Cast Blog: #RHOBH

Crew Cuts

Brandi: Lisa R. Should Be Disappointed in Herself

Kim: Don't Mistake My Sadness for Weakness

Kyle: I Have Never Had Anyone Put a Hand on Me

Lisa V.: I Tried to Warn Kyle

Eileen: Brandi Attacks, Then Deflects

Lisa R.: Kyle Didn't Create This Drama

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: More Fighting and a Peeping Tom

Kim: Kyle Should Be Worried, Not Embarrassed

Brandi: Kyle Wants to Help When There's an Audience

Kyle: This Was Brandi's Master Plan

Lisa R.: It Felt Just As Awkward As It Looked

Lisa V.: Kim's Demeanor Was Questionable

Eileen: Brandi Loves to Stir the Pot

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Disgust and a Push

Yolanda: I Would Like to Apologize

Brandi: I Won't Make Excuses

Kim: I Wanted to Hold Kyle

Lisa V.: I Want Max to Be Ambitious

Eileen: Being a Stepmom Is Challenging

Lisa R.: Lots of Transition Happening

Kyle: We Are an Emotional Bunch

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Surprise and an F-Bomb

Lisa V.: A Naughty Child Shouldn't Be Rewarded

Kyle: Brandi Was Rude and Offensive

Eileen: It Felt Like an Attack

Lisa R.: It Was Shocking and Unprovoked

Kim: Brandi Is Brandi

7 Faces We All Made During This Week's #RHOBH

Brandi: Lisa V. Was Making Me Uncomfortable

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Shock and Tears

4 Questions We All Asked During #RHOBH

Yolanda: I Took One for the Team

Lisa R.: Portia Is My Spirit Animal

Eileen: Brandi Showed Us How Not to Make Amends

Lisa V.: Yes, Love Is a Big Word

Kyle: Moments Like These Are Frustrating

Lisa V.: I Won't Erase the Past

Brandi: I Don't Enjoy Anger or Grudges

Eileen: I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle's

Lisa R Reflects on That Bittersweet Episode

Crew Cuts

BH Producer Dave Rupel discusses the White Party fallout, the ladies' trip to Hawaii, and thanks the hardworking crew.

Happy 2012 everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday season filled with family, friends, and fun!

As for RHOBH, we pick up right where we left off last time, with Russell and Taylor being asked to leave Kyle and Mauricio's White Party because of Russell's email to Camille threatening her with a lawsuit. I remind everyone of that because there were several comments about the un-invitation being too mean or unnecessary. I feel differently. Actions have consequences. If Russell hadn't threatened Camille, which as you saw made the rest of the group feel they could be vulnerable to a lawsuit too, the un-invitation would unlikely have never happened.

That said, everyone was very nervous about this happening. Viewer Sandy commented that she thought Kyle's crying on the front lawn was phony and poorly acted. Sandy, I don't know whether you will believe my word or not, but trust me, I was at the White Party and Kyle was extremely upset. Everyone was -- and I include myself in that. I knew Taylor and Russell would be upset and embarrassed by the un-invitation, but it was Russell's decision to send that threatening email, and, once he did, we all had to deal with the ramifications.

On to lighter subjects, let's talk about Hawaii! I had never been to the island of Lanai, but man did it turn out to be a beautiful treat! People often ask me why we shoot the travel, and I hope this episode illustrates why. My goal is for the viewers to feel like they are experiencing the vacation too and you can't do that without travel! Thanks to C Crew for their tireless coverage of the travel!

On to viewer questions from the previous episode.

Q: RHOBHfan commented she is frustrated that some people claim all reality TV is scripted.
A: I can't speak for all reality shows, but RHOBH is definitely not. Although Kim, Kyle, and Lisa have acted in the past, they are living their real lives in front of our cameras -- as is everyone on our show. With all that has happened this year on our show, it is difficult to see how anyone could think it could be scripted.

Q: Several viewers questioned the veracity of Taylor's "lost" phone. NC, NJ wondered what the content of Kyle's messages to Taylor were and if Taylor then deliberately "lost" her phone.
A: I can vouch for the truth of Taylor's lost phone. Our crew had been trying to reach Taylor for days to confirm she was attending the White Party to no avail. As far as what Kyle texted Taylor, I believe it was all along the lines of "Call me ASAP."

Q: HauteCoco had two questions. 1. Was Russell removing his microphone in the limo? 2. Do the ladies always ride in vehicles with hired drivers?
A: Yes, Russell was indeed removing his microphone in the limo. That is why our sound operators always have boom mics to capture un-microphoned people or people who remove theirs. The ladies usually take a limo service whenever they are attending events that provide alcohol. We sometimes shoot in their cars (Kim on the way to Paul's office, for example.) But if alcohol is served, everyone obviously avoids drinking and driving.

Q: Pacific Avenue wanted to know if Taylor and Russell were in Las Vegas without being filmed.
A: Yes, that is correct. We do not have enough manpower to film all of the ladies 24/7. And any out of town filming usually costs extra. Since we had recently been to Vegas for the dueling parties, and were only days away from leaving for Hawaii, we made the decision not to go to Vegas with Taylor and Russell.

Q: RealityFan4Life wants to know how much interaction happens between the crew and the participants on our show.
A: Really good question. In the old days when I worked on Real World almost 20 years ago, the common phrase was the crew was to be thought of as "flies on the wall" by the show participants. Meaning, as little interaction as possible. On a show like The Real Housewives though, the crew is coming into the ladies' homes and being around their children and pets pets so there is a little bit more interaction. I find the more comfortable the ladies and their families are with the crew, the more comfortable they are opening up their lives in the most intimate ways.

I brag on our crew quite often, and I'm going to do it once again. Our crews are the most friendly, polite and respectful. It's a really good group of people!

That's all for this week. Please come back next week for more sun and sand in Hawaii!

Kim: Don't Mistake My Sadness for Weakness

Kim thinks Brandi and Kyle's fight at poker night had very little to do with her.

Today’s episode started exactly where we left off, back at Eileen’s poker night. I remember just wanting to leave so badly that I just kept on walking and didn’t even see the physical altercation between Brandi and Kyle. I was caught between a rock and a hard place. I mean one is my sister and one is my friend. I wanted to make it right, so I tried to speak to Kyle, but there was so much chaos between her and Brandi. Then the other girls joined in and at that point, I was frustrated and honestly wasn’t feeling well. I just wanted everyone to let me go home! This drama may have been about me at first, but it definitely ended up being about those two and whatever residual animosity they had towards one another from the past.


On the following day, my pain got even worse, so I spent the whole day getting tests done at the doctor’s. Next evening, I was admitted to the hospital. In my last blog post, I mentioned that I had been struggling with bronchitis and pneumonia for weeks. Well, the doctor said I had a fractured rib, ruptured disc, and hiatal hernia, which was caused by the increased pressure from coughing. No wonder I was in so much pain before poker night! I was in the hospital for nine days. But I'm happy to announce that I’m currently healthy and well!
Even though my family and I are going through some tough times right now, I feel stronger than ever because I need to and want to be there for Monty, my daughters, and son. All you moms out there know, we don’t get days off! Although it seems like I have a lot going on, that’s exactly what I love about my life! Planning my daughter’s wedding is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done. I can’t believe my babies are all grown up, and I could not be more proud. Taking care of Monty has been bittersweet--it’s so painful to see my best friend slipping away, but at the same time, our relationship is stronger than ever. We’re treasuring every moment we have together. Don’t mistake my sadness for weakness. If I were not strong in my sobriety today, I could never do the things I’m doing. Thank you to those who have shared their kind words and support!
Speaking of family, my favorite part of the episode was seeing Yolanda with her son. Oh my goodness, I really related to them, because I’m going through the same thing with my son, Chad. Family dynamics change, and it does get lonely for both Chad and me now that our girls have left the nest. But this is also a special bonding time for us--yes, he’s totally going to have to hang out with his mom more, which both of us don't seem to mind at all! 
XO Kim

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