By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Kelsey Grammer‘s ex-wife Camille will likely not be returning for the third season of the hit Bravo series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and producers are already auditioning new ladies to replace her, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills delivered an all-time ratings high on Monday night when Taylor Armstrong finally revealed that her then-husband Russell had beaten her. Season two is averaging 2.2 million total viewers, marking a double digit growth up 12 percent compared to the previous season.
“Producers are asking Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richards if any of their wealthy female friends would be interested in appearing on the show,” a Bravo network insider tells RadarOnline.com. “It’s an open secret that Camille most likely won’t be back for a third season. She came off as such a bitch during season one, whereas this season she has been very reserved, and she isn’t exactly eager to return.
“Camille has some other projects in the works, but she needs to get released from her Bravo contract before she can pursue those.”
This season of the show has closely documented Taylor’s shaky relationship with her late husband, who she claims abused her throughout their marriage.
The 47-year-old businessman was found hanged at a Los Angeles home August 15 after the show’s second season was taped.
Viewers have also witnessed Kim Richards drunk and slurring her words on multiple episodes. Eddie Cibrian‘s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville called Kim a “meth addict” during one infamous episode.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Kelsey told CNN presenter Piers Morgan, that Housewives was his “parting gift” to then-wife Camille.
“Whether or not it worked well for her doesn’t matter — it was my way of saying, ‘Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go,'” he said.
So, aside from no more Camille, what other changes can viewers expect in season three?
“Expect Taylor and Brandi to come back. Kim Richards doesn’t want to, but she needs the money, so her role might not be as prominent. Producers will focus more on Brandi because she is so polarizing and she loves playing the villain,” the source says.
Next week’s season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Monday, January 23 at 9pm ET/PT, as Taylor reveals the truth about her marriage and Lisa’s daughter Pandora gets married in a glamorous million-dollar ceremony at their Beverly Hills mansion.
For a sneak peek, visit Bravo’s Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
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