Yesterday we learned of a report that claims that Bravo TV is planning to air a Suicide Special edition of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and is NOT planning on postponing the September 5 premiere of season 2 of the show. Today we hear the news officially from Bravo in a press release announcement that was issued today … which you can read in full below.
“Bravo will proceed with the Monday, September 5 premiere date of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’” confirmed Frances Berwick, President, 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. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway.” Berwick added, “Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSA’s during the ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ We will also provide additional information and resources on Bravotv.com, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.” “Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” said Berwick.
Ugh … what a mess. There is no way that Bravo can get out of this tragedy and not look a wee bit bad. This press release seems pretty cold but, then again, how does one warmly say Despite the fact that one of our castmembers killed himself, we have already invested far too much money to cancel the show so we’re pushing ahead in an attempt to capitalize on the drama as much as we can and we hope that YOU will continue to watch. This is Hollywood, after all and well … the show must go on. And go on it will, starting next Monday September 5.