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Bravo to Air 'Real Housewives' Special About Russell Armstrong's Suicide

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:30AM
Taylor and Russell Armstrong'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 premiere is still slated to air next week, despite being overshadowed by the real-life tragedy of Russell Armstrong's death.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published Armstrong's death certificate yesterday, which confirmed that he hanged himself.

Now, it's been reported that Bravo is to air a special episode of the reality show addressing his suicide.

According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' the network has shot interviews with cast members Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards and Adrienne Maloof.

However, Armstrong's estranged wife Taylor is said to have refrained from taking part.

Armstrong's body was discovered in his home on August 15, a month after Taylor filed for divorce amid claims of verbal and physical abuse. Their volatile relationship was documented in Season 1 and featured prominently in the original Season 2 trailer, which has since been re-edited.

In an interview earlier this summer Russell hinted that the pressures of being on 'Real Housewives' may have helped cause the breakdown of their marriage. He told 'People' that the couple were filmed "during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Bravo is reportedly re-editing the content of Season 2, presumably reducing the focus on the Armstrongs' marital issues. The network has not confirmed an air date for the special episode, but is still expected to launch the second season as planned.

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 premieres Monday Sept. 5, 9PM ET on Bravo.

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funnsun20

Bravo will milk this for all it's worth unfortunately!

August 30 2011 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
*Jackie*

he had issues way before Bravo and Taylor were ever around. He did not have to participate in the show but he chose to. It is a sad situation but I think everyone is jumping down Bravo's throat when Bravo does not require the husbands to be on the show.

August 30 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jade_Amber

Of course they will do a "Special" on his suicide anything to make money off of this tragedy they should be ashamed really. His kids lost a father and they are being so insensitive about his families feelings. Bravo does not care about what these families go through much of the time all they care about is money its sad.

August 30 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
morphiss7

what sleaze Bravo is !!! anything to make a buck !! scum

August 30 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peekaboocouture

I think BRAVO has not taken into account there is a precious 4 year old little girl (Kennedy) that has just had a major life altering situation occur. For her sake....do not produce or engage in any other topics that would discredit her, her father or mother any more than it already has! Let Russell rest in peace and be left with some bit of grace! I can't forget the episode of Kenedy's birthday party and he gave her the new puppy. He obviously loved his daughter more than life itself and at least leave her with fond memories of him!

August 30 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Win Ter

I say show the suicide episode and people from all over the world will watch & learn something. Bravo while everyone knows seems to capitalize on catty fights among these housewives, Bravo is no different from any other TV episode of such topics (death, suicide, home violence etc etc) From this tragedy there has to be something learned about this whole misery & sorry excuse of a entertainment. This might just save the next person thinking of suicide because life is unbearable for whatever reason.

August 30 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
michaelesmm

Disgusting. This show for Bravo will have bad karma for sure. profiting off his death. gross
Let the man's soul rest. Russell Armstrong said before he died that the real housewives show "pushed them to
the limit" . Agree with cori1951 bad taste beyond and no class on Bravos part. many of us wont watch for sure

August 30 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick Portantiere

I can't help but think that everyone associated with this show is thrilled about the ratings boost. Now I know why I don't watch any of these "reality" shows.

August 30 2011 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cori1951

This is beyond bad taste to profit off the suicide of a spoiled snotty housewife's husband. These women are so plastic, it's disgusting. Anyone remotely involved with this episode should be ashamed of themselves, hasn't enough damage been done?

August 30 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonbon

Oh yea, i wonder what the'interview" with Lisa will be like, after she sat there last year and made all those nasty comments about Russell.

August 30 2011 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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