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As par for the course, the children of the Real Housewives of any location are always dragged into the mess that is the show – and sometimes being on TV isn’t so fantastic. Glamour Magazine recently interviewed the adult daughters of some of our favorite (and least favorite) Bravo moms. The girls were candid about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.

Lauren Manzo, Pandora Sabo (née Todd), Briana Culberson (née Wolfsmith), Tierra Fuller, and Victoria de Lesseps spoke out about what it’s like to be on reality television and how they’ve handled their moms’ dramatic experiences on the shows.

Interestingly, some of the girls would love to do reality TV in their own right, while others have absolutely no desire. “I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit,” Lauren admits. “I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, ‘I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.’ And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”

Pandora, who did get married on TV, and whose wedding was featured in last season’s finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, confesses she had to seriously consider letting such a personal moment be played out in public. “I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding,” Pandora shares.

“My mother’s [Lisa Vanderpump] life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of all that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party?”

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Never a dull moment in Bravoland.  Today we have The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong on a speaking tour, Brandi Glanville flashing her goods for the Twitterverse to see, LeAnn Rimes single-white-femaling Brandi yet again, and Lisa Vanderpump caught up in real estate drama.

Taylor Armstrong is heading out on the road for a national speaking tour, according to a new press release.  If any groups are willing to pay her to share her story, of course.  The talks will focus solely on her book “Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss & Finding the Courage Within”.  From the release:

“In this captivating talk, Taylor Armstrong relates the deeply personal story of how she found herself in a relationship of inequality, her struggle with both deep love and fear of her husband, and how she summoned the courage from within to finally leave him. In her characteristic witty, lighthearted manner, Armstrong also shares illuminating—and even humorous—anecdotes, both about life (good and bad) with her husband, as well as her experiences as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she often found herself battling with friends who struggled to understand the extent of her abuse.”

In other publishing news, just one month after Brandi Glanville announced that she’d be releasing a book that will dish on her life post-divorce, guess who has ALSO decided to write a book of her “own”?  LeAnn Rimes, of course. In what *could* be a case of poor timing, the country singer shared this week that she’s planning to pen the story behind her relationship with Eddie Cibrian and a general biography of sorts.

LeAnn reportedly wants to tell her “honest” side of the story of what happened.  Doesn’t she already do that daily on Twitter?

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The media has been buzzing with news regarding the upcoming season of The 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 Charalambopoulos recently 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?

 

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The strange case of Camille Grammer‘s threats towards boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulosex-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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Well, it’s official! Well, maybe. The season three Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast has officially been leaked–and reportedly they’re all coming back–even the ones we don’t like!

RadarOnline is announcing that days after a report of castwide contract disputes, all the ladies–minus Camille Grammer and mercifully, Dana Wilkey–will be returning for the third season! “Kim and Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and Lisa Vanderpump have all signed their contracts,” a show insider reveals.

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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 favorite Camille 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?

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Weeks before filming is slated to begin on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills–with rumors that Bravo still hasn’t extended contracts with the cast and is actively scouting for new housewives–Taylor Armstrong (who is, according to reports, already skating on thin ice) is finding herself the recipient of much negative press and scrutiny.

The Housewife who has a penchant for changing her stories as often as she changes her underwear (we hope!), is receiving some serious backlash after the legitimacy of her abuse claims made in her non-fiction bestseller, Hiding From Reality. Her claims are being questioned, well, because some 0f them sound downright unbelievable and there’s no proof anywhere!

According to Reality Weekly (via their print edition), Taylor’s outrageous claims and subsequent media speculation are having some unfortunate and surprising side effects! As a result, domestic violence charities are not interested in having Taylor affiliated with their organizations.

Even worse, Taylor’s rep has tried to book her at domestic violence events and Taylor has been turned down by charity leaders because she is too controversial, and is not considered a good spokeswomen for their organizations. Yikes!

Taylor is still affiliated with the 1736 Family Crisis Center, and recently hosted a fundraiser for the organization. She claimed she was planning to donate proceeds from her book to their cause.

Moving along, Taylor is also facing backlash after rumors of an alleged affair with her very married attorney, John Bluher, surfaced. John is representing Taylor in the massive lawsuit filed against her by MyMedicalRecords.

Both Taylor and John (and John’s wife) denied any romantic affiliation, but several sources claim it was indeed going on. Adding to suspicions that the two were sharing more than attorney-client privileges, John was spotted in New York with Taylor while she was promoting her book. John claimed he was coincidentally there on separate business. Uh-uh…

Apparently, now that she is receiving some serious public scrutiny from, well, everywhere, and her Bravo contract is on the line, Taylor has dumped John and called off the affair. “Once the story made headlines Taylor broke it off with John and told him they couldn’t see each other anymore,” a source close to Taylor disclosed to RadarOnline. “She just has so much going on and didn’t want any bad press, especially involving her and a married man.”

John is reportedly disappointed that Taylor broke things off because he’s also a famewhore he had strong feelings for her, but Taylor’s friends are relieved she will no longer be “the other woman,” as she has enough drama happening!

I have to say, Ms. Armstrong certainly has a talent for causing problems! Here’s hoping we won’t have to see her doing it on-screen in the upcoming season of RHOBH!

DO YOU BELIEVE TAYLOR’S DUBIOUS ABUSE ACCOUNTS ARE CAUSING HER TO LOSE CREDIBILITY WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORGANIZATIONS? WAS SHE HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH JOHN?

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