I love weddings. I mean it. I am a shameless, teary-eyed sucker for anything that has to do with weddings, well, maybe with the exception of “Bridezillas”. I love to watch “Say Yes to the Dress”, and I smile right along with the bride and her loved ones when she has found the gown of her dreams. I don’t even need to know the couple to feel a sense of celebration for them. The sight of a new bride and groom exiting a chapel accompanied by church bells can make me cry. I just can’t help myself when a dad takes that walk down the aisle with his daughter and places her hand into the hand of her soon to be husband. I hold my breath when they recite their vows and I pray that they truly understand what it means to simply say “I do.” I know that those words are filled with wonder and promise and hope mixed with a healthy dose of blind faith.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills invited us to a wedding tonight. It couldn’t have been more perfect. We got to see a beautiful couple surrounded by adoring and emotional family members, lavish flowers, stunning outfits, gorgeous food and the cutest little dog ever to have donned a tuxedo. We now know that you can have a matching trio of hair and makeup stylists. We were with Lisa and Ken as they watched their little girl become a wife. Pandora’s dance with her dad was warm and touching. We saw beautiful and happy guests, bathed in pink lights, dancing and enjoying this wonderful event. It was everything we could have hoped for from the VanderPump-Todd family and the people who live within that exclusive zip code.
This should have been the way to end this season. This should have been a gift for the viewers – a very bright spot in an otherwise gut-wrenching few months. For a very short while, we could just gaze at all of this Beverly Hills grandeur and smile at how very happy families can be.
Sadly, and predictably, Bravo acted just like those guests who you have to invite but don’t really care for. They just couldn’t leave well enough alone and let us simply enjoy an episode, free of Taylor, Kim and all of the rest of the baggage that comes with both of them.
Instead, Bravo decided that Taylor needed more air time to continue a “story line” which has brought viewers nearly to the point of insanity. I am just guessing here, but I think that this moment was meant to benefit both Taylor and Bravo. They have a lot at stake here, legally, financially and professionally. Viewers and bloggers everywhere are soundly and rightfully criticizing all of the players in this televised tragedy – real and manufactured.
Thanks to a well publicized set of internal emails between Bravo producers and the unsavory, but very vindictive and angry, Cedric, we have found that many of our doubts were not simple speculation. Someone finally let us see the type of a “wink and a nod” mentality that exists behind the scenes. That is a good thing for all of us who questioned our own levels of cynicism and imagination.
So, Bravo brought all of the women over to Kyle’s house for a group hug session. Lisa passed around wedding pictures, Camille displayed a photo of her boyfriend’s sculpted abs and Adrienne gave away her shoes. All of them told Taylor, over and over, how wonderful she looked while she assured them that she and her daughter were getting stronger every day. The joy of a wedding disappeared as quickly as a commercial break. What should have been a sweet and lovely moment was stolen, again, by the same woman who has taken an entire season, and perhaps everything around her, and made it all about Taylor.
Somehow, Dr. Paul’s colonoscopy didn’t really bother me anymore.
Hope all the critters are well today. The wedding was fun; the sentiment(s) appropriate. As it took place (2) weeks after Russell’s suicide, I was glad/relieved the h’wves didn’t “mention” it at the wedding, you know? I expected it.
Someone at Lynn’s last night (can’t remember who) commented that the one time Taylor should have been crying, she wasn’t. She was too busy reveling being the center of sympathetic attention with her prop (aka: kennedy) as she walked in the door. Who knows when it was filmed. So contrived.
I will repeat this until it comes to fruition: there is *no* way Taylor is going to document her abuse in her “memoir.” Hell – if a bunch of bloggers/viewers can come up with a timeline debunking her claims, that’s nothing compared to Simon & Schuster’s fact-checkers, and legal department. She can try to con Dr. Phil and E! or whomeverthef**k she wants with photos and interviews (which she never should have done.)
No one can debunk her claims of being abused by Russell. But they can debunk her incredibly specific, ever-shifting myth about the physical damage she sustained (and its repair) in two very specific time frames.
Somewhere, Season 2 – Bravo contacted S&S in reference to Taylor’s claims, and are representing her. (How I wish we could have *those* emails!) and she got a book deal. Believe me, either S&S asked her not to contact “E!” and Dr. Phil, or they still believed her at that point. They do not now, I am sure of it. Actually, I can look up Taylor’s book deal, her agent, and when the deal was made… BRB.
Okay. I can’t find any book deals for any of the rhobh’s characters; (only rhony, bethenny, top chef, etc.) At this point, I think Lisa and Kyle had book deals by mid 2010, and Taylor figured out a way to get her own. Hence, all the abuse, etc. that she sat down and told Camille about by early to mid 2011.
I think rhobh’s/nbc/bravo has a little publishing LLC that they’ve contracted under in book deals with various publishers, etc. I can’t even find any deals listed under S&S or the other imprints Lisa and Kyle published under. I’ll try some more research; but I don’t think I’m going to find it.
I have actually started to cringe when Taylor is on camera. The little get together at Kyle’s was patronizing to viewers. I knew that she was going to appear due to the previews, but when she came in the door carrying Kennedy – well, I won’t say what I thought. I also noticed the lack of the cry face, and in, fact, I thought she looked partly relieved that she was back in the fold and maybe just a little self-congratulatory.
As for her book – I know that I won’t read it. I figured out that the price of the book could buy me two bags of horse feed – money spent more wisely. If you or anyone else does read it, I would love to hear any honest reviews.
Good morning Empress and all. ITA on all you said (except Dr. Paul’s Colonoscopy–I still could have done without that). I just found you a couple of days ago but I enjoy reading your point of view.
Good afternoon all… Well I watched the wedding in repeat…. I dont think that bravo filmed that whole wedding… Parts of it looked PROFESSIONAL….Lovely just the same..too bad SLUG had to be shown at the end…and AGAIN..NO TEARS….Well I guess that’s to be expected from someone who is not sorry that her husband died….. She will burn in HELL…..
I watched WWHL ( repeat ) and this will be my last view of Andy…I am disgusted by him… To actually place a dog face on a PRIEST..Really !!!!!! That’s it…DONE with ANDY and his antics.
Actually looking forward to the reunion…..Should be interesting to see some “true colors” coming out…. I’ll be paying attention to the “edits”. I have have gotten real good at seeing how they put all this crap together….Must be film school interns in the editing room at 30 rock…
My prediction still holds true…taylor will NOT be returning…..Now to find a bookstore that will let me sit on the floor and read her book FOR RESEARCH…. I guess I will have to stuff a sock in ym mouth so others dont hear the constant WHAT A EFFIN LYING BITCH……and other assorted words of COLOR…..WINKS
Haven’t heard much about a book tour for “Taylor” either….the sales of her book are going to be dismal. I don’t watch WWHL anymore either. Andy is just pathetic – sorry it’s just my honest gut reaction to his antics, games, etc.
Diva if you can read her book, you must have an iron clad stomach lol!
Empress your blog was a good read. I watched the show but really only paid attention to the wedding scenes. It was a magical wedding, and so enjoyable to see how truly happy Pandora, her groom, and her parents were.
Bluesky…. I will be reading for RESEARCH and my continuing journey of search and destroy….LOL
I don’t think it will be long before Taylor’s book goes the same way as Jill’s – the discount bin. In the meantime, I would be glad to email you some Xanax – LOL!
Empress..Now thats an offer I could take you up on FOR SURE…..
FWIW – I just received Carole Radziwill’s book – and paid nothing. If you or anybody else is interested, there is a website PaperBackSwap.com where you can get books for free. Don’t be fooled by the site name, they also offer hardcover and have a cdswap site as well. When you find the book you want, the sender pays the postage and gets a credit for another book, and vice versa. Not everything out there is available but there last numbers of titles was in the millions.
I just finished reading that book. Good read, but kinda sad. At least maybe it will give me an insight of where she is coming from on the next season of RHONY.
That’s kind of the reason I decided to read it. I do remember when it happened and that it was right on the heels of the JFK, Jr. plane crash. I would love to share some thoughts when I finish it.
OK. I definitely have formed an opinion about her from her book, right or wrong. I’d be interested to know if you have the same take on her.
Hey I posted the link not the video….HMMM must be a word press thing that converted it..Sorry bout that
I am learning that wordpress is a fickle thing…
Well it seems that vidoe wont work..So I went to youtube…not lets try again I am SHARING the link not embedding it
Oh, Diva, thank you for that. The look on that man’s face is priceless – he will never be the same! I’m a little jealous….
Yea so was I…. I loved the MOM…. so much like the human Moms in that type of situation..Curious kids and all….
Now…if I could only win the LOTTERY…I’d go down there….
AWESOME…it worked this time..WHOOP WHOOP…Now enjoy….
Now I really will have to finish this book. I’d love nothing more than to see how our POVs hold up.
Empress, You have a very charming blog. I got the link off Quincey’s site. I love her writing as well as your. Thanks for sending the post e-mail. Good Job!