Taylor Armstrong steps back Behind The Rope. Who can believe its been eleven years since Taylor first appeared on the freshman season of the currently highest rated Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Feeling nostalgic, Taylor takes a trip down memory lane during her tenure on RHOBH with castmates Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof and Camille Donatacci Grammer (now Meyer). The ORIGINAL Dinner Party from hell - Allison DuBois, Faye Resnick & one epic e cigarette pen, what could go wrong?, a $50,000 Birthday soirée for a four year old, one epic stretch limo fight between two sisters that ended with the “a” word being thrown around and early accusations of LVP leaking stories to the press before that was “a thing”, we cover it all. On a more serious note, we chat with Taylor about the domestic abuse she endured from her husband at the time, Russel Armstrong, through most of her marriage and while filming RHOBH. We dive deep into topics such as why join RHOBH with this hidden secret, the difficulties of filming trying to hide this from the cast, how did she convince Russel to “let” her join RHOBH, did the show make the abuse worse, who from diamond holders did she confide in, and finally, did RHOBH, in effect, save her life? Taylor opens up about the full range of emotions expressed after she found then husband Russel Armstrong hanging in his LA home and resulting legal battles she faced as result of inheriting his several million dollar debt. Taylor reflects on how lucky she is to be here today, a gift she has shared in her aptly titled “Hiding From Reality” book and now shares in public speaking engagements across the county in the hopes of helping others suffering from domestic violence. On a lighter note, Taylor became part of a viral cat meme a few years back, you know the one, which we dissect. Of course we chat about the storyline and casting high points and mistakes of RHOBH throughout the years, whether the current cast is “right” or needs to be changed, the presence of actresses as Housewives, the realness of the show present day, Erika Jayne’s current legal woes, and much more.
***If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential assistance from trained advocates.
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