We were wondering how they were ultimately going to choose to address this, and ultimately, we think this will probably be for the best.
Russell Armstrong's camera time and storyline on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is up in the air since he tragically took his own life earlier in the month, so in order to address the reality of the situation while still being respectful to his family's wishes, the entire cast - with the exception of his devastated wife Taylor - gathered yesterday to film a special episode for the series to discuss the suicide.
According to sources, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim and Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump were not prepped beforehand, as Bravo wanted to ensure that their reactions were authentic.
We imagine this will be a difficult, but ultimately very beneficial way to keep the series moving without Bravo having to grapple with questions of respect and exploitation by as they would if they were still incorporating his footage into the show.
Such an impossible situation. Truly sad.
Our thoughts remain with Russell's family and loved ones. Stay strong.
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