In the wake of Russell Armstrong recent death, Bravo plans to air a special episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to address his suicide.
Russell Armstrong was the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong. While the last season of the show featured them stuck in a bitter marriage, after cameras stopped rolling they filed for divorce.
Things got so bad for Russell that on August 15 he took his own life by hanging himself.
The show has filmed a special with the main cast of women including: Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, however Taylor Armstrong will not appear in the special.
While the network hasn't made this announcement, Entertainment Weekly is reporting on this TV special that was supposedly filmed yesterday.
A source close to the show says that the ladies were not told specifics about this episode, but that it was intended to capture their reactions to what happened.
Past reports said that the series premiere would be pushed back by about a week, but now the season-two premiere is still set for Sept. 5, although Bravo is working overtime to re-edit the show.
The original first episode showed Taylor shopping for lingerie in an attempt to spice up her marriage and most of season two revolved around the Armstrong's marital woes, it would be tacky and heartless to continue to focus on the Armstrongs in light of Russell's suicide.
Additionally, in a recent interview Russell's mother, she warned Bravo that they'd “better not air one frame of my son - or else!”
I wonder if the special episode will unfold peaceably, those housewives women are not known for being drama-free or especially respectful of one another.
The last time the women of the Real Housewives of New York were televised together in the same room the women started bickering and fighting. Things got so bad they had to separate the women by hair color! Blondes on one side of the room, brunettes on the other. What hair pigmentation was anything to do it, I do not know, but Bravo apparently knows a thing or two about good television. This special focuses on the
Beverly Hills women and not the NY cast, so fingers crossed that this special episode will remain civil.
At this time, it is not known when the special will air or whether it will start the season or appear later.