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Right now there are new questions about the future of the real housewives of Beverly Hills you know the series after the suicide of cast member Russell Armstrong.
Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband hanged himself Monday at a friend's home in Los Angeles He was reportedly in serious financial trouble and also despondent.
Over the way He was portrayed on that program.
So now the Bravo network is weighing what should they do about the hit show's second season which is set to premiere in just three weeks.
-- -- -- live under New York City newsroom with the very latest High Court.
-- -- -- been quite a few developments first a new report from TMC says Taylor Armstrong.
Told her cast -- that her husband Russell had recently beaten her so badly cracking her cheekbones -- she was hospitalized and needed surgery when Russell allegedly found out about the conversations He sent those classmates threatening emails.
Next abroad -- insider tells the New York Post that Russell Armstrong was a fraud.
Secretly gay and penny less and that quote people with skeletons in the closet should not -- -- reality shows because sooner or later it's going to come out.
We're also learning that Russell body was not found until more than a day after his death.
He was a no show for a meeting so his estranged wife started search which led her to find and hanging from a wooden beam at his friends Hollywood Hills home.
Meanwhile Russell's family is speaking out his nephew saying province to edit his uncle out of the un aired episodes in respect to the family.
His mother says the show destroyed his marriage and that Russell said he'd never survive this season because He was going to be crucified.
Finally asked for the fate of the show season two was scheduled to premiere next month.
Robin -- that it will push the episodes back at least one week but some close to the production reportedly want the entire season scrapped.
They are not planning on filming Russell's funeral.
By the way what a turn of events Courtney Friel live it is true thanks court.
Well Russell Armstrong's suicide surely the most tragic example of the really ugly side of reality TV but there are many more remember the -- on.
-- Sola -- she's now living -- fourteen kids.
Desperately in need of childcare help and cash and then the balloon boy's dad Richard He need making up that doozy that is some was trapped.
In an escape weather balloon -- for another shot at reality TV fame.
And remember Jon and Kate plus eight just one more example of marriages and families unraveling before our eyes on national television.
Mended there's a depressing train wreck that is and TV's teen -- some girls reportedly getting pregnant on purpose.
Hoping to get cast on the show so who's to blame the unfortunate cast members the TV producers who encourage drama and conflict or us the -- it's.
We're joined now by Richard glamour who is a media critic and the CEO of RL and not public relations good to see you thanks very much for coming -- course what.
We care so much about the lives of these strangers what's the draw while there cast in a certain way so that you get drama like the drama we're talking about today I mean this is perfect fodder.
For reality show you don't get on a reality show unless you can prove.
That you can heighten your own drama in what is perceived or edited to be a real life but who knows what's real what's not because.
In the end I mean real house -- been known to -- alcohol involved in every episode and they.
They edited with fights every day and we don't know what really happened with this guy and of course everybody's going -- have an opinion because that's the sort of point.
Of what reality TV does it gets people talking about what is in a sense another drama.
To the networks that -- these shows bear any responsibility.
As far as you know maybe helping to prepare these people for what they're getting involved -- before they go on TV.
Well I think what happens in the end is that there's a place like Bravo really does look for.
On the kind of unraveled people that that they can they -- they can push to the edge and that's what makes good TV for Bravo.
In this case it's pretty obvious that the ratings for real housewives and which they will show.
Will go up and up and up because everybody will be talking about it and -- we're doing it today.
With a -- with some of these people I've got to imagine that they would be train wrecks.
Even if there weren't television cameras.
Following them around we heard from Courtney.
The advice is if you have skeletons in your closet don't -- on reality TV but those are the only people are still a reality T if you have a skeleton you're probably best.
To be on a reality show and you know what's -- -- and it's it's kind of sad is that.
There have been other suicides and attempted suicides something like eighteen of them in reality TV here and in England.
Over the last ten years and I think at this point yes I think that and that we're -- Bravo to -- needs to be there won't do it themselves to somebody does need to say to them you know what what.
What we were responsible -- can you take.
Obviously these shows are very popular and successful -- there wouldn't be on TV.
So really at the -- of the day is that those of us who watch these shows who.
Maybe have to share a bit when it comes to the blame well I think people watch them because they know that the next episode you know it's being.
It's -- -- -- didn't have to wait we're even those people that -- -- pushed the -- are gonna go over the edge and somebody like Russell Armstrong.
Obviously -- -- sort of had it with the way He was being treated and I can only imagine what they'll show I'm I'm I imagine the new season of this show will be mostly He and his wife.
Two and off and then they'll turn to her and believe their stories of people like that.
That's as long as it's in the news that's how we show stay on the air and I imagine that if the producers of these shows.
Do try to tamp it down a little bit.
The shows wouldn't be as popular if they don't talk about it people aren't speaking about it it's like -- and not in the woods right.
Well very interesting story and one that obviously will continue to follow Richard glamour media critic and the CEO is company's -- RLM.
Public relations thanks for coming in Richard nice to meet you.
And we asked you if reality TV or Bravo is to blame for Russell Armstrong suicide.
30% of you say yes the stress of the spotlight was just too much 42% say no.
The TV show alone could make someone kill himself and 26 say maybe.
Other problems Russell had in his life may have been exacerbated by the stress brought on from the show.
Thanks for weighing and everybody Jimmie already have -- -- Rick I'm sure He signed a release and meanwhile we.
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