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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."

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Bravo has now made it official: the season two premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will air as scheduled, this Monday night at 10 p.m. EST.

Controversy has surrounded the series, of course, since Russell Armstrong took his own life this month. But the network said in a statement today that the situation will be addressed at the outset of the opening episode.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2 Promo Pic

"Bravo will proceed with the Monday, Sept. 5 premiere date of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," said Francis Berwick, president of 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. Reediting of the episodes is still underway.

"Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time."

Is this the right decision? What do you think Bravo should do about season two?

 

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The 911 call placed after the shocking August 15 discovery of lifeless Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong has been released.

Be forewarned, it is upsetting.

Russell Armstrong's suicide came weeks before the return of the Bravo show (it's still set for Sept. 5). Here's what happened when he was found:

Moments after the body of Armstrong at a friend's home where he was staying, you can hear the caller say, in no uncertain terms, "My friend just hanged himself, do you understand? Come over here and stop asking questions."

Russell's estranged wife Taylor Armstrong was also there, with the friend consoling her, saying "Come here Taylor, it's alright, it's alright."

The 911 dispatcher asked about the status, at which point Russell's friend made it clear Armstrong was deceased. "No, there's nothing you can do," he said.

"There's nothing we can do. Just please come as soon as possible."

The RHOBH will air a special episode dedicated to the incident.

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Despite the suicide of Russell Armstrong, sources now say Bravo will air The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season two premiere as scheduled, on September 5.

A few days after Taylor Armstrong laid her husband to rest, she's reportedly been telling friends that his death "wasn't caused by the show or Bravo."

"Russell just simply cracked over ongoing legal and financial issues," a pal tells Radar Online of what Taylor has been saying. "The show bears no responsibility for his death, neither does the network. In fact, Bravo has been extremely supportive of Taylor during this tragedy."

It's impossible to know what role the Real Housewives played, of course, but Russell is on record as thinking very poorly of the reality show.

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards will be going Dancing With the Stars this season. The news was first reported by Celebuzz.

The mother of four and aunt of Paris Hilton has been rehearsing her moves in the studio. Looks like she's on a road to a resurgence and recovery.

Kim, who stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with sister Kyle Richards, is a former child star who appeared in numerous Disney films.

Kim Richards Picture

Although it was uncertain if she would return to the Housewives this year, it was recently announced that she and Kyle would both be back for Season 2.

The entire season is in limbo following the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong, however. Russell was the estranged husband of star Taylor Armstrong.

The entire cast of Dancing With the Stars will be announced this Monday, August 29 during ABC's Bachelor Pad. The season begins next month.

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Russell Armstrong was laid to rest at the Church of the Hills-Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills yesterday.

There's little to actually report because, thank goodness, Bravo did NOT film the event, but we know all cast members from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were on hand to support Taylor Armstrong.

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Sources confirm that Russell's remains will then be sent to Texas for a second service, as Taylor has been clashing with his family. From there, the body will be cremated and the ashes divided between Taylor and her in-laws.

It's still unclear how Bravo will handle the season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In the most recent news related to this tragedy, Entertainment Tonight has discussed photos of Taylor in detail, taken after an alleged beating from her husband.

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In one of the final interviews Russell Armstrong gave before hanging himself, the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star went off on the series that made him famous and, it's clear at this point, led to his demise.

"Everything you see on that show is bullsh-t," Armstrong told The Fix. "Those Bravo bastards take every little argument out of context and magnify it for the cameras."

Russell and Taylor

Referring to Bravo producers as "evil overlords," Russell went on to say that viewers don't really know him.

"The Russell you see on TV has nothing to do with my real personality... It's just a character I play on TV," he said, admitting that character was "great for business."

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Details regarding the life and recent death of Russell Armstrong continue to pour forth, with the latest report painting this reality star in a disturbingly negative light.

According to a TMZ insider, just prior to filming on season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Russell struck Taylor Armstrong so hard that he fractured her cheek bones and sent her to the hospital. The injuries, and subsequent photos, were "horrific," this source states.

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer are all smiles in this photo. But a new report sheds light on their private pain.

Unsure how to handle the situation - would Bravo fire her for appearing uncooperative if she didn't show up for filming? - Taylor reportedly confided in Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. She then told Russell about this conversation with her castmates.

The Bravo mole says he reacted by emailing Camille a "very threatening" message that contained "the rantings of a lunatic."

Taylor's bruises and breaks, meanwhile, required weeks to heal, delaying production on the series. Now, the actual premiere has been pushed back as the network wonders what to do about Russell's suicide.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Following a meeting between cast members and executives on Tuesday, the September 5 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will be pushed back by at least one week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The delay, of course, is due to the Monday night suicide of Russell Armstrong.

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“People are concerned about being associated with the show and his passing,” an insider tells the publication, adding that some inside the network want to axe the season entirely. But that's unlikely to be the end result.

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More information has come out regarding the suicide of Russell Armstrong, including a chilling statement he allegedly made to his mother not long before hanging himself on Monday night.

In an interview on HLN, Russell's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss, tells host Jane Velez-Mitchell that her son confided in her just a couple weeks ago. Referring to his financial difficulties and allegations of abuse against his wife - all of which would be featured this fall on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Armstrong said:

Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season... I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.

Taylor and Russell

Elsewhere: In an interview with ABC News, Ronald Richards, Armstrong’s lawyer, said the show's focus on a lavish lifestyle plunged Armstrong into debt.

“These couples join these shows, and then they keep trying to outdo each other and they end up spending all their money trying to sustain a lifestyle that’s unrealistic and wasn’t there prior to the show. The weekly social events, the dinners and all the BS, trying to pretend you have unlimited resources in Beverly Hills is tough."

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