Rememeber Dedra Whitt? She’s Camille Grammer’s BFF from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In an interview with Examiner, Dedra doesn’t hold back and answers all questions regarding Taylor, Camille and the housewives as well as editing!
Who in the cast do you think is most like public perception, and who is least like the way the public might see that person?
If we were talking last year, obviously I would say Camille. She was so mis-portrayed . . . it was so hard to sit there and watch her being attacked as viciously as she was being attacked. She had to come off of Twitter. It was really, really bad for her last year. I think that Lisa is really who Lisa is. She’s so funny . . . she’s incredibly funny, articulate, thoughtful, and I definitely think she’s very similar to how she comes off. Kyle I think has gotten kinda beat up this year, and I adore Kyle. I think she’s really funny, and she’s a really great mom, she’s really into her kids. Doesn’t have a nanny, drives her kids to school herself, she’s really down-to-earth. So I would say she’s a little bit misrepresented this year. I’m not really sure why people have such a negative vibe on her right now, but I personally think she’s great, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. I really don’t know about Taylor. I don’t really want to comment on that. I feel really bad for her, because she’s going through a lot right now. I don’t even think it’s fair to even talk about her. Kim, I don’t know at all. I think that Dana has been poorly portrayed. I don’t think that’s who she really is. She’s a really smart, savvy businesswoman.
They keep editing to footage where she keeps talking about the cost of goods that she’s wearing.
Yes, and she does do that a bit. I think she was just really excited to be on the show, and it might have just been a little overboard. But she really is a great woman, and she’s not like that in person. Brandi is exactly who she is. (Laughs). Which is exactly what everybody loves about her, and what I love about her, too. She doesn’t pretend. She doesn’t try to be anything other than who she is. She is so in her power, she’s so, “Take me as I am, take me or leave me.” She doesn’t make excuses for herself, and I really think that’s great. And I’m not on it a lot, but if you want to talk about me . . . I think that episode where I lose it on Taylor, I don’t think I would have done that under normal circumstances.
I kinda get the impression that wouldn’t have happened without the presence of a good bit of alcohol, is that fair to say?
Oh, yeah! Absolutely. I mean honestly, it was a whirlwind, let’s just say. It was a whirlwind that night, and I definitely was loaded. I’m not gonna lie. (Laughs). I’m not gonna lie to you and say I didn’t have a few drinks. I did. We didn’t eat a lot, either. It was a wine tasting, so I had a few cocktails and a few glasses of wine, and I didn’t do a lot of eating. So yeah, not a good combo. It’s a really good combo for reality television, though. I have been so beaten up over that episode. That was a good episode, though. If you’re gonna look at it for just reality TV’s sake, I really think it was. It made people talk. Isn’t that what it’s all about, kind of, in reality TV?
If you could take back one on-camera moment of your own, what would it be?
The one on-camera moment I would take back would be at the end, where I’m screaming to Camille (feigns drunken slurring), “I love you! I love you!” That was a little over the top. That was a four-hour night. They condensed it into about 20 minutes. So it made it look like I went from zero to a hundred in five seconds, which I didn’t. And also, Taylor did kind of come into that, her energy when she walked in, she was not in a good place. Probably shouldn’t have even come. We were all into having a good time that night. I really like Brandi, I really enjoyed her friends, and before Taylor got there we were having a really good time. Camille is a very sensitive person, and she was going through enough hell. So when Taylor came into the party with her wall up like that, we had all just had about enough, me and Lisa and Liz and Camille. And that’s kinda where it went from there, and that’s why. So I think some of the subtleties didn’t translate.
Editing has a lot to do with how a certain person comes off, obviously.
Absolutely. And they get mad if you talk about editing, but that’s legit. Obviously there’s editing. They’ll film you for six or seven hours, and they bring it down to 20 minutes, so obviously editing is there.
Specifically with Camille . . . not that she didn’t say those things, but it seemed like they edited Season One to make a big grouping of a certain type of thing to make her come off a certain way. Would you agree with that?
When you were seeing it, were you appalled? Because that can come off very differently than living that moment.
We were like, “Oh, sh*t.” You’re going along, you’re having a good time, everybody’s having fun, and you don’t realize that they’re going to take little moments that you didn’t even really think about when you said them, and make them into something else. And then you’re like, “Okay, I’ve got to really mind my Ps and Qs now.” It’s not like she’s trying to be someone else this year. She is who she is. But there’s a trust factor there. It wasn’t like she was trying to be mean last year. Maybe she was trying to be funny. Maybe it was off-the-cuff, and then it got misconstrued as being something else. Or maybe she just didn’t think when she said it and they capitalized on that.
I wanted to talk a little bit about Kelsey and the way he came off on the show. He practically patted his wife on the head . . . she said “I love you,” and he said, “Oh, that’s great,” or something like that. (Laughs).
Yeah. I wasn’t there for that, but when I saw that, I was like, “Oh, my God.” I felt like [Grammer’s current wife] Kayte was hiding in the room somewhere.
I know you can’t say a lot about the situation with Taylor. I did want to ask you, how did you find out about Russell’s suicide?
That was so insane. During the filming last year, I kind of actually started becoming friends with Taylor. Not that we hung out when the cameras weren’t around, but any time the girls were not around . . . we went to New York for a four-day media tour, and obviously I’m there doing Camille’s makeup. She and I would talk a lot off-camera. And when the girls were in Colorado this year shooting, I was there. I wasn’t on camera, but I was there doing Camille’s makeup. Taylor was really losing it at that point, and she actually would come off camera and grab me, and the camera couldn’t follow her then, because I’m not supposed to be there. So we would go downstairs and she would talk to me. I really liked Taylor, and I really felt for Taylor. I could feel that she was in pain. I didn’t know to what extent. I didn’t know how truthful a lot of it was, because when someone tells you something that’s going on, you can’t even believe it. I was completely shocked. Completely shocked when Russell killed himself. I didn’t know him, I’d met him a couple of times. It definitely came as a shock to me. I knew they were separated, and I knew she was doing okay with the separation. I think it was probably a good thing for her to separate from him and to try and get her life together. I didn’t know anything that was going on with their financial situation. I just knew that she was having a hard time, and she got a separation from her husband. I thought that was a really good thing. And then when I found out that he killed himself, it floored me, and any feeling that I had negative about her at that moment completely went away. I felt really, really bad for her. You just don’t want anybody to have to go through that. That’s horrible. Just because she was separated doesn’t mean she didn’t love him. She obviously loved him. He was her husband, and she has a young child with him. It almost makes me cry to think about her daughter, and what her daughter’s going to have to go through. And she’s got to be strong for her daughter, and she’s already going through so much hell. She was already in such a vulnerable space before that, and then to have that happen and be strong for your daughter and have to carry on life . . . any ill feeling I had about her just completely went away.Camille and I went to the memorial for him, and I went up to her and I gave her a hug, and I said, “I’m so, so sorry.” And that’s it. That’s how I feel about that situation. It’s devastating. By the same token, I don’t blame the show for it at all. I think there was probably stuff going on with him that we’re not aware of. I don’t think he’s going to kill himself over a television show. I think it was probably a whole combination of things, and he felt overwhelmed, obviously. It’s really, really tragic, but I think she’s done remarkably well since then. She’s pulling herself together. Unfortunately, the problem with a reality show is now you’ve got to go back and watch all this crap you filmed six months ago. We’re all in a different place now. Every single person on that show is in a different place. But you have to go back and re-live it. It’s agony. I don’t feel that way now.