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9:15 pm - 12/07/2011

Did BRAVO force Kim Richards to check herself into rehab?!



According to RadarOnline, Bravo did not want another tragedy on their hands following the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong back in August, and therefore told Kim she had to go to rehab… immediately.

“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.





Real Housewives of Miami Season 2 To Begin Filming Soon! Larsa Pippen & Cristy Rice Are Out!




There will be a second season of the Real Housewives of Miami! Even better, Adriana De Moura confirms season two is set to begin filming in a few weeks, but not without a big shake up!

Adriana reveals season 1 cast members Larsa and Cristy will NOT be returning. “Larsa and Cristy are out,’ “Producers didn’t want this to go in a Basketball Wives direction. We’ll portray Miami the way it should be portrayed.’

So who will be the new housewives taking their places? Adriana has no idea though she assures us almost everyone in Miami is vying to be on the show.

“It’s so funny, when we aired, everyone said, ‘Oh that show is so bad. I don’t even watch it,’ she says. “But when they were casting, all of a sudden — I’m not going to mention names — but now half of Miami wants to be in it.’

She explains the first season didn’t work because Bravo never meant for the series to become a Real Housewives franchise. Indeed, the show was originally intended to be a Miami Social knockoff, but became a Housewives franchise during the editing process.

“That’s why we had shorter episodes and all that foolishness,’ “Now we’re hoping to beat Beverly Hills!’.

With filming set to begin in about six weeks, Adriana states she alongside Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria and Lea Black will be returning.




Kim Richards update: 'Basically homeless' before treatment!


A source tells People that Richards is "basically homeless." On a recent episode of the Bravo series, we saw her move in with her boyfriend, Ken -- a move that was so sudden it brought her sister Kyle Richards to tears.

Apparently, that particular arrangement didn't work out.

"He's not in the picture. No one really knows what the deal was with them, but Kim doesn't live with Ken," the source says. "She's basically homeless, staying with various friends. She doesn't have a home base. It's not unusual for people to not hear from her for long stretches of time. It's been that way for years."

Her behavior pre-rehab is described as "erratic." Fans have seen evidence of this on the RHOBH season, as she's slurred her words -- a symptom associated with the cocktail of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-alcoholism meds she's taking.

"Kim has been to rehab more than once before," says the source, "but every time is a new time, and everyone just hopes this sticks and that she gets the help she needs. It's serious."




Taylor Armstrong Talks Memoir & PHOTO of Her Book Cover!


Taylor has unveiled the cover of her upcoming memoir "Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within".

What does Taylor want to accomplish by writing a book about her abusive relationship? In a statement to PEOPLE, Taylor tells us what we can expect from the book which is due out in 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.”


And 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; 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.

And 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.”



Melissa Threatening To Sue Anyone That Claims She’s A Stripper!


Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’ interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.

The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”

Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”


WHEN MELISSA MET MERYL!




The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's star-studded A Magical Evening benefit gala witnessed one of the most unexpected convergences of celebrity in Hollywood history when Meryl Streep met Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Melissa Gorga! And we have exclusive details about their encounter.

That pic alone is worth a thousand whaaaaaaaaa's?

After posing with fans, the unlikely photo friends bonded over their shared New Jersey lineage. Sadly, for those of us hoping the Oscar winner was a closet Real Housewives fan, it turns out that she's never seen any of the Bravo shows. An oversight Meryl more than made up for by lavishing praise on Melissa's sexy dress.

Later in the evening, Melissa and Joe did run across some famous fans: Mark Ruffalo and his wife, Sunrise Coigney.

Turns out they love the Housewives and despite being initially wary, Mark and Sunrise quickly became Team Gorga over the course of the season.



Woman who wanted to be on 'Real Housewives' sentenced!


A woman who wanted to become one of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" was placed on 10 years of probation Wednesday for committing a state record more than $30 million in workers' compensation insurance fraud.

Devon Lynn Kile, 46, of Laguna Hills pleaded guilty in April to more than 70 felony counts, including misrepresenting facts to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and failing to file a return with the intent to evade tax, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Kile has served two years in county jail while her case was pending. If she does not successfully complete her probation, she will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, Superior Court Judge Erick Larsh ordered.

Kile's attorney Ken Chinn said he expected her to be released Thursday night.

"I thought it was a fair sentence given her involvement," he said.

"She's penniless after all of this," Chinn added, "She'll be dependant on the kindness of all her friends while she's trying to get back on her feet and trying to make the restitution."

So how do investigators know that Kile wanted to be on The Real Housewives of Orange County? Well, they found an application for the show when seizing items from her home.




Kelly: ‘I Want To Have A Baby Boy And Get Married Again’!


43-year-old Kelly Bensimon is ready to start making more babies!

The former Real Housewives of New York City star opens up about her career on the popular Bravo show and her desire to remarry and expand her family in the December issue of AVENUE magazine – and RadarOnline.com has a sneak peek.

“I definitely do want to have a baby boy,” reveals Bensimon, who has two daughters, Thaddeus “Teddy” Ann, 11, and Sea Louise, 13, with her former husband of 10 years, Gilles Bensimon, to AVENUE’s Carson Griffith.

“I definitely want to get married again. I have always wanted to be married. I’ve always wanted to be a wife.”

The former model, who became an international celebrity after appearing on the first four seasons of the hit show before being nixed along with Jill Zarin and Alex McCord in September, maintains that she has a great relationship with her children’s father.

“He lives down the street from me,” says Kelly.

“Look, do I want to be married to Gilles? No. Do I adore the ground he walks on? Yes.”




NeNe Admits 'Housewives' Drama Is Draining, But She Can't Quit It!


It's not everyday that NeNe appears on TV in a reflective mood, getting along well with a group of women.

But Wednesday on 'The Talk' the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star dropped the fiestiness that's become her reality TV trademark, and had an honest discussion about some of the perils of the 'Housewives' genre.

Aisha Tyler had a few questions about the constantly combative, drama-drenched nature of the show. "Doesn't it get exhausting, fighting all the time?" she asked. "Very exhausting, it's very negative, I'm so tired," Leakes replied. "It's very entertaining though, don't ya think?"


Tyler asked the logical follow-up question. "It's entertaining, but do you ever feel like, 'I don't want to do this anymore?'" Leakes exhaled and thought for a moment, and then admitted, "Sometimes, yeah."

But it didn't take too long for Leakes to dispatch with the niceties and get back into 'Housewives' mode. When Sharon Osbourne asked if the 'Housewives' were friends before the show, she threw a few jabs. "We were associates, yes ... and now we're not."

On her feud with LaToya Jackson on 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' she said, "I thought she was getting on my nerves, and I was like, 'Stop it, Casper.'" She acknowledged the comment was a mistake, but defiantly said she doesn't regret it. Leakes closed the segment with her bravado back in full-force. "I'm very nice ... and I'm the coolest one on the show."






'Real Housewives of New York' Filming Not Going Well!


Bravo listened to viewers for the upcoming season and fired over half the cast, including the very dramatic Jill Zarin.

Although viewers wanted the cast gone, it may have been a mistake.

Huffington Post gossip columnist Rob Shuter, who first broke the news about the RHONY firings back in September, revealed filming is NOT going well on the new season.

Apparently there is a lack of drama and Bravo is expected to make some more casting changes!

Rob tweeted: “Sad to fear filming on #RHONY not going well. Ladies have travelled to London and Miami to spice it up. Expect more cast changes!”

The Huffington Post is also reporting today that Bravo has yet to ask any of the fired housewives to return though the network did discuss having Alex make appearances on the new season right after she was fired. However, Alex reveals she declined Bravo’s offer.

“Before filming began, Bravo and I discussed me making cameos throughout the fifth season,” Alex reveals. “Eventually, I decided against it. I didn’t want to be the backup if things didn’t work out with any of the new girls.”

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