Well hello and welcome to Season 2.
There are no words that can diminish the pain and devastation felt by the entire cast after the tragic death of Russell Armstrong. The unexpected shock thrust upon us just as we were reaching the finishing post of Season 2, the exhausting journey that we had muddled through, many times at odds with each other, but ultimately an unspoken, unanimous bond that tethered us together, as we navigated our way through the troubled waters of this really, real reality show.
I personally was at a loss for words. How could this have happened? How could we have foreseen this tragedy that would leave a trail of emotional and financial debris in its path?
Fatherless children, Taylor -- although recently separated, but still connected to a man with whom she had spent many years and bore his child, uncertain of her future and emotionally overwrought at the sheer brutality at which he chose to end his life.
Lisa, so far you are much less kind this season compared to last season. Hopefully you will return to your gracious self. As for Ken, we all say things we wish we could take back. It would have been honorable to just immediately apologize for what was said and move on instead of being defensive and indignant. Say "hi" to Jiggy. He's the best!
Lisa...love you and Ken ....I'm glad you posted this blog. It's helping me to stay focused on what's important. I have a real hard time with Taylor and Kyle. You are truely a class act. I saw the pictures of your daughters wedding. What a beautiful couple.
Love you Lisa. I think your husband has his right to his opions and like you said when something is brought up at a dinner table/party, it is usually up for discussion, no one certainly needs to ASKED for thier opinion. As soon as Kyle brought it up in the Limo, I just cringed, what the heck was she thinking? A little pot stirring there. Stay true like you are.
I'm sure no one realized at the dinner party how sensative Taylor was. However, your husband said, "He would consider HIMSELF weak if he had to go to therapy." He didn't say THEY were weak. I could understand Taylor missing that point but Kyle? I don't get it...sometimes I wonder about her.
I think everyone came down too hard on Ken & Taylor really didn't hear what he was saying, she did become overemotional. He said FOR HIM & HIM ALONE, therapy would be a sign of weakness. My own husband would agree. Kyle had no business attacking Ken. She is still a bully without thought. If Taylor had a clue what was going on behind the scenes of her marriage, it would have behooved her to pull out completely of the series & instead concentrate on building a better real marriage, not one full of faux appearances. I feel so sorry for Kennedy. The glimpses we have had of her show a very unhappy girl, except for the time Russell gave her that puppy for her birthday. Hopefully the friend that took it will have returned it to her to love, & Taylor will find a way to make it work. I too developed an allergy to our family dog, & have put myself through much to overcome it rather than taking the easy way out & getting rid of it, only to make our children unhappy...
Lisa, I think you are very classy. I get it when you weren't too happy about Kyle bringing up Ken's comments during your 4 hour trip. The good thing is that you are all able to get over it and still maintain your friendship! Give Giggy a big kiss for me. Ilook forward to Mondays on Bravo TV! :)
Lisa, the way conflict was handled between you and Taylor and even Kyle is very reassuring. There are some who address things in a dignified manner and it's important to show that. Your blog is a refreshing change from the constant justifcations and low blows that we often read on past blogs of other RH casts. Thank you.
MY FAVORITE is back!!! Lisa, You are incredibly articulate in describing the before - and -after moments surrounding Russell Armstrong's death, and how it impacted the show. I am glad you mentioned in your blog how unsure you were of Taylor in season 1. I as a viewer could sense her desperate need of status. It is evident that none of the RHOBH ladies could have ever imagined how things would unfold, and it is so heart-warming to read that you and Taylor were able to mend your differences prior to Russell's sad demise. Taylor is lucky to have you as a friend. Wow. This is a mind-blowing season, but I am glad you are back!
Hi Lisa! I'm so happy to have you girls back for season 2. I agree your husband's statement was controversial.. but I did feel like it was none of Kyle's business. You and Kyle are good friends so she should stay out of situations liek this. Looking forward to seeing more this season..
On a much...much...much lighter note I thought your hat was absolutley divine! You my darling Lisa looked like the apitamy of what a R.H.O.B.H should look like in the snow, it made my week! Much needed compliments go out to you!
I'm British and know only too well where your husband was coming from. It's an unfortunate belief that is commonly held in our 'pull your socks' up conditioning. What I personally have come to believe is it's weak to not seek help, not the other way around. It takes a strong man willing to explore himself.
Bravo Lisa! As you said, it was Ken's opinion that "he" could not do therapy not a slight toward Taylor and her decision to do so in her situation.
I hope to see some of the "British" dry & maybe a bit "naughty" humor this season. I loved your outfit on the slopes, you would have made a great "Bond" chick.
Classy as always. From a viewer's perspective Ken's therapy comment was a response to dinner table conversation. Taylor, perhaps affected by her recent therapy visits and with emotions close to the surface, was unreasonably sensitive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. That generally makes a far more interesting and enlivened party!
Ken said absolutely nothing wrong. Would one get upset if their favorite color was yellow and another stated that yellow was ugly and preferred blue? Of course not. Taylor being ultra sensitive and momentarily insecure, reacted emotionally. I don't think those emotions should have been fed. As much as I like Kyle, she shouldn't have encouraged more chit chat which put both you and Taylor on the spot. I believe Kyle thought she was helping......hopefully she has learned a lesson. I also don't believe Ken said anything to purposely hurt Taylor......he's a man, they are concrete, they don't think the way we women think.......we are a strong bunch....as strong as we are our emotions are just as weak. We have to be! We take care of the babies! Poor Ken will tip-toe around Taylor from here on out.
Women everywhere......listen up!
If a male family member or friend doesn't express their thoughts/opinions around you or tease you when once, early on, they did......it's because they now tip-toe around you and your 'feelings'.......they are afraid you will be 'offended' yet again......they aren't being cold or shy or rude......they are afraid of your reactions and thus they remain cordial.
I love watching you on the show. You are sure funny person with so much wit and your character is a person I would admire. Taylor on the other hand really disgusts me and really should stop playing the vitcim.
Lisa Vanderpump!!! So glad to have you and Sir Giggy back!! I felt uncomfortable for you and Ken during last week's epsiode with the dinner party. I understood what Ken meant and he was only speaking for himself. Nonetheless, I am glad the whole season wasn't scrapped but it is horrible what Taylor and the rest of Russell's family is going through. I have had two cousins commit suicide. It is awful and confusing and hard to process especially when small children are involved. Glad to see you again and I still think you, Ken and Giggy could be your own show!
Let Ken know, I am with him, Taylor took something out of context and too personal. I agree, it was Ken's opinion for himself and she took up offense. Sometimes I can't take her drama, she seems to be a bit dramatic at times. I love how you calm this group with little tid bits of humor. And let Ken know, I love him to pieces and he is right, it is the man's place to make his wife feel secure and adored. My husband is fantastic like him. But I do have to say if we needed therapy we would certainly have to both go and give it a try. But we have never been in 35 years of marriage.
Love you and Ken both, Lisa. I definitely thought that Ken was simply opening up about how the idea of therapy made him feel. In a strange way, it was vulnerable for him to admit that he couldn't do it because it would make him feel weak. It's evident that Taylor was more sensitive because of other issues than the average person would have been. It's nice to know that Ken showed his concern for her feelings and addressed it by apologizing. As a viewer, I enjoy seeing the good times and support you women share. So glad the show has gone on!
Lisa you were right in defending your husband, he did nothing wrong he simply gave his opinion on a conversation at the dinner table and I have no doubt that he ever intended his comments to hurt Taylor. I think Taylor over reacted and whether it was for show or she was just being sesitive at that point only she knows. I do think Taylor can manipulate situations to make herself look like a victim.
That is all the more reason we ALL need to love one another because you never ever know what is in the minds and thoughts of each other and if they act in a way we don't understand because they are hurting so badly that they could take their own life as an answer instead of being able to reach out to someone who will listen and just CARE!
Lisa you have always been my favorite across the Bravo housewife franchise board, youre real and honest and thats what these shows SHOULD be all about... BRAVO to you !
Lisa, Well said. Tears and heartfelt sympathy for Taylor and the children. Glad you are back and hopefully this season will find all of the ladies friends. You are the best!
You're so well-spoken and full of wisdom. So glad you're back and I look forward to watching the rest of the season. You're my favorite!
lisa, I enjoy watching you and giggy, way cute. AT times do you think you maybe too hard towards taylor?? I am very sad that russell took his life, which that is in question too, along with his business partner.I have good close bff's take their lives and we are left wondering why? This is a time too be a friend, no matter what, put the bullshit aside and be a friend.Taylor needs that from all you ladies. I am sure you want to poke a eyeball or two, having a great support system time helps the healing process for all.When you think about anyone losing someone they love, it all hurts the same. The hard part is trying to understand you may never have the answer on why,i could of done something,i should of been a better friend! Put all jugement to the side and be a friend. bless you all durning this hard time..
I've always liked you because you are such a realist. It is as if you have a second sense about people. Though you reserve your decision until you have all of the facts, you know early on. I am respectful of Taylor and what she is going thru at this time. I think back to season one when Taylor talked about how she "chased" after Russell, you had trouble believing it. I also think back to when she was talking about how unhappy she was and comparing her marriage to Kyle's marriage. You asked her to examine(and I'm paraphrasing) whether it was her husband she wanted or the Beverly Hills lifestyle. You advised her to let Kim and Kyle handle their own differences and stay out of it(which she, Taylor didn't like). You said all of those things as a friend, however Taylor saw it as you judging her or looking down on her, but in reality I think you were spot on.
I honestly didn't think Ken was being insensitive. I think Taylor, understandably stressed, may have heard a lack of approval from Ken, but I didn;t think that was his intent. He jsut said it would not be for him. Most "older" men would feel uncomfortable sharing their feelings to a stranger. I'm from the Midwest and therapy is not in our vocabulary. Women have each other to work out problems. Men are just different. IMOP
Reading your blog makes me want to cry. I feel so sad for Taylor and Kennedy and for all that they have to go through right now. But the reason I felt like crying while reading this is because it makes me so happy to hear that you all have become close and have been there for each other, and especially for Taylor during this difficult time. I really love watching this really real reality show. You said it best. Out of all the other shows, I feel like we are seeing the REAL lives of all of you. Aside from all the glitz and glamour in Beverly Hills, which we all love, it's the REAL friendships that we get so see, and that's why I love the show.
Lisa, I just adore you, and quite frankly you are the the only reason I will continue to watch the RHOBH. You are so classy and elegant and actually act like a "good" and mature woman. There is no need to apologize for Ken's comment...it was HIS opinion only and made that quite clear. Kyle needs to stop being so defensive and putting her nose in other people's business. Thanks for a great blog.
Lisa, I don't know if you read these replies or not, but I wanted to express my opinion regarding your husband's statement at the dinner party. I have some British in-laws, and when Ken said what he said it did not phase me a bit. And I was a bit surprised at the reaction it got. He was stating HIS feelings, HIS opinion. Like he said "I'm and old Englishman" I totally knew where he was coming from. Plus, he has been married to you for half of his life, I am sure you and every other married couple have their highs and lows. Not everyone chooses therapy.
As for you, I just adore you. You seem so lovely and kind and you have a great eye for style.
Can't wait for the rest of the show to unfold!
I'm so glad you all are back...Love you to pieces Lisa! And I always thought you were 100% correct not getting to close to Taylor. I can tell your very insightful and always seem to handle all your situations with grace and class. Looking forward to this season.
We often defend our hubbies thru thick and thin. Sometimes we cannot really defend their remarks. I think you acted in a nice manner, but Taylor was in pain and still is. The only thing I hate about you and Ken is that your doggie is not table trained. Goodness no drinking out of glasses for dogs. Yuck.
LOVE YOU N KEN!!! Ken gave HIS opinon and Kyle and others should respect that.. may it be right or wrong, its HIS opinon!!
Lisa I love you and Ken. Lisa you are a beautiful lady and I hope I can be like you when I get older.
Lisa, you were so hillarious last season thanks for keeping us laughing every week! I really loved your carefree sense of humor and look forward to it again this season as well! Congratulations on your daughter's engagament/marriage as I am sure she is probably married by now......& here's to hoping Bravo keeps on continuing RHOBH!!!!!
Cheers & take care!
As always you are a true lady and consistently handle sticky situations with the utmost dignity and grace. How very refreshing to see on a reality show these days!
What a beautiful blog, very sensitive and compassionate. It is difficult to watch the season and conversations about Taylor and Russell, when everyone knows the very tragic outcome. I am glad that all of you are truly supportive of Taylor and her daughter. That said, a lot of viewers share your skepticism of her, and her motivation and actions. We, like you, are trying to put everything into perspective given the outcome. I do think there will continue to be skeptics based on her behavior in Season 1 and her behavior in Season 2 thus far. Your husband was stating his asked opinion of him attending therapy, and a lot of men share that opinion. There is no right or wrong answer, some people just don't like the idea of therapy and would rather handle marital issues themselves. I think Taylor was overly dramatic about Ken's statement, because he was not trying to hurt her by his opinion. I also wished that Kyle had not said anything to Ken, because that could create hard feelings, and was unnecessary. If she was worried about Ken being angry at her for what she said, the best thing is to think before you say anything, and decide to keep your mouth shut. I think there was much ado about nothing, since Ken was not intentionally trying to hurt anyone. He was asked if he would go to therapy, and he answered and said no and why. Obviously, Taylor and Russell made a decision to go, and I believe that they needed to go, and Taylor shouldn't worry what anybody else thinks of that decision. A person should do what is best for them, and not worry about what others think. You and Ken are a lovely couple, who I don't believe would intentionally hurt anyone, and your friends should know that about you. Unfortunately, because of her behavior, and the tragedy of Russell's death, I believe viewers are going to be very skeptical of Taylor and scrutinize her actions and words throughout Season 2. She cannot worry about that, all she can do now is worry about her daughter and herself, and do what is best for them going forward. Our hearts go out to Russell's family and children, and pray that God and time will ease their pain and grief.
I understood what Ken was saying and also why you defended him. Taylor is overly sensitive and if I didn't know how her story was going to end, I would probably have been rolling my eyes at her dramatic reaction. It goes to show that none of us really know what goes on in other people's lives sometimes and how she was crying for help. I feel badly at how I've judged her. Her life literally was falling apart. Love you and Ken and Giggy.
Aw Lisa I just love you. You're so sweet and funny, it broke my little heart watching the comments made toward you so I'm so glad you mentioned it gets better. XOXOXO
Lisa, you are not fake. You are an honest thinking woman who draws your own conclusions. It is clear to viewers that was Ken's opinion. No one cab tell him how to feel. Your isssues with Taylor were from lack of genuiness. I'm glad you guys work it our. An honest friend is better than all the fake friends who just tell you what you want to hear. Honesty help one really confront issues and find ways to move forward.
Lisa......... So happy that you are back !!! You are my favorite !
I'm also happy to see that all the orginal housewive returned.
Lisa you are definetly the voice of reason on your show. Love you, Ken and Jiggy - oh and your closet too!!!
thank god you had the forsight aboat taylor, sorry not buying the whole thing, she married money, and thats why she was so torn, i,e leaving the lifestyle, not her husband,
Love you and Ken, but he created the awkward situation by ASKING Kyle what was up with Taylor, then parsing her words instead of listening to the answer. She didn't butt in, if he wasn't interested he shouldn't have asked. She did come across as irritated, but the way he kept interrupting her on a tangent without letting her make her point anyone would be.
WELCOME BACK!!! You are the BEST OF THE BEST, Lisa, best of the best. You know when to have fun, when to question the fun, and when to remove yourself from an awkward situation where the fun has gone dry. Brains and beauty. CONDOLENCES to all, of course it is sad to have the darkness hanging over the season, awful for Taylor and family, and for all the ladies of RHOBH. I find it disturbing to see Kyle and Taylor always so secretive and hand-holding. Seems like Kyle is always trying to get Taylor to "talk", and there is so much sorrow to spill, even before Russell's death. While no one could have ever predicted this, you certainly always knew there was something off with Taylor and Russell, each individually and as a couple.