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Now Russell Armstrong's Mother Is Speaking Out - Blames Bravo For Son's Suicide

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This is just a little too much and a little too soon.

Russell Armstrong's mother is now speaking out about her son's suicide and she's blaming Bravo for his death.

His mom John Ann Hotchkiss revealed that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality show "destroyed" her son's marriage with Taylor Armstrong and the criticism he received from co-stars "hurt him deeply."

Speaking out to CNN, she said:

"What bothered me the most, I think, is on the program itself — and this is on video — he would be bashed by some of the other cast members. Especially Lisa [Vanderpump], who is a beautiful lady. I just couldn’t understand why she would be so unkind to him.

I know it hurt him deeply, because he would talk to me about it — never criticizing Taylor, of course. I would not want him to. The program itself just really brought him down."

About any possible signs that her son was unhappy, she continued:

"I watched it slowly destroy their marriage.

Before the new season even started, before he took his life, he said, 'Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season.' He said, 'I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.' I thought he meant businesswise or something. Perhaps there was a double meaning there. I don’t know."

This is just horrible. Did anyone in his family think to get help when they saw him go in a downward spiral?

And why would his mother come out on television and speak about his private life? His family and friends should really think twice about speaking out to the media. This is just such a sad situation. People are grieving and children are involved. It's time for them to be quiet now.

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30 comments to “Now Russell Armstrong's Mother Is Speaking Out - Blames Bravo For Son's Suicide”

  1. 1

    It was only time that something like this happened. The shows started out fun, but turned to bitter fights, gossip etc. They are more like Jerry Springer type shows and someone always get's hurt.

  2. 2

    And why would his mother come out on television and speak about his private life? His family and friends should really think twice about speaking out to the media.

    Bravo's agenda and yours is to prop up the reality star that is still breathing, and we all knew what the season was going to bring, the promo, your posts and divorce being filed made it clear. Just stop with this position that you are unbiased and honest about your feelings here. You are paid by Bravo…. nuff said.

  3. 3

    "Too much" is right. ENOUGH WITH THIS SHIT!!!! God, must you continue to obsess on this story?

  4. 4

    OMG Ridiculous. I am SO over these idiot reality tv people. I watched an interview with Danielle Staub (whatever her name is) who said she also tried to commit suicide and blamed the show. These people dont have to do reality tv. They do this to themselves. Its ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!! And I think suicide is the most selfish act someone can commit. Sure your pain is gone but you now have caused irreversable pain for your children, parents and others that loved you. Before you kill yourself for something that most of the time, WILL GET BETTER or you can change for the better, think about others.

  5. 5

    And you, your last sentence, "It's time for them to be quiet now." Please, take your own advice!

  6. 6

    I am sorry for you loss but you are stupid. He AGREED to do the fucking show, if he was emotionaly unstable maybe he should have done the fucking lame ass show DUH. Shut up now money hungry hooker.

  7. 7

    He was a grown ass man that made his own decisions. Stop money grubbing thinking that it will heal the loss. He signed the papers and he wanted to exploit himself.

  8. 8

    are you getting off on this? you seem really excited about suicide.

  9. 9

    this entire story is just sad. I don't think the show is entirely to blame as it appears from all of the stories out there that he had a lot of issues. He didn't have to be on the show. On the first season of RHONJ, Dina's husband chose not to be on the show and you never once saw him.

  10. 10

    The entire Housewife series celebrates women who are happy to be nothing more than "wives," and who live their lives like overgrown 7th graders — shopping, giggling, gossiping. No wonder this guy killed himself. If I were married to any of these trolls I'd kill myself, too. Let Bravo burn.

  11. 11

    Taylor is the reason her marriage didn't work……she is the one who applied to be on RHOBH show….not her husband… and she spent a lot of time on the show talking shit about her husband………Taylor caused all of this…..

  12. 12

    Re: cmp777 – Taylor is the reason her marriage didn't work……she is the one who applied to be on RHOBH show….not her husband… and she spent a lot of time on the show talking shit about her husband………Taylor caused all of this…..

  13. 13

    Maybe it's time for EVERYONE to take a good hard look at the havoc so-called reality shows wreak on their subjects … not to mention how much they've lowered the bar on what constitutes entertainment. I would like EVERY therapist who airs private sessions with patients for entertainment purposes to be permanently disbarred, tarred and feathered, and run out of town.

  14. 14

    apparently perez can speak about his private life but no one else can. LOSER!

  15. 15

    Wait. His mother's name is John Ann?! WTF? Anyhow. Sorry for your loss, but your son was an adult and signed on the dotted line to be on a reality show. The show had NOTHING to do with his inner demons. It wasn't Bravo's fault your son didn't know how to handle his money. It wasn't Bravo's fault your son's marriage was falling apart. And it wasn't Bravo's fault if it is true that there was abuse in that marriage. Yes. It's sad, but stop blaming others for what couldn't be helped. Russell needed help and didn't get it in time. He had money woes, marriage woes and maybe other inner demon woes. Where were you mom when he hit rock bottom???

  16. 16

    The show is SOOOOOO not to blame! How 'American', to always blame others for your own problems. He was a PIG, pure and simple! He has only himself to blame if he didn't like the way he was portrayed. Personally, I think the show was accurate. So he got exposed for being a woman-hater and having NO personality and it was going to come out he was broke AND "bi" (gay) into s&m. I'm quite sure if he came across as a likeable guy who made mosey from the show, he would have no problem w/Bravo. And the mother, you're no doubt responsible for his pig of a personality. He did the world a favor as far as I'm concerned!!!

  17. 17

    What a stupid bitch… The first person she should be pointing the finger is at herself, and then her son. Knowone caused him to kill himself except him. Stop making excused.

  18. 18

    He was a wife beater….. plain and simple……

  19. 19

    They destroyed their own marriage and 100% consented to Bravo filming it & putting it on TV. They contractually agreed to pimp out their lives for the money & there's no point in blaming Bravo or anyone else. Bravo didn't hold a gun to their head and force them to behave the way they did. Sad times, but really? I think the mother's playing the blame game because she feels a bit guilty.

  20. 20

    If they need to be quiet then what would the parasitic blog posters have to feed off of. Seriousy, the fact that you even try to navigate any type of moral compass to the public is a joke just like your "reporting" skills. People read this site to get gossip. Without it your just another nobody with a big fat opinion………

  21. 21

    Re: Chasenip – What does America have to do with anything? to take this story and make it an Anti-American reply.. you are lame - get off this American's website.. clown…

  22. 22

    Are you kidding me, Perez? Not only are YOU talking about his private life every time you post something about him, but the reality TV show was meant to FEATURE the private lives of everyone in an arm's reach. Not only did his fame-whoring wife flaunt their private life, but he did so just by being involved in the show. They gave up their privacy when they agreed to do that stupid show.

  23. 23

    OH MY GOD.. It's easy to blame everyone but the person himself. Yes its way too much. But if this guy didnt want to be on TV he could have said NO. NO ONE was forcing him to do it. Where were all these people BEFORE he hung himself? Grabbing his money probably.

  24. GiaB says – reply to this


    It's the big mouthed fish, plastic surgery obsessed FrankenTaylor's fault. She probably knew the money was drying up and wanted to pretend she was abused. Poor you. Sounds like he was abused spending 60,000 on a 4 year olds birthday party. I doubt the daughter really even had an allergy. The wife seemed like a control freak to me.

  25. 25

    She has every right to speak out about the effect of the show on her son. It's her son. You have no right to tell her what she should do. What could she have possibly done? It's impossible to predict suicide. If you had ever experienced it you might know that. These 'shows' are totally unethical on so many levels. Speaking of keeping things private - private lives sold for popcorn and cash at the expense of everyone around them is bound to create these kinds of problems. Hogan family anyone?

  26. 26

    Did Bravo hold a gun to his head to have him sign the contract to appear. He made a bad decison, in fact seems like he made a bunch of bad decisons. Mom needs to d a reality check, maybe she is a bad mother and that's the reason he skilled himself.

  27. 27

    How can a tv show destroy a marriage that is already a sham? She married him for money he married her for looks it was never about real love. . . And if he was so worried about being "crucified" he could have just not done the next season. Of course then he would not have had the nice big easy paychceck that comes from"working" ona reality show . . His family really shuld just shut up now and quit blaming anyone but their son for his choices.

  28. 28

    Why is his mom called John?

  29. 29

    Ah of course…blame Bravo for your Son's mental instability. Maybe, Mom, you should blame yourself for not seeing the signs that he was suicidal. Or getting him some help. I am sure they have had no problems with the lifestyle the show has provided. This dummy was a big boy and just couldn't take all the crap in his life, including his financial down fall. Instead of getting help, he decided to off himself. What a great guy…

  30. 30

    I disagree with you Perez. I think his mom's comment was good natured (nothing inappropriate was said) and draws people's attention to the fact that this man did have feelings and was hurting from the way he was portrayed on reality TV (which isn't always reality). The man didn't create the best image for himself, but it's still sad that he hated his life so much that he felt the need to end it. I'm glad his mom stood up for him - for me, I felt a sense of empathy for the guy after reading this post.