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Patricia Altschul’s Butler Michael Kelcourse Had A Stroke

Listen, someone’s gotta bring some charm to Southern Charm. It all just happens to come from one secondary character, Michael The Butler. He sure does bring enough to make up for everyone else’s shit. We have Patricia Altschul to thank for bringing this man into our lives and onto our screens. Though I find the ringing bell to be a bit 17th century, I can appreciate the camp she’s trying to bring. Get yours, Pat.

Michael has been a fan favorite since his first appearance on screen. He’s just a total peach. He is always mixing up a drink, primping some floofy dog, or casually rubbing Cameran Eubanks‘ feet to induce labor. Of course, he and Cam have a special bond. She famously dressed her dog as Michael for Halloween a few years back. A true sign you’ve made it. There’s also the infamous scene of Michael driving through McDonald’s in a Bently. The man, the butler, the legend. Loving this guy is probably the one thing all Bravo fans can agree on.

Unfortunately, Page Six has reported Michael has recently suffered an acute spinal cord stroke. Patricia’s son Whitney Sudler-Smith said, “I am sorry to inform you that Michael, affectionately known as ‘Michael The Butler’, recently suffered an acute spinal cord infarction which is often called a ‘spinal cord stroke.’”

Whitney added, “Although this tragedy has caused significant nerve damage and impairment, with the help of the outstanding physicians at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, we are hopeful Michael will soon recover. Thank you for respecting Michael’s privacy during this challenging time.”


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While Atlanta may seem out of the way for the Charlestonian, Shepherd Center is one of the highest ranked spinal cord rehabilitation centers in the country. (Shout out!!) And our precious Michael deserves only the absolute best.

Michael has worked for Patricia for the last 17 years! And while fans have speculated forever, Patricia insists that their relationship is strictly professional. A shame, really.


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Patricia has not made a public statement about Michael’s recent hospitalization. It is noted that last Wednesday she commented to a fan on Instagram that Michael would be getting his COVID-19 vaccine on that Friday. Mazel! In the meantime, we’re sending all our love and well-wishes to Michael.


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