Bravo to Cash In on Russell Armstrong Suicide

Real Housewives of Beverly HillsI hate to bash Bravo, truly I do, as the channel has given us some of the most entertaining shows in recent times. However, recent news about how they're handling Russell Armstrong's suicide deserves to be bashed -- and then some.

As you probably know, Russell Armstrong, husband of Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, recently hanged himself. While no one knows exactly why, there have been an ongoing slew of revelations, including domestic violence, that paint a picture of a man with many demons. He was laid to rest last week, but unfortunately, Bravo isn't going to let him rest in peace. Instead they're planning to cash in on the pain and grief.

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While they delayed the season after his death, no one is quite sure how they're going to handle it on the upcoming season of RHWBH when it premieres September 5. According to the Los Angeles Times, however, they have filmed a special to discuss Armstrong's death. While Taylor wasn't present, the rest of the ladies -- Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards, and Adrienne Maloof -- were all there filming it on Monday.

Releasing statements or taking to their individual blogs would be one thing, but this is just insensitive, and I don't see how it's going to help anyone but Bravo. I simply can't see how they think having the rest of the housewives speculate and pick apart Russell's life is a good idea. I'd still like to see them cancel this season, but if they're not going to that, then they at least shouldn't focus on this tragic event for an entire hour.

The only thing that would make it even a little better is if they were going to donate the money made from it to some mental health organization, but I'm sure they have no intention of doing that. This is a pretty clear sign that dollar signs are what motivate Bravo's moves.

Will I watch? Yes, I'm sure I will just to see how they handle it and what it's all about. But I bet I'll feel guilty after I do, and not in that guilty pleasure kind of way I view most Bravo programming.

What do you think about Bravo airing a special on Russell Armstrong's death?


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