I must confess: I watched "Tori & Dean," starting with the bullshit "let's buy a B&B in Temecula!" premise and up to the last season of "Home Sweet Hollywood." While I am well-aware that much of what happens on reality shows is set up, here's what appeared to be legit:
1. Tori and Candy were VERY much on the outs, but Candy finally came around the past several years (and apparently forgave Tori for having Loni Anderson play her in that VH1 thing). Candy appeared on numerous episodes of later seasons, and even let them film a scene at Spelling Manor after she sold it to that British trustafarian twat. (To clarify: she allowed them to film a scene OUTSIDE of Spelling Manor, on the lawn. The inside was quite obviously off-limits to cameras, for whatever reason.)
2. Dean still works periodically, but predominantly in Canadian series or TV movies. There were numerous "surprise appearances" on Tori's behalf in places where he was filming, e.g. Vancouver and Manitoba.
3. I knew something was "off" in the last couple of episodes of the final season. It showed them moving out of their Encino "mansion" and into a substantially smaller place. They depicted it, at the time, as wanting to move in from the Valley to be closer to "the heart of the industry," and depicted their "downsizing" as a good thing for the family, even though they showed a scene where their son had a meltdown upon learning he'd have to share a bedroom with his sister -- which means they REALLY must have moved down, from 6,700 sq ft to a house no larger than three bedrooms. What I didn't know until the recent stories was that they ate a huge loss on the Encino house because they simply couldn't afford the mortgage (and the fact that they're now renting, and don't own a place, doesn't speak well for their financial health, either).
4. Tori has done a bunch of stuff that should have made her more than enough money to live on, in particular her several books (the first of which was a #1 NYT bestseller) and lines of children's clothing. However, aside from their Encino mansion, she had to pay the bills for her "antiques" (more like random junk) store, InvenTORI, launched during the final "Home Sweet Home" season, and you could tell it was doomed to failure from the start, both because of its terrible location with no foot traffic and its selection of, well, crap. Although it was crystal-clear that the majority of the stuff seen on the show was freebies -- Tori threw some sort of party literally every week, each of which "highlighted" a local bakery, jewelry store, party store, or whatever -- it was also clear that Oxygen wasn't picking up the tab for their housing or much of anything else. Finally, I know that her last pregnancy was a difficult one, requiring four or five months of complete bed rest (ladies, this is why you shouldn't have kids after 40...), and I'm sure that took the biggest toll of all on their bank accounts, particularly if she didn't have health insurance.
Anyway, while I understand why Candy would have reservations giving money to an obvious spendthrift, I mean come ON: it's not like she's going to let her four grandchildren starve to death. (It's been confirmed btw that she set up a $10 million trust fund for Liam, the oldest, and I would assume she did the same for the younger kids. They probably don't get it until well into adulthood, however.) Still, Tori has a number of ... issues she needs to deal with, starting with her hoarding problem. Yes, I am serious. Some people rent a 10x10 storage unit for their random crap; Tori rented a FULL-SIZE WAREHOUSE for hers. I'm talking 50-foot ceilings here! The need to empty this thing was supposedly the impetus for opening her InvenTORI store, but she's also apparently been hoarding EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING SHE'S EVER BOUGHT, including things she's never even worn! I mean, Jesus...