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Billie Lee: Replacing Kristen Doute on Vanderpump Rules? Accusing Entire Cast of Transphobia?!

Folks, be happy that the cameras are currently rolling for Vanderpump Rules Season 7 because it sounds like sh-t is really hitting the fan in West Hollywood this week.

The drama began with rumors that Kristen Doute had been fired from the show due to her inability or unwillingness to stir up unnecessary drama with her castmates.

If you watched last season, you know Kristen seemed to be content in a stable, committed relationship and wasn’t getting blackout drunk nearly as often.

In other words, she committed each of the reality star cardinal sins, and no one was surprised by news that she’d been banished to Vander-purgatory to await the endtimes in the company of Vail Bloom and Laura Leigh.

“She’s just not crazy Kristen anymore,” one production source bluntly stated.

Kristen denied that she’d been demoted to “friend of the castmates” status, but the rumor resurfaced this week with some new and intriguing details:

According to Radar Online, Kristen will be replaced as a full-time cast member by SUR newcomer Billie Lee.

“She did extremely well,” the source said about Billie Lee’s first season on the show.

“All of the cast loves her — and so did the ratings!”

Of course, it appears the source delivered that quote ahead of the Twitter war that began playing out between Billie Lee and the rest of the cast last night.

It seems the ladies of SUR will be hosting a Tuesday night event at the restaurant called Girls’ Night In.

(What happened to James Kennedy’s See You Next Tuesday? Fingers crossed that shaved ferret got sh-tcanned, too!)

Billie Lee apparently felt that she had been left out of the gathering, and she made her feelings clear in a very irate tweet:

“When yo coworkers don’t include the only trans girl in GIRLS night at your own job! On the night you work! #rudeAF #TransIsBeautiful.” she wrote.

Billie Lee Tweet

As you can see, it appears that Billie Lee was indeed invited to the event, which may be why Kristen and company were so vehement in defending themselves:

“You better check yourself before you wreck yourself,” Doute tweeted, adding:

“It’s not your event. Don’t make this about something it’s not. #NoH8 … We are not hateful people and ABSOLUTELY support the LGBTQ community. A person is a person is a person.”

Katie Maloney echoed the sentiment, tweeting:

“I’m completely supportive and will always be supportive of the LGBTQ community … EVERYONE is invited and welcome tomorrow!”

It’s possible that Billie Lee was genuinely offended by what she perceived as prejudice among her castmates — but it’s equally possible that she’s stirring up drama to give the people what they want.

And if that’s the case, the girl might have a very bright future at Bravo.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online for more on reality TV’s most dysfunctional framily.

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Kristen Doute: FIRED From Vanderpump Rules?!

Vanderpump Rules is unique among Bravo shows, in that the cast has endured very little restructuring over the course of their six seasons on the air.

Producers added Lala Kent and James Kennedy, and certain SUR folk have seen their roles diminished over the years (we miss you, Peter), but with the exception of flash-in-the-pan Vail Bloom, no one has been full-on fired from the show.

Until now?

Radar Online is reporting today that Kristen Doute will no longer be a full-time cast member as of the show’s seventh season, which is currently filming.

The reason? Well, if you watch the show, we probably don’t need to tell you.

In fact, if you were to ask a diehard Vanderpump fan what Kristen got up to this past season, you’d probably be met with the same blank stare that you’d get from someone who’s never seen the show.

That’s because Kristen has completed her transformation from “pasta”-fuelled, paranoid firebrand to tedious, chain-smoking bystander.

Aside from one trumped-up storyline in which she allegedly hooked up with James while on vacation in Mexico, Kristen was little more than vegetarian window-dressing this season.

An insider tells Radar that Kristen’s newfound maturity and relatively drama-free relationship with Brian Carter have caused viewers to lose interest in her life.

And since she wasn’t exactly a fan favorite to begin with, the feeling among producers is that they won’t be receiving many complaints about Kristen’s reduced role.

“She’s being downgraded to a ‘friend’ of the cast,” says the source, adding:

“She doesn’t have a lot of drama in her life these days.”

There are a few important takeaways here:

1. Carter is dude’s last name?! We’ve never heard anyone call him anything else!

2. You can be boring or unlikeable in the world of reality television, but you can’t be both.

For six seasons, viewers looked on in horror as Kristen cheated on her doting boyfriend with her best friend’s man, verbally assaulted her “lessers” at SUR, sabotaged an ex’s relationship, and — perhaps worst of all — unleashed James Kennedy on the world.

Her behavior was appalling, but at least she kept things interesting.

The unfortunate drawback for Kristen is that it’s hard to keep that pace up forever.

And if she’d spent the first six season endearing herself to fans instead of repulsing them in droves with her vile behavior, she could probably settle into a role as the show’s dull but affable hanger-on.

Instead, she’ll now serve as a walking exposition machine, forever prompting her more compelling friends with questions like “So what’s going on with you and so-and-so?”

Doute recently responded to the rumors with a tweet reading:

“I hate giving that trash bag tabloid any attention. But that is #fakenews”

We’re guessing Kristen is getting by on a technicality on that one, as she hasn’t really been fired, merely demoted.

For their part, Bravo has declined to comment on the situation, so it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing far less of Ms. Doute in season seven.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online to relive Kristen’s wilder days.

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‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Scheana Marie Hooking Up with ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Guy

“Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Marie’s bathing suit says it best — now that she’s hooking up with another hot reality TV star … in Hawaii — yeah, “Living My Best Life” definitely applies here. Scheana and “Bachelor in Paradise” star Robby…

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Lisa Vanderpump Mourns Late Brother, Sends Message of Gratitude

Lisa Vanderpump is in mourning.

But she’s out of hiding.

The Bravo personality has understandably remained out of the spotlight for a few weeks now, ever since learning that her brother, Mark, had been found unconscious at his home in England and then pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

He was only 59 years old.

Initial reports indicated that Mark Vanderpump died of a drug overdose, although no official autopsy has been performed.

Or, if it has, the results have not been made public.

The DJ’s death actually took place on April 30 and it sounds as if his loved ones have been careful to keep various details as private as possible, which is very much their right, of course.

According to his fiancee Gemma Walker, Vanderpump deliberately took too many drugs late last month, as the British model told Radar Online yesterday that Mark committed suicide.

“It was for sure suicide,” the 36-year-old tells Radar. “I was the last person he spoke to.”

Walker went on to say that Vanderpump texted her that he was going to a “better place” shortly before he died, while even adding that he apparently texted her while in the process of passing away.

(“My fingers are getting slower,” was the final message Gemma says she was sent.)

Whether or not Mark killed himself, this is tragic news.

In response to her heartbreaking loss, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills veteran took to Instagram on Tuesday night and shared a throwback photo of the siblings.

“Rest In Peace big brother,” she wrote.

In a second picture of herself riding her horse – while dressed in black, head bowed – Lisa added:

“It’s been a devastating couple of weeks… one day at a time… I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support. Love Lisa xo.”

Vanderpump had originally said via statement that she was “shocked and saddened” by Mark’s passing, adding when this news first went viral:

“I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy. We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.”

The SUR owner’s employees and Lisa’s Vanderpump Rules co-stars took to the comments section of her Instagram account this week to send their condolences.

“I’m so sorry Lisa! Sending all my life and prayers to you and your family,” Brittany Cartwright wrote. “We love you Lisa!”

And then there was this from Tom Sandoval: “Hang in there Lisa we all love u so much!” 

And this from Billie Lee chimed: “Aw babe! I’m so sorry! I love you.”

Mark Vanderpump lived in Gloucestershire, England and was once married for 22 years.

He had been with Walker for three years at the time of his death.

“This has come as a shock to us all,” Lisa said earlier this week, adding that she and her sibling were close and had just been in touch prior to his passing:

“My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.”

We send our condolences to her and her loved ones.

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Mark Vanderpump: Cause of Death Finally Revealed?

Yesterday, we reported on the tragic death of Mark Vanderpump, the beloved brother of Bravo reality star Lisa Vanderpump.

It was initially reported that the 59-year-old DJ’s lifeless body was discovered in his London apartment, but as new details of Vanderpump’s death emerged, a different narrative began to take shape:

We now know that Mark was still alive when he was discovered, and he died later at a Swindon Hospital.

We also know that news of Mark’s passing was kept private for more than two weeks, with new reports confirming that he passed away on April 30.

Given his profession and history of substance abuse, it’s not hard to see why many jumped to the conclusion that Vanderpump’s death was the result of an accidental overdose.

But the controversial British model Gemma Walker – who had recently got engaged to Vanderpump – says that’s not the case.

Walker tells Radar Online that she’s 100 percent Mark intended to take his own life

“It was for sure suicide,” the 36-year-old tells Radar.

“I was the last person he spoke to.”

Walker dated Vanderpump for the final three years of his life after receiving permission to carry on an affair from her previous husband, who believed the relationship might alleviate her depression.

(“It was better to have an adulterous wife than have no mother for our two children,” Mike Ramsay later said in a divorce hearing.)

Walker says she realized too late that Vanderpump was saying goodbye to her in his final text messages:

“He sent me a text message that said he was going to a better place,” she said.

Gemma Walker

“The last message he sent me was ‘My fingers are getting slower.’ I didn’t understand it at first. I was calling him and texting him back, and I heard nothing.”

Walker says she’s been inconsolable in the weeks since Vanderpump’s death, telling Radar:

“Of course I am devastated. I loved him very much. I am with my family now.”

Vanderpump and Walker’s relationship was often a subject of interest to the British tabloid press, and not only because of the unusual circumstances under which their relationship began.

Prior to meeting Walker, Vanderpump participated in a reality show with the stated goal of helping men find “gold digger” girlfriends.

Gemma Walker Image

Vanderpump’s appearance on Gold Diggers and Proud came on the heels of his divorce from his wife of 22 years.

He stated at the time that he enjoyed dating “four or five women” at a time, and while promoting the show, he secured a date with a 31-year-old co-star after gifting her with a $ 50,000 ring on live TV.

Walker was present when Mark got into a loud public altercation with his famous sister back in January.

“Lisa and her husband Ken and daughter Pandora were eating dinner with her brother Mark and a few others,” one witness told Radar at the time.

“They were all obviously really upset. Lisa and her brother were shouting at each other so that the entire restaurant could hear! … At one point, Lisa’s brother slammed his hands on the table and screamed ‘Enough is enough!’”

We’ll have further updates on the increasingly bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Mark Vanderpump as more information becomes available.

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Mark Vanderpump: New Details Emerge on Death of Reality Star’s Brother

We have an update to the very sad story we posted yesterday about Lisa Vanderpump’s brother, Mark.

As detailed on this website and on other outlets across the Internet, the long-time Bravo star lost her brother back on April 30, with various sources confirming Mark Vanderpump died of a drug overdose.

He was only 59 years old.

Many questions remain unanswered when it comes to this tragic development, such:

  • Whether or not Mark deliberately took too many pills.
  • Whether they actually were pills (or some other drug).
  • Or whether this was an accidental death.

In time, we presume most of these questions will be answered.

For now, however, we can at least turn to Radar Online for an update on what happened to the British DJ.

Contrary to initial reports about his passing, an insider tells Radar that Mark was NOT found dead in his Gloucestershire home.

Instead, he was discovered while unconscious and taken to a nearby hospital.

This is where he passed away.

“He died in a Swindon Hospital and was transferred here on the 1st of May,” a UK official tells Radar.

The official confirmed the Coroner’s Office in Gloucestershire will be carrying out an investigation in the near future, one that will involve an autopsy to confirm an exact cause of death.

We’ll be sure to update readers with the results once they’re made public.

This may not happen any time soon, however.

Mark’s inquest was opened on May 10; and the coroner has scheduled a final court hearing to discuss the findings for cause of death for October 9, 2018.

Until then, we’ll continue to send our condolences to the entire Vanderpump family.

In light of this horrible incident, the veteran Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member has released the following statement:

This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.

He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing. I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy.

We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.

Mark and Lisa had a close relationship.

They often went on vacation together and the former often dined at his sister’s famous restaurants.

Lisa has thus far remained very quiet on social media and in public in the weeks since her brother was found dead.

We don’t know when she’ll speak out again, but we can’t imagine the pain she must be in and we hope she takes as much time as she needs to heal properly before doing so.

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Lisa Vanderpump: Brother Found Dead of Suspected Drug Overdose

Lisa Vanderpump is in mourning.

According to The Daily Mail, the long-time Bravo star’s brother, Mark Vanderpump, was found dead at his home in Gloucestershire, England on April 30.

He was 59 years old.

The aforementioned British newspaper explains that Mark worked as a DJ and that his death is believed to be the result of a drug overdose.

As of this writing, it’s unclear whether this overdose was accidental or deliberate.

This awful news has only just gone public, but it explains why Lisa has not been updating her social media page or making any statements of late.

In a statement released to DailyMail.com, Vanderpump says the tragedy is a “shock to us all,” adding that she last had contact with her sibling the day before he died.

Scroll down for a look at Lisa’s full statement:

This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.

He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing.

I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy.

We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.

Lisa and Mark ​often vacationed together, while the latter was a frequent visitor to his sister’s Los Angeles restaurants Sur, Villa Blanca and PUMP.

Below, for example, the loved ones are seen together in August of 2014.

We don’t wish to speculate wildly and we certainly don’t want to speak ill the dead, but Mark’s 22-year marriage ended in divorce.

He appeared on some kind of reality show titled “Gold Diggers and Proud” and was living a “very colorful life until it all sadly went wrong,” an anonymous insider tells The Daily Mail.

This same source says Mark had his share of legal troubles, the details of which are not really known at this time.

Lisa Vanderpump, meanwhile, has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2010.

She also stars in a spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, which features her West Hollywood restaurant Sur and its employees.

The 57-year-old is also famous for her philanthropy, having founded the Vanderpump Dog Foundation to help fight the sale of dogs for meat.

No one associated with either of Vanderpump’s Bravo programs has spoken out yet on this awful development.

We’ll update this post with more information as news breaks.

For now, however, we simply send our condolences to Lisa Vanderpump and her relatives.

May Mark rest in peace.

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Brandi Glanville: Lisa Vanderpump Is Still Ruining My Life!!

Last week, in a stunning turn of events, Brandi Glanville and Leann Rimes quashed their feud.

But Leann wasn’t the only other celeb with whom Brandi had a beef.

And in a new podcast episode, she’s making it clear that her feud with Lisa Vanderpump is still going strong.

Brandi Glanville may be a generally likable person with sympathetic struggles, but she sure knows how to feud.

Leann Rimes was her most famous enemy until the two buried the hatchet. 

But Leann has dragged Gerard Butler and quarreled with Amber Portwood and is always prepared to say exactly what she thinks of someone.

And her feud with Lisa Vanderpump is no new thing.

See, Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay had an affair with Brandi’s ex, Eddie Cibrian while Brandi and Eddie were still together.

And Brandi believes that Lisa brought that about by deliberately putting Scheana in Eddie’s path.

(Though, to be clear, that would still be 100% Eddie’s fault)

So, fresh from making nice with Leann and Eddie for the good of the children (and, honestly, for their own good), Brandi is speaking on her podcast, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered.

And she shares that she’s not really taking it well that Scheana Shay now has her own podcast.

Brandi of course knows that anyone can do a podcast, but at the same time, coming from Scheana, it apparently feels a little invasive.

“Oh, my God. I’m being cheated on again with Scheana.”

As if the concept of podcasting itself were stepping out on her with Scheana, we suppose.

Earlier this year, Scheana spoke about Brandi.

“She asked me to be on her podcast.”

But she was hesitant to agree.

“But out of respect for Lisa, I haven’t accepted that offer yet.”

That’s … interesting, since most people would not feel the need to ask the permission of a third party.

Brandi did not take it well. Specifically, she says that she “saw red” when she heard that Scheana would wait for Lisa’s blessing.

“Are you kidding?”

Brandi really does not like getting obstructed in this manner.

“This b–ch is still ruining my life. I’ve been here almost five years.”

She means that she has been podcasting for that long.

“This is the one thing that I have that she can’t touch, and now she’s telling me whether I can interview Scheana or not?”

Brandi goes on, continuing to rail against Lisa.

“[Lisa] is very controlling.”

But she says that she won’t back down.

“I’m not afraid of Lisa, obviously, but she did try to ruin my life for the past four years.”

Again, she feels like podcasting is her territory.

“And then having her just in this world, I was like: ‘Hell, no.'”

So that’s its own mess.

But at least Brandi is no longer feuding with Leann Rimes.

And she even made it official, tweeting:

“The three of us sat and talked for hours hashed everything out and the feud with @leannrimes Eddie and I is over! They will not be getting rid of me on any holidays #modernfamily”

That is such wonderful news!

For the adults and also for the children.

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Jax Taylor FLIPS OUT on Lisa Vanderpump: Was He on Drugs?

When Jax Taylor appears on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, it’s not uncommon for callers to inquire as to the quantity of cocaine that disappears up the Vanderpump Rules star’s surgically-enhanced nose on a nightly basis.

Based on what we saw last night, the answer cannot be given in terms of grams or even ounces, and instead must be envisioned as a relief map of Tony Montana’s desktop.

What we’re saying is, Jax appears to have been halfway to the moon on Colombian marching powder during his latest tirade at SUR, and the resulting sh-tshow could cost him both his fake job (bartender) and his real one (reality TV powder keg).

We joke about Jax’s consumption of booger sugar (kind of), but it’s not hard to see how he ended up so wound up during the climactic of last night’s episode.

Basically, a series of escalating conflicts had Jax’s fight or flight brain in high gear, and we doubt even Kelsey’s magic reiki rocks could have calmed him down.

First, he confronted the random SUR waiter who we’ll call Zoolander about his alleged crush on Brittany Cartwright.

Shortly thereafter, he locked horns with Scheana Marie, who tried to fix Zoolander up with Brittany.

After that, Jax got into it with James Kennedy over allegations that James hooked up with Kristen during the recent group trip to Mexico.

Unfortunately for Mr. Taylor the situation came to a head just as Lisa Vanderpump walked into SUR to check otu “See You Next Tuesday” for herself.

Lisa tried to calm Jax down, and well … it didn’t go smoothly:

“F–k you all,” shouted a wild-eyed Jax in the middle of his place of employment.

“F–k you all, you f–king lying sacks of goddamn s–t. F–k you all,” he continued, making a solid case for hinself as the most unhinged individual in the realty television landscape.

Astonishingly, he then made the baffling decision to flip Lisa off, which predicably led to him getting expelled from the restaurant.

“Of all the places that you choose to have a meltdown, why choose the place that has paid your bills for the last seven years?”

“Of hundreds of employees, I’ve never had anybody speak to me the way you speak to me,” Lisa continued after Jax refused to leave.

“You’re arrogant and you’re obnoxious. You’re acting like a little f–king baby.” 

At that point, Taylor broke the fourth wall and removed his microphone, leading some viewers to theorize that he’d quit the show, especially since all of this comes on the heels of rumors about Jax breaking up with Brittany and movin to Florida.

Needless to say, #PumpRules Twitter went wild.

“It only took 6 years, but we, the fans of #PumpRules, finally get what we deserve: a full blown Jax coke tantrum,” wrote one fan.

“Could you imagine being at SUR as Jax had that ungodly meltdown? Bc that would be a dream come true for me,” joked another.

“Next season. Jax: the intervention,” a third remarked.

But the tweet of the night belongs to Ira Madison III wh threw it all the way back to James’ “it’s not about the pasta” comments from earlier this season:

“How much pasta did Jax have tonight?”

We think it’s time for Mr. Taylor to put down the grated parm and stick to oregano.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online for more troubling behavior from the man we like to call the West Coast Situation.

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James Kennedy: Should He Be Fired From Vanderpump Rules For Abusive Behavior?

The current season of Vanderpump Rules certainly hasn’t been light on drama.

Jax cheating on Brittany; the Toms attempting to make a name for themselves in the restaurant business; Stassi transforming into a tequila-and-Adderall-fueled zombie at her own birthday party

It’s all enough to make you wonder why producers felt the need to bring back the show’s most justly-reviled cast member, James Kennedy.

Aside from a tenuous friendship with Lala Kent, James has no real connection to the rest of the cast.

It would’ve been the perfect time for show to cut ties with Kennedy, but in order to ensure things remained lively for viewers in the sixth season (a time when many reality series begin to show their age), producers welcomed James and his abusive tendencies back.

And the decision points to what will likely become a growing problem for reality TV showrunners in the #MeToo era.

In an age when some of TV’s best known villains aren’t reading from scripts, the behavior of people like James puts their bosses in a tough spot:

At what point does the obligation to maintain a safe work environment supersede the desire to deliver compelling television?

In his two seasons as a full-time cast member on Vanderpump we’ve seen James degrade multiple women as “sluts” and “whores,” shove his hand in the face of a former sex partner whom he had recently derided (in Trump-like fashion) for being too ugly to sleep with, and spit at an ex-girlfriend who was imploring him to leave her home.

Not exactly lovable anti-hero stuff.

In recent weeks, James has turned his attention to “friend” and frequent victim Lala Kennedy, who seems to have finally become fed up with his erratic outbursts and unwelcome sexual advances.

On last night’s episode of Vanderpump, James groped Lala in front of his girlfriend before turning on her and subjecting her to a drunken tirade.

All of this comes on the heels of Kennedy repeatedly slut-shaming Kent and accusing her of sleeping with an older man for money.

After the show aired, Kent appeared on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, where she responded to a question what she gains from her friendship with James in a way that offers hope that she’s finally cut him loose.

“You know what, my love? That is a great question, and I have just recently realized [he adds] nothing,” Kent said.

“So, that’s what it is.”

The remark came after a preview of next week’s Vanderpump, in which James yet again becomes enraged over Kent’s relationship with Randall Emmett.

“If I had been that billionaire successful DJ, she would have definitely come along for the ride. Her man was the guy that had all of that, so she went running along with him. Do I think that could have happened? Absolutely,” Kennedy said in the clip.

“You know Ray J hit it first before [Kanye West], right?” James added, likening himself to Kanye.

James’ behavior comes smack in the middle of what has already been a deeply problematic season for the show.

Allegations of racism against Stassi Schroeder have led to several deeply uncomfortable moments and even some questions about the show’s future.

At this point, it seems the best thing Bravo can do to preserve its reputation as one of the more woke networks on television is to permanently sever its relationship with James Kennedy.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online to get caught up on the show’s most troubling season to date.

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