Russell Armstrong's Family Reacts To The Premiere Of 'RHOBH:' 'It Was Very Insensitive!'

Wed, September 7, 2011 2:23am EST by 4 Comments

Russell Armstrong’s nephew and sister spoke exclusively with after watching the premiere of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ They are upset with how Bravo handled their uncle’s suicide.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiered its second season Sept. 5 to mixed reviews. Some audiences were thrilled to have their favorite reality show back on the air, while others — namely Russell Armstrong‘s family — were not happy with how their beloved’s suicide was handled on the Bravo program.

Russell’s nephew, Austin Kelsoe, 18, spoke exclusively to about the premiere and how upset it made him.

“It was awful. Absolutely awful! I was very upset. The preface they aired just set the tone for the rest of the season
They could of gone on without that introduction. It’s sad Bravo cares more about ratings and publicity then they do about respecting the wishes of my family which we made very clear to them. How can people watch the show and not think of anything else but my uncle’s suicide?” he said.

He added, “They spent a few minutes talking about my uncle’s death like they were doing us all some kind of favor and then the show goes on to show multi-millionaires arguing over what to eat at a dinner party. It’s just so incredibly shallow. Watching the show made me start crying so I turned it off!”

“Now that my uncles laid to rest, we just want everything to go away and to mourn the death of my uncle.”

Russell’s younger sister, Laurie Kelsoe, told us, “I was going to watch the introduction but I just couldn’t bear it. My mother watched it and she was very upset about a comment one of the cast members (Ken Vanderpump) said about not wanting to go to a marriage counselor because he would feel weak. I don’t know why they kept that part in the show. It was very insensitive. In light of all that has happened, they should have edited that part out. In fact, they should have canceled the season all together!”

She concluded, “If Bravo shows ANY scenes of my brother, they will be sorry!”

Did YOU watch the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? How did you think Bravo handled Russell’s tragic death? Sound off below.

Reporting by Sandra Clark

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Posted at 4:36 PM on September 7, 2011  

they want to ignore and hide the fact that he was an abuser now, just as they did when he was alive. Bravo shouldn’t change a thing they intended to show before his suicide. Maybe one good thing can come of it, and help battered women! And his family doesn’t like it then they are self inflicting the wounds – don’t watch!

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Posted at 3:42 PM on September 7, 2011  

if they want to just mourn their loss they should stop giving interviews to gossip sites.

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Posted at 9:53 AM on September 7, 2011  

Lets not forget that this man was AN ABUSER—PHYSICALLY ABUSED WOMEN–And his Family should be working to HELP BATTERED WOMEN–NOT if the dead man looks good on TV for the Family—STOP THE ABUSERS—-

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Posted at 5:48 AM on September 7, 2011  

As the dust settles from the demise of Russell Armstrong, looking back, the program is about an elite group of woman in Beverly Hills, why the husbands were ever involved shouldn’t have ever happened. Bravo, in the future, should do a background check on who they are considering to hire for a program. It would have taken very little research to find out the financial status of the Armstong’s. Had that been done, originally, Russell may still be alive, financially in trouble, but not pushed to the limit of suicide.

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