Brandi told the radio host that on her first season as a 'Friend of the Housewives' she earned a paltry $18k. That's barely enough to cover spray tans and manicures!
Lucky for her, Brandi says since all the other ladies hated her and wanted her off the show, Bravo hired her full-time! "They just didn't want me there!" Brandi admitted. "They were like, 'Oh, she doesn't fit in. She's out.' " Now as a full-time cast member Brandi says she earns on the low-end of the totem pole raking in $136,000.
In a recent radio interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Taylor reveals that she is happy, happy, happy as can be and madly in love! Taylor spoke to the radio hosts while she was vacationing in Mexico with "the love of my life."
"I'm with my gay BFFs. They are two gay guys who are so sexy and hot and it's just so amazing to be with my gay best friends," Taylor raved euphorically..
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?
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?
In the past few weeks, Taylor Armstrong has been captured having dinner with a mystery man. Taylor has maintained that she is not dating anyone and still recovering from the tragic passing of her late husband, Russell Armstrong. Several photos have emerged of her with the man, and many witnesses have spoken out claiming they saw Taylor having intimate (albeit drunken) evenings with said unknown man – who interestingly bears a resemblance to Russell!
So who is this mystery man? RadarOnline can now exclusively reveal that the man is John Bluher, a 54-year-old very married attorney who is helping Taylor combat her lawsuit from MMRGlobal. And just how is Taylor paying for his services? She’s not! John is handling everything pro bono according to sources.
And John is not just involved with Taylor from a legal perspective – they are also allegedly having an affair! Oh, John… run, run, run! “She’s been seeing him for almost two months and has confided in a handful of friends about the affair,” an insider reveals.
Apparently they started getting romantic while Taylor was promoting her new novel memoir. “John traveled with Taylor while she was doing her book tour and the two of them hit it off, in more ways than one,” a source close to the couple reveals.
“It’s a bit of a complicated situation. John is still technically married, even though he no longer lives with his wife in Colorado and spends the majority of his time with Taylor in Southern California now.” John’s wife is Stephanie Bluher – and supposedly their marriage is on the rocks (no thanks to Taylor I imagine!).
Taylor is intent on keeping things with John under wraps until he is no longer someone else’s spouse! “There’s a very strong connection between the two, but Taylor doesn’t want to be known as the other woman, period,” a source explains – particularly since a lot of her friends are against the illicit relationship! Gee, I wonder why… “John is still married and has three kids. Taylor has made great progress, but she’s still in a vulnerable position, so most of her friends aren’t much of a fan of him,” the source continued.
Part of Taylor’s interest in John stems from her desire to have a father figure for her daughter, “She needs to be a role model for her daughter, Kennedy.” Yep, I’m sure that’s it!
Perhaps confirming that some type of affair is taking place is John’s wife. When she was asked to comment on her husband’s possible new relationship, Stephanie snipped: “I don’t have anything to say to you. You can take it up with my husband.”
Well, RadarOnline did take it up with her husband and he had A LOT to say regarding his alleged tryst with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star! First and foremost he is, of course, denying any sort of romantic entanglement.
“This story is a complete fabrication by someone that wants to hurt Taylor and damage my reputation. To place my name in an article that says Taylor or I are having an affair is libel,” John seethed.
“There is no affair nor has there been one. Taylor would not have said it to anyone because it hasn’t occurred. Neither she nor I have any relationship other than my working as her legal counsel.”
Interesting, John does confirm that he was “coincidentally” in NYC at the exact same time Taylor was – which we know is true because the paps spotted them having dinner together, much to Taylor’s surprise. “I did not travel with her on the book tour,” John maintains. “I was in New York on business and was invited to have dinner with her and a group of her friends and her manager Robert Thorne, who had to cancel at the last minute, while she was there.” A likely story… allegedly, of course!
“I do not spend most of my time in Southern California. I spend very little time in California,” John asserts. “This is further evidence of libel and unsubstantiated falsehoods. Your sources are making things up in an attempt to damage my reputation and to damage Taylor.” John goes on to explain his purely professional relationship with Taylor, and insists he is merely providing legal and professional services to a woman in need.
After initially commenting that she had no idea if the story is true, Stephanie decided to speak to RumorFix and provide more information about the state of her husband’s relationship to Taylor. And she is denying any sort of affair is taking place. The couple who has been married for 32-years is apparently as happy as can be!
”My husband and I have been married since 1979 and have three children. He travels everywhere with the work he does. He is a very hard working man and not Hollywood at all. He has one home right here in Colorado and that’s it,” Stephanie revealed.
And she claims, Taylor is a close personal friend of the family! “I adore her,” Stephanie expects us to believe. “She is a wonderful woman. She’s been through an awful lot. It was through a mutual friend that we met her, she needed help and John has been trying to help her. She even acknowledges John’s help in her book.”
“This horrible gossip is the last thing she needs right now,” Stephanie concludes. Also confronting rumors that John is working for Taylor free of charge, Stephanie insists that’s not true. Taylor has not issued a statement concerning the alleged affair.
Why do I have a feeling John’s divorce is going to be very ugly… I heard Kris Humprhries has a great attorney, Stephanie! Photos of Taylor and John are below!
In other Taylor drama, the attention lovin’ Housewife recently tweeted that she will be releasing more of her medical records! “Releasing my medical records tomorrow2a major media outlet.Doing this for abuse victims not doubters. You will never have to prove it to me!,” she wrote. Yeah… this is definitely for the doubters and for the undoubted payout she will likely be getting from said major media outlet. Reality Tea will keep you posted on that story.
Moving right along to Taylor’s friend and fellow grifter, Dana Wilkey. Rumor has it that the extremely boastful wannabe Housewife will not be returning for a second season! Um… is anyone surprised by this news? Nope!
Apparently network execs thought Dana was “too boring” for the show! For once, I agree! “Now that the reunion has aired, I think the writing is on the wall,” an insider tells RadarOnline. “Both Dana and Brandi Glanville, who were billed as ‘friends’ of the Housewives, spent nearly all day taping the reunion back in January.”
“But while Brandi ended up being included in the majority of the show — and causing a firestorm with her comments – only about five minutes of Dana made it on air. The husbands got more air time than she did! She just didn’t add anything.”
Additionally, $25,000 Dollar Dana just didn’t mix well with any of the other ladies, despite her ardent sucking up! “None of the housewives really took to her this past season and, to be honest, she just wasn’t that interesting,” the source adds. “Yes, she’s wealthy but she doesn’t cause or get involved in any drama, which is really what producers are looking for.”
In a last ditch effort to stay relevant, and prove she is capable of bringing the drama without talking about how much money she wastes, Dana has been starting twittercations with Brandi! “Lately, she’s been trying to pick online fights with Brandi in a bid to create some scandal, but I think it’s too little, too late. She’s a very nice woman but no one in the cast is expecting she’ll be asked back.”
I do think Dana seems like a very nice person, but she was way out of her league with these ladies (which may be a compliment) and she doesn’t seem like a natural drama starter. Oh Dan-a, you’re probably better off, guy!
Finally, tonight is the final – and I do mean FINAL episode – of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! As hard as it is to imagine after the longest season of a housewives series ever, there is still more cray-cray to unleash! Bravo will be airing the so-called “lost footage” in an effort to extract every single iota of drama from a season that never ends.
If you’re interested in watching more of Taylor and Kyle’s nonsense, the lost footage episode airs tonight at 9/8c on Bravo!
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TELLS US – DO YOU BELIEVE TAYLOR IS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH JOHN? OR ARE THEY MERELY BUSINESS PARTNERS? DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE DANA BACK NEXT SEASON?
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