Bravo TV Issues A Press Release About Season 2 Of ‘The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’

"Bravo will proceed with the Monday, September 5 premiere date"

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.

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  1. Jacqui

    Funny that reality tv struggles when actualy reality occurs.

  2. Addygal

    Not trying to be insensitive, but I don’t feel re-editing the show is the best way to go. I realize this is an impossible situation but what is the overall message that the network is sending. If the situations took place as Taylor and her cast members have stated, then editing the show to place Russell in a less negative light seems unfair to both Taylor her cast mates and victims of domestic violence as well. It’s like saying yes he did these atrocious things but let’s just be quiet about it because he’s passed on. His passing doesn’t change what transpired prior to his death and IMO is minimizing the strong voice Taylor has begun to put to domestic violence and its effects on its victims. Should all victims of domestic violence shut up because it could possibly result in negative, to say the least, consequences for their abusers?

    • Katie

      I think playing down some of the bad to the public is ok. Evn if it is just for the sake of his children. We all are aware of what has happened. I don’t think they need to totally gloss over any of it but maybe just focus less on it than they would have normally. Especially due to the fact that it would have played such a prominent role because of the entertainment value of the drama. It wouldn’t have been because Bravo wants to show how terrible domestic violence is…

  3. robin

    i don’t think they should edit it…they should show the reality of what their life together was like. he signed the contract to participate on a show that showed a realistic depiction of his life, the good the bad and the ugly. regardless of the sad consequences, the choices he made were his and his alone.

  4. One of the reasons I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is because of all the shows (I have been watching Housewives since The Orange County Wives) of all of the Housewives this is truly the Realest…Divorce, ugly or otherwise, pain, shame guilt, addiction and abuse is a part of real life.
    The fact that this show allows the rest of the world..rich, middle class and poor to see that all of the afflictions that we think we suffer because of lack of money actually affects the wealthy as well. Nice touch throwing in the town ho (Brandy) too…there is one in every batch of bff’s we all have one and love her anyway.

    My heart goes out to the Armstrong family. The suicide was tragic…yes, but Taylor found the courage to walk away and file for divorce before it happened. THAT shows other abuse victims it can be done even when you stay too long.
    I appreciate that Taylor was honest about the abuse in her therapy that was aired. That you showed all the denial that Russell was in in front of the camera. I also have to say I felt afraid for Taylor when the cameras stayed outside and she walked into her home and closed the doors.

    I hope this reality series continues to air. I love all the women.

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