As first reported on Radaronline.com, David Foster's new wife, Yolanda Hadid, has officially joined the cast of Bravo's REAL HOUSEWIVES OF Beverly Hills for its upcoming third season.
As reported earlier, Camille Grammer quit the popular reality series because Bravo execs wanted to relegate her to a 'guest star' status rather than have her remain as a series regular. Grammer also refused to grant the network's request to appear on camera with her boyfriend and children.
Hadid, a Dutch model, is the fourth wife of the legendary music producer Foster and has already begun shooting on the upcoming season. She has known fellow Housewife Lisa Vanderpump for years.
A show insider told Radar, "What most people don't realize is that Yolanda was married to Lisa's very good friend, Mohamed Hadid. Mohamed has appeared several times on the show, including during the last season when he threw an over the top engagement party for Lisa's daughter, Pandora. Yolanda is going to make an excellent addition to the cast and she can definitely hold her ground if the claws come out; she is no shrinking violet."
The third season of the franchise is scheduled to premiere in the fall. "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 source told Radar.
"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 added, "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."
Taylor's husband, Russell Armstrong, committed suicide last August over serious financial troubles and relationship issues. His death came just weeks after Taylor filed for divorce and was included in the story line of the show's second season.
"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 tells Radar. "Viewers want to live vicariously through the ladies and not see so much doom and gloom and Yolanda will definitely be shaking things up, for the better!"