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After Kyle had asked Russell and Taylor to leave, Kyle came back into the house obviously very upset. She came to me crying and told me what had happened. I really felt bad for Kyle and that she had been put in that position.
Watching the episode and what the girls were saying, it was apparent at that point all of us were so confused. I was upset because friends don't sue friends. Taylor had told all of us her story, so some of the other Housewives were concerned that they would also receive emails like I did. I didn't want to alienate Taylor and her husband -- but at that time, it wasn't in my control. I had called Taylor several times before the email to apologize. However, after I received the email, my only course of action was just to get in touch with my lawyers and follow their advice, which was essentially to stay clear of Taylor and Russell.
This is an especially difficult episode to watch, it was such an unfortunate situation all around. You can tell it was a confusing time for all of us. We're a group of friends that all want to support each other. Then, all of a sudden, you see divisions in the group, which are disappointing. Even though we are there for each other, we all have our own opinions. Like any close knit group, we all want to help each other in the most difficult of real life situations, yet we might not all agree how.
I don't think anybody felt good afterwards. For me, I was still as confused and disappointed as when I had gotten that email. I still wasn't sure about Taylor's true situation with all that was happening.
I don't watch the show frequently, but when I do, I notice that drama seems to follow you... You don't get all crazy like I've seen others do, but sometimes I wonder if you purposely stir up drama just to get a reaction out of the other women. I am only speculating since I only know what I see when I watch the show. As for Kyle's white party, you should have just kept to yourself about the threat of a lawsuit and YOU should have left if you were uncomfortable. Instead it became everyone else's problem and you were so conveniently oblivious to it all.
Camille - I am so happy for you how you have really taken the high road this season! The change in you from this year compared to last year are noticed & I am now a fan of you. Stay strong!!
Controlling types don't stop at their spouses--they try to dictate and intimidate everyone. As painful as it was for all involved, I'm glad the girls drew a line with you on the inside instead of saluting and falling into step, as Russell clearly thought everyone would do.
OMG, this eposide was explosive, I am so confused too, because Taylor said that she talked about it at therapy, but it sounds like she didn't tell the truth otherwise why would Russle be so upset about what he hears? Camille, I think you have gone through such a hard time you have more compassion and you've turned into a wonderful women.
Given the circumstances, I believe your lawyers gave you sage advice. It was clear that you had tried to mend fences with Taylor, but she was refused. Frankly, I have a hard time believing she wasn't fully aware of what Russell's "kind" contained.
I hope this all gets better...and soon.
CAMMMILLLLEEEE, I love you, you are wonderful and dear. I am starting a campaign for you running for office for 2012. I wish you luck with this upcoming year and hope your life is blessed. Thank you for sharing your life with us, and being such a great role model
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I think you did the right thing by staying inside of this drama. It wasn't your fault they got kicked out because I think everyone was afraid for themselves as no one wants to be sued. I like you last season too but there are moments when I also hated the way you act on camera. I must say I've become a fan of you this season since you divorce that loser husband of yours. Keep up the good work.
Camille, last year, you were my least favorite character. This season you seem so different and likable, you seem mature and classy.
keep it up.
Hi Camille, you are a good person and don't change. I hope you are still close to all of the housewives, except Taylor and Dana ... They need to leave the show.
People who have never experienced a true abusive relationship should watch what they say and where they lay blame. It was painful watching the girls who have good relationships with their husbands turning blame on Taylor. To blurt out a friend's hidden famly secrets on nationwide television was NOT being a friend. I'm sure the incidents were a cry for help and expected to be held in confidence between the girls she trusted most. A TRUE friend would have reported the info to legal powers that be, NOT exposing them on tv. Having been in an abusive relationship myself, exposing the info and the abuser finding out only creates a VERY dangerous situation for all of the innocent under that roof. People -- THINK before you speak, lay blame, or expose information given to you that was expected to be confidential.
I am so proud of Camille. She has come out of her shell quite nicely. Arent you glad you arent tied down to Kelsey anymore?
Let me say how great you handled yourself through-out the entire situation. I couldn't help but laugh when Taylor made the statement that you could have contacted her if you had a problem......didn't you try to text her 5 times just to apologize and she never called you back? My only problem watching the show tonight is I found the entire scene with Taylor and Russell's drive to the party a little scripted. The whole "We are going to be the last one to leave" and "I would only fly back from Vegas for Kyle". I also have to wonder why Taylor left her purse in the car and Russell left the bottle of vodka in the car.
Heart breaking episode to watch and devastating affects afterwards. I still do not trust Taylor one bit.
I am so sorry for what you have had to go through from all of this!
Glad you got spared the drama at the party. I think you're the smartest one out of all of them. Keep yourself above the fray. It's really not worth it to lose any sleep over any of these people.
Camille....You opened the "abuse" box. That is what a real friend would have done. As a past survior of intense abuse I can see so many denial actions and words from Taylor. I only pray that what she says is incorrect. But... after this show tonight I think the rest of the RHBH fans will also agree who is telling thruth. You really are growing so well in the role. Stay Camille
Camille, I love you this season so much. You are my favorite classy lady of BH! After all you have gone through, you have pulled yourself out of the darkness, and now you are a shinning ray of light with that beautiful white coat!!! I want to be your BFF!!
I believe you are a good person, maybe somewhat nieve. I am still not sure you know a real friend especially if Dedra is your best. Please be careful especially if you ever pay her for a service of any kind.
I can't imagine how hard this must be for all the cast members to watch this episode now that Russell is gone. Overall... I hope you all stay close friends, so you can heal and build each other up, instead of down, and that someday you all can laugh together as friends because that trumps any drama.
Camille, my heart goes out to you. All you have been through with Kelsey, I cannot imagine. Then for years, you were a supportive friend to Taylor, being there and listening to her and you are getting threatened with a lawsuit?! You only repeated what she said. And it was Taylor's choice to not respond/discuss the situation. You called more then enough. She obviously did not want to address the situation. I do not believe that is was out of proportion as Taylor told Russell. I do not know how you remain so strong and calm. You are truly amazing.
Very strange behavior my many in this episode. Kim was out of control, Brandi was her usual jerk self - why didn't Brandi just turn and leave! Kyle was in a horrible position, but she carried it too far when she ran out to Taylor & Russell's limo and jumped in. It was not Kyle's fault!!! It was the Armstrong's fault. Glad you managed to steer clear of the commotion.
Why would Taylor even tell Russell what Camille said? It seems she always wants to stir the pot then act all innocent & naive, boohoo. Hope she is not on the program next year, she needs to focus on her daughter now...
Very sad situation but you, Camille, have done nothing wrong! Sometimes a person in Taylors position needs someone to speak up and say something. Things can go way too far very quickly and a person needs to address a situation like this immediately.
camille, you're not alone. i think everyone is confused with those two. you tried everything possible to try to make amends and they respond with a lawsuit?! i believe everything eventually came down to money with them.
A person just can't send an email like that and not expect ramifications. Even if Taylor didnt know, that didn't make it any less real or less damaging. I was sad to hear Taylor say it was an exaggeration. Noone seemed suprised by the issues you stated; I would think that someone would make some kind of reaction if it was an overstatement.
I feel like Taylor threw you up for slaughter to Russell, to get back at you. I dont think she was ever upset that you repeated the statements of abuse. I think Taylor was so offended or hurt that you would even question whether the abuse was real. As the day unravels, she goes off on Lisa and drags everyone in, everything starts to go downhill. It seems like you all start to go in circles and start to doubt and question. You were pushed so far that you blurt out those doubts and fears. I can understand her being upset if she felt you were defending the person causing her so much hurt, but its obvious that isnt what you intended. In any case, I really appreciate that you were willing to say the hard things, the things that dont always make you popular, at the sake of trying to help your friend.
I really enjoy watching you! You are honest and upfront and it showed that you really do care for talyor and want nothing but the best. And even though you are dealng with that drama, you still manage to put on a brave face! I respect you for that. Hope it gets better for you.
Camille you do grow on people :-) ! Sad all around but mostly for you girls who had to put up with the B$.
Ok, I want to say that this matter shouldn't even be discussed anymore out of respect. When a friend is in need you help them. I really hope you guys wake up and realize what's really going on here. Taylor if you're reading this. I believe you.
Why would Russel even show up after sending that horrific email to you? Whatever the case, you were just being a friend.
You are awesome but I have to say...I am annoyed at Bravo for some of the stuff they have shown. I am annoyed at myself for watching it sometimes. So sad and emotional this season and people are getting off watching the rich and powerful go through a bad time!!! It has gone beyond catiness this Season.
Camille, Wish Mauricio and Paul had handled things as the ladies were too emotional. NO ONE wants to be around a sue happy person. You did nothing wrong. It had to be handled and was. Kyle drew it all out too much. She should have washed her face and said nothing to you.
Camille, I have really enjoyed you on both seasons. I actually stopped watching the show a couple of episodes ago because of Taylor, but watched last night after flipping through the channels. Please continue to take the high road.
I'm very proud of you this season. You are very honest, supportive and seem like a very huge load has been lifted from your shoulders. Keep it up. It's so nice to learn more about you and see you smiling and enjoying the company of your cast mates.
The Taylor, Russell thing is so disturbing. I don't trust Taylor. Very troubling.
Triple ditto what Lucy'sMom said. And I'd like to add that after watching 2 of my best friends go through terribly abusive marriages, Taylor does even resemble them at all after watching last nights show. She seemed to be the one in the drivers seat, not the one afraid that her husband was going to now beat her up once they got home. I'm more convinced now than ever that Taylor is playing everyone involved with this show. No one will ever now know for sure if Russell physically abused her or not. He's dead. But her actions make me totally want to call b.s. on her and her new book deal. It all smells bad.
Keep on shining Camille, you seem to be the one that came out of that marriage shining like a star!! Good for you!!
WOW, what an episode! I do think you handled yourself accordingly considering the threats made by Russell. While there are as many questions as answers about Russell, I feel you have been thrust into an unenviable position. You were Taylor's friend but she told too much and then tried to cover up her stories. You aren't responsible for anything other than being honest with Taylor and your friends. Taylor is a sad person and I do wish her the best although I think her latest endeavor of writing a book literally after her husband's death is awful and painful for those that have survived him........
Camille, after you and Taylor got into a fight at Brandi's party, THEN she chooses to threaten a lawsuit. Taylor wanted to get back at you, obviously. Russell probably wasn't told after the tea party, but after you stepped on Taylor's toes. I feel bad for Taylor, but I don't like who she is as a person. She's been this manipulative, gold-digging, and selfish woman since the beginning of the series. I never write these; it just seems so blatantly obvious Taylor is ALSO to blame for this mess, not just Russell. It takes two to tango, as they say.
Camile, In the last season, that was the Taylor who create that drama for you and Kyle , and Lisa tried to tell her that she should come forward and tell the truth, but sneaky Taylor as usual manipulate the situation and acted like nothing happened in reunion. if she was not sneaky you wont suffer from all those miss judgment of audience. Then she was saying in this season that " I cant FORGIVE Camile" ?!?! seriously ?!?!? Taylor is a big manipulator that when her technique is not working, then she starts her drama and screaming, then she is going to the role of victim. STAY AWAY from TAYLOR. you are kind, have a good hart and smart. do NOT let her to play with you image one more time. please ... we LOVE you !
I cannot believe so many people think what you did was great. I have been in a family filled with abuse my whole life and I can tell you for sure that there are no behaviors that are uniform of every person who is abused. You aren't going to necessarily see an abused person with evidence of abuse on their body and you can't judge their behaviors based on the behaviors you would expect them to exhibit. They aren't going to be hateful to their abuser all the time and especially not in public. For you to call her out on national television like that and put her in that position when she already has enough problems in her life is just wrong to me. And on top of that to insinuate that she is a liar just because you don't understand the behaviors of someone who is abused... well I don't have words for that.
Dear Camille, in my opinion you're a hero. Everyone else swept Russels domestic violence under the rug, you were the only one brave enough to confront it head on. You are now my favorite housewife.God Bless.
Camille please dont believe all the blogs. Two things women DO NOT LIE ABOUT, 1, being abused by a spouse,2, being sexually assaulted by a family member. I believe Taylor was abused. However she was full of it when she said, "you put her in danger" She was the one who stayed in a violent situation. She had alternatives. She was the one who told Russel about the conversation at the tea party, where she tried in vain to put Lisa on blast and failed, the attention was turned on her. It does seems strange if she was so scared of him, why did she tell him? I hope BRAVO gets rid of Taylor. She's trouble and untrustworthy.
Maybe Taylor is lying or exaggerating, maybe she isn't, and I believe we will never know the real truth, but in this sort of situation, you need to at least not add to the problem. You all should have told Taylor that either she leave Russell or the next time she came to you with a story of abuse, you would report it to the police or to social services that deal with this sort of problem. By trying to get to the truth during a tea party on cable TV, all you did was stir up trouble, and this whole drama with uninviting this couple because you don't like threats about being sued is truly "hard to watch." What if he really is abusing her? And from what I know about abused women, it's highly likely. All of you just humiliated her abuser and sent her home with him where it would be almost certain he would hurt her. Can you really take those kind of risks in life? I couldn't. From your blog, it appears you didn't know what was happening, but you could have made this all not happen simply by stepping in and assuring your friends you could steer clear of Russell during the party or would leave early. The threat of a law suit from a man who clearly had issues at the time was not so great that you should all have abandoned Taylor to what could possibly have been a fatal encounter with her husband. No matter how doubtful you were of her, you shouldn't have taken that chance. That's how tragedies occur. Why didn't Bravo get you all counseling about what to do? Why is a reality show a life or death situation these days? Are you really proud of being a part of this? And God knows this will never get posted. I believe Bravo should be sued for what they are doing. Not that it would bother them, they would just get more free publicity, a greater viewing audience, and more commercial sponsors. All of America so loves a train wreck, as long as it's not theirs.
You are a breath of fresh air among these women. You are honest and gracious and Taylor is not worth any of the drama. The more insight we get into her, the more obnoxious she appears. You are the only one to tell her the truth and call her on her lies.
Everyone is trying to analyze a persons life based on a small amount of produced clips that we see on a weekly show but what we are forgetting, is that there is a very powerful housewife that we do not get to see....and that is the producers. They are paid to edit this show so that we all run to the message boards the next day and discuss. Producers are constantly working behind the scenes, with the cast, to make it interesting. What is so sad is that we are literally watching everything that leads up to a real person committing suicide. It is just so sad.....I feel like a bad person for continuing to watch it ;-(
Camille do you understand, now, why Russell might have been so upset. His wife was telling him you were carried away and made up stories about him braking her jaw and beating her. It would break my heart if someone said that about me on national TV and it wasn't true. It isn't fair you were in the middle, but common sense and a lawyer would have told all of you he couldn't sue you for something Taylor had made common knowledge even though it wasn't true.
In all the comments I'm suprised that no one has mentioned the "act" that takes place in Armstrongs limo on the way to the party. It's so obvious they are playing it up as a loving couple. This is basically the first time Russell is on camera with Taylor since he was outted. The "we've had so much fun, gotta keep it going", "now that I'm a good boy again", etc. He's (they are) totally putting on an act to try to make it look like none of the abuse claims are true. I think Taylor was lying to everyone but I also believes she was in a very abusive relationship and was very scared. Such a messed up situation.
Camille I commend you for letting the issues of the Armstrong's be put to the side so that everyone attending Kyle's party felt at home and welcomed. It was a hard episode to watch. What I gathered from the whole scene with the Armstrong's is that Taylor has stirred the pot so badly at home which may have caused Russell to seek legal recourse. I think that Taylor has played both sides of the fence for a long time, attention vampire is what I would call her, wanting everyone to feel sorry for her but do nothing to change the way things are. Especially if he she the head of an organization against domestic violence, it' just doesn't add up. Now I am not saying she hasn't been beaten, I don't know either way...but if she was truly afraid for her safety then she would have NEVER spread the word to everyone, she would have asked quietly for help and a safe house to go to and stay there. Not take business trips with Russell???!!!!???? Hmmmm, fishy story from beginning to now an unfortunate end. You are a very honorable and classy woman Camille, a great mother and definitely a stand up friend. TEAM CAMILLE...