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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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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Husband Commits Suicide

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 16th 2011 11:20AM
Russell, Taylor ArmstrongRussell Armstrong, estranged husband to 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead Mon., Aug. 15. According to TMZ, Russell hanged himself.

Taylor filed for divorce from Russell, 47, in July after claiming he physically abused her.

"I felt like I was dying inside," Taylor told People about her marriage. "Now, there's some sense of peace."

"Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were," Russell told People in July. "This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Taylor Armstrong Accuses Husband of Abuse

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 28th 2011 6:10AM
Taylor ArmstrongJust as 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' are gearing up for Season 2, star Taylor Armstrong has accused her husband Russell of verbal and physical abuse during their five-year marriage.

Their difficult relationship was documented in Season 1 of the reality TV show, but Taylor -- who recently filed for divorce -- has revealed the situation behind the scenes was much worse.

She told 'People' that "I'm mad at myself for tolerating things I should not have tolerated from the first moment."

Meanwhile, Russell hinted that the pressures of being on the show may have helped cause the breakdown of their marriage.

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Bravo Star Says Beverly Hills Housewife Taylor Has 'Drama,' TMZ Divorce Rumors Agree

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 15th 2011 7:15PM
Taylor ArmstrongIf you're on one Bravo show, chances are good that you know everyone else on every other Bravo show. It's a fact -- Bravo-lebrities like to mix and mingle.

Case in point: Any episode of network programming head Andy Cohen's talk show, 'Watch What Happens Live,' where he brings together his network reality stars for fun games and lots of cocktails.

Another fine example: Spying Camille Grammer -- controversial star of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and Kelsey Grammer's now ex-wife -- in a preview for next week's 'Million Dollar Decorators' season finale (Tues., July 19, 10PM ET on Bravo). Camille is shown hugging one of the show's stars, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

So, when I caught up with Bullard today to hear all about the designer drama, I had to ask about his 'Real Housewives' pals. "Camille and Lisa Vanderpump are both friends of mine, and they show up at my event [in next week's finale]," he confirmed.

With TMZ now reporting that another troubled 'Housewives' couple, Taylor Armstrong and her husband Russell, are splitting, Bullard's only dish on 'RHOBH' Season 2 seems particularly telling. So how much does he know about the upcoming season?

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Faye Resnick and Camille Grammer Ignite a Massive Dinner Party Argument on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 17th 2010 6:40AM
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': The Wives Have a Psychic for Dinner, Then Start ScreamingAin't no party like a 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' party. On the latest episode (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo), Camille Grammer invites the other women over for a dinner party. In addition, there are several non-housewife-based guests, including Allison DuBois, the psychic who inspired the TV show 'Medium.' Also attending the party -- Faye Resnick, ex-drug addict, ex-'Playboy' model, and friend of Nicole Brown Simpson, murdered wife of O.J. Simpson.

Wow. Even without the slightly odd dinner guests, having this many 'Housewives' in the same room at the same time can't possibly be a good idea. And this turns out to be the case, as the ladies get pretty tipsy and start screaming at one another.

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A Puppy War on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 5th 2010 2:16AM
A Puppy War on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'"Diamonds are a girl's best friend," or so the saying goes. But this isn't the case on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' Especially not when the girl in question is only four years old.

On the new episode (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo), Taylor Armstrong throws a birthday party for her four-year-old daughter Kennedy. Nothing but the best will do, so Taylor blows $50,000 on a "tea party" themed gathering for Kennedy. That's fifty ... thousand dollars. In a sense, the party isn't really for Kennedy -- it's more so Taylor can dress up in front of her friends.

Kennedy is overwhelmed by the huge gathering and wants to hide upstairs -- a normal response for a little girl. Then, Taylor presents Kennedy with her birthday present: a diamond necklace. But since Kennedy is four, she doesn't really "get" the concept of diamonds, plus she's starting to cry.

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Premiere Recap

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Oct 15th 2010 11:20AM
['Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness']

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams. These are the promises of a fresh crop of Real Housewives -- especially when the happy homemakers hail from Beverly Hills.

Yes people, Bravo must have struck black gold because everyone's favorite franchise has taken up residence in the 90210.

The buzz about 'RHOBH' has been that these ladies are really, truly, dripping in diamonds, best boob job in town rich. And judging by the square footage of their mega mansions, the rumors true.

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