Mother of Russell Armstrong on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premiere: Double Murder?

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The season two premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will go ahead as planned next week, with Bravo taking a few moments to address the suicide of Russell Armstrong prior to airing a re-edited version of the episode.

How does this decision sit with Russell's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss? Not too well.

Russell and Taylor Armstrong

"When I was informed of this, I thought, 'I hope Bravo will take the high road and keep it tasteful,'" Hotchkiss said in a statement to HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. "Let's not murder my son twice."

This isn't the first time Hotchkiss has spoken out about her son and the series.

Just two days after his death, the grieving parent appeared on HLN and said of her son's marriage to Taylor Armstrong: "I began to notice things starting to fray when the television thing came into being, and I was very concerned."

Specifically citing Lisa Vanderpump, Hotchkiss said various castmembers "bashed" Russell and the program "really brought him down."

But, hey, at least Vanderpump didn't make a mockery of Russell's suicide by having her dog Tweet his condolences. Oh, wait, she did.


You could tell that he was one of those people that has a lot going on inside when he was on the show. I Dont think its the shows fault they made the choice to appear on it. I am so very sad for his children.


There is No Evidence that he was a Woman Beater... People need 2 Shutt up!! Funny none of this came to light until the man died and can no longer defend himself..Wthever.


unfortunately these days, nothing is sacred. he was part of a show and thus gave away his anonymity. making the 911 call public was a terrible thing to do. that poor woman is going to live those moments for the rest of her life. it was noone else's business.


He was a wife beater- murder him 10 times who cares. He deserved everything he got. Men like him are not men.

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