Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was just – sad, and it’s hard to know what to think. I was expecting a welcome break from the trauma (not to be confused with drama), but my hopes were dashed as the Taylor show came crashing into us harder than Malibu waves. Which reminds me, according to Bruce Jenner’s bespangled and fabulous ex-wife Linda Thompson, the ocean is going to be there long after all of us are gone, so I probably shouldn’t get too worked out about the problems of Housewives.
Anyway things started out on a truly lovely note with Wedding Planner to the Insane Kevin Lee organizing some tablescapes for Lisa and Pandora to choose from – well really Lisa, because after all it’s her wedding!
The ladies were excited, gracious and truly wowed, and after doing some finagling and maneuvering around they put their stamp of approval on the over-the-top fabudiculous arrangements (I made up a new word. Call me Teresa Giudice).
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“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows,” a source said. “They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.” The source, however, claims that Bravo was also concerned about Kim’s health. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”
“The pressures the women face being on the show are enormous. Kim was basically told that if she wanted to stay on the show then she had to get help, so she did,” continues the source. “Kim doesn’t have any other significant source of income and she needs to keep her job on the show.”
Star magazine first broke the news two weeks ago that Bravo was planning to give Kim an ultimatum to get help if she wanted to remain on the show.
In other RHOBH news, Taylor Armstrong has unveiled the cover (posted below) of her upcoming memoir — Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Taylor tells us what we can expect from the book which is due out February 2012. “My book takes readers behind the glamour of Beverly Hills to show them the terrible violence I suffered, and the slow and painful process of rebuilding my shattered life,” Taylor states. “I want readers in abusive relationships to learn from my suffering and use my book to help them find their own courage within.”
During Taylor’s appearance on Watch What Happens Live, she offered words of support to her costar Kim. “I adore Kim and I stand behind her,” said Taylor to Andy Cohen. “And if there’s anything I can do to support her [I will]; but if she’s getting healthy what more could we ask.”
Meanwhile, Adrienne Maloof also offered her support to Kim. “I wish her well. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Adrienne to UsWeekly.
How is Kyle Richards handling the latest news? “Kyle is doing okay. Even though Kathy [Hilton] is not on the show, I know that they are close,” a source tells UsWeekly. “It must be very difficult for Kyle and Kathy and their families.”
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO FORCED KIM INTO REHAB? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF TAYLOR’S BOOK COVER?
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Adrienne particularly took offense to the fact that Lisa didn’t ask her if she would host Pandora Vanderpump’s bachelorette party at her Palms hotel in Vegas so that she can get free promotion for her business on national television! Adrienne decided to confront Lisa during her event, and Lisa did not back down, making it clear the owner of Planet Hollywood was a family friend and that the decision to have the bachelorette party there was her daughter’s.
In her latest Bravo blog, Lisa fires back at Adrienne, hinting that Adrienne’s only concern was promoting her own hotel. Lisa also feels the whole argument was ridic stating she doesn’t question Adrienne whenever she chooses to dine at other restaurants in Beverly Hills.
Lisa wrote: “Apparently [Adrienne] was miffed that Pandora had decided to hold her bachelorette party at our old family friend Robert Earl’s venue, Planet Hollywood . Robert loves her and had no intention of promoting the hotel. I mean, how dare my daughter choose what she wants? She should be supporting her mother’s neighbor’s business! I seriously couldn’t understand this. It was the first I knew of her being upset. Jason had had his bachelor party a couple of weeks before, hosted by our friend, and Pandora was going to do the same. It was all arranged. I wasn’t going and hadn’t been involved in the arrangements.”
Lisa continued, “Somehow, to cut a long story short, I was roped into this trip, and obviously, now you, the viewer, will get to witness it, so everything changes. What was to be Pandora’s trip became a major production, and I was suddenly in trouble for it. I resent the fact that suddenly I am to blame, it is a huge deal to entertain 14 people, and I certainly would never dream of asking anybody to do that. Robert wanted to comp the whole weekend as his gift to Pandora, Why do I feel I have to constantly justify mine and my daughter’s actions?”
To close out her blog, Lisa hinted that perhaps Adrienne was just trying to create drama for the camera. “When Adrienne and Paul are having dinner at a neighboring restaurant, it wouldn’t even enter my mind to question them! It seems as if some people are looking for a problem. . . So there we have it. Once again a pleasant evening was marred by a really petty matter. I am losing patience with this constant need for altercations when we all have busy lives,” blogged Lisa.
Pandora also took to Twitter to defend her mom. Pandora tweeted, “Hello?Do I have a voice? Jason and I planned our own bachelor/bachelorette parties, not @LisaVanderpump #givemeabreak #loveplanethollywood.” Pandora later added: “An old friend offered to throw it at his casino PH and I have known him since I was 9!”
“Taylor’s deal is with Simon and Schuster and the book will be out in February 2012,” a source close to Taylor reveals. “It will be a memoir and the abuse she endured while married to Russell, as well as another abusive relationship she was in the past will all be detailed.”
The source adds, “Taylor is writing the book to put a face on women involved in domestic violence. She wants the public to know there are resources for battered women, and there is a way out.”
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LISA’S COMMENTS? DID ADRIENNE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE UPSET AT HER? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR’S BOOK DEAL? WOULD YOU READ IT?
Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a shoe spectacular! And oh man was I jealous over Adrienne’s collection. Adrienne hosted a fashion show to showcase her new shoe line as well as raise money for a charity that’s close to her sole (see what I did there?). Lisa and Adrienne exchanged words and Taylor continued her crusade against Camille. All in all it was a pretty good episode that was light on Richards’ drama and Taylor-Traumas!
Things begin with Lisa rushing in the door and she’s late, late, late for a meeting with wedding planner to the insane Kevin Lee. Kevin has apparently convinced Lisa and Pandora to surrender their brains, because as the invitations are unveiled my heart sank when I saw the ridiculous Michael’s craft project gift box. Did I mention those boxes cost $150 a pop? I apparently missed my calling and shall be quitting RT to race to Beverly Hills and design chintzy wedding invites. At least it was a slightly better color combo. As Lisa and Pandora gush over the boxitations, Ken looks slightly confused about what the eff he just paid for.
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In her latest blog with Bravo, Kyle reveals the situation/confrontation involving Taylor was “very difficult” because no one wanted to put her in harm’s way.
First Kyle reveals her reasons for not defending pal Lisa Vanderpump, though she wouldn’t have needed to defend Lisa had she not been talking smack about Lisa with Taylor to begin with! Kyle wrote: “Although, Lisa wanted me to step in more, we were okay. I honestly did not want to be involved in another argument. I was still recovering from Game Night. The last thing I wanted to do was get in the middle of someone else’s fight.”
Kyle then sort of makes excuses for her comment about Lisa ‘preying on the weak.’ She writes, “In the episode when I had my séance, Taylor came over to my house to say she was upset with Lisa. We had a conversation on my bed where she told me that she was “scared of Lisa” and that she was intimidated by her. I have never felt that way about Lisa, but I am a strong person. I told her she should be stronger with Lisa. I said “maybe she preys on weak people.” I think that “prey” was too strong of a word. That conversation wasn’t about Lisa. I was trying to help Taylor be a stronger person in general, to have her speak up for herself — in all areas of her life. I know it bothered Lisa that I said that, and I do feel bad about that. I am not premeditated in what I am going to say. That means there will be times I regret saying certain things.”
Kyle also touched on Taylor’s confrontation turned intervention: “Later Adrienne, Camille, and I had dinner and discussed the tea party. I know Camille was worried that Taylor was upset with her. Camille spoke the truth. Taylor was obviously concerned because it was put out in the open. However, sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment. Emotions were running high. This situation is very difficult and none of us wanted to hurt her or put her in harm’s way. Later, I told Taylor later that Camille was just saying what Taylor had told all of us.”
In a new interview with Wetpaint, Kyle revealed her sisterKim Richards is still dating and living with her boyfriend, Ken Blumenfeld. When asked about Kim’s relationship, Kyle says disapprovingly, “They are still living together and I haven’t been over there.”
In other news, according to a new report by Star Magazine, newbie Brandi Glanvillelied her way onto the show! So what exactly did Brandi lie about? According to the mag, she fibbed… big time about her so called friendship with Lisa’s former houseboy housemate Cedric Martinez.
“He’s my best gay friend!” Brandi announced to reporters back in February during the above staged outing with Cedric. “I’ve known him for 16 years. We modeled together in Milan and Paris and London back in the day.”
However, a source close to Brandi reveals it was all a lie! “Bravo bigwigs set the meeting up to see if Brandi and Cedric would bond and if she could prove a worthy opponent for Lisa,” an insider reveals. “Brandi came up with the story of their ‘friendship’ over lunch, hoping it would land her on the show.”
The source adds: “It obviously worked! And it really makes you question how much else she’s lied about over the years.”
Brandi, however, denies lying to get on the show, telling the Rumor Fix blog: “I got the show because of my friendship with Adrienne Maloof, she suggested me for the show. I am friendly with Cedric but that actually almost ruined my chances to get on the show as he is not liked on RHOBH. There is an ex-friend of mine with a major drug habit to support that went to Star and sold them several stories about me that will be coming out soon.This woman is a bottom feeder and I don’t want to pay her too much attention.”
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHOBH: On the 13th episode titled ‘Adrienne’s Fashion Show,’ Adrienne throws a lush-and-plush backyard fashion show, but brewing and stewing tension from the notorious tea party creates potential conflict. The episode airs at 9/8c tonight and a preview clip is below!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KYLE’S COMMENTS? DO YOU BELIEVE BRANDI LIED TO BRAVO? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
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Well, it appears Lisa is now pondering what happened to that close friendship she once shared with Kyle as well. In her latest Bravo blog, Lisa finally touches on the Kyle issue and she doesn’t mince her words.
Lisa makes it clear she expected loyalty from Kyle and the others during Taylor’s high school confrontation, but was surprised she didn’t get that, going on to compare Kyle and the others to “rats deserting a sinking ship.” Ouch. Lisa also reveals she regrets defending Kyle when it came to the drama with Brandi Glanville.
Below are excerpts from Lisa blog –
“I expected too much. Even though you give others support, it is still impossible to assume that you will be rewarded with the same. I learned you can’t expect loyalty to be reciprocated. Take heed. It was like rats deserting a sinking ship. I don’t want anybody to “back me.” If you believe I am right, and many had voiced the same doubts as I over the last year, then speak up. Don’t do as I had mistakenly done, in defending Kyle against Brandi when I did not have an accurate picture of what had really transpired.”
Lisa goes on to reveal she was hurt to hear Kyle confirm she had been talking behind her back to Taylor –
“What did I learn from this humiliating experience, where I was insulted so publicly? I learned to pick my battles, and I realized that the person I was dealing with had greater battles of her own. Was my pride hurt? Yes, of course. Hearing Kyle confirm Taylor’saccusations against me regarding my ego was very hurtful. But it was also enlightening, as previously I had no idea what had been said between the two of them.”
Lisa also hints that while she embraced Taylor, she realizes she was likely being manipulated –
“I embraced her, confirming, much to Kyle’s surprise, that it was time to start anew and erase all the negative feelings and many unanswered questions and extend a hand of support to somebody who desperately needed it. I really believed at that time, whether or not, I was being manipulated, that her need to have me as a friend superseded all that I felt and would just continue to feed into her insecurities.”
What an interesting blog by Lisa. I still have to wonder what caused Kyle to change towards Lisa, especially when just earlier this year she was distancing herself from Taylor following the backlash and claiming they weren’t that close. Perhaps it’s jealousy on Kyle’s part or perhaps Lisa’s ego did really get overly inflated. Either way, it just seems very shady to see her talking smack about Lisa behind her back, especially to Taylor of all people.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LISA’S BLOG? WAS KYLE DISLOYAL? IS KYLE A “RAT”? SHOULD THE OTHERS HAVE DEFENDED LISA?
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills I came to the conclusion that I am just so burned out on the Taylor, Taylor, Taylor show. And this show in general. Perhaps it’s a symptom of my profession that I watch too much Housewives!
Things pick up where they left off with Tea Party Part Deux and Camille confronting Taylor about her allegations of abuse. Camille is confused about how Taylor expects her friends to be all ecstatic about her husband when she is telling them he abuses her, yet no one sees any signs of said abuse – physical or otherwise.
Taylor calls Camille “uncool” for outing her marital issues, but Camille seems nonplussed and continues asking Taylor about the inconsistencies going on. Then, Camille pulls a total Dynasty diva moment and storms out! I wish there would be an exciting and frivolous Dynasty-style catfight on this show already. Full-scale hair pulling, sequined gown ripping, destroying of manicured lawns, all out bitch-queen catfight. Can we get on scripting this, Bravo? kthx!
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On last week’s episode, Taylor, 40, accused Lisa of mistreating her and refusing her friendship, and no we are not back in elementary school! Things took a turn for the bitchier nastier when Taylor outed her costars for talking smack about Lisa behind her back, while also trying to rile them all up to go against Lisa.
Unfortunately for Taylor, her attempt failed… miserably as the ladies ended up turning the night into an intervention for her regarding her marriage and her claims of physical abuse at the hands of her now deceased husband, Russell Armstrong.
Taylor, who hasn’t blogged all season, took to her Twitter to discuss the drama. First she appeared to be defending her awful behavior when she tweeted: “U didn’t see all the conversations. But, I love [Lisa] and were good.” This was in response to a fan telling her Lisa never said she was not her friend, but rather stated she was not masquerading as her best friend.
Taylor later added: “I was a nut case. Getting healthy,” after a fan accused her of being a nut case. Lisa, who has been rather gracious with the whole ordeal, also retweeted Taylor’s message so it appears all is well between both ladies. Taylor also had a message for her “haters,” tweeting: “I actually feel for the haters. What a waste of a life.”
Meanwhile, Camille Grammerspoke out about last week’s tea party drama, first making it clear she wasn’t a fan of Taylor’s behavior and then expressing regret for revealing Taylor’s abuse claims on camera.
Camille blogged: “The argument should have been just between Lisa and Taylor. If Taylor had any problems with Lisa, I think she should have pulled Lisa aside or took her for tea alone and discussed their issues… Some of Taylor’s stories were inconsistent which led to our confusion. It was a very touchy and difficult subject and so sad and unfortunate. All we really wanted was the best for her and to help without crossing the line.”
Camille continued, “Accusations were flying around the room. I was frustrated because Taylor basically kept accusing us of being liars and talking behind Lisa’s back. When she said nobody is being honest it struck a nerve with me. I thought, ‘OK, you might not think everyone is being honest but who is really being honest? You’re not being honest with yourself. How do we help you because I know we all tried?’ Over the last year and a half we have protected her and helped her. My frustration stemmed from her blaming others when she needed to look inside her own relationship and to also realize that we were there for her. So what I said came out of that frustration.”
“Do I regret saying it — of course! If only I could have broached the subject better, I would have. At the time emotions were running high. Not just with me, but Lisa chimed in too. We were so frustrated. I was truly concerned for Taylor and that’s the hard part. I wanted to be there for her. I did offer that she and Kennedy could move into my home… I regret now what I said during this episode. And I apologized. I felt absolutely terrible. All I wanted to do was help my friend,” added Camille.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHOBH. On the 12th episode this season titled ‘The Great Divide,’ friendships are reevaluated and bitter tension is at a simmer in the wake of Lisa’s tea party. As conflict is put on the back burner, Taylor puts her focus on throwing a flashy birthday bash for her daughter.
The episode airs at 9/8c and a preview clip is below!
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