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Taylor Armstrong was shocked to learn that she’s going to be slowly phased out in the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Taylor is so distraught over being written out of the show that she’s reportedly been hitting the bottle pretty hard.  Taylor’s friends are concerned and are hoping she’ll head to rehab to get some help.

A source tells Radar Online: “Taylor has been relying on alcohol to cope with the suicide of her husband, Russell, and the stress of raising a child as a single mother. Viewers got a glimpse of her drinking last season on the show when she had an epic meltdown at Camille [Grammer's] Aspen mansion. Taylor got so intoxicated that she climbed into her suitcase. It was very scary for all of the ladies to witness.  And that was before Russell killed himself. The fellow Housewives feel that Taylor needs to go to rehab to learn how to cope with the pressures of life without alcohol or any other substances. Taylor is in denial that she has a problem with booze. One of the reasons is why is because she is a paid spokesperson for Ciroc vodka. She earns about $100 thousand a year from that endorsement deal, and she is afraid that if she goes to rehab they will drop her.”

Producers have supposedly decided that fans of the show aren’t feeling connected to Taylor, especially after she wrote the book about suffering abuse at the hands of her late husband, Russell Armstrong.  They’re also afraid that Taylor will be too dull for this season without the marriage drama.

“Everyone’s concerned that without the marriage drama she’s just going to come across as dull. It’s unlikely that she’s going to be able to start publicly dating again so soon after Russell’s death and with her money troubles she’s unlikely to be leading any kind of aspirational lifestyle, so she’s basically not really going to have any interesting hook.”

Ouch. Thoughts?

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Following yesterday’s report that Taylor Armstrong will be “phased out” of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the reality trainwreck star is freaking out. Even worse, Taylor allegedly found out about Bravo’s plan to gradually remove her from the cast from reading the tabloids! Oops—that’s gotta sting!

Upon hearing the gossip, Taylor immediately got on the phone to Bravo producers for reassurance, only to be told that the rumor was kinda true! “Taylor called because she was certain that there was no way that she was going to be phased out,” a source close to the reality star reveals to RadarOnline. “However, when she spoke with the higher ups they didn’t deny that she would be featured on the show in a much more limited capacity with a much smaller role.”

The news is devastating to Taylor, who is under contract for another year and will not be eligible to secure any other TV deals until released! “Taylor now knows that her days on the show are numbered. She is extremely upset because she just signed a contract extension for season three, but she wasn’t made aware of Bravo’s plans for her. She absolutely freaked out because she counts on the show as her primary source of income and uses it as a platform to secure other endorsement deals.” Uh-oh!

Moving on, Adrienne Maloof and her family are again threatening to move their NBA team, the Saramento Kings. If you recall, last season Adrienne was shown attending what could possibly be the final game at the King’s Sacramento stadium, and was faced with protests from local residents. Adrienne announced that upon learning how much the team meant to the community they had decided not to relocate the team.

However, a year later, things have changed. According to the NY Times, the outdated arena remains a problem for the team owners, and the family is hinting that the team’s days in the city are numbered. Yesterday, the Maloof family hosted a press conference in which they detailed plans to relocate the team, because a soluble agreement with the city could not be reached.

Apparently, in October of last year, the family reached a “handshake deal” with Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, agreeing to financial terms for the new arena; but the deal is no longer sufficient. The Maloofs would like the deal renegotiated and they would like to see progress to substantiate the agreement, but the city is not prepared to make changes or agree to a proposed renovation of the exiting arena. Other areas of contention include the lease agreement for the new facility, naming rights, arena design, and responsibility of game-day expenses.

The Maloof family also objects to the city’s request for a financial contribution of an additional $3.2 million towards the project when they were already expected to shell-out $73M. The NBA was prepared to loan the family $67 M and give them an additional $7M for the construction with the city kicking in $255M. Sheesh—that’s one hell of an outrageously expensive basketball court! Maybe they can borrow the court at the local YMCA?

“If [Mayor Kevin Johnson] says he’s not negotiating, then he killed the deal,” Adrienne’s brother, George Maloof, said in a press conference yesterday. “It’s over.”

Since the deal was non-binding, the Maloofs have every right to back out and begin looking for a new location for the team as the move is apparently imminent.

THOUGHTS ON LATEST IN THE RHOBH CASTING DRAMA? DO YOU BELIEVE THE NEWS THAT TAYLOR WILL BE “PHASED OUT”? IS IT A MISTAKE FOR THE MALOOF’S TO MOVE THEIR NBA TEAM?

Despite the continued scrutiny about who’s in and who’s out concerning the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, apparently, the ladies have returned to work and started filming season three. Didn’t season two just end yesterday?

“The ladies have started filming,” an insider tells WetPaint. “And yes–all the main women Lisa [Vanderpump], Kyle [Richards], Kim [Richards], Adrienne [Maloof], and Taylor [Armstrong]–are back.” The insider also reveals that viewers likely haven’t seen the last of Camille Grammer, who may make a brief appearance, along with Dana Wilkey who will also not return. “Both women could make cameo appearances during the season. Say, during a party scene or something like that. But they will not be back in a major way.”

No word on Brandi Glanville‘s prospective status, although, rumors have circulated that Kim and Kyle refused to sign on if Brandi was included in the cast (cause they’re like so mature like that); which led to Lisa seriously reconsidering her involvement in the show.

As for what viewers can expect this season–lots more of Kim and Kyle’s nonsense to be sure! And continued tension between Lisa and Adrienne. We’ll also see Adrienne expanding her Maloof Hoof shoe line. Which is funny, because the gorgeous specimens were recently spotted on clearance! Guess nobody likes a fat, cheap-looking little knock-off!

Additionally, things will be a lot more upbeat and fun this season. “Last year, things with Taylor were very intense and got very dark,” the source continues . “I think everyone wants to see the show wants to get away from that so Taylor can continue recovering from the tragedy and focus on raising her daughter.”

One thing is certain, the drama will be complemented by glamour, wealth, and chaos! “At the end of the day, the reason this is one of the most successful of the Bravo franchises is because these women are fabulous and they know how to really bring the drama. That’s not going to change one bit.”

And now onto the Taylor subject. According to Wetpaint, Loony Lips is, indeed, returning to the series and her focus will be milking her fifteen minutes for all it’s worth recovery. However, RadarOnline is now reporting that the infamous Ms. Armstrong’s days with Bravo are indeed numbered!

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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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We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night.  The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live.  A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!

Above: Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Below: NeNe Leakes, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Tamra Barney, Taylor Armstrong, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and more!

Did you watch the show last night? Do you need therapy after listening to that sing-off??!!!

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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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It is quite unfortunate that Bravo can’t just give the ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills their contracts already, because the constant speculation is killing me! In the latest, reports have emerged that contract negotiations have been held up because of fighting amongst the ladies, who do not want to work with each other!

“Let’s just say there are more than a few women who truly don’t get along,” an insider tells Celebuzz. “Two in particular that threaten they won’t return if the other does.”

Kyle Richards pretty much echoed that statement when she confirmed her return was conditional on certain someones getting the axe. “We’ll see,” she said of round three. “It kind of depends which girls are coming back.” Let the speculation begin on just who she was talking about… (ahem, Brandi!)

Brandi Glanville, who is seen as a shoo-in to return next season, dished that contracts still weren’t out. “I’ll know in two weeks,” she shared, also revealing that she’s “so sad” her on-screen bestie Camille Grammer won’t be coming back. “She’s my girl! We had such a great time last season,” Brandi gushed.

And speaking of which, Camille is said to be “devastated” that she will not be involved in the show next season, although I don’t know why considering it was such a horrible train wreck!

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