Interviews will be recent, but won’t necessarily focus on Russell Armstrong’s suicide
Bravo will go forward with the Sept. 5 debut of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" it considered pushing back after the suicide of cast member Russell Armstrong.
The show, which is being re-edited, will also feature brief, recent interviews with the cast. A person at Bravo told TheWrap the interviews would cover recent events, but would not necessarily focus on the suicide.
"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," said Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media. "Re-editing of the episodes is still underway."
Berwick said Bravo is working with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air public service announcements during the show and provide information on Bravotv.com, including contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
"Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” Berwick said.
Armstrong, a 47-year-old venture capitalist, was found dead Aug. 15. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined that his death was a suicide by hanging. He was beset by financial and legal troubles, and his wife, "Real Housewives" star Taylor Armstrong, had filed for divorce a month before.