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Taylor Armstrong on How Her Daughter Is Coping With Father's Suicide (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2011 4:30AM
Taylor Armstrong, 'Watch What Happens Live''Watch What Happens Live' (Mon., 11PM ET on Bravo) is often a boozy laugh-fest, as it features cast members from Bravo's various reality shows. But there was a very different tone as Taylor Armstrong sat with Andy Cohen to hash out the latest developments on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'

She talked about how she felt like a complete train wreck while filming this most recent season, and reflected on her explosive breakdown in last night's episode. Armstrong also talked about how she and her daughter have been dealing with the suicide of her abusive ex-husband Russell Armstrong.

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Kyle Feels Awkward Around Taylor's Husband on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 29th 2011 8:30AM
Taylor and Russell ArmstrongIt's still a little chilling to watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Mon., 9PM ET on Bravo), knowing what we now know about Taylor and Russell Armstrong's marriage, and the warning signs were in plain sight last night.

Awkward encounters are a staple of the 'Real Housewives' franchise, but the tension was palpable when Kyle and Mauricio joined Taylor and Russell for a limo ride in this week's episode, with Kyle observing, "After what happened at the tea party, it was a little awkward seeing Russell. It's really hard when I hear things from Taylor that she'll say about her marriage and then I see them together ... it's very hard for us to put those things out of our minds."

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Taylor Armstrong Says 'Real Housewives' May Have Saved Her Life

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 18th 2011 7:50AM
Taylor ArmstrongShortly before he committed suicide, Taylor Armstrong's late husband Russell said the breakdown of his marriage was caused by the intolerable stresses of appearing on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' -- "This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Now Taylor says quite the opposite. In fact, not only does she allege that her marriage was abusive long before the camera crew moved in, she believes that 'The Real Housewives' actually may have saved her life.

Yesterday Armstrong told KTLA-TV's morning show that "If the cameras were not in my life, there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today because a lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide versus just suicide."

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Taylor Armstrong Will Reveal Domestic Abuse Details

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 14th 2011 5:00PM
Taylor Armstrong'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong is set to reveal details about the domestic abuse she suffered while married to her recently deceased husband.

Taylor has filmed her first TV interview since her estranged husband's suicide with Nancy O'Dell for 'Entertainment Tonight,' airing Sept. 20.

On the Sept. 13 show, 'Entertainment Tonight' showed images of a badly bruised Taylor, reportedly taken in July.

Taylor filed for divorce from Russell, her estranged husband, on July 15. In August, Russell hanged himself.

A source told 'Entertainment Tonight' that Taylor underwent Lasik eye surgery on July 5, then just days later Russell hit her so hard that her corneal flap was dislocated. Taylor reportedly didn't make a public appearance until she did press for 'Real Housewives' in August.

"I felt like I was dying inside," Taylor told People after filing for divorce. "Now, there's some sense of peace."

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Taylor Opens Up About Troubled Marriage on 'Real Housewives Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 13th 2011 3:12AM
Taylor Armstrong, 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Mon., 9PM ET on Bravo) continues to tread on uncomfortable ground, considering the suicide of cast-member Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell, after filming was concluded for the season.

This week, Taylor had a very emotional talk with Kyle Richards about her troubled marriage, saying how badly she wants to make their marriage work, and that she's scared.

Kyle was very candid in her responses to Taylor. "I wouldn't be fighting for something that's really not worth fighting for, to be honest," she said. "You're blaming yourself, and it's not you."

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' React to Criticism of the Show's Premiere (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 1:05PM
Kyle Richards talks about 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' on 'Today'Bravo's decision to go forward with the premiere of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' despite Russell Armstrong's suicide has sparked a flurry of criticism from across the media landscape. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) Ann Curry read a scathing L.A. Times review of the season premiere to some of the 'Housewives' stars, which described the show as "creepy" and a "necro-party game." Put on the defensive, the 'Housewives' didn't do much to help change the negative perception surrounding the show.

"The show is not just about them, it's, you know, it's about six women and their lives," said Kyle Richards. "Yes, they are a part of it, but there's also so much else going on in the show." Added Lisa Vanderpump, "We had finished filming, and I don't think even Taylor was aware of his mental state, so it was a shock to all of us."

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 Premiere: Did Bravo Do the Right Thing?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 9:36AM
'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this summer due to the off-screen tragedy of Russell Armstrong's suicide.

As Bravo execs hastily re-edited the trailers and footage for the upcoming Season 2 to (perhaps) cast Russell in a less unfavorable light, his mother blasted them for not delaying last night's planned Season 2 premiere.

Despite the media furor, Bravo Media president Frances Berwick said last week that, "given that these episodes were filmed months ago," the premiere would air as planned, albeit with a new pre-taped interview with some cast members discussing the tragedy.

So what did happen on last night's premiere?

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Donny Deutsch Defends Bravo's Controversial 'Housewives' Decision on Business Grounds (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 4:00PM
Donny Deutsch defends Bravo's decision to premiere 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' on 'Today'Russell Armstrong's suicide last month put the future of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' in doubt. Armstrong was the estranged husband of 'Housewives' star Taylor Armstrong, and the dissolution of their marriage was originally going to be a central storyline of the new season. Bravo made the decision this week to premiere the series on schedule, re-edit some of that storyline, and include some newly taped interview footage with the Housewives discussing the tragedy. Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Donny Deutsch defended Bravo's controversial decision to not push back the premiere.

"They made the right call for a few reasons," said Deutsch. "Number one, they're a business. And this is going to be good television. I hate to use that word. It's reality TV, it's train wreck TV. Unfortunately, this was a fatal train wreck."

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Russell Armstrong's Mom Blasts Bravo For Not Delaying 'Real Housewives' Premiere: 'Let's Not Murder My Son Twice'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 10:35AM
Russell & Taylor ArmstrongRussell Armstrong's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss, had harsh words for Bravo regarding the network's decision to proceed as planned with 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 premiere on Mon., Sept. 5 at 9PM ET.

"When I was informed of this, I thought, 'I hope Bravo will take the high road and keep it tasteful,'" she said in a statement. "Let's not murder my son twice."

Russell, estranged husband to 'Real Housewives' star Taylor Armstrong, hanged himself on Aug. 15. Since then, Bravo has confirmed they will re-edit the season, but not delay the premiere.

"Re-editing of the episodes is still underway," Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media, said in a statement. "Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSAs during the 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' We will also provide additional information and resources on Bravotv.com, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline."

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2: Suicide Won't Delay Premiere

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 31st 2011 10:19AM
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 will premiere as planned on Mon., Sept. 5 at 9PM on Bravo.

The network confirmed the news after weeks of debate about a possible delay following the suicide of series star Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband Russell.

"Bravo will proceed with the Monday, September 5 premiere date of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,'" Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media, said in a statement. "Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere."

Taylor did not participate in the taped introduction.

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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.

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Former 'Real Housewives' Star: 'I Considered Suicide'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 18th 2011 10:00AM
Danielle StaubFollowing the suicide of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband Russell, Danielle Staub, former star of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' is speaking out about the pressures of the cameras.

Staub said her time on the hit Bravo series led her to consider suicide on more than one occasion.

"I was very close to taking my own life -- not just on one occasion -- it's been several times," Staub told Entertainment Tonight.

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Taylor Armstrong's Husband Said Pressures of Cameras Were 'Overwhelming'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 17th 2011 2:05PM
Taylor, Russell ArmstrongPrior to his apparent suicide, 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong's husband said he felt the pressures of being a reality TV husband.

In an interview with People, Russell, who hanged himself on Aug. 15, revealed the pressures of a crumbling marriage and financial problems got to be too much, especially when coupled with TV cameras.

"It got really overwhelming," Russell told People a few weeks before his death. "When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level. ... We were pushed to extremes."

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'The Early Show' Reports on the Life and Death of 'Real Housewives' Husband Russell Armstrong (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 17th 2011 2:00PM
Taylor and Russell Armstrong on 'The Early Show''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' was supposed to premiere September 5. The apparent suicide of Russell Armstrong, ex-husband of Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong, has put that in doubt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives at Bravo are waiting at least a day or so to decide what to do with the season. Wednesday, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported on Russell Armstrong's life and death.

The report covered Russell's split with Taylor, including Taylor's allegations of physical abuse, quoting an interview Russell did with Rumorflix.com. "The pressure of being in the TV spotlight was pretty overwhelming," said Russell. "It took our manageable problems and made them worse." They also spoke with Mike Fleeman, West Coast editor of People.com, who said, "We asked him about the allegations of physical abuse and he says, 'Look, things got out of hand, yeah maybe I did some of this stuff."

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Will 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Edit Scenes of Abuse in Armstrong Marriage?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 16th 2011 3:30PM
Taylor and Russell ArmstrongBravo has been promoting Season 2 of the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (premieres Mon., Sept. 5, 10PM ET) with very sensitive footage of a fragile and emotionally broken Taylor Armstrong, dealing with her marital issues and alleged abuse by her then-husband Russell.

Reacting to today's very sad news that Russell Armstrong committed suicide last night, after the dissolution of their marriage and his abusive actions were so publicly reported, Bravo removed their drama-filled Season 2 online promo.

It was the right choice. No matter what happened between the two of them, the last thing anyone wants rehashed in a time of grief is the emotional inciting incident.

But what about the actual show? How much -- if at all -- will Bravo edit the episodes to exclude the late Russell Armstrong and his admitted spousal abuse? And how much should they edit?

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