I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Reunion Part 1
The reunion is here! Nothing earth shattering but it never ceases to amaze me how the villains and the good guys change so frequently on this show.
I don’t think too many will argue that Camille was most definitely the villain throughout most of the season, Taylor seemed to hold only a supporting role in the cast and Kyle was the heroin of the cast. How things change…
I was shocked at how childish Taylor acted throughout the reunion. She turned the tables on Kim when asked about “going Oklahoma” on Kim’s ass. Rather than just saying “wow I showed my ass-hat that night” (thanks Rich Amons) Taylor could have apologized and said it was a really stupid thing to say, either she had one too many glasses of wine or was just angry and it came out. Own it!
Instead of owning it, Taylor said that Kim needed to learn some manners and she turned to Kyle and said asked if she should bring up Kim’s state of mind at the table that night. I think we all know that Taylor is eluding to the fact that Kim may have been drinking that night but that still wouldn’t have excused Taylor’s behavior. In any case, Taylor didn’t have the guts to actually go there and tell everyone what she was talking about. Kyle didn’t tell Taylor not to go there, in fact she didn’t respond to her at all. Andy asked Taylor what she was referring to and Taylor cowardly said she would leave that for a later discussion. If you’re going to go there Taylor, go there, don’t play your stupid games. Taylor is a snake! She is immature and truly needs to grow up. Her antics are making her look really bad right now.
Taylor wouldn’t own her part in getting Camille all riled up in New York either. She continues to claim that she was simply telling Camille that she actually had a conversation with Kim Richards. I’m sure Camille was enthralled with that tidbit of information, it was clear to me that Taylor used that as an opening, giving her an opportunity to tell Camille the topic of discussion at LAX. Taylor was aiming for Kim but instead threw Kyle under the bus that night and the only one who seems to be able to see that clearly is Lisa. Kyle doesn’t hold Taylor responsible and has even become closer to Taylor since this incident. Is Kyle that naïve or is Kyle happy that the argument continues?
Taylor was asked about the $60k price tag for her daughter’s 4th birthday party, she was also asked what she plans for the child’s 5th birthday. Taylor’s comment about just going to play on the swing set in Kyle’s backyard rather than throwing a big party seemed to be a dig at Kyle. She seemed to be saying that she wasn’t going to go all out for Kennedy’s 5th birthday, she’d do the exact opposite and slum it in Kyle’s backyard. Taylor is passive aggressive. I am not a fan.
Taylor got a stick up her butt about Kim from the first time they were together, the ladies all went to Sacramento and Taylor seemed to think that everyone should kiss her ass apparently. When Kim was a bit shy, it seems as though Taylor took that personally and I think that Taylor pinpointed early on that Kim was the weakest and she’d be able to spin things since Kim doesn’t speak up for herself.
Maybe Kyle’s time will come on the second part of the reunion, she wasn’t called to the carpet for anything at this point. While Kim was called out for not having Kyle’s back, Kyle certainly didn’t have Kim’s back on the final episode. At the reunion Kyle sat there an allowed Taylor to attack Kim. Kim was asked why she didn’t stand up for Kyle at the New York dinner and Kim repeated what she’d said several times, she doesn’t want to get in the drama, Taylor interrupted saying that Kim is ok with getting involved in drama as long as it was drama involving Taylor. Kyle again remained silent.
When that New York episode originally aired I had to agree with Kyle in thinking that Kim should have spoken up and defended Kyle but now that we see Kyle sit back and allow Kim to be attacked, maybe Kyle got what she deserved. To allow Taylor to completely rip Kim apart the way that she did on tonight’s episode and for Kyle to say absolutely nothing showed the real Kyle. I am not a fan.
The final episode showed how poorly Kyle treats her sister. Kyle walked into that argument between Kim and Taylor automatically assuming that Kim was the instigator and that Kim was wrong. The argument escalated between the sisters because Kyle insisted that Kim not be allowed to leave the party and then by jumping into that limo with a negative attitude toward Kim, still not knowing what happened. Taylor had passed the ass-hat to Kyle and she wore it well.
Even as they filmed the reunion, Kyle had seen the final episode by that time. Kyle knew that it was Taylor who aggressively went after Kim at that party yet Kyle continues to sit there allowing Taylor to attack Kim without saying a word. Not only did Kyle remain silent but her smirks, smiles and laughs all pointed toward her support of Taylor.
Obviously there is a whole lot more to Kim and Kyle’s battle than what we’ve seen, a lifetime of pain and resentment exists between these sisters. Kim feels that she worked through her childhood so that Kyle could have everything she ever wanted, Kim supported the family financially including buying Kyle her first car. Kyle feels that she’s supported Kim since their mother passed away and that she has taken on the burden of a broken and alcoholic sister. I would have liked to see more support of one another, regardless of what has happened between these two women, I think that on camera they should show a united front for the world.
Camille was the main focus of tonight’s reunion. She used her divorce as an excuse for basically everything that she did and said. I think that to a point, it was a valid excuse but she did go a bit too far, to the point where Andy actually asked her when she knew that Kelsey was leaving her.
I have to question her timeline a bit here. We watched Kelsey leaving town and Camille’s tearful goodbye to her husband. Camille said that at the beginning Kelsey would call several times a day, then it slowed to a few times a day then the calls turned to text messages and finally silence from Mr. Grammer. That couldn’t have happened overnight. It isn’t reasonable for Camille to expect us to believe that all of her bad behavior can be pinned on the divorce.
For example, when Camille decided that she and Kelsey would no longer do business with Kyle’s husband Maricio, Camille must have been pretty secure in her marriage to have come up with something like that. She obviously still felt comfortable enough to speak for her husband. When Camille did her version of the “I’m up here and you’re down here” thing in regards to Kelsey vs. Maricio she didn’t have a clue that Kelsey was leaving her. That being said, Kelsey was awfully cold to Camille backstage on Broadway but she may have just written that off as maybe Kelsey not wanting Bravo’s cameras in his dressing room. Kelsey was kind and personable to all of the ladies at the after-party.
Cohen went a bit to far rattling off all of the adjectives that had been used to describe Camille Grammer, including being the most hated housewife in history, I’m sure many, if not all of those adjectives appeared right here on this blog as we discussed Camille over the past few months. Just when I thought the ten or twelve that he’d listed would be enough, he continued to list more. What did he expect Camille to do? Was she to say, “yes, I am all of those things and more.”?
Camille kept her composure and said that hearing all of that was hurtful. She said she thought she was unfairly judged and was devastated by the horrible press that she received. She said that she wishes she could take back some of the things that she said, going along with what she said on Watch What Happens Live. I believe that she’d like to take some things back and I believe that she is sorry that some of those things came out of her mouth.
I found Taylor’s comment here very odd, Taylor said that if anyone said those things to Camille’s face in front of her or the other Housewives, they would have serious problems. Is Taylor speaking for all five of the Housewives? Is this another threat? Is Taylor saying that we “Cowards behind our computer screens” would get some of that Oklahoma from Taylor? Since when was Taylor Camille’s protector and cheerleader? Maybe Taylor’s comments were meant for her own critics? For the record, Taylor Armstrong, I would have no problem saying anything that I’ve said here in this blog right to your face. I may have trouble keeping a straight face in light of those lips of yours but I think you’re a snake and I would happily tell you that to your face. I am not a fan.
The difference here between Taylor and Camille is that Taylor won’t admit to any wrong doing yet Camille does seem to be apologetic and remorseful.
Camille got absolutely no pity or empathy from Kyle Richards, as Bravo ran the clips of Camille’s marriage falling apart, the only one who showed any emotion was Adrienne. Camille didn’t shed a tear or even look pained while watching herself announce to the world that her husband left her.
Could Camille have been judged a bit too harshly during this show? I have to give her credit for showing some remorse. Compared to Taylor who won’t even admit to any wrongdoing, at least Camille recognizes what she had done wrong. I can see how the stress of the divorce could affect some things that we saw on the show but she did go a bit too far in blaming all of her bad behavior on Kelsey leaving, even Alex McCord wasn’t buying the story,
McCordAlex Tweeted: “Camille if it rains, is that because of the divorce too?”
Spoken like a woman who has never been through a divorce, Alex’s sentiment was shared by many but I have to say, I am cutting Camille some slack here. Divorce is hell and the way that Kelsey dumped his wife of 13-years was really lousy. The whole thing played out on television, Kelsey is a well-known and loved actor, there was another woman involved and two children to be considered. I actually think that Camille remained more composed than I would have under those circumstances. I have to give her credit for maintaining her dignity and composure.
Camille also blamed her comments about the small New York apartment on Kelsey, he was apparently the one who kept telling Camille that it wasn’t large enough for their family. In retrospect it seems as though that was Kelsey’s way of discouraging Camille from moving to New York with him. He clearly never wanted that to happen. When Camille described Kelsey’s determination that the apartment was too small, Lisa joked that maybe Kelsey was also considering his girlfriend when he said that. Again, I have to give Camille credit for laughing right along with the rest of the ladies.
Camille admitted that Kelsey may have had motive for wanting her to appear on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, perhaps he wanted Camille kept busy in LA while he pursued a new life and a new women in New York. Yes, Camille blamed editing, she said that she was set up to look bad and she blamed her state of mind on her divorce, but still she said that she wished she could take back some of the things that she said and I do give her credit for that.
Camille attempted to clear up the rumor regarding her use of a surrogate to carry her two children. The accusations that Camille didn’t want to lose her pretty figure were untrue and according to Camille, she did attempt to get pregnant. She didn’t give specifics on what was medically wrong with her, but she did address the rumors.
We did learn here that Camille attacked Faye Resnick because apparently the ladies were looking at nude photos of Camille in the limo as they left Camille’s dinner party. We did see scenes of the ladies in the limo but we weren’t shown this part of the trip. Kyle defended Faye saying that the photos were “out there” but I have to agree with Camille once again. Clearly the ladies had the photos prior to going to Camille’s home, before the blow up happened so they intended on viewing them regardless of what happened at that dinner party. Bravo’s cameras were there and most likely filmed the ladies viewing Camille’s naked photos and it could have easily appeared on air. I do see Camille’s point here when she says it was premeditated. Did Kyle, Faye and the others want this scene to be on the show? I also have to applaud Bravo for not airing that scene.
That said, Camille did have “Balls of a burgerler to throw stones when you live in a glass house.” as Kyle said. It was obviously Camille’s anger showing but because viewers didn’t see Faye passing around Camille’s naked photos, we didn’t understand why Camille was so angry with Faye, but we do now.
Camille admitted that there was no pre-nuptial agreement and while she wouldn’t put a price tag on this divorce, Cohen estimated that Camille will receive somewhere in the $40 to $50 million dollar range. We also got confirmation that Kelsey didn’t ask his new girlfriend for a pre-nuptial agreement either, Lisa chimed in that Kelsey won’t need one as he won’t have any money left. Laughs all around, including Camille, all the way to the bank.
Camille said the rumors that she was threatening to release a sex tape of her and Kelsey were not true, she claims that none exists and that she is considering doing another season of the show but that her children come first.
Each time the cameras showed Kyle’s face as Camille was speaking, you could see the pure hatred and venom. Camille admitted that she didn’t think Kyle was jealous of her, something she had been saying all season, rather than gracefully accepting that Camille admitted she was wrong, Kyle lashed out and said that Camille’s admission was only because people had been laughing at her all season for saying Kyle was jealous. Probably unnecessary on Kyle’s part.
Kyle made an excellent point about her argument with Camille, why would she encourage Camille to be on the show and then question why they would film Camille. This conversation was riddled with misunderstandings and accusations. I agree that it was Camille’s insecurities that caused her to hear things that weren’t said. Kyle may have been a bit snaky while talking to Camille and when Kyle asked Camille if she was taking any girlfriends with her to Hawaii, Camille heard that as why wasn’t she taking any of the Housewives with her.
When they both gave their versions of the conversation, it was easy to see why there were misunderstandings but the level to which this conversation grew into a full blown fight was completely unreasonable. I still believe that Taylor added fuel to the fire.
Camille called Kyle a bully and I have to say that while I agree that word is over-used, misused and has completely lost its true meaning, Kyle doesn’t let up, she’s relentless when she attacks and has absolutely no compassion. I don’t believe, as Camille does, that Kyle encouraged Camille to be on the show because she needed a target. Camille was overly sensitive and Kyle did push the issue with a little help from Taylor.
So much more happened but I will let you all discuss here in the comments, this blog has gotten really long and I really could go on for a few more pages, but I’d love to hear from all of you, what did you think of the first part of the reunion?
Part two of the reunion will air on Tuesday and will include a visit from the husbands of Beverly Hills. I am interested to hear the entire Cedric story from Lisa’s husband, Ken and what Russell has to say about his marriage to Taylor.
Don’t miss the Real Housewives of Atlanta finale on Sunday.
Bravo has released the first clip, A Preview of the Orange County Housewives:
A preview of The Real Housewives of New York’s new season and my personal letter to Jill Zarin coming soon right here on IHJZ web site.
Until Next Time…..