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BRAVO Releases Statement Over The Decision To Proceed With Beverly Hills Housewives Premiere

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As we previously reported, BRAVO has decided to go ahead and premiere the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as scheduled, despite the suicide of one of its stars, Russell Armstrong.

The network has released a statement defending this decision and assuring viewers and critics alike that there has been some re-editing as well as an addition of a PSA during the program to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The statement reads:

“Bravo will proceed with the September 5 premiere date of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ confirmed Frances Berwick, President, Bravo Media. "Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway."

Berwick added, "Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSA’s during the ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ We will also provide additional information and resources on Bravotv.com, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”

"Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” said Berwick.

Sounds like they're trying to handle this situation with as much dignity as they can for Taylor and Russell.

At the end of the day, a lot of people are depending on this show being on air and as long as BRAVO takes the time to responsibly talk about the situation and treat Taylor and her family with some kindness, then we don't see why it should't air as planned.

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3 comments to “BRAVO Releases Statement Over The Decision To Proceed With Beverly Hills Housewives Premiere”



  1. 1

    Yay! Love this show! Not sure why Bravo feels the need to do a PSA about suicide prevention. Most of us who watch the show are adults and know there is help. Most people who are severely depressed will do it even if there is help. It's not Bravo's fault this guy had so many issues. That was his doing and his doing only. Money problems, marriage problems, anger problems, not the fault of Bravo whatsoever. I do think there may be more to this story though. Especially now that we know Taylor and her daughter were both at the friends house when Russell decided to kill himself. Maybe he had some help deciding that way out in that dept. It's a very fishy situation. How were so many people at this "friends" house & yet no one found him until late in the evening? Why is Taylor claiming physical abuse, but yet has no proof? Why aren't the cops investigating this? Overall, glad this show will be back. I love it!



  2. 2

    As long as they edit out Armstrong as his family asked I don't see a problem going on as scheduled.



  3. 3

    I think they should just edit Taylor "shawna" out and go on with the show. She wasn't a rich Beverly Hills housewife anyway, only someone pretending to be rich.