For The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the show went on last night.
Following weeks of scrutiny and questions over whether Bravo would postpone the premiere, edit it heavily or even cancel the season following the suicide of Russell Armstrong, viewers watched an episode not too different from the one originally filmed. (A scene where Taylor goes lingerie shopping was cut.)
Before getting to exciting material such as who drank out of $550 champagne glasses, though, the installment opened with the ladies sitting around and discussing the tragedy, as seen here:
The suicide clearly had to be addressed in some way, but the cast takes time here talking about Russell's financial woes and the pressure in Beverly Hills to be rich... only to then spend an hour flaunting their wealth.As Mary McNamara of The L.A. Times put it, Armstrong’s death “turns the show into a creepy necro-party game, it shatters the suspension of disbelief required for these shows to succeed.”
Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richards, meanwhile, then went on The Today Show this morning:
What do you think of how the show has handled Russell's death?