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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“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?
Us Weekly is reporting that despite Camille insisting the parting was mutual; she actually was fired! Apparently, Camille started making demands to the network and refused to incorporate her personal life into the storyline, so Bravo ultimately decided she was more trouble than she was worth.
Camille learned of the news that she would not be returning on Friday afternoon. “She got a call from producers telling her she wouldn’t be returning to the show,” an insider reveals. “She’s demanding and complicated to work with,” a second insider adds.
Apparently, the former Mrs. Grammer was completely blown away by the news and was in Vegas for the weekend with now former co-stars Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof. “Camille really didn’t think there was a chance that they wouldn’t ask her back, so she was pretty surprised and upset this weekend,” the source reveals. “She was definitely in a funk this weekend.”
While season one Camille was a villain and a lightening rod for both controversy and ratings, season two Camille was low-key and calculated and wanted to maintain that persona in season three. “She’s very careful about how she’s portrayed, and didn’t want to put herself out there without having a say in how she came across.”
“There’s nothing interesting left about her character. She refused to feature her boyfriend [Dimitri Charalambopoulos], and she didn’t want to expose her kids anymore.”
Bravo did approach Camille about returning in a Friends of the Housewives capacity, but Camille wasn’t interested. Camille is allegedly “bummed” her involvement with the series is over, but, “She wants to move on in a positive direction in her life.”
And moving along to someone who is clinging onto her involvement with RHOBH for dear life, is Taylor Armstrong. According to a new report today by the Huffington Post, the Bravo network is seriously considering firing Taylor!
The reason? They’re aware of the fact that most viewers are not a fan, plus they might be wanting to move away from last year’s tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong.
“Kim’s battle with substance abuse is much easier to deal with than someone whose husband committed suicide,” an insider states. “If they don’t invite Taylor back, then she will be free to say whatever she wants. If they do, they will be able to control her, but at the same time they must fear that her participation will turn off viewers.”
A Bravo insider adds that Bravo has officially invited back three of the housewives! “Lisa, Adrienne, and Kyle have all been invited back and are expected to sign their contracts this week,” a Bravo insider reveals. “If all goes to according plan, Kim [Richards] and Brandi [Glanville] will also be part of next season.”
While Bravo decides on whether or not to axe Taylor, it appears they already have a replacement in mind for her! A source tells Reality Tea the RHOBH producers have been in talks with Diana Roque Ellis.
The source states Diana, a portrait artist, is friends with Adrienne and has lived in Beverly Hills for over 20 years. “She has been under consideration for two months and then last week they were filming at her house doing promotional shots with her,” says the source. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Photos of Diana are below!
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WAS CAMILLE DEMANDING? DO YOU BELIEVE BRAVO FIRED HER? SHOULD BRAVO FIRE TAYLOR? WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE TAYLOR ANOTHER CHANCE IN SEASON THREE?
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Above is a photo of Bravo Housewives Taylor Armstrong and Gretchen Rossi, posing at Style Fashion Week Go Red Celebrity Red Dress Fashion, benefiting the American Heart Association in Los Angeles, California on March 16. More photos of the duo below as they walk the runway!
Also below: Teresa Giudice visits the MTV studios; Alexis Bellino at her fashion show; NeNe Leakes does dinner in Los Angeles; Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer attend Kathy Hilton's birthday; Bethenny Frankel steps out with hubby, Jason, and daughter, Bryn; Sheree Whitfield turns the streets of NYC into her runway; Kelly Bensimon attends a movie premiere; Adrienne Maloof is at an event; and Jacqueline Laurita attends a charity event. Plus, photos of Marlo Hampton, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Zoe& more!
And there’s even more asKim Kardashian heads to the gym; Kris Jennerattends an event with her youngest daughter; and Bachelor couple Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik step out in LA. Plus, Snooki, JWoww, Tyra Banks, Kourtney Kardashian, Holly Madison, Crystal Harris, Maksim, Sammi, Deena Cortese, and more!
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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?
Taylor volunteers for the organization and has claimed she will be donating a portion of her book proceeds to their efforts. The event took place at Dana’s home and in attendance wereKyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and Peggy Tanous. I’m not even sure what to think about Dana’s outfit and appearance!
I noticed her best friend forever Lisa wasn’t in attendance! Also, absent; Camille Grammer, who according to Dana’s Twitter was in Hawaii. Representing for Team Awesome was Dedra Whitt, Camille’s BFFL. “Camille was in Hawaii but she was missed,” Dana wrote.
The event was, of course, sponsored by Ciroc vodka, which frankly, I don’t approve of. “Thank you so much @Ciroc for supporting the 1736 Family Crisis Center with your sponsorship. We were so happy to have you at the event,” Taylor tweeted. American Idol alums, Ace Young and Diana Degarmo performed. I hope Ace didn’t write his own music this time…
More PHOTOS of Taylor and the gang from the event are below!
Moving on to Lisa Vanderpump, as after a season of bitter drama, she found herself in the crosshairs at the reunion when former friends, Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof, ganged up on her. Lisa has expressed reservations about signing on for a third season ofReal Housewives of Beverly Hills, particularly because her spinoff may or may not happen. Well, apparently, if Lisa returns, she’s making sure the ladies play by her rules!
According to RadarOnline, the drama off-camera was far worse than anything Bravo caught on film, and the fall-out because of the reunion was epic. “Lisa is on the warpath and she’s ready to battle her co-stars,” a source revealed “Lisa told Kyle that she has to take sides now. That she’s either with Lisa or against her.”
Apparently, it’s all a game for the desperate for fame Lisa, who is interested in creating drama. “Lisa is trying to manipulate the other women on the show and she wants Kyle to be on her side and be her friend,” the source added. “And she’ll do anything she can to stir up the drama.” Interesting…
DO YOU BELIEVE THE ALLEGATIONS THAT LISA IS MANIPULATING THE WOMEN FOR DRAMA? IS SHE FORCING KYLE TO BE HER FRIEND FOR RATINGS? THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR AND DANA’S EVENT? DO YOU THINK CAMILLE WOULD HAVE COME?
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According to a shocking new report by Radar Online, a source is revealing that whenTaylor Armstrongclaimed in her memoir that her deceased husbandRussell Armstrong once tried to drown her, she was telling the truth. And in fact a police report about the incident was filed.
Radar Online reveals the incident occurred back at the home of theReal Housewives of Beverly Hills stars a few years ago and names two witnesses to the alleged abuse. Those two are Taylor’s friends – Jennifur Diamond and her then husband Mark Alsentzer.
A source reveals the drama began when Russell flew into a rage and injured Mark. Russell then left the group, after which Taylor begged Mark not to press charges. However, Russell was eavesdropping on the group’s conversation and heard Taylor state: “Just take care of Kennedy if anything happens.”
Upon hearing this, Russell allegedly jumped out of the bushes and lost it. “Russell was in a frenzy, and he had a wild look in his eyes. He hit Mark, and threw Jennifur, her dog, and Taylor in the swimming pool and tried to drown Taylor. Taylor thought she was going to die as Russell held her under the water,” a source reveals.
“Mark and Jennifur were able to pull Russell off of her and probably saved her life. The cops were called and a police report was filed. At that point Taylor hadn’t been receiving any therapy, and she begged and pleaded with her friends not to press charges. Taylor had to cover her neck for several weeks because of the choke marks. She even had trouble speaking because of Russell’s strength when he tried to choke her,” continues the source.
“Mark got 16 stitches and had work done on his teeth because of what Russell did,” the insider said. “I can’t be sure that Russell gave them money to stay quiet, but he definitely gave them money to cover the expenses of Mark’s medical stuff which was somewhere around $12,000.”
Have a few questions about this report, the first being, why hasn’t this police report been made public? And was the police report only a complaint about Russell injuring Mark? Because if his alleged attempt to drown Taylor was reported, surely that would have led to Russell’s arrest and some serious charges.
Moving on to a lighter topic, Brandi Glanville, age 39 (she looks younger no?) shares her beauty and plastic surgery secrets with Shape magazine! Below are excerpts from Brandi’s interview –
SHAPE: You’re in such amazing shape but also such a busy mom. What’s your workout regimen like and how do you find time to stay in shape?
BG: After I drop my kids off at school, I head right to my Pilates trainer. I’ve had the same one for nine years! I started with her when I was pregnant with [my son] Mason. Before that, I had never even really worked out before! Once I got pregnant, everything kind of changed. Now I do three times a week and besides that, I stay active by going on bike rides with my kids, walking the dogs, or going for a hike near my home. I can’t even think about stepping foot on a treadmill!
SHAPE: You also have amazing skin. What’s your skincare regimen?
BG: I get a spray tan every week. I also have issues like adult acne and Melasma (patches of skin discoloration) since I’ve had my kids, so I try everything—lasers, photo facials—and I wear hats all the time to protect myself from sun.
SHAPE: It seems there would be a lot of pressures in Beverly Hills to always look perfect. How do you deal with that?
BG: Having grown up modeling, I’m very self-aware of my physical appearance. It’s hard to grow older, especially in this town where everyone is perfect! They’re all 20 years old and gorgeous and I’m now in same dating pool as them, yikes, it’s really hard! This town makes you insecure. And yes, I’ll cop to a few plastic surgery procedures like Botox and fillers. I think everyone should do what makes them feel good but remember: Less is more!
Brandi was also asked about how she deals with negativity from some fans, to which she responded: “People have said horrible things like I’m ‘plastic’ and I’m a bad mom. I think after three years of hearing it I have just developed a thick skin. I think it’s human nature, and I know what they say isn’t true so I’ve learned to not take it to heart.”
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REPORT ABOUT RUSSELL AND TAYLOR? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? AND THOUGHTS ON BRANDI’S INTERVIEW?
In today’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills news update, the ladies remind us that even though the season ended they’re still here and very much looking for some attention. Can’t they go into housewives hibernation when the series is on hiatus? How’s that for some alliteration!
To kick things off, Kim Richards, really, really wants the producers to know that despite the fact that she missed 3/4 of filming last season and regularly embarrassed herself on national television, she’s like totally down for round three!
Despite a very rocky last season, which, culminated with her entering rehab last December, Kim says she wants to come back to prove that sobriety is possible! Kim says she’s learned many lessons from appearing on the show and from going through treatment. “It makes me want to step out in front of everything and just say, ‘You know what, anybody can do it,’” Kim told US Magazine. “I don’t want to walk away from anything in my life. It’s part of life: facing it!”
“My fans have been so supportive. People walk up to me and they just hug me and cry. That’s so rewarding to me,” Kim says of the support she’s gotten.
As for what helped her focus on on getting sober, Kim credits, “My family and friends–without them I just couldn’t do it.” Richards said. “It was a rough road to get here, but I’m really, really good.”
Reports have claimed, Kim will not return next season because she is choosing to leave the show. Other reports have claimed Kim will not be asked back, because she is seen as a liability following a season of erratic behavior.
Moving right along, Taylor Armstrong, self-proclaimed expert on domestic violence, has some advice for recording artists, collaborators, and ex-couple Rihanna and Chris Brown! Surprisingly, Taylor says she thinks it’s totally fine for Chris and Rihanna to work together despite their violent history. “I do believe you can have a healthy relationship with someone years after,” Taylor revealed.
“I don’t know what their relationship is now, but as long as they’re keeping one another safe and at a good distance, or if they’ve had the appropriate treatment they can collaborate on a project without it being dangerous,” Taylor advocated while appearing on HLN.
Taylor added that she thinks the two can use their fame as a platform to educate the public on domestic violence. “I think that they have a real opportunity here to make a huge impact in the domestic violence world and I think they’re going to do that right thing.”
As for her own situation, she claims to have an amicable relationship with estranged husband Russell Armstrong, before he committed suicide, saying they were working together to co-parent positively. “We weren’t safe being married; we weren’t safe living in the same household. But could we have gone on to have a healthy co-parenting relationship and a friendly relationship? Absolutely,” Taylor remarked. Um… shocking and odd. But then again, Taylor is the person who totes her seven-year-old daughter along to book signings for a book that’s entire focus is about how horrible the child’s, now deceased, father was. So, yeah…
Taylor’s future with RHOBH is also uncertain, with multiple conflicting reports speculating her appearance on next season!
Sources close to Kelsey reveal he and Camille agreed to joint custody of their two kids — 10-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Jude. The kids will continue living with Camille in California, while, Kelsey continues to have “meaningful contact” with them. Still on the table? The couple’s divorce settlement, though, sources say they are also close to coming to an agreement with that.
Finally, Brandi Glanville has still not recovered from her tumultuous first season with the ladies of Beverly Hills. Brandi is now speaking out about the “bullying” she feels she was subjected to, at the hands of co-tarts, such as Kyle Richards.
“I’ve never really experienced anything like that,” Brandi told Hollyscoop. “It was kind of like going into mean girls’ camp and fighting your way out and like, I’ve never experienced it so I didn’t know how to deal with it.”
“I mean, I know [bullying] is an issue, but I never really realized how bad it could feel until this happened,” Brandi admitted. Her experiences on the show were not all bad, however; Brandi says she made real-life good friends in Camille Grammer andLisa Vanderpump.
“I talk to Lisa every morning,” Brandi shared. “She gives me really great advice and she tells me not to cuss on Twitter, and she’s constantly like mommying me in a way. Like, she’s not old enough to be my mom clearly, but she’s constantly saying, ‘Don’t wear that, don’t say that!’ But I like it, it’s cute.”
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SHOULD KIM GET A THIRD CHANCE ON RHOBH? DO YOU BELIEVE RETURNING TO THE SHOW IS A HEALTHY OPTION FOR HER? DOES TAYLOR HAVE A RIGHT TO COMMENT ON CHRIS AND RIHANNA’S SITUATION – ARE HER COMMENTS REASONABLE OR RIDICULOUS? WAS BRANDI BULLIED?