By Jen Heger
Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Viewers can expect to see drastic changes for the ladies of the 90210, as Taylor Armstrong will gradually be phased out of the series and fan favorite, Camille Grammer, opted not to return because network executives wanted her to include her two children with ex-husband, Kelsey Grammer, on the show.
“Filming began last week on the third season with Kyle Richards. She has a lot going on in her life right now, including helping her sister and fellow cast member, Kim Richards, navigate the sometimes rocky road of sobriety,” a show insider tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
“Kim’s sobriety and recovery are going to be a focal point of her story line. The ladies haven’t all filmed together yet but are expected to begin that next week. Kyle has been lamenting that she is really going to miss Camille because she added much needed class to the show.”
The insider went on to reveal, “The ladies are also extremely concerned about Taylor’s drinking problem. It has really gotten out of control and they all believe she is an alcoholic in need of help.
“Taylor needs to go to rehab and the producers have talked to Kyle and Kim about how best to approach her drinking problem, because Kim’s battle with the bottle was documented on the air. There has been talk of doing an on-camera intervention for Taylor.”
Russell Armstrong committed suicide last August amid serious financial troubles and relationship woes. His death came just weeks after Taylor filed for divorce from her husband of six years and was featured as a central story line of the second season of the Beverly Hills franchise.
“Producers also want to lighten things up for the upcoming season. There was so much sadness in the last season because of the suicide and Kim’s drinking problem,” the source says.
“Viewers want to live vicariously through the ladies and not see so much doom and gloom.”