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Posts Tagged ‘Yvonne Villarreal’

Bravo Denies Explosive Real Housewives Claim

In what is already one of several such allegations, a friend of apparent suicide victim Russell Armstrong has told the LA Times that the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong requested not to be filmed for the final portions of the second season, which is scheduled to debut next month.

In the Wednesday article by Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal, acquaintance William Ratner claims the deceased 47-year-old was told something not altogether surprising when he expressed his desire to be off-camera:

“He said the producers at Bravo told Russell and Taylor that they picked them as the ‘disaster couple,’ and if they weren’t going to have drama in the second season, they would cut them and replace them with someone else.”

Asked to respond to Ratner’s assertions, a Bravo representative said “Production has assured us that there is no truth to these claims.”

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Christian Slater Thankful His Personal Struggles Were Pre-TMZ

With time comes wisdom. That’s the overriding flavor of LA Times reporter Yvonne Villarreal‘s Polo Lounge sit-down with actor Christian Slater, whose latest attempt at an episodic series hit debuts tonight on Fox.

When asked how growing up in a showbiz family helped him prepare for dealing with media scrutiny, the actor wryly pulls out his iPhone and reads from a series of stored responses, because it is a question he gets asked a lot. Slater also acknowledges how much more difficult his personal struggles would have been if they had occurred today, under the glare of Perez, TMZ, and co., rather than amidst the relative media calm of 1989:

“[Today] would be a Howard Hughes-type of situation,” he said. “I would just become a shut-in, I suppose. People are so under the microscope now…”

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