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Monday
Mar252013

"Real Housewife of Beverly Hills" Kim Richards Dishes on Reunion Show

Photo by: Joe Pugliese/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- The ladies of Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are set to battle it out Monday night on a reunion special where they will hash out all of the drama from season three. Star Kim Richards is already spilling the tea on what fans can expect, including exactly what happened to her in Paris.

During season two, fans saw Richards finally admit to a substance abuse problem, and it seemed that during their recent trip to Paris in season three that she had fallen off the wagon. Richards told ABC News that wasn't true, and she instead blamed her behavior on a "medication mix-up."

Richards also revealed that things were scarier than they seemed in Paris because she had serious medical complications from the mix-up. "I had a couple seizures when I was there, which I had had when I first came home from treatment as well. And they were scary for me," she explained.

Richards is feeling better and admits her gloves were off at the recent taping of the reunion episode. And her target may not surprise viewers: Yolanda Foster. "I address some things with her that maybe she's not happy about, but I like Yolanda a lot. I say it like it is. I don't lie," she said vaguely.

Richards also confirmed reports that Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof didn't attend the taping, saying, "I wish everybody had been there I should say. One, it would've been more fun for all of us to be there and two, it would've given everybody a chance to say what they need to say."

And will she return next season? Richards said we'll "have to wait and see" if she returns for season four.

The former child star, best known for her role in the movie Escape to Witch Mountain, also revealed to ABC News Radio that originally she and sister Kyle Richards, who is also on Housewives, were supposed to star in a reality show with their half-sister, Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton's mom.

"You know we were planning to do something else at the time. The three of us were going to do something before Kyle and I jumped onto the Housewives," Richards said. “…Who knows what the future holds.”

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hits Bravo TV on Monday, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time with the season finale. The Reunion: Part 1 episode airs immediately afterwards at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar262012

Camille Grammer Leaving "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife, Camille Grammer, is leaving the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after two seasons.

A source tells People magazine, "She's been in discussions and at the end decided she wasn't willing to expose her personal life anymore." The source adds that the 43-year-old Grammer is "ready for new challenges."

Grammer herself puts a different spin on her exit. She tells Us Weekly, "I can't say too much at this moment, but we couldn't get it worked out."

Grammer's divorce from Kelsey Grammer was finalized last year. Last month, they agreed to joint custody of their two children.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan102012

Report: 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Out of Rehab

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has checked out of rehab after a month of treatment and is "doing well,” a source tells Us Weekly.

The 47-year-old Richards recently split with Ken Blumenfeld, and her stint in rehab made her unavailable to tape the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special, which will air later this year.

Richards' bizarre behavior was a major part of the reality show's second season.  In one episode, she was informed that she was taking too many prescription drugs and was exhibiting a sedated appearance and slurred speech.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec062011

Report: 'Real Housewife of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards in Rehab

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards, one of the stars of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has entered rehab, ET Online exclusively reports.

Richards appeared to be battling a drinking problem on screen during the season finale of the show's first season, says the report, and sources confirm that Richards has been checked-in privately to a clinic.

Meanwhile, People Magazine says Brandi Glanvill, who is new to the reality show this season, accused Richards of being "wasted out of her f-----g mind" during a recent episode.  The accusation has been denied by Richards.

In another episode, it was revealed that Richards was taking anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications.

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Family of Russell Armstrong Says He Was Murdered

Michael Kovac/WireImage(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) - The family of Russell Armstrong says the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality didn't kill himself, as the Los Angeles Coroner's Office concluded.

According to TMZ, his family insists Armstrong's August 15th death by hanging was murder, spurred by the fact that Armstrong was in severe financial trouble.

Russell's family believes money problems led him to deal "with the wrong people," a source tells the gossip site. TMZ says Armstrong's family reportedly believes Russell "may have screwed someone over out of desperation and that person or persons retaliated by killing him."  The report says the family plans to hire a private investigator.  Armstrong's death was discussed by other cast members during the reality show's second season premiere this past Monday on Bravo.


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Tuesday
Sep062011

'Real Housewives' Gather to Discuss Husband's Suicide

Happier Times. In this photo from last season, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Russell and Taylor Armstrong (L) celebrate Taylor's birthday. Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills got off to an unconventionally somber start Monday when the cast of the hit reality TV series got together to discuss the recent suicide of cast member Taylor Armstrong's husband Russell Armstrong.

The season premiere kicked off with an introduction that was taped last week, which had the cast gathered at housewife Adrienne Maloof's home. The controversial episode, which aired on the Bravo network just three weeks after Russell Armstrong took his life, featured cast members sharing their feelings about his suicide and speculating on reasons why he killed himself.

"I mean there's plenty of men that you know their wives hate them," Kyle Richards said on Monday night's premiere. "But you know they don't kill themselves. She cannot feel responsible for that. Nobody can. It was his choice."

Richards, an actress and the aunt of fellow reality television star Paris Hilton, went on to speculate on the reasons for the venture capitalist's suicide. There was no note found when Armstrong's body was found at his Los Angeles home Aug. 15 after he apparently hung himself. He was 47.

"Financial status is so important [here], you need to keep this front of what you have. "That's all he ever wanted to be -- be successful and be a venture capitalist…when it all went down the tubes it was too much pressure," she said.

At the time of his death, Armstrong was more than $1.5 million in debt as a result of trying to keep up with expectations for the lavish lifestyle portrayed on the show, his lawyer told ABC News.

Richards' husband Mauricio Umansky also shared his feelings on the death of his friend.

"I've gone from you know feeling really sad, to at times you know … have felt very angry, wanting to think that it's … a very selfish act," he said.

After Armstrong's suicide there was much speculation as to whether Bravo would air the upcoming season of the show, which was said to heavily focus on the unraveling of the marriage of the Armstrongs.

After adjustments, Armstrong will reportedly not appear in the first four episodes, producer Douglas Ross told NBC Tuesday.

"When we heard about the tragedy, of course all hearts went out to Taylor," Ross said. "But we, with all of the network, took a hard look at the show and … we decided to make some adjustments where appropriate in light of the circumstances."

Though Taylor Armstrong did not appear on the season premiere's introduction, she was featured on one of the episode's tensest moments, filmed before her husband's death, when she discussed her rapidly unraveling marriage.

"We're knee deep into so much psycho therapy that I'm sick of myself," Armstrong said.

At that point, housewife Lisa Vanderpump's husband Ken Todd tells her: "If I had to go to see a therapist to make my marriage better, I would feel weak."

Melanie Bromley, West Coast bureau chief of Us Weekly magazine told ABC News that there will most likely be similar moments coming down the pipeline.

"They think it's the right decision to continue on with the show but to make some changes in the edit room. And that means to edit out a lot of Russell's appearances, she said. "They're already showing us that they're not going to cut out every single part of this story."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep052011

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Returns After Armstrong's Suicide

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo Monday night just three weeks after Russell Armstrong's suicide.

Armstrong, the estranged husband of housewife Taylor Armstrong, was found dead at his Los Angeles home Aug. 15 after apparently hanging himself. He was 47.

The tragedy brought into question whether the show's second season, taped six months ago, would air.

The dramatic decline of Armstrong's marriage was rumored to be a focus of season two. But after adjustments, Armstrong will not appear in the first four episodes, producer Douglas Ross told NBC on Monday.

Despite their marital woes, Taylor Armstrong had said she still wanted her husband to be close to their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy.

"I hope we can co-parent as healthy as possible," she told People Magazine in July, adding that her marriage had become abusive. "He's an amazing dad, and I want her to still think her dad is the greatest guy on the planet."

At the time of his death, Armstrong was more than $1.5 million in debt as a result of trying to keep up with expectations for the lavish lifestyle portrayed on the show, his lawyer told ABC News.

Responding to his estranged wife's allegations of abuse, Armstrong told People, "Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were… This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Ross said the cast will reflect on Armstrong's death and try to put season two into perspective in Monday's premier.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep012011

Bravo Says It Won't Postpone Season Premiere of 'Real Housewives'

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bravo will not postpone next week’s season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, despite the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of star Taylor Armstrong.

Bravo Media president Frances Berwick on Wednesday announced that the show will begin its second season as planned next Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Berwick said, "Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere.  Re-editing of the episodes is still underway."

Berwick also announced that the cable network will air public service announcements raising awareness of suicide prevention during the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  He made no mention of a recent Los Angeles Times report stating that the show’s cast members have taped interviews specifically regarding Armstrong.

Armstrong committed suicide on Aug. 15. His marital problems had been a storyline in previous episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Russell Amstrong 911 Call: 'My Friend Just Hanged Himself'

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A 911 call made by an unidentified friend of Real Housewives star Russell Armstrong has been released.

Armstrong had been staying at a friend’s home when he was found dead — a suicide — on Aug. 15.  During the call, the shaken friend tells the 911 operator, “My friend just hanged himself...do you understand? Come over here.”

The friend also reveals that Armstrong’s five-year-old daughter is in the house at the time, and can be heard telling Armstrong’s wife, Taylor Armstrong, “Have your daughter go away, please.”

Taylor Armstrong is crying during the call, and the friend attempts to calm her down. Taylor can be heard uttering, “I need my psychiatrist.”

The release of the 911 call comes a week after Armstrong’s funeral and word of another mystery. One day after Russell Armstrong was found hanging in a Beverly Hills home, Armstrong’s friend and business partner committed suicide.

Alan Schram was found dead outside his car on Mulholland Drive on Aug. 16.  The L.A. County coroner ruled the death a suicide. He died from a gunshot to the head.

The two men met when they joined the high net-worth investment group Tiger 21. According to TMZ, Schram and Armstrong developed a close friendship after joining the elite group.

Unlike Armstrong, who was $1.5 million in debt, Schram’s financial situation remains unknown. He did not leave a suicide note.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug312011

'Real Housewives' Stars Addressing Suicide in Season Premiere

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had been wondering how the show would address the Aug. 15 suicide of Russell Armstrong, the ex-husband of co-star Taylor Armstrong.  Bravo has apparently found an answer.

It had been reported the network was re-editing the upcoming season, which was said to have focused on the Armstrongs' deteriorating marriage.  But a source tells The Los Angeles Times that Taylor Armstrong's co-stars -- Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Kim Richards,  Adrienne Maloof, and Camille Grammer -- were summoned on Monday to film interviews so producers could mine their reactions to Armstrong's suicide.  It's not yet known if the segments will be used for a stand-alone special, the paper explains.

The season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is still set for Sept. 5.  The Times says the original installment was going to feature Taylor looking for lingerie to help her rocky -- and by many accounts, abusive -- marriage, and was to feature her talking about her efforts to attempt marriage counseling.  It's not known if that focus will survive the re-edit.

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