Real Housewives of BH to Re-Edit New Season In Wake of Husband's Suicide: Is It Enough?

Bravo has announced that short of postponing or entirely shelving the coming cycle of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, episodes will be re-edited in the wake of this week’s tragic suicide by Russell Armstrong, whose crumbling marriage to series regular Taylor Armstrong was to be a prominent Season 2 plot point.

“Contrary to what is being reported, we have not made a decision to change our original premiere date [of Sept. 5],” Bravo president Frances Berwick told Variety, “but we are in the process of re-editing the show.”

Berwick did not elaborate on what sort of editing will be done — Russell Armstrong was involved in scenes concerning his strained marriage, Variety reports — and it is still possible that Season 2 of RHOBH will meet its Sept. 5 premiere date.

Russell Armstrong, 47, was found dead on Monday night in a friend’s Los Angeles home, after having hanged himself. He and Taylor have a 5-year-old daughter together.

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  1. Sue says:

    Editing the scenes which featured Russell and Taylor will suffice in terms of sensitivity toward the Armstrong family. Let’s remember, this family signed up for this show and knew the risks going in. There were many opportunities prior to RHBH for all parties to preview other RH shows. It would be very appropriate to air the shows but to edit out parts at focus on Russell and Taylor’s deteriorating marriage, and perhaps their whole storyline in completely. Since we don’t know all the details regarding taping for this season or the complete circumstances of this tragedy, we must rely on Bravo’s sensitivity in this matter and if you don’t agree with their decision, then you, the viewer, have the option not to watch. For me, I didn’t watch the Taylor/Russell scenes last season as I found her to be a little obnoxious and I found him to be uninteresting and couldn’t figure out why he agreed to participate in the show when he seemed so miserable.

  2. Pam says:

    I am sure they signed waivers and disclaimers but aren’t the producers responsible for ensuring their contestants or participants are mentally sound?

  3. Dewsterling says:

    Russel Armstrong was being trashed by his wife and the show. The only reason they’re re-editing is to conceal the role Bravo and the producers of RHBH played in pushing Armstrong to commit suicide. They’re protecting themselves.

  4. Rachel says:

    I think it’s kind of them to edit it, but I hope they don’t completely cut it out. It DID happen, and it must have been a huge part of what was going on at that point, or else this never would have blown up as it has. Pretending like it didn’t is almost as bad as crucifying him (as he was supposedly afraid of). There’s just no winning in a situation like this, dude was messed up and it sucks. I feel bad for Taylor, Kennedy, and the rest of their family.

  5. Kira J says:

    I don’t want to seem insensitive, but they should air the show as is. We cannot undo the fact that Russell sadly took his own life, and I feel like editing out anything negative is a nice move made by Bravo out of respect, but it also whitewashes the ugliness of marriage and divorce.

    Maybe there is no easy answer, but I guess it’s better for the family, especially Russell’s daughter, that it is edited out.

    • K_Sull says:

      I agree, they shouldn’t re-edit the show. It is “reality” television. This is as close to reality as it gets.

  6. sara says:

    Instead of re-editing, bravo should just acknowledge that everyone knows how this whole situation ends and address it straight on. Editing to sugar coat the situation undermines the fans of the show that have obviously followed the media.

  7. re-edit says:

    I believe that re-editing is the answer, Russell should not be shown on air out of respect to his family. It would be difficult for any family member to watch him in such a way that doesn’t reflect how they personally choose to remember him. Bravo is not going to(nor should they) scrap an entire season, salaries have to be paid. The sad fact is that in some way Russell was sick(mentally), no one or specific thing ’caused’ his death. It’s human nature for loved ones to place blame either on themselves or others but ultimately, illness is the cause.