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Russell Armstrong's Mom Upset That Bravo Plans To Air RHOBH

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We get why she would be upset about this.

The mother of Taylor Armstrong's late husband Russell Armstrong has expressed how upset she is that Bravo will still be airing the upcoming season on Sept. 5.

The premiere episode has been edited and will include taped commentary from the other housewives on the show.

Mom John Ann Hotchkiss says:

"When I was informed of this, I thought, 'I hope Bravo will take the high road and keep it tasteful.' Let's not murder my son twice.

I began to notice things starting to fray when the television thing came into being, and I was very concerned. What bothered me the most was. . .he would be bashed by some of the other castmembers, especially Lisa [Vanderpump], who is a beautiful lady, and I just couldn't understand why she would be so unkind to him. . .The program itself really brought him down."

President of Bravo Media Frances Berwick released a statement about how the show will addressing Russell's death:

"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. partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention."

Basically, it's a lose-lose situation.

We feel for Russell's mother and we can only imagine the pain she is feeling right now.

We're hoping that Bravo really does keep things respectful.

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20 comments to “Russell Armstrong's Mom Upset That Bravo Plans To Air RHOBH

  1. 1

    "We get why she would be upset about this." Are fucking serious? I am sorry this man chose to end his life but why should the rest of the cast suffer??? Not their fault his life was lie and he chose to end things.

  2. 2

    Bravo did not "murder" your son. He chose to end his life. I am sure we will find out more of this man's shady past and the reason his business partner ended his life the day after Russel did. Very shady!

  3. 3

    Will O V A R B have footage of Taylor Armstrong with her 33 year old boyfriend Jeremy Larner? She began dating him prior to Russell's suicide. I hope Jeremy has loads of money, hates dogs and is willing to play step-dad to a 5 year old girl.

  4. 4

    Did Russell get Paid for his appearances on the show…???! I'm assuming, Yes! He chose to end his life…AND participate on the show, as well as get paid for it. It is sad that he chose to take his life…but, business is business…and he was compensated to appear on the show.

  5. 5

    Bravo are loving this. All of the publicity should bring them a pretty healthy audience. It's all very tacky & insensitive, but on the other hand you'd have to be a fame-whoring idiot to go on that type of show. If you can't respect your own private life, why should a TV network?

  6. 6

    Bravo and the opportunistic wife of this poor man deserve two very big thumbs down for exploiting his death. Id expect it from a reality show personality, but I would have thought Bravo would have had better standards and taste. The issue could be easily skirted and should be.

  7. 7

    if she doesnt approve of the TV show & television maybe she shouldn't be running to the press talking about her son that they "murdered". its disgusting that she would talk to the press about this after saying how much she hates & blames the media for this!!! hypocrite!

  8. 8

    BTW shes only making bravo MORE popular & famous by talking about them!

  9. 9

    With all do respect to his mother, Bravo had NOTHING to do with her son's suicide. Only Russell knows why he did it. Money issues, abuse reports, etc. Maybe if she cared at all about her son & knew all his demons were causing him such pain, she should have been there for him. I think she just wants some 15 minutes of fame and money which her son doesn't have and didn't leave any I would assume. Lady you need to move on and get over it. Bravo and the RHOBH will go on and I cannot be more happy. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

  10. 10

    He and his wife chose to join this show. How many Housewives show came before? Lets see…Orange County, New York, New Jersey? THEY KNEW what they were getting in for. Russell was able to do some research on the other husbands and see what was coming. He signed waivers and contracts and he allowed cameras into his home and his life and now his family is looking for someone to blame. PERIOD. The man was troubled since childhood and his family knew this. Stop trying to blame Bravo for a deeply troubled man doing a deeply troubled thing! His parents are just trying to drum up all the publicity they can so they can try to sue Bravo plain and simple.

  11. 11

    His poor family. The man's family usually gets treated like absolute sh*t by the woman once the marriage finally takes place. Then the new wife sets about getting rid of all his past friend and family. She will isolate him. Make him totally emotionally dependent on her and her family. Women are sick.

  12. 12

    Did you really think Andy Cohen would let this opportunity pass him by…he's going to pimp this out.

  13. 13

    The mother sould just shut the f-up. This is the life her son chose. You can't have it both ways mom. Oh wait her son was getting it both ways. LOL

  14. 14

    Death is a hard thing to deal with and suicide is worse especially when there wasn't a clue or a note to why one would do that but come on now, he wasn't the most liked person. He was married how many times, he was a father to how many kids ? Was he a father to them or just a sperm donor ? His parents I'm sure knew a few things about his life that were disturbing. His temper, his money problems, his marriage problems with all of his wives. He's gone. Move on. If you don't want to see any part of the show then don't watch it. Period. Sounds like she (the mother) may like the hoopla now. I dunno.

  15. 15

    Of course this mother is upset…but come on Lady! Your son wasnt MURDERED..he committed suicide. You cant guess why because he didnt leave a note. Im sure he signed contracts allowing Bravo to show him in any light they wanted. If he didnt want that he shouldnt have signed it. Plain and Simple. Its not Bravo's fault. He could have either got help or chose not to do the show at all. His choices lead to his decision.
    This mother is starting to piss me off with the accusations already. Good luck with that law suit!

  16. 16

    Nothing like profiting of the death of someone.

  17. 17

    Technically he won't be "murdered twice" since he wasnt murdered to begin with.

  18. 18

    Re: Heisenburg – LOVE your name and avatar! :P

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    The show must go on.

  20. 20

    Russell always appeared reluctant and uncomfortable when he was on camera. I just don't understand how we have all these "anti-bully " campaigns in the schools, yet these shows are the worst examples of bullying at its best. Whether or not BRAVO is at fault, is neither here nor there. The crux of the problem is, these shows pit people against each other to the point where they're behaving like animals. And Andy Cohen is the head bully, while raking in millions, and hiding behind the excuse that he has a "signed contract", so they can't sue. Yes, the participants agree, but the premise is sick. I stopped watching all of them after last year. It was too painful and uncomfortable to watch. I felt like I was watching high school fighting. I didn't like the fighting, cliques and bullying then, and I despise it even more today!