Taylor Armstrong is popping up everywhere, spreading her message and pushing her book onto everyone who will give her airtime, with the exception of perhaps Al Jazeera. Today she made an appearance to talk to the ladies of “The View”. This was a very sympathetic interview, begun by Barbara. It was apparent that all of the women were not going to question her allegations. Joy went so far as to announce that, if she had been similarly situated, she would have been relieved that Russell had killed himself.
Given this climate, Taylor was free to tell her story without anyone challenging any of her accusations and claims. She told her version of her childhood where she witnessed, beginning at the age of two, her father beat her mother. When Barbara asked her about the timing of the book and whether it was a good idea given the trauma Kennedy may be facing, Taylor said that her daughter has been undergoing counseling for grief. She also said that the therapists will help Taylor when they determine that Kennedy is ready to know the truth about her father’s death.
She responded to the question as to what was the final straw which brought her to understand that it was time to separate herself and her daughter from the situation. Taylor said that it was not the infamous black eye but, rather, it was when Russell had been screaming incessantly at her, in front of Kennedy. At that moment, she realized that she was continuing the cycle for her daughter that she, herself, had seen as a child. Everyone in the audience received a copy of her book. I didn’t envy them.
Madeleine Stowe also appeared, thank goodness.
Jill, Bethenny, Lisa, Kyle, Adrienne and Taylor
I just wanted to say something about what was done to Lisa VanderPump last week at the hands and mouths of these women. I remember a moment during the last New York Reunion attended by Bethenny. Bethenny did something that was so out of character for any of the Housewives on any franchise that I couldn’t help but smile. She showed compassion for a cast mate.
Jill had been under fire, relentlessly, because Andy enjoys doing that. Bethenny basically told him, and some others, to knock it off. The pain and loss between Jill and Bethenny – and I don’t care how much Jill likes to say otherwise – was real. It wasn’t about a hoof or a dog or a stupid split. Not one woman on the couch facing Lisa had the courage, compassion or real understanding of friendship to offer her that same simple act of kindness.