The suicide of Russell Armstrong has sent TV execs into crisis over how to deal with it in the upcoming series of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” His estranged wife Taylor Armstrong has asked for them to be sensitive in editing the shows. That won’t be easy, given that a large part of this next season was intended to cover Taylor and Russell’s marriage counseling.
The couple were about to divorce, following Taylor’s discovery that Russell Armstrong was bisexual and had been unfaithful to her with several men during their marriage.
The couple have a daughter, Kennedy, aged 4.
Despite their difficulties, Taylor is busy preparing a memorial service for her estranged husband.
Meanwhile, Bravo TV executives called a mandatory “crisis” cast meeting yesterday. It was held at Adrienne Maloof’s mansion, and the suicide of co-star Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband Russell was the topic of conversation.
Bravo asked the housewives to say little to nothing at all to the press about Russell’s suicide. They are still unsure what to do with footage of Taylor and Russell, especially since the couple were working on their marriage through counseling with Dr. Charles Sophy, a board certified psychiatrist, all on camera.
Russell also continued in therapy after filming was finished and Taylor believed he was working through his issues. She says she had no idea he was suicidal.
Taylor has said she does not want to footage of her marriage counseling sessions cut out completely, which would be impossible anyway. She wants to help others going through a divorce.
As we told you previously, Russell (47) was found hanged in the bedroom of a friend’s home in Los Angeles on Monday. The L.A. Coroner’s Office has accepted a verdict of suicide, although no note was found.
All Taylor can do is request that the reality TV show is edited sensitively. Bravo owns all the footage and both she and Russell signed off on having any control with how they were portrayed on the show. Russell and Taylor knew their therapy sessions would be aired. Bravo TV has the final say on what we seen in the show.
Meanwhile, Taylor Armstrong is working on Russell’s memorial. It is thought that his mother then wants to take the body back to Texas for burial.
The season premiere of the popular “Housewives of Beverly Hills” franchise is scheduled for September 5.