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Danielle Staub Says Reality TV Made Her Suicidal

Disclaimer: You may want to flog me for what I’m about to say, but I must say it. As a person who has suffered a serious bout of depression, I have the utmost empathy for anyone who is suicidal. But I just have to question Danielle Staub‘s motivation for doing an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” in which she says that she was suicidal after appearing on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” It seems a little like she is trying to capitalize on Russell Armstrong’s suicide because, in true form, she jumped at the opportunity to force herself into the spotlight. Now, if I’m wrong about Staub’s motivations, then I’m sorry. But why would she share her suicidal thoughts with her kids? And why would she tell us about it? Why, if she thinks the pressures of reality television contributed to her depression, would she continue to be part of that world? (She is currently a cast member on Vh1′s “Famous Food”). Something about her confession doesn’t sit right with me. This woman needs to sit down with a professional, not “ET.” [ONTD]

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How Will Bravo Handle Russell Armstrong’s Death On “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills”?

The second season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is set to premiere on September 5th. Bravo had already sent off screeners of the first episode to the press, which features Russell Armstrong‘s then-wife, Taylor Armstrong, buying lingerie in an attempt to spice things up and talking—and even bursting into tears—about how they were going to couple’s therapy. A week before Armstrong was found dead in an apparent suicide, he talked to People about his role on the show and said that he was feeling extreme emotional distress about it. “It got really overwhelming,” he said. “When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level. … We were pushed to extremes.” Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Taylor Armstrong Reacts To Estranged Husband’s Suicide

  • “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”‘s Taylor Armstrong released a statement about her estranged husband Russell Armstrong’s apparent suicide yesterday: “Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter. Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell’s 11- and 13-year-old sons.” The couple separated last month with Taylor accusing Russell of domestic abuse. [Gossip Cop]
  • Will anyone be watching Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, do their first post-acquittal interview on “The Dr. Phil Show”? The ickiness airs September 12. [People]
  • Is Scientology the reason Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split? [The Superficial]

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“Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” Husband, Russell Armstrong, Commits Suicide

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” was found dead Monday afternoon, the victim of an apparent suicide. Russell was found hanging in the bedroom of his Mulholland Drive home, but uncovered no suicide note. Wife Taylor was not in the home at the time. She filed for divorce last month, claiming Russell physically abused her. The couple have a young daughter named Kennedy. [Hit Dan Back, TMZ] Keep reading »

The Real Divorces Of The “Real Housewives”

I was going to write a post this morning about “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Reunion Special that aired last night. But honestly, I can’t donate any more brain space to those women and their inane fighting. (Exception: I love Adrienne Maloof, even if she is apparently friendly with Charlie Sheen.) And so, I am going to turn my attention to their husbands. While there are definitely marriages that seem happy on the show—how cute are Kyle and Mauricio?—what the “Real Housewives” franchise is famous for is showing highly dysfunctional relationships. Over the years, we’ve seen the dissolution of seven “Real Housewives” marriages, plus a broken engagement. Oh, and NeNe and Gregg Leakes’ weird alienation.

The Daily Beast has a great story that looks at the show’s divorce track record and talks to several of the House Husbands about the experience of being on the show. Keep reading »

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