Camille Grammer: I'd return to 'The Real Housewives' to rehab image
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/07/2011
If Camille Grammer decides to return for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills second season, she says it will be for one simple reason: to prove she's not really as bad as the first season has made her out to be.
"I don't think it's an accurate portrayal of who I am." It's really not an accurate portrayal," Grammer said during a Friday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"They're saying awful things about me and it's very hurtful, it's very hurtful. You know, if I would do it again, it would be to try and change my image and try and turn it around and have people see the other side of me they don't see on TV."
Grammer also reiterated her prior denial of recent reports that she has already decided not to return for a second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which is still airing its first season on Bravo and has actually not been formally renewed by the network yet
"Haven't decided," she told DeGeneres, adding that she still has "two weeks" to think the matter over.
According to Grammer, viewers have only seen a small portion of her on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' first season.
"I mean we film like 100 hours and then it's edited down to or cut down to approximately 43-45 minutes, so there's a lot that the audience doesn't get to see. So, you know, it'd be nice to just round out my character... round out me a little bit more," Grammer explained.
However, the reality TV star admitted she "absolutely" worries her attempt to rehab her image might not succeed even if she returns for another season.
In addition, Grammer acknowledged her on-air feuds with fellow The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards -- whom she said she had only met once before the show began filming -- are an accurate portrayal of their relationship.
"Off the camera, I think we tend to get along, but I'm not going to say it's for show, because these are, you know, real things that are happening in our lives," Grammer said.
That on-camera tension will apparently also carry over to the season's reunion show, which Grammer and the rest of her fellow The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars filmed earlier this week.
"It is a doozy, it's very emotional," Grammer teased.
The reality TV star also said her relationship with estranged husband Kelsey Grammer --- whom she filed for divorce from last summer after he allegedly began an affair with current fiancee Kayte Walsh while The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was still filming its first season -- remains strained.
"We don't speak at all... everything I find out is through the press with him or he writes me an email or a text. I just think it's really important for us to speak if we're going to raise children -- we need to co-parent," Grammer explained.
While Grammer claims she only learned of her husband's alleged infidelity in June when a friend told her about his behavior, she told DeGeneres she began to sense her marriage was in trouble when -- as The Real Housewivesviewers saw in one of the show's November episodes -- he seemed standoffish when she visited him in New York City for the premiere of the Broadway play he was starring in.
"Wasn't that an awkward scene? I was so excited to see him. I didn't know at that time, but I knew that there was something wrong in our marriage, because he was growing distant," she said.
"He wasn't really returning my phone calls and he's the type of guy that would call like 10 times a day. He's a very doting husband and we had a good marriage. So, I felt him moving away from me during this time."