by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Despite a ruling by the Los Angeles County Coroner that Russell Armstrong died via suicide by hanging, the family of this late reality star reportedly believes he was murdered.

Taylor Armstrong and Family

TMZ sources report family members are convinced Armstrong's financial woes led him down a path "with the wrong people" and one of them killed him out of retaliation. They will allegedly hire a private investigator to look into the matter.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills aired its second season premiere last night, which featured the woman talking awkwardly about Russell's death. You can view that scene HERE.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

In the midst of major drama and controversy - actual, unscripted drama and controversy for a change - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicked off season two last night. It earned -34 points from our critic.

Voices from across the Internet and the television dial have been chiming in on Bravo's decision to go through with the season in light of Russell Armstrong's suicide, but there are a few women at least who stand by the network: those employed by it.

All The Real Housewives of New York City

Let's take a look at how various Real Housewives of New York City feel about the events.

Ramona Singer: "I think it is very tragic. But I don't think that the reality show is to blame for his unfortunate death. I think he had problems. And it's sad when someone has so many problems, they feel the only way they can eliminate their pain is by taking their life."

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicked off season two with quite a predicament on its hands, but in true reality TV fashion, it got over it quickly.

Let's recap the absurdity of it all in THG's +/- review ...

Russell Armstrong, wife of Housewife Taylor, committed suicide earlier this summer amid controversy of abuse allegations, a divorce, and financial troubles.

There was talk of postponing the season. There was talk of a memorial special. Instead we got a five-minute opener of the cast talking about how sad, angry, or guilty they felt and then ... we moved on. 

So we start with Minus 25. I'm not saying they had to dwell on it but a man's death seemed to deserve more than five minutes. Maybe it's just me.

But, moving on… If Lisa asked her little dog if it had to go wee wee one more time I thought I might be ill. Minus 5. And what's with the big push to get her daughter married off. She's only 24 for goodness sake. Minus another 5.

To Jason's credit he did the cute, old fashioned thing and asked her dad for permission. Plus 3 for going traditional.

Continue Reading...

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Bethenny Frankel may soon be leaving Bravo, but she's still quick to defend the network.

Asked about the suicide of Russell Armstrong and whether The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills could be blamed for the tragedy, this reality star scoffed at the mere mention of such liability.

“It’s preposterous to blame a TV show for someone’s suicide,” Bethenny told USA Today. “When the show started filming, I’d heard he wasn’t so kind to his wife."

  • B. Frank
  • Taylor and Russell Armstrong

Whatever problems Russell had, and whatever exposure they'd be given on the Real Housewives, Frankel says the troubled man knew what was in store for him before a single frame was shot:

“People sign very lengthy documents and they know what they’re getting into. Life is stressful. It’s unfair to blame a TV show for something personal. I believe that I really do.”

In one of his final interviews, Armstrong railed against the show that made him famous, citing its editing process and how he's nothing like the person viewers saw each week. Bravo will premiere season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Monday night.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

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."

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

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.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

A new twist has been added to the death of Russell Armstrong.

TMZ confirms that Alan Schram, a business associate and friend of the late Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star, also killed himself last week, just 24 hours after Russell did the same. Schram's body, with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, was found on August 16, outside of his parked car on Mulholland Drive.

Russell and Taylor Armstrong

Schram was the managing partner of a Los-Angeles based hedgefund and was part of Tiger 21, an organization of wealthy individuals who discussed investments together. Russell was also reportedly a member of this club.

The reasons behind Armstrong's suicide will never be fully understood, but the man definitely had money problems. He was facing a $1.5 million lawsuit at the time of his death and was laid to rest on Wednesday.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

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.

Beverly Hills Housewives

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.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

A reliable source says he's seen images of Taylor Armstrong after her most recent beating at the hands of late husband Russell Armstrong, and the shots are seriously disturbing.

"I've seen shocking photos of Taylor with a deeply bruised right eye and a terrible trauma that stretched from [the mouth] to here [the eye socket]," Entertainment Tonight host Chris Jacobs says, describing the pictures as "graphic."

Close Up of Taylor Armstrong

Allegations of abuse against Russell were first made public in late July. Most recently, a report surfaced that claimed Taylor was sent to the hospital just before The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was scheduled to resume shooting.

Continue Reading...

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

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."

Continue Reading...

Russell Armstrong Biography

Taylor and Russell Armstrong Russell Armstrong appeared many times over the first season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In the summer of 2011, he and Taylor... More »
Full Name
Russell Armstrong
x Close Ad