Happy birthday Portia! What does one get for the four-year-old who has everything? Perhaps a little drama, RHOBH style!
Radaronline.com is reporting that while Kyle Richards’ daughter was getting into her birthday cake, the always messy Taylor Armstrong was getting into the vino. Big time. A guest of the shindig tells the site, “It’s extremely worrying that Taylor would get blitzed at a birthday party for a four-year-old little girl. She doesn’t weigh a lot and doesn’t seem to have a high threshold for alcohol, it didn’t take long for her to be wasted. Taylor was drinking white wine and it was truly sad to see — she was slurring her words and she got very emotional the more she had to drink. Taylor didn’t drive, thank God, she had a driver for the evening, but she clearly is in a great deal of distress right now and she desperately needs help.”
Oh Lisa, Lisa, Lisa…have you learned nothing from Jill Zarin and Teresa Giudice? Getting too big for your Chanel baubles leads to nothing but co-star–and fan!–backlash. RadarOnline is reporting that Lisa Vanderpump has gotten a tad cocky in light of her recent spin-off. A source tells the site, “There are a lot of bad feelings because Lisa got her own show and Taylor [Armstrong] for one thinks that Lisa has been acting like a diva during filming. Taylor and Lisa had gotten close after Russell’s suicide last year, but Taylor now feels like that was all done for the cameras.”
“The Housewives are jealous that Lisa got so much attention at the recent up fronts in New York City,” the insider goes on to say. However, “Lisa does have one very vocal supporter among the cast though, Brandi Glanville. Brandi thinks it’s fantastic that Lisa got her own show and of course, she wants to appear on that show as well.” No shocker there!
Well, it seems the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are officially back! Reports that the ladies have started filming have been confirmed by actual sightings of the taping in action. In fact, WetPaint reports that the cast will be doing its first group filming at Lisa Vanderpump‘s restaurant Villa Blanca. And everyone will be in tow – even Brandi Glanville, whose name has been conspicuously absent from reports about who is in and who is out!
“All the major players will be there,” a show insider discloses. “It’ll be the first time they film together as a group for the new season.” Apparently, cast drama is still running strong and the ladies have yet to come together and sort through last season’s grievances.
“The women aren’t friends in real life so when they get back together they just continue bickering about everything that they were mad about last season,” a source reveals to RadarOnline. “This year the Housewives are still fuming about all their old slights, barbs and insults and they’re not about to let anything go in front of the cameras this time around.”
And reported new housewife, Yolanda Hadid is already causing drama amongst the cast! Apparently, she and Lisa will have some issues over “some past legal wrangles that have gone on,” the source adds. “As always, the women are going to be asked to pick sides and of course there will be lots of fighting once the tension starts building.”
Another strain, is Kim Richards, who producers expect to be really on point this season following last year’s disastrous appearance. Allegedly, the cast is worried about Kim managing her sobriety with the stress of filming – and dealing with the constant unrest amongst her co-tarts!
Well – that sounds exciting. I can’t wait to watch more of the same thing. Yet another reason Bravo needs to recast after a couple of seasons!
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON OR ALREADY OVER IT? WILL YOLANDA BE A GOOD FIT AMONGST THE LADIES?
“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?
Well, I really hate to be the bearer of potential bad news, but according to the gossip, Bravo will be asking the entire current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast to return for round three. And yes, that includes fan-least-favorite, Taylor Armstrong!
While Taylor worried she would be on the chopping block, her marital meltdown and subsequent domestic abuse saga proved to be ratings gold for the show. Her rumored return conflicts with reports that Bravo sees her as a liability due to her legal issues, which may involve the network directly. Personally, I think a lot of people tuned in for shock value, not because the show was enjoyable – but I could be wrong! I’m surprised any of these women would come back following this awful season, but lord knows they love attention!
And per previous reports, Camille Grammer has lost interest in the show – likely after being embroiled in Taylor’s lies accusations. “Bravo would love Camille to return too, but she might want to move on to other projects which she has expressed interest in.”
Also, looking for a new job, Kim! “Kim Richards, has made it known she doesn’t want to come back. Kim is still very fragile after her latest stint in rehab,” an insider close to the situation reveals.
Apparently, Lisa’s return is bittersweet as she was hoping her spin off would get picked up. Lisa has also expressed reservations about participating in another season after two of her former friends, trashed her during the reunion. “Lisa was hoping to follow in the footsteps of New York housewife Bethenny Frankel who had her own successful spin-offs focusing on her wedding and new baby, but the network decided not to pick up her show,” a RHOBH source said.
No contracts have been extended, but Bravo is said to be formally making an offer to the ladies in the next few weeks. To replace some of the leaving co-tarts, Bravo is still searching for new women to join the cast and hopefully bring back the fun. “The network is actively looking for new cast members for the third season,” the insider adds. Taping for the third season is expect to begin on July 4th. Well, that sounds like disappointing news, no?
While Taylor and Russell have been known to throw extremely expensive, over-the-top birthday parties for Kennedy–case in point the $65,000 they spent for her 4th birthday–Taylor is reportedly planning to throw a low-key event for Kennedy’s upcoming 6th birthday.
“It was Russell that always pushed to have the over the top parties, he would always invite his business associates to try and impress them,” a source close to the situation tells Radar. “Taylor wants to invite Kennedy’s siblings so they can hopefully begin to have a closer relationship. Taylor feels that the party could be a good jumping off point for that to happen. Taylor isn’t close with Russell’s exes, but she recognizes this isn’t about the adults, but what is best for their children. All three of the kids don’t have a father anymore and they need each other now more than ever.”
And finally, Dr. Paul Nassifhas done got himself an alleged stalker! No, it’s not a lady trying to convince him that Adrienne is undeserving of his love and adorableness, it’s a former patient who doesn’t like his new nose!
TMZ reports that Paul is seeking a restraining order against former patient, Roman Melikov, claiming he has harassed and threatened Paul and his family! Oh, no – I hope Jackpot is ok!
According to a police report filed by Paul, Mr. Melikov incessantly called his office demanding to speak to him directly. He threatened, “If I don’t get to f**king talk to Dr. Nassif, I will just show up and f**king wait for him to talk to me because he needs to f**king pay for this!”
What really alarmed Paul and his staff was a voicemail Mr. Melikov left, in which he referred to himself as “psycho!” And another where he threatened to come to Paul’s house to “have Nassif’s wife help him out of pity.”
After several of these verbal threats, Paul’s staff became concerned that Mr. Melikov was mentally unstable, and would come to the office “and do something crazy.” Paul is seeking a restraining order to keep Mr. Melikov away from him and his family. Mr. Melikov in exchange wants a $26,000 refund for the nose he claims Paul screwed up.
Mr. Melikov attests that the swelling didn’t go down for two years, and his nose is now bigger and uglier post surgery! He also insists Paul took his “psycho” comment completely out of context. Melikov, a 25-year-old portfolio manager, claims he was actually referring to the stock market when he used the chosen word, as in: “I told him I had to be a psycho to invest in this market, because it has been so volatile.”
Sounds like Paul should just give him a refund. Maybe he and Adrienne really are broke!
ARE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN THE ENTIRE RHOBH CAST WILL BE ASKED BACK? IS TAYLOR REALLY AS UNPOPULAR AS PEOPLE THINK? IS TAYLOR GENUINE IN REACHING OUT TO RUSSELL’S SONS? DOES PAUL OWE HIS DISGRUNTLED EX-PATIENT A REFUND?
Controversy over Taylor Armstrong‘s memoir, published mere months after her estranged husband Russell Armstrong‘s suicide, has been attracting a lot of attention in the press – particularly because speculation over the truth behind her allegations has emerged.
Recent rumors have posited that Taylor’s antics and the negative attention she is receiving because of her penchant for dishonesty (along with a recent lawsuit that may involve Bravo) has Bravo seeing her as a “liability,” which will likely jeopardize her spot on next season’s cast. Well, Taylor is speaking out defending herself and her actions – and explaining why it’s important that she remain a part of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
Standing by her decision to publish her book, Taylor insists her motive was not money. Who does she expect to believe that? “I know how it looks,” she says, responding to a question about capitalizing from Russell’s death. She claims she wanted people to start talking about the horrors of domestic violence. “If I didn’t think this would make a difference, I wouldn’t be doing it,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Trust me, you don’t make that much money off a book.” But you do make money off publicity tours, appearances, and advances associated with a book!
While Taylor is adamant she did not release this memoir with any untoward intentions, it is well-known that Russell’s family and friends–most vocally his sister Laurie Kelsoe –are insistent that the allegations Taylor makes are completely untrue and have made Russell seem like someone he was not. Laurie believes the show has “completely defaced his character,” telling Dr. Drew in a recent interview: “Shame on [Taylor] for doing this and for thinking that all he was was bad … if that’s the case, then why did she stay there and spend his money?”
Firing back, Taylor insists Laurie wasn’t a part of their lives and had no idea what went on behind closed doors. “There are a number of people who are trying to find their way into the story of my life with Russell,” Taylor asserts. “Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe … has no basis for saying anything about my life with Russell. She lives almost 1,500 miles away and saw our family on a small number of occasions.”
“The facts are there,” Taylor says of what went on in her marriage. But that is exactly the problem. There are no facts – only Taylor’s so-called recollections about what occurred. Which is why more questions are emerging about the validity of her claims. The LA Times asked Dr. Catherine Hwang, an orbital and oculo-plastics surgeon at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, about orbital floor injuries.
Dr. Hwang, who did not treat Taylor, explains fractures of that nature can occur from a range of incidents. Taylor has maintained that she had no bruising after Russell “raised up one elbow and punched me hard, in the right eye.” Dr. Hwang finds that surprising, given Taylor’s age and the nature of the injury. “Usually, older patients have some sort of bruising,” Dr. Hwang mentioned. “But anything is possible.”
Taylor planned to write her book before Russell’s death – although she claims he was not aware of her intentions. If Russell had not passed away, Taylor says, “I don’t think I could have been as honest.” Citing the difficulty she had putting her life out there and down on paper, Taylor explains: “Bearing your soul to people is really hard.”
“I wanted it to be really raw and honest,”Taylor shared with OK! at Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
While Russell had no knowledge of her intentions to publish a book, Taylor recalls he had ascertained that news of her injuries would emerge in the media. “He did know, though, that the extent of the abuse would likely come out in the press.”
“I spent a couple of days in Cedars-Sinai after [the eye] incident. There were nurses around. Plenty of people saw me in the operating room. The odds of keeping that under wraps, I mean, come on. He absolutely knew it was all going to come out. That was really something he was dreading.”
“One of Russell’s big concerns, which he would bring up constantly after my eye incident, is, ‘Do you think the D.A. could press charges against me and put me in jail whether you press charges or not?’ I hate to say it, I would have wanted to protect him from that.”
As for her decision to release the novel memoir a “hot minute” after Russell took his life, Taylor believes it was imperative that she get her story out there quickly. “I just didn’t feel like waiting was necessary. Also, I didn’t want to wait until I had euphoric recall and forgetting about all of the things that had happened.”
“Unfortunately, there are so many people out there that are living in dangerous situations that I really felt like it was important enough for me to get this story out there and take the criticism that comes with it,” she adds.
And defending herself against any involvement in Russell’s financial dealings, Taylor a businesswoman herself, claims she had no role in his businesses. Multiple reports have come forward contesting this. “I scratch my head about the finance stuff all the time,” Taylor muses. “I’m still trying to pick up the pieces of the mess that was left behind.”
“I have days when I’m in a ball, where I just sit and stare at the wall and just cry. … I have every emotion in the world,” she says of dealing with the loss. “I have incredible sadness for Russell. I miss him, I long for him. But I’m angry with him for leaving this mess for me to clean up.” Apparently she’s resilient enough to hit the red carpet on weekly basis!
Confronting a recent report that she is having an affair with her married attorney, Taylor dismissed it as gossip. “Oh, it’s just ridiculous,” Taylor laughed. “I spent Valentine’s Day with my little girl and it was just beautiful for us. I am so focused on us right now and then to have this ridiculous stuff coming out in the press, is just frustrating for us, but what are you going to do? It’s what I signed up for.” And she wants to sign up for more!
Taylor thinks her story can help other woman, which is why she believes Bravo should include her in a third season of the show. “If there’s a Season 3, I think it’s important to see what happens next [for me],” she said. “I’m still working on myself. And I have to say for the first time in my life, I’m OK being alone. Every little thing that I thought was going to be so horrible, really hasn’t been. I think for a Season 3 it would be nice for people to see the progression … and the lows too, because it’s certainly not all good days.”
“There is a lot changing in my life right now and I think that people need to see what that looks like as I grow and get stronger, so I think that would be interesting!” I, personally, do not believe we need to see anymore of Taylor – but that’s just me!
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THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR’S DECISION TO RELEASE HER STORY SO SOON AFTER RUSSELL’S DEATH? DO YOU WANT TO SEE TAYLOR RETURN FOR SEASON 3 OF RHOBH? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL BE ASKED BACK?