Some critics are pointing fingers at Bravo and blaming invasive reality TV cameras on the suicide of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Russell Armstrong.
Russell, whose marital problems were heavily documented on the show, took his own life on Monday night – just a month after he told RumorFix that the reality show was instrumental in the collapse of his marriage to Taylor Armstrong. “The pressure of being in the TV spotlight was pretty overwhelming. It took our manageable problems and made them worse,” Russell said at the time.
His now widowed wife, Taylor, seems to have a different perspective on reality TV. When RumorFix caught up with Taylor earlier this year, she told us that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been more of a positive experience than a negative one.
“It has been such a surreal experience. It’s also been really cathartic for me because I think it really allows you get to look at yourself in a different way. You see how you interact with your peers, how you interact with your business associates and how you interact with your family,” she explains. “There are certainly things I’ve learned about myself being able to watch [the show.”
As for watching her personal drama play out on the soapbox, Taylor thoughtfully adds, “It’s like being a fly on the wall in your own life. There are definitely things about myself that I’d like to change and some traits about my personality that I’m working on right now and this has really helped me to do some self-examination and I think it’s been a powerful tool for me.”
We can certainly see her point, but we can also see Russell’s. It’s just too bad they weren’t able to reconcile their opposing viewpoints before Monday’s tragedy.