VIDEO: Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Addresses Suicide
Though the Real Housewives franchise has never been famous for its sensitivity, the Season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo addressed the very "real" issue of Russell Armstrong's suicide less than a month ago. Armstrong was the estranged husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong, who was edited out of the premiere.
Bravo brought the housewives together at the home of housewife Adrienne Maloof in the beginning of the episode to talk about the incident. Everyone was respectful, and even a few tears were shed. "I just feel so bad for Taylor," Kyle Richards revealed, not concealing her emotion. "I think a lot of us feel some guilt about not seeing this coming," she revealed. "Life goes on," she said.
The sometimes honest-to-a-fault Lisa Vanderpump wasn't one for false sympathy. "I had too much information to want to connect with him," she admitted, though all the wives agreed that the event was "heartbreaking."
After about four minutes was devoted to the conversation about Armstrong, it was business as usual for Bravo, as the network commenced airing the Season 2 premiere that was filmed before his death and, therefore, originally intended to premiere. The episode, however, had been re-edited to omit scenes in which Armstrong discussed her husband, who was still alive at the time.
Watch a clip from the housewives on the Today show here: