If last Thursday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills teaches us anything, its lesson is simple: Don’t be fooled by clever editing.
Last week’s installment was touted as the big reveal in Bravo’s previews – the moment we’d all been pining for since news of Kelsey and Camille Grammer’s split broke last July, mere months before Housewives premiered. We may have known it was happening, but we kinda wanted to see it, too.
But while viewers weren’t as privy to the divorce plea as Bravo producers would have liked us to believe, the soon-to-be ex-wife of actor Kelsey Grammer offered more than a fistful of personal insight during an interview with Howard Stern last week.
Suggesting coquettishly (as she often does) that Kelsey enjoys dressing in drag while offstage, Camille initially implies that the Emmy Award-winning actor may have some same-sex leanings: “When I knew he got La Cage aux Folles, I was like ‘Oh god, I’m gonna lose him.’ But I thought it was gonna be to one of his back-up dancers – I didn’t think it was gonna be to another woman.” This doesn’t mean that she thinks Kelsey’s gay, of course. Camille simply “couldn’t understand why he couldn’t be with [her] physically.” Yikes.
Scandalous assertions aside, the most startling of Camille’s revelations isn’t directed at the former Frasier star at all. In fact, the Club MTV dancer turned A-lister’s wife saved her wildest accusations for the editing brass at Bravo, a network she find herself divorcing in addition to her husband. When asked if she intends to return for season two of Housewives, she quips, “Would you stay on a show that did that to you? I mean, c’mon. They demonized me.”
Have they, Camille? If the divorce episode serves as any measure, the answer is a resounding no. From actually being pictured with her kids for what feels like the first time since the series premiere (where she rationalizes employing 4 nannies for 3 children), to her last ditch effort to “save” her marriage by agreeing to be Kelsey’s date for the Tony awards post-divorce request, viewers seem primed to muster sympathy for the resident villain housewife.
Even in her less empathic moments (e.g., crazy psychic dinner party), Camille is portrayed in a manner so consistently trite that it simply can’t be attributed to editor-related manipulation. Whether hanging your head in shame during her awkward attempts to forge a conversation with her estranged husband or fighting the urge to hurl something at your TV when she repeatedly accuses every woman of being jealous of her, Camille Grammer is, at all times, a sympathetic character.Tags: Bravo, camille grammer, divorce, drama, howard stern, kelsey grammer, reality TV, television, the real housewives of beverly hills