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Is it time for Taylor Armstrong to take a break from reality TV? After her estranged husband Russell committed suicide last August, Taylor moved forward with filming the third season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But everything that's happened may have taken a toll on Taylor, who is reportedly showing signs of a serious drinking problem. According to the Huffington Post, her behavior is so out-of-control that Armstrong may be asked to leave the show.
"There was talk of getting rid of Taylor from the season now taping, but after her husband, Russell, committed suicide it didn't feel right dumping her," a source tells the webiste. "But now, after watching her at several tapings, everyone is very worried. If they have another disaster on their hands, this would have a devastating impact on the entire franchise."
The source described a recent "weekend spa getaway taping" where it became clear that "something wasn't right" with Taylor. Another website, RadarOnline, recently reported that Taylor had an an alcohol-fueled "catastrophic meltdown" while taping at a spa in Ojai, Calif.
"Taylor was wasted from the moment she appeared in the morning until the moment she collapsed at night," said one source. "It was a horrific sight to see. She totally lost control of her emotions and her temper. She is an absolute complete mess, but she refuses to acknowledge that she has a problem."
"Taylor's drinking is out of control," added another insider. "She doesn't have just 10 drinks, she has like 30 or 40... Over the trip Taylor would say the nastiest things to everyone. As soon as she had a drop of alcohol she would start spewing hateful things, it shocked everybody."
Normally, dramatic fights at picturesque locations are the kind of thing that Real Housewives producers encourage. But after Russell's death, the idea of Taylor going into a downward spiral seems like too much for the show to handle.
"At what point do you finally put down the cameras documenting the car crash and try to save the victim?" an insider asks HuffPo.
Following last year's tragedy, Taylor seemed to be taking steps to heal, writing a memoir and opening up about the physical and emotional abuse she'd suffered during her marriage.
"The book is, just like New Year's Eve, a new beginning for me," she told iVillage in December. "I'm really looking forward in my life right now, but I think it's important for people to understand the back story. That's the point of the book: to try and help other people, not to get involved in something that might be dangerous for them or unhealthy in any way."
Unfortunately, it seems that she may not have taken that lesson to heart. Two sources report that Taylor was falling-down drunk at castmate Kyle Richards' birthday party for her 4-year-old daughter. RadarOnline claims that Taylor's castmates even staged an intervention to advise that she not drink on camera anymore, a suggestion that Taylor reportedly did not appreciate.
"Taylor said she told her story, hoping she could help other women, but in the process she forgot to get help for herself," says HuffPo's source.
With Kim Richards recovering from her own alcohol problem, and Taylor's young daughter Kennedy trying to move on from the loss of her father, the next season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills doesn't sound so fun. Right now, Housewives is one of our favorite guilty pleasures -- let's hope it can keep the emphasis on the pleasure.