The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Edit or Trash the New Season?

After the unfortunate death of Russell Armstrong, the Bravo network had some tough decisions to make about the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. If you’re not familiar with what happened a few weeks ago, Russel Armstrong (husband of Taylor Armstrong) was found dead in his home, hanging from a rope. While some sources say it was due to depression after Taylor had filed for divorce a month before the tragedy, authorities believe there were also a lot of mental health issues going on as well.
So what was Bravo supposed to do? They could either cancel the show altogether and lose millions of dollars or air the show editing out all the footage surrounding the Armstrong family. Either way, Russell’s mom has something to say about it.
John Ann Hotchkiss simply thinks it’s too soon, and doesn’t want Bravo to “murder her son twice.” In other words, she “hopes Bravo will take the high road” and just cancel the season altogether.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Mrs. Hotchkiss, but when has Bravo ever taken the high road? Remember, this is the station responsible for Millionaire Matchmaker, NYC Prep, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Although it would be in their better judgement to throw all the footage into the trash can, you KNOW they’re going to cash in on Armstrong’s emotional journey and then make it the cornerstone of the season. Heck, they’ve already signed on with the National Suicide Prevention hotline to air PSA’s during the entire season.
As much as I’d like Bravo to pull a Jersey Shore Season 1 (where they edited out the footage of Snooki getting punched in the face, and replaced it with anti-violence PSAs), I just think this is too much of a real drama for them to ignore and pretend never happened.

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