Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premiere in Doubt After Suicide

Entertainment Aug. 17, 2011 AT 2:20PM
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premiere in Doubt After Suicide Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Russell Armstrong's shocking suicide at age 47 on Monday changed everything -- including the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which was scheduled to premiere on Bravo over Labor Day weekend.

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The cable network has yet to announce its amended plans for the series, which stars the late Russell, his estranged wife Taylor and Kim and Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer, Lisa Vanderpump plus newcomers Dana Wilkey and Brandi Glanville.

But a show insider tells Us Weekly they plan to "review" the footage and "probably re-edit it. They're going to go back and probably take stuff out, to make sure they're being sensitive to the situation."

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Acknowledging the predicament, Bravo's Andy Cohen wrote on his blog Wednesday: "We're all still trying to process yesterday's very sad news, and looking at how to proceed with the series, which has finished primary production and was set to premiere on Labor Day. We'll let you know what we decide when we do. In the meantime, we're sending our thoughts and prayers to Taylor and the rest of Russell's family."

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Right now, the show insider says, it's unclear whether the late Russell will be edited out completely, or whether his death will be addressed on the show.

"Everyone at Bravo is surprised about what happened," says the source. "They don't know anything at the moment."

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