Viewers saw sisters Kim and Kyle Richards experience what they both called their biggest conflict ever on the season finale of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and now the big question is what is the current status of their relationship?
Numerous media outlets including the Bravo updates on the finale reveal the relationship between the sisters continues to be strained. And now a new report by E! Online attempts to shed some light on the situation.
“They’re speaking again,” a source tells E! of the current status. And what about Kim’s alleged drinking problem? As Kyle outed her as an alcoholic on the finale episode.
According to an insider, if Kim has a drinking problem, it is one she hides very well. “I’ve never seen or heard anything about it,” the longtime friend tells E!, going on to add that all the ladies on the show love their cocktails. “When you watch the show, all of the wives drink in almost every scene.” Good point.
According to Camille’s lawyer, Neal Hersh, the main issue here is Kelsey’s pension, which is estimated at $5 to $10 million. Hersh is worried that if Kelsey marries fiance Kayte Walsh and dies before his divorce settlement with Camille, Kayte could go to the pension administrator as the widow and lay claim to the proceeds. While it is highly unlikely Camille would lose her pension rights, her lawyer wants Kelsey to cough up a $10 million bond to protect her — just in case. Kelsey has refused to put down the $10 mil citing he is unable to. A new hearing for the case has been set for Feb. 7. A judge could decide to grant Kelsey the divorce on that date.
And finally, Camille appeared on ABC’s The View this morning. While she didn’t really reveal much despite being grilled by the show hosts, she did admit she and Kelsey had a few sexless years towards the end of their marriage.
And when asked why Kelsey was in such a rush to introduce their two children to fiance Kayte and get remarried? Camille replied, “He did rush it. He did rush it. Yeah, he’s a bit impetuous, don’t you think?” She later added, “You know, he wants what he wants right away. He’s almost like a child.”
Safe to assume that word of the day calendar is still being put to good use. The interview was a bit awkward to watch as the hosts really tried to grill Camille, who oddly enough did not seem like she wanted to go into too many details about her marriage and Kelsey, unlike her previous interview with Howard Stern.
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The reunion begins with Andy Cohen greeting and complimenting the ladies, you know, easing them in for the verbal smackdown that is about to ensue! The first question is about plastic surgery and Lisa reveals she’s only had botox and fillers, while we learn that Paul is not Adrienne‘s plastic surgeon. Kyle then comes close to guessing the price of a gallon of milk, while Taylor doesn’t believe 60k is too much for a kid’s birthday party though Lisa thinks it’s “bloody ridiculous.”
The topic turns to the ladies ginormous mansions and we find out Lisa‘s home is actually 17,000 sq ft and not the 15,480 posted on her home listing. Lisa reveals she now wants to downsize and Andy tries to be messy wants to know what Lisa would consider a cozy home. At this point I’m thinking don’t take the bait Lisa, don’t give a figure, don’t do it! Lisa is smart and doesn’t take the bait, simply stating a cozy home is one in which she doesn’t have to page her husband. Good answer as there was really no right answer for a question like that.
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This incident began when Kim reportedly kept bothering the airport staff about a flight delay, which let to them calling airport security to help control the situation . Ultimately, the security discovered Kim was in the wrong terminal all along.
TMZ states they “obtained footage of a boozy Kim slurring, stammering and popping pills at San Francisco International airport back in July.”
While the 1 minute 47 seconds video footage, posted below, does not show Kim drinking at the airport, it does show her open up a prescription bottle to ingest some pills. The footage was shot by some men at the airport who seemed to recognize who Kim was. In part of the footage, Kim is aware the men are taping her and tells them to stop.
When Kim is speaking to the security men, they inform her “[the staff] is kind of concerned about your sobriety” and ask her is she has had anything to drink that day. Kim admits she has, stating she only had 1 cocktail.
Despite TMZ’s claims that Kim was slurring and stammering at the airport, the footage doesn’t seem to show any of that, as also noticed by some people in the comments section, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Perhaps TMZ left those parts out of the footage they posted.
According to TMZ, Kim was eventually escorted out of the airport without further incident. While family sources tell TMZ they’ve been dealing with Kim’s “issues” for a long time. With family like this… The TMZ footage of Kim is below.
Meanwhile, following last week’s dramatic finale episode, many magazines are covering Kim and her sister Kyle Richards. The latest cover of UsWeekly promises to reveal secrets TV didn’t show though the actual article in the magazine is a very short piece that was nothing short of a Team Kyle article. It offered no secrets about Kyle at all, instead stating Kim was out of control, had been in rehab before, and is “not the shy waif she presents herself as on TV.” Kim must be a great actress to fool Bravo through five months of filming.
The article also mentions “Kyle didn’t want anything out there that would shame Kim.” While Kim doesn’t give any quotes to UsWeekly, Kyle, who might or might not be the new Jill Zarin, managed to tell the mag how much she loves her sister. And for those who don’t’ know how the media works, there’s about a 99.99% chance the quotes in the article came directly from Kyle or someone very close to her. A real “source” would have dished secrets about both Kyle and Kim.
Life & Style also covered the fight story and even had some quotes from Kim, though in reading the article, I suspect the quotes from Kim might be from an older interview. Kim did not reveal much in the story other than, “It’s the biggest conflict and drama I think we’ve ever had.” Kim added, “I don’t like conflict.” Kim also states that despite the conflict, “I probably had the most fun with my sister since we were little girls.”
Kyle once again reiterates to Life & Style magazine how much she truly loves Kim. Kyle has definitely been making the press rounds all week trying to repair her image explain her side of the story. Oddly enough, while Kyle has expressed regret over her actions, she has yet to apologize for them. Interesting.
And last night, right after the reunion aired, Kyle decided to tweet Kim. “@kimrichards11. Portia and I are singing the chicken song…”that’s my chicken, that’s my chicken…” is what she wrote. Not sure what the intent behind this was but Kim has yet to update her twitter page since Jan. 18.
Safe to assume this video, which was shot last July, would have never made it’s way online had Kim’s younger sister not outed her alcoholism on national television. By the way, most of the TMZ comments under the video post are in support of Kim.
My Thoughts – This video and report by TMZ is quite sad. In my opinion, it definitely proves Kim has a problem. The severity of that problem? I don’t know. This footage was shot in July, the same month the finale episode was taped, though it is unknown whether it was before or after the fight with Kim. A part of me started to feel badly for Kyle during the week, but the more I thought about her actions, mainly outing Kim’s alcoholism on national television, the more I realized just how vile that action was. Kim’s alcoholism or issues rather is arguably her deepest darkest secret, one she has managed to keep away from the public, one she did not want on the show, and one she managed to keep off the show through 5 months of filming, that is until Kyle decided to reveal it during the last night of filming. What Kyle did to Kim is despicable, almost unforgivable and the ultimate betrayal. What breaks my heart about this is the fact that I truly believe Kyle had a hand in the UsWeekly article trashing Kim, even sadder is the fact that she decided to contribute to such an article by giving them a quote (good or bad). Kyle’s actions doesn’t seem to show that of someone that truly feels sorry for what she did, but more so someone who is working overtime to clean up her public image, at the expense of her own sister. This is just my opinion, please always feel free to disagree.
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On the first part airing tonight on Bravo at 9/8c, the ladies regroup with Andy Cohen to rehash the biggest fights of the season. We will get to see Camille vs. Kyle, Kyle vs. Kim, and Kim vs. Taylor. Camille will also attempt to set the record straight on being called “the most hated housewife” in the history of the franchise as well as details of her split from Kelsey.
Watch What Happens Live will not be airing tonight.
In other BH news, Popeater is reporting that Kelsey Grammer, 55, might be getting ready to do the unthinkable, which is to invite his estranged wife Camille Grammer, 42, to his upcoming wedding with fiance Kayte Walsh, 29.
The reason? Kelsey wants so badly for his kids to be present at his wedding that he’s willing to invite Camille if that’s what it takes. So will Camille be attending? The jury is still out on that but D.D. a friend of Camille’s does manage to sing her great praises in the Popeater article.
“Camille is an amazing human being,” D.D. a friend of Camille tells Popeater. “For her, it’s all about her children. She’s willing to put her personal hurt aside to be a great mom.”
Another source tells Popeater that Camille has now come to terms with Kelsey’s decision to remarry and her main concern is putting their kids first.
Allrighty, below is a preview clip of tonight’s episode. Kim Richards calls out the delusionalTaylor Armstrong on her violent threats despite claiming to be an advocate against domestic violence.
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During the fight Kyle referred to her sister Kim as “insane,” “sick,” a “liar,” “demented,” and lastly an “alcoholic.” At one point Kyle even got up from her seat as if to attack Kim, who hid behind costarAdrienne Maloof. During the ugly fight, Kim also accused her sister of stealing her house and called her “phony.”
Following the airing of the episode, Kyle is now speaking out on the events that transpired both in a statement to Bravo and in her Bravo blog.
“The events that transpired that evening were quite unfortunate and should never have occurred on or off camera,” said Kyle in a statement released to Bravo. “There are a lot of elements to the story that viewers didn’t see. This has been difficult for our entire family as we both said and did things that we regret. My sister and I love each other very much we want to move forward and put this behind us.”
Kyle also took to her Bravo blog to try to clear up some things. Excerpts from Kyle’s blog below -
“Throughout the season I have come across as angry toward my sister. At times, it seemed unwarranted. I know that. I know how bad it looked. The truth is, I was angry. There were problems brewing between my sister and me offcamera. I’m not good at hiding my feelings as well as others, so I brought my feelings in front of the cameras. Viewers only know what they see, and sometimes, they saw me reacting with force and emotion that didn’t seem to make sense.
First off, let me say, I love my sister so much. Sometimes, I wish I loved her a little less. You may be thinking, “You have a funny way of showing it.” And you’re not wrong. However, our arguments were never about what was happening at that moment. My mom used to say, “They’re crying about the apples, but it’s really the oranges,” and that’s exactly what was happening here. The tension between Kim and me was never about her not “having my back” in New York. There is so much more to it than that. I didn’t want to come out and say what it was that was really bothering me because this is a private family matter. It would have saved me a lot of criticism, believe me, but it’s not just my story to tell. It’s Kim’s story too.
After this horrible argument between Kim and I, we didn’t speak for a long time. My heartwas broken and I suffered an incredible amount of anxiety and panic attacks. Next to losing my mother, this was the most difficult time of my life. It is so difficult for me to even write about it now.”
Meanwhile, Kim has been completely silent since the episode aired. She has given no statements to the media and her twitter page hasn’t been updated since Jan. 18. We will be sure to let you know once Kim decides to break her silence. By the way, the above photo of Kim & Kyle was taken back in October, 2010.
Hmm, have a lot of thoughts on Kyle’s words but I will leave that to you all. I will state though that it’s interesting how certain things are now Kim’s story to tell after her ‘alcoholism’ was blurted out on the show.
The first part of the reunion airs this Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10/9c on Bravo.
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The finale of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills aired last night and the ending proved to be both powerful and emotional. But if there’s one thing I learned last night, it is that Bravo needs to do whatever it takes to sign Taylor Armstrong for season 2! Forget Camille. Taylor is solely responsible for the 3 major smackdowns that took place this season, thus making the show a success. Think about it, Taylor completely instigated the NYC fight between Camille & Kyle which spilt into the dinner from hell. As if that wasn’t enough, the phony sly lady instigated the limo fight between Kim & Kyle by confronting Kim on something she was solely responsible for. Oh yes, Bravo needs to crave it to any demands Taylor might have. She is indeed needed back for a second season.
The episode begins where we left off last week, with Camille and Kelsey getting ready to go to the Tonys. As they ride in the limo together, things still seem very awkward between the two as they, well mostly Camille, continue to try to put on a happy face for their entourage. I once again wonder who’s idea it really was to have Camille come to NYC for the awards.
Next up, Kyle decides to pay her Psychic/Medium Rebecca a visit. According to Kyle, Rebecca is the real deal unlike Camille’s clown aka Allison. Kyle reveals she brought her mom along with her as I can only assume she means her ashes. “I didn’t know if you were going to think I was crazy or not,” asks Kyle. Well, maybe a little crazy Kyle but not that much. “I also brought a lock of her hair,” adds Kyle. Okay and now we’re at a level 10 crazy. Rebecca then goes on to tell Kyle that she is currently having a conflict with another woman. Kyle agrees though that statement could easily apply to 99.98% of the world’s female population. Rebecca reveals some other things that ring true to Kyle and the session ends.
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In the 1 minute, 38 second video clip, Camille claims: “The whole season was set up to make me look bad.” She then gets into it with Kyle, stating, “You bully me all the time and I’m fed up.” Kyle fires back: “Quit using the buzzword of the moment.”
Kyle also brings up Camille’s porn past, defending her friend Faye Resnick by stating doing porn is way more corrupt that doing a tasteful spread in Playboy. Other issues brought up? Kim might have a drinking problem, Kim is asked is the feels bullied by Kyle, and Lisa’s husband Ken can be seen stating he absolutely hates someone, whom we believe is Cedric.
The first part of the reunion showdown airs Jan. 27 with part 2 scheduled to air Feb. 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
In other BH news, Camille Grammer continues her press tour, perhaps still hoping to redeem her image, with her latest appearance on Lopez Tonight Tuesday night.
During the interview, Camille tried to backtrack on the comments she made about estranged husband and father of her two children, Kelsey Grammer, when she strongly insinuated he was a cross-dresser. She told George Lopez her comments on the Howard Stern was simply a big joke.
However, TMZ is flat out calling Camille a liar. According to TMZ, it couldn’t be a joke because Camille has also shared the same exact information with some members of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast. People from the show tell TMZ that Camille was very bitter over the divorce, and would tell anyone who would listen that Kelsey loved to wear women’s clothing. Not surprising as Camille has been shown being very vindictive on the Bravo hit show.
The preview clip of the reunion is below -
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Below are way more before they were famous photos including one of Adrienne Maloof before plastic surgery, well before most of the plastic surgeries (she looked much nicer by the way), plus some high school photos of Taylor Armstrong, bikini shots of Kyle Richards and Lisa, Camille Grammer before she became a villain and a much younger foxier Kim Richards.