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?
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?
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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.”
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?
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?