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.
All of us had tried to reach Russell and Taylor ahead of the event, but for whatever reason, no one was able to get in contact with them. Instead of just hoping for the best and having everyone attend -- like we'd done with Brandi's Malibu party, with horrible results -- it was decided to try and avert a potentially litigious and confrontational situation by asking Russell and Taylor to not attend in the first place. We then did the best we could in terms of reaching out to them privately. We went outside, in front of the house and away from the other guests, and met them as they exited their car. It was still a very difficult situation for everyone involved.
To end on a more positive note, I want to wish everyone a loving, warm and giving holiday. If anything, all of this is another reminder to honor our blessings, and to be grateful for our loved ones. I am so thankful for all the support from my great fans this year, and I want every one of you to know that I truly appreciate it.
A special thanks to all the troops out there who give of themselves every day to keep us safe.
Happy Holidays, from my house to yours.
P.S. No one is staring more longingly at their stockings than Jackpot and Visco. I think they can smell the treats inside. They are giving me the most pitiful, pleading looks. . .I'll bet it's only a matter of time before Jackpot eggs Visco on, and Visco makes the naughty leap upwards. . .