'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast talks Russell Armstrong suicide on 'Today' - See video
Cast members of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" appeared on the "Today Show" on Monday, September 5, to talk about the upcoming season and the suicide of cast member Russell Armstrong.
Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof and the show's executive producer Douglas Ross talked about the suicide and updated fans on how Russell Armstrong's estranged wife Taylor, was handling the situation.
"I did speak to her at the wake and she was very beside herself. I think her concern is her little girl now," Maloof said of Taylor Armstrong. "It's heartbreaking."
"We spent a couple of evenings with her this week," said Vanderpump added. "She's trying to digest everything."
Richards said the suicide "came as a complete shock to us. I always saw him as being reserved and quiet." She added, "I knew that they had their issues but no one could have anticipated something like that."
Executive producer Douglass Ross talked about how the producers and the network reevaluated the series after the suicide. "When we heard about the tragedy of course all of our thoughts went out to Taylor to support her, but we [the producers] -- along with the network -- to a hard look at the show and looked at it very thoroughly and we decided to make some adjustments where appropriate in light of the circumstances."
"Our goal has always been to make an honest and accurate story about the ladies and what goes on in their life and we wanted to be and we always are respectful and responsible," Ross added.
The women have taped a sit-down the debuts prior to the season premiere on Monday, where the women addresses the suicide.
In late August Frances Berwick, Bravo's President confirmed that the show would keep its initial premiere date of September 5 and announced that network had partnered with Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. -- a non-profit organization which promotes the accurate depiction of health and social issues -- to raise awareness about suicide prevention through public service announcements and information made available on the network's website.
Russell Armstrong was found hanging in a bedroom in a Hollywood Hills home where he had been staying after separating from his wife, who filed for divorce in mid-July. Autopsy results have confirmed his death was a suicide.
Armstrong was laid to rest at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills on August 25, nine days after his body was found.
Taylor Armstrong, 40, had in her divorce filing cited irreconcilable differences and seeking legal and primary physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy. She also claimed that her husband had abused her physically and verbally. At the time, he did not comment on her accusations.
He and Taylor Armstrong married in 2005 and are said to have separated about two months ago. Their troubled relationship was documented on the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," which aired in 2010.
The other cast members of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are Camille Grammer - ex-wife of "Frasier" actor Kelsey Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof.
Two newcomers set to appear on season 2 are Dana Wilkey and Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, who is now married to singer LeAnn Rimes.
Watch the "Today Show" interview with Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof below.