I have to honestly say that this situation was one of the most difficult things I have been involved in with this group, and it was even more painful to watch that night play out in hindsight.
As the episode opened, you saw me talking with Paul about the phone call I had received from Camille telling me about the email from Russell. When it comes to things that involve our mutual friends, Paul and I talk quite a bit as we both think it's important to be on the same page about how to move forward. We both agreed that based upon Taylor's conversations with us in the past, and those that took place amongst our group expressing concern about her revelations to all of us -- that any one of us could be next in terms of Russell's threat of litigation. I was really upset after reading the email, because in my mind friends never threaten to sue friends. An open line of communication should always come first.
At the time, I believed that Taylor knew about the email Russell had sent. Regardless, I knew what she had said to me, to Paul, and to our group about her marriage over the previous months. Taylor would draw us in and cause us great concern with her marital confessions, but then she would back away from her claims later on. I thought it was very possible that maybe she wasn’t admitting to Russell everything that had been said to our group out of fear. Obviously, this caused a lot of tension and concern in our group, which ended up turning into confusion.
Once again Adrienne you prove to be a class act when it comes to situations esp with the Taylor and Russell incident. May you have a wonderful holiday with your family!
Paul should be congratulated and thanked for standing up to Russell when telling him that he saw the e-mail and it was threatening. I also hope that Bravo, at some point in time, educates their viewers on not only the process of an abusive relationship (it doesn't always start with a beating, but begins by isolation, bullying and an emotional tear-down), but also about the actual danger to those that know about or try to intercede in an abusive relationship.
Great blog - thx! I do feel that this was staged....u all could have text or left a message AND Taylor and Russell's talk - on the way to the party LOOKED so phony - a veryy sad, sick situation Taylor put u all in!
Adrienne...you should be very proud of Paul...he not only handled the situation with Russell and Taylor exceptionally well..he was spot on and in my humble opinion was the only one of the bunch who made sense. Paul def. went on the offense when dealing with Russell and Russell damn well knew it. Though I understand why nobody would want to get involved with any type of litigation, of all people, you, Paul, Lisa, Ken and Camille are all in financial positions to not only defend yourselfs against such a friviolous lawsuit that Russell was "threatening" Camille with, but you guys could also have made Russell and Taylor's life a living nightmare via litigation....which I'm sure Paul knew and rightfully and respectfully went after Russell. Kudos to Paul. I'm sure, knowing what we know now, Russell and Taylor were trying to intimidate all of you by sending a "threathening" email, to of all people Camille, to sue her. Paul saw right thru that tactic and came on strong and rightly so. When your dealing with a couple of cons...i.e. like Russell and Taylor you don't try to appease them you hit them straight on and call them out. I think Russell and Taylor were alot more afraid of being sued by you guys vs. their lawsuit. And if they weren't....they should have been. Paul was right when he told you that was ridiculous to threaten Camille with a lawsuit based on repeating what Taylor had told her. Paul saw right thru them...and had the you know what to tell them to their faces to bugger off. Good for Paul...he's a breath of fresh air....
Adrienne, No one could blame you for the collective actions of the group. In fact, I think it was the best way you all could have handled the situation, and you owe no explanation. It was confrontational of Taylor and Russel to show up after threatening legal action against one of you. You all handled this perfectly and I was really impressed with Paul stepping up to the plate and saying what needed to be said. Way to go and Happy Holidays.
OOO Adrienne, I do truly adore you. You are such a smart wonderful person. I also adore your Hubby Paul. Both of you make such an awesome team. I think the both you did the right thing with Russell and Taylor. The only issue I had with this was...where was Camilles input? After all, this was her and Russell's issue. No one knows where Camille stood on not having them at the party.
Happy Holidays to you and your family as well :)
Yes, this was the absolute right thing to do. Taylor arriving, acting happy and lovey-dovey with her husband, despite all that she had said, must have been terribly confusing. How can you meltdown at all other parties with "just the girls" and then walk in like you have the strongest marriage on earth? She needs professional help in the WORST way - for her and her daughter. It's my hope that Taylor isn't just out there being a paparazzi maven, and isn't just acting her usual ditsy big-grinning self, looking for the next man to support her in the style she's so afraid to leave, because now Russell is out of the picture. She'll end up with the same sort of person and put that little girl through the same crap if she doesn't get over her phony TV persona and GET REAL! I applaud you for being the voice of reason!
Difficult to watch to say the least. Not even sure how to comment on the evening. On a happier note, you have cause to be nervous with Visco and Jackpot, one year my sister-in-law and I made cookies and not knowing you are not suppose to hang them as is, we did just that and OMG our poor tree was all over the first floor when we got up the next day. Every cookie on the tree was gone. Needless to say, never bake our decorations again, LMAO Have a wonderful holiday.
Adrienne...You are an amazing WOMAN!!! I have watched all the seasons, locations of the Housewives and you are truely the most loving, generous and honest person to ever appear on the show!!! I wish you and your family the best of HOLIDAYS and a Fabulous New Year!!! Thank you Bravo for finally putting a real person on the Housewives!
You handled this horrid situation with great wisdom and grace. Have you considered that Taylor was the author of the e-mails? If Russell told the truth about the session with the doctor, Taylor either played her part down to him or she did it all to get back at Camille. She conveniently "lost" her phone so she could not be contacted. Did she loose her computer too? You looked soo glamorous at the white party. I salute Paul for speakinf up to Russell. Paul wii probably be next on their hit list of suites. Happy Holidays!
You and your husband were the most rational and level headed people at the White Party that night. Paul was so articulate, clear and firm when speaking with Russell and I am glad (it seems) that both of you see that BOTH Russell AND Taylor are at fault. I obviously don't know Taylor/Shana but I don't think that she should be trusted .... I watch these shows for fun and I know there might be a "mean girl" or someone who is stuck up but to me, Taylor is different. She is a different type of "bad" - a woman who has been sued for defrauding investors. She is manipulative, conniving, emotionally unstable and a liar. I hope you distance yourself from a person like that. Good luck.
Adrienne, I really do admire you but was shocked at the way you seemed to keep the drama going at Kyle's party. Since you are a very successful business woman and have most likely dealt with some type of litigation in the past, I was a bit surprised that you were even the least bit worried about Russell's threat to sue Camille and perhaps then you. A simple phone call to any one of your attorneys would have cleared things up very quickly. Not only did the information come straight from Taylor's mouth, she told multiple people about her "marriage issues", therefore, all of these people would have been able to back each other up. The only reason Russell might have wanted to sue, is if everything Taylor told you ladies was a lie and she made it seem as though Camille was making things up. I'm assuming that Taylor never mentioned anything about this "abuse" on camera and had to cover herself since she knew that Russell would eventually see the footage from Lisa's tea party. All of the extra drama that night was unnecessary. Kyle and Mauricio should have been the ones to speak with Taylor and Russell and you should have stayed out of it. Your interference made a very unfortunate situation even worse.
Congrats on being the only sensible couple to take a stand against the taylor nonsense! Lisa was being a wimp about it bleating away that Taylor had no clue, Kyle was adoring flitting about, weeping dramatically and swishing the gown around, when she raced to the limo it was so melodramatic I winced and Mauricio also just seemed weak and indecisive. For the first time viewers saw how u and Paul function as a team.... smart, collected and sensible! Well done Adrienne, as far as I'm concerned u just redeemed urself in my book!!!
Adrienne: Just want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas ! Thank you for acknowleding our troops!!!!!
adrienne, i am proud to see how you and paul both stood up to russell. you both confronted the issue at hand with grace... and i have tremendous respect for paul saying "we all know what the email said" and what the email was about. maurico and paul are truly wonderful for standing besides you ladies, and for believing what you ladies told them regarding taylor's abuse. you ladies certainly handled the awful situation with tact and dignity.
Adrienne, You and Paul are the absolutely cutest couple, at least in CA. I guess we now know that Russell can't sue anyone. Please stay away from both Taylor AND Kim. These are really bad people who don't deserve your friendship.
I think you are an extremely cool lady. I just love how you carry yourself, and I love Paul. I think your dynamic is totally normal, healthy, playful and extremely affectionate. And the p.s. about the dogs made me smile -- we love those little guys :)
Hi Adrienne, I think you and Paul were the only people in attendance who demonstrated a modicum of sense! Taylor knew what Russell was doing, but I seriously doubt that he was aware of what she was telling everyone else, and that's sad! Don't get mad at Visco if Jackpot manages convince him to open their stockings early, lol! Such beautiful dogs.
Adrienne, I'm glad that you and Paul were both supportive of what Kyle had to do and that you both stood by her. Paul was awesome at the party and all of you had every right to ask Taylor and Russell to leave. I'm also glad that both you and Paul stood up for Camille and told the truth.
The world needs more people like you and Paul. The both of you remained calm, spoke the truth and supported your "true" friends.
Now THAT is Cool!
So enjoy watching you and your husband. You both are a class act! I also think you have a huge heart but your smart about it. Have to say I am also a big fan of yours as Jimmer is from my hometown! What a jem!
I believe you all handled the uncomfortable situation the best way you could. I don't know anyone who would willingly and knowingly put themselves in the position to be sued. Taylor's reaction to your concerns spoke volumes to me. She got angry, ended the conversation before it could be made clear exactly what "she" had said (not Camille), and she left.
I cannot imagine how awful this thing with Taylor and Russell at the party was in person- it was uncomfortable and unnerving to watch. I loved, loved, loved how Paul took charge at the party and how direct he was with Russell about his threatening email to Camille. I have often felt that, between Bravo's editing and some comments you have made (not to mention the eyerolls), Paul was being portrayed as a baffoon. I think we saw the real Paul last night as well as a genuine and positive dynamic part of your marriage.
This is probably my last season watching RHoBH- Kim's slide into insanity and now Taylor's unraveling is too much. Thank you for your grace and humour, Adrienne! You and Lisa have been the highlights of this franchsie for me!
Adrienne, I am so impressed by Paul this season. From his thoughtful and compassionate bedside manner with Kim while discussing her medications to the way he handled Russell's threat to sue Camille, he has demonstrated honor, integrity, and dignity. I thought you and Paul handled the situation surrounding the lawsuit threats exactly right. Camille did nothing to deserve that; Taylor seems to be the responsible party behind all of that. I was glad you and Paul were there to speak the truth and stand up for what is right. If you threaten to sue a friend, do not be surprised to be asked to leave the party!
I totally agreed with the way you and Paul handled the situation. Impressed with how Paul stood his ground and didn't allow excuses from Taylor or Russell. Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!
You honestly did the right thing. You and Paul were looking out for everyone, and at the time it seemed like a dangerous situation. I think it was unfair of Taylor to lie and deny her responsibility in any of this.
Adrienne, you are one of my favorite BH housewives, but I must disagree with you on this one. The matter was between Camille, Taylor and Russell, and the matter should have been worked out between Camille, Taylor and Russell period.
Adrienne, you seem so grounded and practical. And you and your husband are such a delight to watch. Thanks for opening up your life. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
amid all the crying and chaos - when your husband poked his head in the limo and said "is there a problem with Hawaii?" I spit my soda across the room laughing.
Adrienne - you and Paul were so calm, level-headed, smart and poised regarding the situation with Taylor and the White Party. I loved how you never lost your focus of what was in everyones best interests. The possibility of you being next on the sue list was very real. Why set yourself up for it? Kudos to you both for staying the course regardless of possible hurt feelings, the fact that cameras were around, etc. You both so impressed me for your integrity, your honesty and your determination to resolove the situation for the best. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Best wishes for 2012!
It was great to see you & Paul on the same page w/ the Taylor situation! I'm glad to see someone finally seeing through her many lies. I don't remember what Paul said, but something along the lines of Taylor going to all of you about her issues, stirring the pot, then stepping away from the fray & leaving you all to fend for yourselves. So true!
I love this show & I hope some of the other sites I've read are untrue when it comes to what they say about the ladies friendships. Several of you were close off camera before season 1. Hope that remains the same.
Taylor is a continual liar, so it would be good to distance her, although she does make for good TV.
Adrienne, Mauricio and Paul should have handled that whole situation. The women should have stayed inside. Did anyone not wonder what peril that might place Taylor in? No, you all continued to discuss it, push Russell and make it more embarassing. Follow them to the car, climb in and make it even more embarassing. Next time, let the men handle it and stay out of it.
I thought the group showed solidarity and handled the situation with integrity. It must have been difficult and I couldn't help but think of how much goes into having a party like that - I hope Kim was able to have some fun that evening. It came across as if Taylor was playing both sides - one with her friends and one with Russell - but didn't want to accept the heat for what she stirred up. It was strange to watch knowing what happened to Russell.
Adrienne, you and your husband are two of the smartest people, trying to put an end to the charade that everyone was forced into against their will. That's what happens when you don't tell the person whom you're having problems with about these problems, but instead go around and get others involved that have nothing to do with the situation, putting yourself and everyone else in jeopardy. Loved Paul, he is a man who makes up his mind very quickly and says what he thinks. Rare quality, and a great one.
Adrienne, Were you upset when Lisa was threatened with a lawsuit as well, or does your dislike for her make it OK?
Adreinne you are one of my Favorite housewives however tonights behavior was quit disgusting and frankly insensitive. Granted Russel was completely out of line for the letter I still dont understand why you were the spokesman for exiling Taylor. To be honest i feel like all of you women from the begining of this season have really been insensitive to Taylor. I dont know if you guys think just because your living a plush comfy Beverly Hills life that your above domestic violence in your social circle,but your not. The cast this season says such ridiculous things that are suppose to be examples as to why Taylor is "lying" about being abused such as: "Taylor tells us abusive things Russel has done but yet she acts if nothings happen. Or like you said in your post Adrienne "how she draws you in with her stories". This is typical behavior of abused women thats why its such a hard cycle for quit a few to get out of. You know I'm also annoyed with the fact that everyone keeps justifying Camille repeating what Taylor confided in Camille OFF camera at Lisa's tea party. Russel wasnt dead yet and no one knew he would be while filming, so while Camille was getting her exploxsive 2 secs of fame Russel could of very well hurt Taylor behind those comments. Im sure you have things you say off camera thats private. You all seem to complain about her confiding in you at different times but instead of judging her on what you might do differntly did you ever think those were her vulnerable cry for help moments. This women was physically,mentaly, and emotionaly abused. Now dont get me wrong Taylor is not my favorite at ALL. But when i watch this season i see a conflicted, lonely, abused woman. Hell she had to be lonely to confide in any of you women because you guys arent True friends to her. Its a sad day when Lisa is the voice of reason for Taylor, she really didnt want to see her sent away and it look as though you were picking sides between Camille & Taylor. Kyle should of had a back bone an stood her position on the subject(neutral) because Taylor not Camille was her friend or uninvited all of you to be fair if adults couldnt socialize amongst 100+ guest drama free, especially DEDE Camilles pitbull,pushy, assistant/friend who doesnt know how to mind her business. Now that Russels is dead everyone feels bad and should of been uncomfortable watching Mondays episode.Russel did what most abusers do cover up the lies and deny any fault. So was the picture of Taylor black eye proof enough women prior to his suicide that she was abused? Please I want the sensible down to earth Adrienne back.
You definitely earnt your Bravo pay cheque this week for creating drama, that's for sure... Luv Wagga Man xox
I say thank god you are in this group as you are the only one with a lick of sense. If I were you I would try to find a better group of friends. Merry Christmas
I loved how Paul backed you up and how protective he was of the group. He said things the others were thinking and stood strong. What a man!!
Adrienne you and Paul were great in how you dealt with the situation, You both should be applauded it was a difficult situation, and it could have been a disaster if it wasn't handle correctly. I hope Kyle realizes that some of this could have been avoided if she would have mentioned the conversation with Russell and Taylor about litigation towards Lisa. Knowing what a rumor mill Beverly Hills is as she stated she should have stuck up for Lisa. It may never be known what Taylor was relaying to Russell. I don't think he was getting the full story. Feel sympathy for Taylor but don't let her suck you in. Kennedy is the one people should be concerned for, and if anyone thinks because she is only 5 she isolated, I can tell you from personal experience they are not. Thank you for your kind words for the troops, it is nice to see people who appreciate their service, and understands their sacrifice. Currently have a Nephew serving, and I wish he could be home for Christmas, but so proud of him. You and Paul have a Merry Christmas and a bright New Year.
If Taylor is truly a friend, she will understand why you all had to react the way you did to the threat of litigation. I don't think Taylor sees anything beyond the belief that she's the victim. Look what she did: she continued to scream at Lisa even after Lisa's 4th apology and is completely ignoring Camille's apologies and attempts to communicate with her. I don't even think she realizes how lucky she is to have friends who want the best for her and are happy to offer their support. I hope she turns this around.
On a happier note, you and Paul are a riot and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.