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Tuesday
Sep062011

'Real Housewives' Gather to Discuss Husband's Suicide

Happier Times. In this photo from last season, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Russell and Taylor Armstrong (L) celebrate Taylor's birthday. Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills got off to an unconventionally somber start Monday when the cast of the hit reality TV series got together to discuss the recent suicide of cast member Taylor Armstrong's husband Russell Armstrong.

The season premiere kicked off with an introduction that was taped last week, which had the cast gathered at housewife Adrienne Maloof's home. The controversial episode, which aired on the Bravo network just three weeks after Russell Armstrong took his life, featured cast members sharing their feelings about his suicide and speculating on reasons why he killed himself.

"I mean there's plenty of men that you know their wives hate them," Kyle Richards said on Monday night's premiere. "But you know they don't kill themselves. She cannot feel responsible for that. Nobody can. It was his choice."

Richards, an actress and the aunt of fellow reality television star Paris Hilton, went on to speculate on the reasons for the venture capitalist's suicide. There was no note found when Armstrong's body was found at his Los Angeles home Aug. 15 after he apparently hung himself. He was 47.

"Financial status is so important [here], you need to keep this front of what you have. "That's all he ever wanted to be -- be successful and be a venture capitalist…when it all went down the tubes it was too much pressure," she said.

At the time of his death, Armstrong was more than $1.5 million in debt as a result of trying to keep up with expectations for the lavish lifestyle portrayed on the show, his lawyer told ABC News.

Richards' husband Mauricio Umansky also shared his feelings on the death of his friend.

"I've gone from you know feeling really sad, to at times you know … have felt very angry, wanting to think that it's … a very selfish act," he said.

After Armstrong's suicide there was much speculation as to whether Bravo would air the upcoming season of the show, which was said to heavily focus on the unraveling of the marriage of the Armstrongs.

After adjustments, Armstrong will reportedly not appear in the first four episodes, producer Douglas Ross told NBC Tuesday.

"When we heard about the tragedy, of course all hearts went out to Taylor," Ross said. "But we, with all of the network, took a hard look at the show and … we decided to make some adjustments where appropriate in light of the circumstances."

Though Taylor Armstrong did not appear on the season premiere's introduction, she was featured on one of the episode's tensest moments, filmed before her husband's death, when she discussed her rapidly unraveling marriage.

"We're knee deep into so much psycho therapy that I'm sick of myself," Armstrong said.

At that point, housewife Lisa Vanderpump's husband Ken Todd tells her: "If I had to go to see a therapist to make my marriage better, I would feel weak."

Melanie Bromley, West Coast bureau chief of Us Weekly magazine told ABC News that there will most likely be similar moments coming down the pipeline.

"They think it's the right decision to continue on with the show but to make some changes in the edit room. And that means to edit out a lot of Russell's appearances, she said. "They're already showing us that they're not going to cut out every single part of this story."

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Monday
Sep052011

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Returns After Armstrong's Suicide

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo Monday night just three weeks after Russell Armstrong's suicide.

Armstrong, the estranged husband of housewife Taylor Armstrong, was found dead at his Los Angeles home Aug. 15 after apparently hanging himself. He was 47.

The tragedy brought into question whether the show's second season, taped six months ago, would air.

The dramatic decline of Armstrong's marriage was rumored to be a focus of season two. But after adjustments, Armstrong will not appear in the first four episodes, producer Douglas Ross told NBC on Monday.

Despite their marital woes, Taylor Armstrong had said she still wanted her husband to be close to their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy.

"I hope we can co-parent as healthy as possible," she told People Magazine in July, adding that her marriage had become abusive. "He's an amazing dad, and I want her to still think her dad is the greatest guy on the planet."

At the time of his death, Armstrong was more than $1.5 million in debt as a result of trying to keep up with expectations for the lavish lifestyle portrayed on the show, his lawyer told ABC News.

Responding to his estranged wife's allegations of abuse, Armstrong told People, "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… This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Ross said the cast will reflect on Armstrong's death and try to put season two into perspective in Monday's premier.

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Thursday
Sep012011

Bravo Says It Won't Postpone Season Premiere of 'Real Housewives'

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bravo will not postpone next week’s season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, despite the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of star Taylor Armstrong.

Bravo Media president Frances Berwick on Wednesday announced that the show will begin its second season as planned next Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Berwick said, "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.  Re-editing of the episodes is still underway."

Berwick also announced that the cable network will air public service announcements raising awareness of suicide prevention during the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  He made no mention of a recent Los Angeles Times report stating that the show’s cast members have taped interviews specifically regarding Armstrong.

Armstrong committed suicide on Aug. 15. His marital problems had been a storyline in previous episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

'Real Housewives' Stars Addressing Suicide in Season Premiere

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had been wondering how the show would address the Aug. 15 suicide of Russell Armstrong, the ex-husband of co-star Taylor Armstrong.  Bravo has apparently found an answer.

It had been reported the network was re-editing the upcoming season, which was said to have focused on the Armstrongs' deteriorating marriage.  But a source tells The Los Angeles Times that Taylor Armstrong's co-stars -- Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Kim Richards,  Adrienne Maloof, and Camille Grammer -- were summoned on Monday to film interviews so producers could mine their reactions to Armstrong's suicide.  It's not yet known if the segments will be used for a stand-alone special, the paper explains.

The season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is still set for Sept. 5.  The Times says the original installment was going to feature Taylor looking for lingerie to help her rocky -- and by many accounts, abusive -- marriage, and was to feature her talking about her efforts to attempt marriage counseling.  It's not known if that focus will survive the re-edit.

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Friday
Aug262011

Russell Armstrong Funeral Held in Hollywood Hills

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A funeral was held Thursday in Hollywood Hills for Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong.

Russell Armstrong committed suicide earlier this month.

Entertainment Tonight reports some cast members of the Bravo series joined family and friends for the service at the Church of the Hills-Forest Lawn. Bravo reportedly did not film the funeral.

Armstrong's remains will be sent to Texas for a second funeral, at the request of his family. His body is expected to be cremated.

Bravo has said it is re-editing the upcoming second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills due to Armstrong's death.

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Monday
Aug222011

Bravo Denies It's Postponed Season Premiere of 'Real Housewives'

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bravo says it's re-editing its new episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills due to the suicide of Russell Armstrong, but it stopped short of confirming a report that it will postpone the air date of the second-season premiere.

Bravo president Frances Berwick told Variety on Friday, "Contrary to what is being reported, we have not made a decision to change our original premiere date but we are in the process of re-editing the show."

Prior to Armstrong's suicide, the new episodes were going to focus in part on his marital problems with estranged wife and series star Taylor Armstrong, according to Variety.

The Hollywood Reporter said last week that Bravo will delay the season premiere, currently scheduled to air Sept. 5.  Variety reports there's still a chance Bravo will choose to do so.

E! News reported Friday that two funeral services were planned for Armstrong.  One will be in California and another in Texas, where Armstrong's family wanted his remains to be moved.  His body is expected to be cremated.

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Friday
Aug192011

Bravo Re-Editing 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' after Suicide

Richard McLaren/Bravo Television(LOS ANGELES) -- Bravo has made a decision regarding the death of Russell Armstrong, one of the husbands seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Since Armstrong's suicide, the question has been when will Bravo bring Housewives back.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the season premiere will be delayed, and producers are re-editing the entire second season. Armstrong's tumultuous relationship with wife Taylor loomed large in the first season and seems to have been an important part of the upcoming season.

Taylor filed for divorce last month.

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Friday
Aug192011

Report: Bravo Postponing 'Real Housewives' Due to Armstrong Suicide

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In light of the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, Bravo will postpone the second-season premiere of the reality show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It had been scheduled to air Sept. 5, but Bravo will reportedly delay the episode by at least one week.

The Hollywood Reporter
says Bravo does not plan to cancel the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  Armstrong isn't featured in the season premiere, which has already been released to critics, but his level of involvement in the subsequent episodes is not publicly known. He appeared in several episodes during the show's first season.

An official with the Los Angeles County coroner's office tells E! News that Armstrong was dead for more than 24 hours when he was found in his Los Angeles home on Monday.  His death has been ruled a suicide by hanging.

Armstrong's stepbrother, Wade Jackson, tells RadarOnline.com that the family is considering taking legal action against Bravo, saying the cable network "is at fault and somebody needs to pay."

Armstrong's nephew, Austin Kelsoe, says the family never expected him to take his own life, but Kelsoe doesn't believe Armstrong's fame is the sole reason why he took his own life.

He tells ABC News, "I guess the show could have been one of those factors, but I don't think it was based solely on the show."

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Thursday
Aug182011

Coroner's Office: 'Real Housewives' Star's Husband Committed Suicide

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, did indeed commit suicide.

That's the word from the Los Angeles County coroner's office, which confirmed to ABC News Radio that the official cause of death for the 47-year-old Armstrong is suicide by hanging.

Armstrong, who was featured in several episodes of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Monday.  Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman, who represents two of the show's cast members, says Armstrong had his share of personal problems, and the stress of living in the spotlight while dealing with those problems couldn't have been easy.

"He wasn't a really wonderful guy and what the reality situation does is shine a lot of light on that," Bragman says.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight that aired Wednesday night, a former star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub, says she once contemplated suicide herself.

Staub says she was "very close" to taking her own life on several occasions, adding, "What always saved me was the thought of my children living with that for the rest of their lives.  I didn't want them to have that memory of me.  I wanted them to remember me -- even if I'm going through my struggles -- alive."

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Tuesday
Aug162011

'Real Housewives' Ex-Husband Dead of Apparent Suicide 

Michael Kovac/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Russell Armstrong, the former husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department confirms.

Mr. Armstrong apparently hanged himself. A roommate reportedly found Armstrong hanging in his bedroom in his Los Angeles apartment and called 911.

Armstrong, 47, had been accused by his ex-wife of spousal abuse; the pair divorced in late July.

Also in late July, the couple became co-defendants in a lawsuit, accused of scamming people into investing in a company called NuWay Digital Systems, Inc. (NDS).

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