KIM GET A THIRD CHANCE ON RHOBH? DO YOU BELIEVE RETURNING TO THE SHOW IS A HEALTHY OPTION FOR HER? DOES TAYLOR HAVE A RIGHT TO COMMENT ON CHRIS AND RIHANNA’S SITUATION – ARE HER COMMENTS REASONABLE OR RIDICULOUS? WAS BRANDI BULLIED?