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    Red face Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    I KNOW I'm not the only one here who watched but I'll be the first to admit it!

    Taylor is so obsessed with her hubby finding a younger woman that she'll probably turn herself into a freak. That PS scene would scare me off injectibles if I were ever considering it!!! Oh and check this put! If she has income he ain't going anywhere!

    Husband of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Taylor Armstrong Filed for Bankruptcy | TMZ.com

    I was surprised to see Kelsey Grammer on the show. I thought he didn't want Camille to do it??? I bet he hooked up with his current GF on his year long trip to NY. I wonder if we'll see the marriage implode on the show? She defends having four nannies but you shouldn't have to ask how your own damned kids are doing imo.

    And Lisa! Her hubz calls her a sex object because she always objects? $10 says he's hitting the Kato living in their house.

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    no you are not, i watched it too.

    a few thoughts:

    taylor - scary lips. that's all i see when she is on screen.

    camille - seems nice but sad. her identity seemed wrapped up in kelsey.

    lisa - she made me laugh.

    the escape from witch mtn sister - pathetic. still riding the wave of her career as a child star from >35 years ago. looks rode hard and put away wet.

    other sister - seems ok.

    ms maloof - can't say much about her yet.

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    About Camille-looks like we'll see the breakup unfold. The previews for the whole season showed them at the Tony Awards and she was saying how it was hard to do the public event knowing her marriage was ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    no you are not, i watched it too.

    a few thoughts:

    taylor - scary lips. that's all i see when she is on screen.

    camille - seems nice but sad. her identity seemed wrapped up in kelsey.

    lisa - she made me laugh.

    the escape from witch mtn sister - pathetic. still riding the wave of her career as a child star from >35 years ago. looks rode hard and put away wet.

    other sister - seems ok.

    ms maloof - can't say much about her yet.

    Yes Taylor has an awful face. It's very tight and harsh and those lips are atrocious.

    The blonde sister from witch mountain (I think I'll just call her that from now on) looks aged, stressed out and severely co-dependent with her kids.

    Maloof chick - she seems okay. Of course it was only the first episode so who knows what will happen.

    Kyle, I think her name is - the other witch mountain sister. She annoys me. Freaking out on the plane and such. Just annoyed me in general.
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    Kim Richards. I always liked her when I was young, she certainly has issues.
    They all kind of annoy me but as time goes on maybe it will get better
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    Are "The Real Housewives" really flesh-eating zombies?
    Why do Bravo's trussed-up middle-aged stars have so much in common with "The Walking Dead's" rotting corpses?
    By Heather Havrilesky

    They can barely speak, or formulate a cohesive thought. They can't see clearly. They plod forward at an excruciating pace, stumbling clumsily over each other to get closer to the camera. They are easily distracted by bright lights, and shiny things. But they are so hungry, so ravenous! And that makes them vicious.

    Yes, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (9 p.m. Thursdays on Bravo) are just as terrifying as the others of their kind. In fact, these housewives soaking in the relentless Southern Californian sun, sucking in the toxic, smoggy air, injecting themselves with the finest biochemical concoctions money can buy, rubbing bony elbows with the rich and famous but never getting close enough to the camera to assuage their oversized egos may be even more frightening than the rest of their brood. They've come close to the holy grail of fame, but have never sipped from its coveted chalice. And that is what they desire, more than money, more than enormous mansions, more than breasts as buoyant as overinflated water wings. They want to be celebrities, damn it. Sure, they have everything a woman could ever want, but they're still starving for more, more, more!

    In fact, switching back and forth between AMC's upcoming zombie apocalypse "The Walking Dead," (premieres 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31) and Bravo's latest installation in the "Real Housewives" franchise, it's tough to say which specter of dystopian despair chills me to the bone more completely. Here we have a zombie, cut off at the torso, dragging itself through the grass like a fish. But over here, we have Camille, Kelsey Grammer's wife, who has four nannies, 17 acres and a private jet, but still needs to "get a little attention" for herself, according to her husband. Here we have a chained door with the words "Dead Inside, Do Not Open" written across it. Over here, though, we find Kim, a worried-looking mom who confesses that she doesn't have a life outside of her children. Here we have a drooling, plodding zombie with dead eyes, throwing itself into the path of danger just for a taste of human flesh. But over here, we encounter Taylor, a leggy blonde who says, "I was almost envious, in some respects, of people who were content in living the middle-class lifestyle that they had. It would've been much easier not to have such enormous aspirations. It's a lot of pressure."

    These teetering bubble-boobed zombies are their own worst enemies, you see. They sometimes wish that they were just lumpy and average and sat around in their soft pants eating jalapeno poppers and watching "Oprah" like the rest of the gals they knew back in high school. Life would be so much simpler, if only they had never been afflicted by the Bimbola virus, passed along when you spot a bubble-boobed zombie on the street somewhere, and instead of running for your life (like a normal person might), you think, "I have shiny, long hair, too. Why am I not filthy rich like that starving sea donkey getting into that Aston Martin over there?" "I was a child star, and everyone loved me. Now that I'm older, why don't I get tons of attention from strangers, like Carmen Electra does?" "I have an anxiety disorder, an eating disorder and a compulsive personality. So why can't I afford a pair of $3,000 hooker stilettos?"

    Once the virus sets in, all hope is lost. You may not have a hunger for reality TV shows about idle rich people, but if you've watched lots of zombie movies, then you already know a lot about "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills":

    1. They're agonizing to watch. Whether they're dragging their feet across the ground, moaning, their eyes rolling back in their heads, or fidgeting through a dinner with their dismissive, high-roller husbands, Real Housewife zombies are torturous to endure onscreen and that's the point, really. Just as the appeal of zombies lies in their uncanny knack for creating suspense and dread, for sticking their dead fingers through little cracks in the barely open window or lurking in the pitch-black basement, the appeal of Real Housewife zombies lies in their ability to systematically destroy everything around them, using only their tumultuous emotions, their weak ego boundaries and their misguided attempts at fame-seeking. Like the undead, they won't sleep until the world is in flames and the few remaining surviving non-zombies are crouching in their hidey holes, weeping into their hands, begging for mercy from this plague of terror or at the very least, watching their show on Bravo.

    2. They're not human. Not really. The truly challenging thing about zombies is that you feel like you should have empathy for them, but you just don't. Shooting zombie women and zombie children in the face in zombie movies might bring a tinge of guilt, but it's necessary if you're going to avoid getting eaten alive. In fact, one of the real joys of zombie movies is that they afford a rare opportunity to detest other humanlike nonhumans with impunity. Similarly, the "Real Housewife" franchise presents gaggles of humanlike women who, upon closer inspection, aren't really human at all. Look closely at them. Stare into their eyes. Remember Linda Hamilton in "Terminator" (huge neck, sinewy arms)? Now think of Pamela Anderson (sculpted, Botoxed tigress face, plumped up lips) and Bruce Jenner (plastic, unmoving features that approximate his boyish self the way a figure in a wax museum might). It's hard to empathize with a Madame puppet, isn't it? This unnatural, plastic quality makes the Real Housewife zombies easier to hate which is, after all, the whole point.

    3. They're starving. But do they crave a triple cheeseburger, or a hunk of your flesh? Who can tell? The only thing that's clear is that these Real Housewife zombies are absolutely famished, and it's making them very, very anxious. Why else would Kim, an unmarried mom already struggling to raise four kids, talk wistfully about wanting another baby? "Babies bring so much joy to a home," she says, as if she's talking about a new vase of flowers or an in-ground swimming pool. And how else could Camille Grammer imagine that appearing on a zombie reality show presents "an opportunity for me to show that I'm my own person"? With deranged comments like these floating around, you have to remember: These are women who spend most of their time off-camera running on treadmills or struggling through kickboxing workouts or jogging through their enormous estates with their personal trainers. They're delirious with hunger, and that makes them unpredictable -- just ask the mob of zombies who eat a horse alive in "The Walking Dead." Thankfully, most zombies are very slow-moving (except for NYC Housewife zombie Bethenny Frankel, of course, and that's why she's scarier than those speedy undead bastards from "28 Days Later").

    4. They'd eat your face off for a chance at superstardom. Some scientists have theorized that the Bimbola virus actually infects small girls at a young age, via Disney princess movies. Once young ladies are inflicted with this virus, they spend every second imagining themselves the belle of every ball, imagining that their entire success in life hinges on the spotlight hitting their glittery gowns at just the right angle to catch Prince Charming's (or the 18-49 demographic's) fancy. While in the early stages, the virus creates a crippling compulsion to twirl and twirl and twirl in front of the mirror, humming, "So this is love, hmmm, so this is love!", as the virus matures and mutates, it creates other side effects, like an urge to flat-iron your hair or wear leopard prints. Although milder cases resolve by early adulthood, severe sufferers find themselves seeking out the spotlight, no matter what the cost, through their 30s and 40s, whether that means wearing size 2 booty pants to PTA meetings or letting the nanny tuck the kids into bed while they wait in long lines behind velvet ropes to get into nightclubs where other afflicted souls wander, their eyes full of empty longing. The bottom line is that Real Housewife zombies would rip your arm out of its socket and ingest it in a few minutes flat, if that could guarantee them an invite to P. Diddy's mansion or a guest appearance on some terrible talk radio show. (No, the undead don't exactly aim high.)

    5. They show no mercy. In a related note, the more driven to become perfect and famous and special the zombie housewives are, the more dangerous they become even to their friends and family. Just listen to zombie housewife Kyle talking about her sister, Kim. "Kim has really made her kids so much the focus of her life that she doesn't have a lot of great girlfriends. She's very isolated." "Kim has always been a big spender ... She definitely has an issue with spending." "Kim is a very codependent person." At the end of the episode, Kyle confesses that when her mother was on her deathbed, she made Kyle promise that she'd look after poor Kim, but sometimes Kyle thinks she's going to have to break her promise. Could a living, breathing member of the human race say something so condescending about her own sister in front of a national TV audience? Of course not. Zombies are foul, unforgiving creatures that should be avoided at all costs except when you can observe them from a safe distance (and cringe and giggle and sneer, then toss and turn in bed all night).

    6. There are no happy endings here. Things will end badly for zombies and Real Housewife zombies alike, no matter what. And even though you know that these zombies will destroy everything in their paths, self-destruct, decompose slowly, or all of the above, you still can't look away. When Taylor says that there are hot girls everywhere to tempt her venture capitalist husband ("Like, oh lord, he's gonna leave me for a 20-year-old!") and then she lays out her exit strategy ("I don't want to put myself in a position where I don't have the ability to care for myself, in the event that one of these days, you know, the younger better thing comes along. And you know, things happen!"), it's just like that scene in every zombie movie where the unseeing zombie walks straight into an axe-wielding hero. Taylor's husband is as good as gone. Why bother getting painful filler injections (as Taylor does in the first episode) to look younger, when you're already convinced that random 20-somethings on the street will appeal to your husband more than you do? We know Taylor is going down, and we're going to have to witness every torturous moment of self-doubt and self-annihilation along the way.

    Of course, thanks to the tabloids, we know that Camille Grammer is going down, too. But how many other innocent souls will she take down with her? We won't know that until the last terrible screams ring out and the final credits roll. Only one thing is for certain: This show will give you nightmares.
    Are "The Real Housewives" really flesh-eating zombies? - Heather Havrilesky - Salon.com

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    I'll admit. I'm watching it too.

    This is the first of the "Housewives of ____" that I've watched.

    I'll totally feel sorry for Kim Richards. She seems she can't form a thought without getting someone's approval.

    And the younger sister, Kyle treats Kim like a dumb-ass. The way Kyle and Kim's daughter were texting each other about Kim, right in front of Kim was so 7th grade! How disrespectful!

    I can't watch Camille. Just something about her.....

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    Just bring back my orange county girls lol. B Hills is way over the top but yes Im watching
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    Camille Grammer: Kelsey Got Me on Housewives So He Could Cheat



    Kelsey and Camille Grammer's marriage of 13 years was seemingly intact when Camille signed on to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which debuted two weeks ago on Bravo.

    Yet this past July, as the show filmed, actor Kelsey, 55, filed for divorce from Camille -- and quickly stepped out with new love, 29-year-old flight attendant Katye Walsh. (Walsh sadly miscarried their child in September.)

    Camille now charges that her soon-to-be ex lobbied to get her on the Bravo series in order to facilitate an affair with Walsh. Kelsey moved from Malibu to NYC to star in a revival of Broadway show La Cage Aux Folles, still running now.

    "Looking back, maybe he wanted to keep me preoccupied in California while he was off having his affair in New York," the ex Playboy model, who has two young children with the actor, tells the New York Post.

    Although Camille talks on the show of stepping out of her Emmy-winning hubby's shadow, she tells the Post "I really didn't want to do" Housewives. "I think it was more Kelsey's agenda. I was very reluctant, because I am a very private person."

    (Sources tell the Post that Camille, not Kelsey, first expressed interest in doing Housewives.)

    The split, naturally, will play out on future episodes of the show, and Camille's still upset with Kelsey.

    "I don't respect what he did to me and my family," says the new reality star. "I am not happy with the way it went down. When I signed on, I didn't think I would be going through a divorce in the middle of a reality show."

    Still, she adds: "He was my best friend. I hope when the dust settles we can remain friends."



    it's like she can't help but constantly dance in a way that she thinks is seductively (aka strippery) and it really bugs me.

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    Yeah, there's something about Camille that I just don't like. She sounds desperate to prove how wealthy she is, and how much stuff they have. Still, it's shitty to cheat on anyone, even her.

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    No offense to anyone who has used a surrogate, but this woman just seems so uninterested in being a mother. She hired a surrogate and has 4 nannies to take care of two children and she really doesn't work...hence the 'Housewife" title.

    Again, not saying you have to carry a child to be a mother, but she just seems a bit disengaged.

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    To Beverly Hills 'Housewives,' their 'struggle' is relative



    To Beverly Hills 'Housewives,' their 'struggle' is relative - latimes.com

    More nannies than children, private jets, $50,000 birthday parties it's exhausting being wealthy.

    By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times

    The cast members of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" insist they're not ladies who lunch. Ignore the fact that they're at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills shortly before noon poking at platters topped with ahi tuna tartare, crispy rock shrimp, and smoked salmon pizza.

    "This is a rarity. Really, it is," said Lisa Vanderpump-Todd, one of the newest inductees to the "Housewives" franchise who also happens to own the restaurant. "We're really not women who lunch. I mean, look at these ladies. Do they look like they eat?"


    Taking a semi-break from their whirlwind press tour, the women are nibbling on their food and excusing themselves while they take calls from their kids.

    Bringing the "real" to Rodeo Drive are former child actors (and sometimes feuding sisters) Kim and Kyle Richards, a.k.a. Paris Hilton's aunts; Vanderpump-Todd, a sharp-tongued British restaurateur; Camille Grammer, a former dancer known mostly for her marriage to Kelsey Grammer; Taylor Armstrong, an Oklahoma native who runs a consulting firm; and Adrienne Maloof, whose family owns the Las Vegas Palms Casino Resort and the Sacramento Kings, and who is married to Paul Nassif, a cosmetic surgeon featured on E!'s reality series "Dr. 90210."

    They say they're looking to combat the stereotypes that shadow them no matter how close to the truth those labels may be.

    "Society has this image of the Beverly Hills woman walking down Rodeo Drive with her poodle, eating bonbons," said Vanderpump-Todd, who is almost never too far away from Giggy, her pint-sized pooch. "But that's not the case. I mean, Giggy doesn't walk. Giggy gets carried," she deadpanned.

    Armstrong chimed in, more earnestly: "Just because we live in this Zip Code, doesn't mean we don't struggle."

    Struggle is in the eye of the beholder, of course. In the show's Oct. 14 premiere episode, which drew more than 1.5 million viewers, Grammer laments, "God this is going to sound so obnoxious," when she talks about flying in private jets, or "This is going to sound crazy, don't judge me" before informing viewers that she employs four nannies for her two children. In the same episode, the women fly in a private jet to a catch a Sacramento Kings home game. Later in the season, Armstrong will throw a $50,000 birthday party for her 4-year-old daughter.

    "People are always like, these aren't real housewives," Kyle said. "We are real housewives. But there's also the housewife that's home, doing laundry all day with six kids who's trying to hold three jobs. Not every housewife is the same."

    Andy Cohen, Bravo's senior vice president of original programming and development agrees with many fans that believe this cast represents what the "Housewives" brand originally set out to be. "We're going back to our roots with these ladies," Cohen said. "We're back to the West Coast and we found some women who live very aspirational, over-the-top lives."

    Since the Orange County version launched in 2006, the "Real Housewives" chain has expanded to include New York, Atlanta, New Jersey and most recently, Washington, D.C. The franchise has built its reputation on cat fights and controversy and the Beverly Hills cast is no different, with two of the 'Housewives' (Kim and Camille) admitting to quitting the show for a few weeks during production.

    Sometimes the reality of the drama is a little too real, with marriages ending in shambles. Orange County 'Housewife' Vicki Gunvalson recently filed for divorce from husband Donn, while Luann de Lesseps ("Real Housewives of New York City"), Tamra Barney (" Real Housewives of Orange County"), and DeShawn Snow ( "Real Housewives of Atlanta"), all initiated divorces after appearing on TV. In the Beverly Hills division, viewers watch the dissolution of Grammer's marriage.

    "I knew stuff was happening because he wasn't returning my calls, or my texts," Grammer said. "We weren't communicating and I knew something wasn't right."

    The former Playboy model filed for divorce from the "Frasier" star in July after 13 years of marriage. Not exactly what she had in mind when she expressed her desire to break free from his shadow and show that she is a "real person" in the first episode.

    And her fellow 'Housewives' are all too aware of the pressure on their marriages. As Maloof noted, "Everything's on tape and that can cause issues."

    But it's the dynamic within the 'Housewives' sorority that has made the franchise a success.

    "We're like 'Sex and the City," Grammer said. "We argue but in the end we find a way to all come back together."

    Or at least they find a way to tolerate each other. At times during lunch, Kim interjected random ramblings about her line of water bottles or took shots at Taylor "Taylor wants everybody to know she's the youngest. We keep hearing that!" Her unfiltered musings didn't go unnoticed, with the women whispering and tapping each other not-so-inconspicuously.

    Yet the women maintain that there's more to their crew than petty arguments.

    "We do have those dynamics but a lot of our show is not about bitchy cat fighting," Vanderpump-Todd said. "Viewers will follow our journey in business and our family lives. There's a little more to it. There's a lot more to us. There's a lot more to Beverly Hills."

    Is Beverly Hills' mayor concerned that Bravo has put forth these women as national ambassadors for the area?

    "The way I look at it, Beverly Hills is the center of fashion, sophistication and energy," Jimmy Delshad said. "The show really brings out those three elements."

    Despite the potential over-the-top drama and stereotypes, he said he suspects the series will "have a very positive effect on Beverly Hills."

    Most of the women don't live in the Beverly Hills Zip Code, but rather the lavish "Platinum Triangle" that includes, Beverly Park, Bel Air and Holmby Hills. But real estate technicalities aren't causing the women anxiety at this moment. Beverly Hills is a state of mind for them.

    With lunch over and paparazzi lurking outside, staying in touch with that mind-set is the priority.

    For Armstrong, it means leaving behind a bag of leftovers.

    "I don't want to be photographed with that."

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    She doesn't want to be photographed with a bag of leftovers??? Oh, fuck! Give me a break about your "struggles" you worthless twat!

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    For some bizarre reason I like Kyle and Adrienne. I don't understand why.

    Camille seems desperate to be known as her own person. At the same time though she can't stop talking about Kelsey. I imagine it would be hard to be married to someone that famous - especially when she obviously wants some of the fame for herself.

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    Taylor reminds me of a Southpark Canadian.

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