The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ season 2 premiere was a ratings bonanza, getting about 2.2 million viewers – a 42% increase from season one’s premiere.
The show also had a 51% increase in its target audience demographic, 18-49 year olds.
In case you missed the premiere, the episode opened up with the ladies (apart from Taylor Amstrong) discussing the suicide of Taylor’s husbandRussell Armstrong.
People were genuinely curious to see if the show would address his death so there’s a possibility viewership will drop in the second episode. However, Bravo did confirm that they will be showing Taylor and Russell’s marriage counseling sessions, which will get people even more curious to watch.
I thought it was handled very well. I’m very glad the show is still on!
Russell Armstrong‘s family isn’t buying suicide as the cause of death … they believe he was murdered, and they’re putting a private eye on the case.
Although the L.A. County Coroner ruled Russell’s death was a suicide by hanging, sources close to the situation say the family is convinced … Russell’s money problems caused him to get involved “with the wrong people.” They believe Russell may have screwed someone over out of desperation and that person or persons retaliated by killing him.
We’re told the family is in the process of hiring a private investigator.
I truly do not believe this is what happened. Just waste your money and let him rest in peace. This isn’t going to help people heal.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ much-talked-about second season premiered on Bravo Monday night in the wake of cast member Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband’s suicide.
The “special” that the network had promised turned out to be a few-minutes-long taped gathering of the wives (all except Taylor) to discuss the suicide several days after it happened. They reflected on Russell’s death, a few of them teared up and things concluded fairly quickly with Kyle Richards’ remark, “I think a lot of us feel some guilt about not seeing this coming. … Life goes on. It has to.”
And, as they say, so must the show.
In the episode, Taylor’s marriage was discussed, with Lisa’s husband, Ken, saying that couples who need therapy are “weak.” But a scene involving Taylor shopping for lingerie to spice things up was edited out.
Bravo had already announced it was re-editing the season. Executive producer Douglas Ross tells Us Weekly:
“We’ve completed editing on the first few episodes, but are still reviewing the rest of the season. Russell does not appear in the first several episodes. At this point, I can’t say if Russell will appear at all.”
It’s hard not to wonder what will be left out — Taylor and Russell’s marriage was allegedly emotionally and physically abusive.
TMZ has learned the L.A. County Coroner just paid a visit to Taylor Armstrong to find out what she knows about Russell Armstrong‘s suicide, and the trip was necessary because Taylor has not made herself available for more than a week.
Sources tell TMZ … The Coroner’s office wanted the meeting because Taylor was at the scene of Russell’s suicide when his body was discovered nearly 2 weeks ago. Investigators were not able to speak with Taylor that day because she left before they arrived.
L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter met with Taylor at home for a half hour and discussed, among other things, Russell’s state of mind in the weeks leading up to his death, his drug use and whether he was under a doctor’s care.
Sources say Taylor told Winter … Russell was not under any regimen of drugs and she had absolutely no idea he would commit suicide.
I’m glad Taylor did this. I know it was hard, but it will help them.
Last night, a memorial was held in the Hollywood Hills for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong. His wife, Taylor Armstrong, was joined by her costars to say good-bye to Russell, but she was not joined by her husband’s family, who opted to decline their invitation.
Russell’s parents and family reportedly refused to attend the funeral, claiming that they felt like it was more of a publicity stunt for Taylor than a way to remember Russell. Instead, the Armstrong family will be having their own memorial for Russell in Texas in the next several weeks. As one sources explains:
“Let’s face it, there is no love lost between Taylor and Russell’s family. Russell’s family wanted no part of the memorial, they felt it was all for Taylor. Taylor was relieved that they didn’t attend. She wanted to be surrounded by her friends and just say good-bye to Russell.”
Very interesting! Hmm…!
Russell Armstrong clearly led a very troubled life, and it appears to those closest to him that he may have been trying to take proper steps to treat his anger problems by taking anti-depressants, but apparently only two weeks before he took his own life, he stopped filling his prescription.
The insider explains:
“Russell had been doing so well when he was on the anti-depressants. He was prescribed the meds to control his rage issues. Russell stopped taking the meds two weeks before his suicide. Taylor was very supportive of him taking the meds. All of a sudden about two weeks ago, Russell stopped taking the meds though.”
Such an unbelievable shame.
Russell Armstrong will be cremated and his ashes will be divided between his family and his wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Taylor Armstrong, People reports.
Contrary to reports, Armstrong’s lawyer, Ronald Richards, tells the magazine that there was never any conflict between Armstrong’s family and his wife over his final arrangements.
“It’s my understanding that Taylor has indicated to Russell’s nephew that Russell’s family can take most of the remains back to Texas,” Richards says. “They have a family cemetery there. … She also wants some of his remains, so I’m assuming she will agree to cremate him.”
Richards had no update on the family’s funeral plans.
Armstrong committed suicide last week, forcing Bravo to re-edit footage from the new season ofReal Housewives, which was set to premiere Monday, Sept. 5. The network has not yet decided whether to postpone the premiere.
I think that Bravo should postpone the series until some of this media hype dies down. They probably won’t the ratings that come from a firestorm such as this though.
The L.A. County Coroner’s office wants to interview Taylor Armstrong about Russell Armstrong‘s death … TMZ has learned after placing several calls to the Coroner.
We’re told the Coroner has a number of questions about things she knows about Russell, including:
– Russell’s medical history
– Medication history
– References he may have made about suicide
– State of mind in the weeks preceding his death
As TMZ first reported, Taylor was on the property where Russell committed suicide when his body was discovered, however she left before the Coroner arrived. The Coroner’s office has contacted Taylor about an interview, but they have not heard back from her.
The Coroner has already determined … the cause of Russell’s death was suicide by hanging, but the toxicology report is still pending.
I know its hard Taylor, but you need to cooperate with the coroner. He or she is just trying to find out exactly what happened.
Taylor Armstrong secretly revealed to cast members she was beaten so badly byRussell Armstrong she had to undergo surgery — and when he found out she spilled the beans, he sent Camille Grammer a chilling, threatening email … this according to multiple sources connected with the show.
We’re told … just before the shooting for season 2 of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” began … Taylor was severely beaten. Sources say Russell hit her in the face so hard he cracked bones in her cheeks. Sources say there are pictures of the injuries and they are “horrific.”
Taylor — who was hospitalized as a result of the beating — tried to keep it a secret, but she had a big problem … she couldn’t show her face for weeks, and she feared she’d be fired for appearing to be uncooperative and flaky.
Sources say Taylor confided in Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards … both of whom urged Taylor to tell Bravo what really happened.
We’re told Taylor went home and told Russell about her conversation with the two women and the outrage they had shown when they heard what happened. Russell reacted by sending Camille a “very threatening” email. One source who read it said, “It was the rantings of a lunatic.”
As for Taylor, her injuries were so bad … shooting was delayed for several weeks.
This is so scary! Taylor was in such a bad situation. Still praying for you girl!
Bravo will not have “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cameras rolling whenRussell Armstrong‘s funeral takes place … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to production tell us there’s some turmoil at the network — while everyone realizes Russell’s death will make the show more dramatic and watchable … they’re also nervous about pushing the envelope too far.
We’re told Bravo doesn’t know how much Russell footage, if any, will air in the show’s second season — but the one thing everyone agrees on is not taping the funeral services.
We’re also told the cast had a meeting yesterday — sans network execs — to console each other. Taylor Armstrong was not there.
I’m so glad it won’t be filmed.