For the first time since the death of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, three of the Beverly Hills Housewives (Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump) and Real Housewives executive producer Douglas Ross spoke about Russell’s suicide and it’s affects on the cast, the show and Taylor.
TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie of course asked if the ladies had spoken to Taylor and how she was doing. Maloof said she had spoken to Taylor at the wake and “as is to be expected, she was very beside herself, obviously going through such a tragic … and I think her concern is her little girl now.”
Guthrie proceeded to ask Ross if the producers ever considered not having the show continue after Russell committed suicide. Ross confirmed reports that changes had to be made to the episodes that had already been edited after Armstrong’s death: “We, along with the network, took a hard look at the show and we decided to do some adjustments where appropriate in light of the circumstances. Our goal has always been to make an honest and accurate story about the ladies and what goes on in their life. We want to be and always are respectful and responsible, and in this case, trying to be very appropriate.”
Many have said that the show played a role in Russell’s suicide, claiming that the way Bravo portrayed him in the show drove him to suicide. Guthrie asked Richards what her thoughts were on that, and Richards said she did not think Bravo or the show itself could be blamed for this tragedy.
“He also signed up for this season one, and came back for season two,” Richards said. “When we started this show they cast six strong women and they didn’t really know anything about our stories. … We certainly didn’t know the troubles that he had.”
Check out the complete interview below:
The second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will air tonight, September 5, at 9:00 p.m. EST on Bravo. The premiere will be preceded by a short interview with all of the Beverly Hills Housewives commenting on the suicide, with the exception of Taylor.