Bravo The Real Dinner Party From Hell's Allison Dubois

Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast
Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast

What Happens In New York Does NOT Stay In New York

Bravo TV aired “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Dinner Party From Hell” on February 15, 2010. This is the first time Bravo has taken a previously-aired episode and added edited footage to a party scene for one of “The Real Housewives” franchise. The original airing of “The Dinner Party From Hell” played on Bravo on December 16, 2010, and it was aptly titled. Much of the hour-long episode (minus the standard commercial breaks) showcases Beverly Hill elitists sitting in Camille Grammer’s mansion (the soon-to-be ex-wife of “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer) sharing a Saturday evening with the when all hell literally breaks loose. Viewers who had been following the Beverly Hills’s bejeweled ladies during their inaugural season, had already known there had been some tension brewing between Camille and Kyle Richards. In our camera-crazed society, the reality show producers for Bravo TV had somehow missed an apparently volatile private exchange of words between the two spat off-camera during the first episode. (Perhaps, if this scene had been filmed, there wouldn’t have been quite so much drama this season…But, then again, perhaps, that is what the producers at Bravo had counted on. Is it possible the initial “confrontation” between Kyle and Camille is actually on a reel somewhere in a producer’s private library? Hmmm…Geniuses!) This feud bubbled to boiling level while five of the six Beverly Hills leading ladies were in New York to catch Kelsey Grammer’s “Le Cage Aux Folles” on Broadway (Adrienne Maloof was unable to attend due to family reasons). Although Kyle and Camille practiced pleasantries to each other, the feud remained perhaps-not-so-quite simmering just below the surface, creeping up now and again.

 

Head-Tapping And Seeing Dead People

It was this back-story that aided in creating the Dinner Party From Hell. It was, perhaps, utter folly for Allison Dubois to have accepted Camille Grammer’s invitation for dinner with her fellow Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars. However, that is hindsight at this time, and it probably would have been beneficial if Dubois’ spirits had guided her to bow out. If you missed the original cut of the “Dinner Party From Hell” episode or even the lengthier version which aired February 15, 2011, I recommend you watch it on Bravotv.com, or wait for a repeat to air on Bravo’s network. The latter episode that aired houses most, if not all, of the December show, and adds more depth to it from the viewpoints of Camille as well as Kyle. Without getting into more detail than necessary (with so much drama, how do you not?), on this episode Camille warns Allison not to drink too much, because drinking causes her to become more uncensored with her words, “head-tapping”, and readings with the dead. And guess what? That is exactly what happens. The camera keeps on Dubois constantly, capturing her drinking from her enormous martini glass, taking long drags from her electronic cigarette, and spewing words and medium readings laced with hurtful intentions. (As a side to those who have watched this episode:  did anyone else wonder if she was actually “head-tapping” Taylor Armstrong and not Kyle or Camille as previously pondered?) The episode ended with the invited Housewives leaving abruptly after the constant suggestion a bulldog-esque Dubois made it clear nothing good would come out of this dinner party. Camille, her friend of twenty years, Deidre, and Allison sank back in their chairs to enjoy discussing Kyle in an unsavory mean-girls-at-high-school kind of way.

Actress Patricia Arquette and Allison Dubois
Actress Patricia Arquette and Allison Dubois | Source

Who Is Allison Dubois?

Camille’s side-kick, Deidre, should not get off scott-free in how she has behaved this season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Certainly, her snide remarks and snooty looks do not make her the angel Camille claims herself to be. Neither are, clearly. However, it seems Allison Dubois has stolen the spotlight from these regulars on Bravo’s hit series. Allison Dubois has been reported as saying Bravo edited the dinner party footage to make her look like the villain in the room. She claims she was not drinking heavily and that the cameras only shot to her when she was taking a drink from her martini glass or sucking on her e-cigarette. Most likely, Bravo did take advantage of the scene by creating extra drama in a room where Beverly Hills socialites were all playing up to the camera, as well. The recipe for reality TV at its best.

However, as so happens with life and, yes, even TV, people forget. Allison Dubois’s star may be not quite as bright as it was before she appeared on “The Dinner Party From Hell”, but she certainly has not lost her ability to make a pretty coin. “Medium”, the series based on Allison Dubois’ life and book, “Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye”, was canceled by CBS; its final episode aired January 21, 2011. The canceling of the series that originally ran on NBC on January 3, 2005, has not taken Dubois from her very busy schedule. According to her website, AllisonDubois.com, she is booked worldwide to give seminars and private and public spiritual readings for much of 2011. She is still a psychic profiler, an author, a medium, a public speaker, a wife, and a mother of three. And, anyway, don’t they say any publicity is good publicity?

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Mary Contrary 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

I'm happy to see this column-I've missed all the Housewifes shows so it's good to read about what all the rest of the world is watching

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