According to a new TMZ report, Russell’s estranged wifeTaylor Armstrongwas actually present when his dead body was discovered.
Sources close to Taylor reveal she and Russell had been communicating regularly and were actually supposed to meet on Monday afternoon. Russell was however a no show and Taylor became worried and started calling his friends, though none of them had heard from him.
Taylor became increasingly alarmed when Russell did not respond to her texts or calls. So on Monday evening, Taylor and a friend went to the home Russell had been residing in. The owner of the home looked through Russell’s bedroom window during which his lifeless body was discovered hanging.
The home owner dialed 911 and Russell was declared dead at 8:16 PM. It is believed Russell had been dead for hours. Taylor reportedly stayed at the home for hours after the body was discovered.
Meanwhile, this tragedy occurs just weeks before the second season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is set to premiere on Sep. 5. And as you all know, Taylor’s crumbling marriage to Russell is one of the key story lines on the new season.
This has reportedly put Bravo into panic mode as they are now trying to decide on what do to. The Hollywood Reporter states Bravo “is waiting at least 24 hours to make a decision about whether they’ll postpone the show.”
TMZ is also reporting that filming as yet to end on the new season even though a premiere date has been announced. This coincides with HR’s report that Bravo recently ordered more episodes for the series, increasing the originally planned 14 episodes to 18. TMZ adds that Bravo has instructed the cast not to talk to the press while also canceling a shoot that was scheduled for today.
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time a death has occurred in the Housewives series. Back in 2009, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss’ ex-fiance A.J. Jewellpassed away while the show was still on the air. Bravo decided back then to air the show as is while acknowledging AJ’s death in the ending credits of one of the episodes.
Some are also blaming the Housewives series for Russell’s death though that seems highly unlikely as even his attorney stated Russell’s issues stemmed from his mounting financial problems and impending divorce.
In the meantime, Bravo released this official statement on the tragedy: “All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time.”
And finally, Russell’s ex-wife is now blaming Taylor for his death. In a shocking interview with RadarOnline, Barbara Frederickson claims Taylor “drove” Russell to his death. Wow.
“I don’t care for her at all. I think she’s the reason for this,” Barbara revealed. “She’s not who she says she is and I told him to please be careful with this woman… I warned him! She’s bad news and she drove him into this.” Barbara goes on to add that Russell has always been a good father to her son.
Barbara seems to be singing a different tune now than the one she sang years earlier when she accused Russell of domestic violence in court documents.
TELL US – WHAT SHOULD BRAVO DO ABOUT THE SECOND SEASON? POSTPONE IT, EDIT IT, OR LEAVE IT AS IS? IS IT FAIR TO BLAME THE HOUSEWIVES SERIES FOR RUSSELL’S DEATH?
In today’s reality news, Bravo Housewives continue their attempt at world domination!
The Bravo network announced earlier this week that for the first time in history of the series, Housewives from various cities will gather together on one stage for what is being called “The Real Housewives Live Tour.”
According to the press release, “Fans will have the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite cast members as the ladies discuss the most talked about moments, reveal cast secrets and answer questions straight from the audience.”
The three-city tour begins in Atlantic City, NJ on October 1 with Caroline Manzo (RHONJ), LuAnnde Lesseps (RHONY), KyleRichards (RHOBH) and VickiGunvalson (RHOC).
On October 8, Sonja Morgan (RHONY), GretchenRossi (RHOC), Lisa Vanderpump (RHOBH) and PhaedraParks (RHOA) will meet fans in Hammond, Indiana.
The tour will then conclude October 15 with NeNeLeakes (RHOA), JillZarin (RHONY), MelissaGorga (RHONJ) and MarysolPatton (RHOM) in Atlanta.
For the fans looking to get up close and personal with the cra cra housewives, it’s gonna cost you! The ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $170.00. They go on sale Friday, August 19.
In other housewives news, a new report is once again dispelling those silly Jill Zarin is considering leaving theReal Housewives of New York City rumors. According to the NY Post, that is far from the truth as the Jillousy has practically been begging Bravo to keep her on the show.
“Jill would re-sign tomorrow if she could. She has been pitching herself very aggressively to keep her on next season, because she’s terrified she’ll be phased out,” reveals a source. “She would love to have her own show like [former “Housewives” star] Bethenny Frankel, but she’s not getting it.” Ouch!
This makes you wonder if Jill was indeed one of the reported two NYC Housewives who told Bravo they would be willing to take a pay cut to remain on the show. In the meantime, some are speculating that Jill alongside Countess LuAnn and Sonja Morgan will indeed be returning next season due to the fact that Bravo is including them in the tour.
Perhaps Jill has now received word from Bravo that she will be returning because she has changed her tune since last week. Jill recently told UsWeekly that she is NOT leaving the show.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE BRAVO HOUSEWIVES TOUR? WILL BE BE ATTENDING? PLUS ARE YOU SURPRISED JILL IS DESPERATE TO REMAIN ON RHONY?
While the popularity of MTV’s mega hit showJersey Shore continues to soar, there is one clothing company that would like nothing to do with the show.
Evidently Abercrombie and Fitch is NOT a fan of The Situation, 29, and is now in fact offering him alongside his castmates a “substantial” amount of cash to never sport their gear again.
“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image,” the company said in a press release on Tuesday. “We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.”
The statement continued, “We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and the producers of MTV’s The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.”
Ouch! What is a bit odd is that the company reportedly capitlized on The Situation’s popularity last year by releasing a “Fitchuation” t-shirt.
And it turns out The Sitch is not the only reality star to turn off a clothing company. The Starcasm blog reportsTeen Momstar Gary Shirley also received a request from another clothing company –Aeropostale — days ago asking him to stop wearing their gear as well.
Gary tweeted, “I’m no longer allowed to wear Aero although I did stop wearing it a while ago. They called and banned it. Was a very sad day for me 🙁 RIP..” He later added, “Aero reached out and asked to either blur or not wear at all…” Surely that has to hurt.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ‘AERO’S’ REQUEST? SMART & HYSTERICAL OR DOUCHEY OF THEM?
First Ben went out on a date with Jennifer Love Hewitt just days after the Bachelorette finale (she revealed her crush on him via twitter) and now a new report is stating Ben has become the front runner to be the nextBachelor! The others being considered for the gig include Ames Brown and Ryan Park.
“Everyone wants [Ben] to find the woman of his dreams,” an insider told UsWeekly. Ashley Hebert, 27, was reportedly the first woman Ben really opened up to since the death of his father in 2006. “He loved Ashley,” says a source.
Even show host Chris Harrison agrees than Ben deserves a chance to find Mrs. Right. “Our fans would love to see him as the Bachelor,” he said. “He’d be great.”
Even better for Ben, he has the fans of the show on his side! In a poll conducted by UsWeekly, 53 percent of voters wanted Ben to be the next Bachelor, while 27 percent voted for Ames and 20 percent for Ryan.
And in other Bachelor news we hope never comes to light, former/most hated Bachelor ever Jake Pavelkarevealed yesterday that he would be open to doing the Bachelor once again! Wowzers.
Jake, who’s first stint on the show ended in a pretty disastrous break up, revealed he wouldn’t mind becoming the Bachelor again though “but not right away.” The Famewhore Pilot, who is currently starring on two reality shows, adds that “the show works,” and even though his relationship with Vienna Girardi, 25, “didn’t work out,” that didn’t mean he didn’t find love.
TELL US – DO YOU WANT BEN TO BE THE NEXT BACHELOR? DO YOU WANT TO SEE JAKE AS THE BACHELOR AGAIN?
We reported days ago that we suspected a feud was brewing between Real Housewives of New Jersey BFFs Jacqueline Lauritaand Teresa Giudice; well fast forward to today folks, and that feud has been confirmed! In her latest Bravo blog, Jacqueline confirms she was indeed talking about Teresa in her tweets from over the weekend. In fact, in what can only be described as the ultimate verbal bitch slap, Jacqueline takes things a step further when she completely slams her former BFF, pretty much calling her a liar and a hypocrite. Jacqueline’s comments all stems from Teresa’s blog last week in which she called out Caroline Manzo for stating that she will not hate Kathy Wakile or anyone else because Teresa told her to. It didn’t end there as Teresa then included Jacqueline in her comments for not having her back when it came to Kathy and Melissa Gorga. Below are the excerpts from Teresa’s blog –
“I do have to address one thing about Caroline. When she said, “I will not hate someone because you told me to,” I’m hoping she was speaking theoretically and not about me, because I never asked her to hate Kathy or anyone else. I do think it’s funny that she talks about not getting on the “hate train” because I remember when it came to Danielle, she not only got on the hate train, she built it, fueled it and was the Hate Train Engineer. Danielle never did anything to me or my family (except for lame insults, but those don’t bother me)… Caroline and Jacqueline telling me that Danielle hurt their families was enough for me to support them. I didn’t need proof. I didn’t need to invite Danielle to my parties to “see for myself.” I trusted my friends and had their back. Caroline and Jacqueline have no idea about the years and years of family history between me and Melissa and Kathy.”
Well Jacqueline didn’t take too kindly to Teresa’s nonsense words. In her blog, Jacqueline makes it clear Teresa did not have anyone’s back when it came to Danielle Staub. Jacqueline also calls Teresa a hypocrite for saying her family members only joined the show to get rich, citing she also did the same. And finally, Jacqueline criticized Teresa for what we reported last week, which is that she was encouraging the cra cra Danielle to release whatever information she claims Melissa sent to her. To finish Teresa things up, Jacqueline closed out her blog accusing Teresa of pretending to be going through a hard time to get public sympathy – something we’ve suspected all along because for starters, she can be seen on the show driving a Mercedez Benz and wearing Louboutins, you know, all while being broke and bankrupt. “This year has really opened up my eyes to a lot of things. Thank you for finally clearing up all those rumors out there. It’s good to know that you are fine and really aren’t going through a hard time, but maybe it’s time you let the rest of the world who is worried sick about you in on that too. Sometimes, I wish I would have kept my rose colored glasses on or kept my eyes shut,” wrote Jacqueline. So just in case you’re keeping count, Teresa has now managed to alienate each and every single one of her costars. But surely, she is NOT the problem. As we confirmed days ago, Jacqueline no longer follows Teresa on twitter. What is also clear is that this drama will all play out on the 4th season of the RHONJ which is currently filming. The first screen shot from Jacqueline’s blog is below. Click the continue reading button to see the remaining screen shots.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE’S COMMENTS ABOUT TERESA? DO YOU AGREE? CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE SCREEN SHOTS FROM JACQUELINE’S BLOG!
Taylor released the following statement through her rep: “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.”
Sources tell RadarOnline Taylor has been “hysterical” since finding out about Russell’s suicide last night. The insider reveals Taylor “has been up all night. She is hysterical, and can barely speak. She has no idea why Russell would do this. She doesn’t know how she is going to be able to tell her daughter, Kennedy.” TMZ confirms Taylor has yet to break the news to her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy.
As for what might have led to Russell’s suicide, his attorney confirms it all had to do with his impending divorce as well as mounting financial and legal problems. Russell’s lawyer Ronald Richards states, “I feel bad because his credit cards weren’t working … He had tremendous financial problems.” Ronald adds that even if Russell has a will, he had no assets.
Meanwhile, Andy Cohenand other Housewives also reacted to the tragic news. Below are some of the tweets –
Andy Cohen – “I am so very sad about today’s news. My prayers and thoughts are with Taylor Armstrong and her family.”
Camille Grammer – “My sympathy and condolences go out to Taylor and Kennedy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Adrienne Maloof – “”My heart goes out to Taylor Armstrong and Kennedy during this devastating time. You will be in my thoughts and in prayers.”
Caroline Manzo – “So sorry 2 hear about Russell Armstrong’s death. I hope @taylorarmstrong’s privacy is respected during this difficult time.”
Jacqueline Laurita – “When I hear REAL problems like what’s happened w/ @TaylorArmstrong’s family,it puts everything else that I feel r problems into perspective.”
Jill Zarin – “Shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Russell Armstrong. My love and prayers to @TaylorArmstrong and her daughter.”
Ramona Singer – “My prayers and thoughts go out to Taylor Armstrong and her family.”
Countess Luann – “Such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Taylor and Kennedy and the Armstrong family.”
Gretchen Rossi – “No words can express how much my heart is breaking for my fellow housewife sister @taylorarmstrong and her daughter. Please keep her and her family in your prayers and thoughts today. RIP Russell Armstrong.”
Alexis Bellino – “We are praying so hard for the Armstrong family. We can’t imagine what they’re going through. Take a minute today to hug everyone you love.”
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UPDATE: Russell’s lawyer Ronald tells PEOPLE that Russell showed no signs of depression. The lawyer however adds that Russell was a loving family man who spent every dwindling dollar he had to finance Taylor’s lifestyle. “He was a good networker. But as a couple, they lived way beyond their means,” added Ronald.
Professional reality star Kate Gosselin is taking the news of her show being canceled rather well, or at least she’s pretending to be.
Just moments after the TLC network made the announcement yesterday that Kate Plus 8 had been canceled, Kate, 36, took to her twitter page (yes she has a twitter page – @Kateplusmy8) to give out a statement.
In a series of multiple tweets, Kate stated: “We’ve had a great run! Six years of whirlwind funfilled adventures thanks to TLC and our many many supportive &diehard fans! While it is very sad for me and the kids (there were many tears at the breakfast table this morning!), we are looking forward with great anticipation to our bright future!”
She continued, “As is very typical for me, I am choosing to see the positive in this situation and I am excited to consider the many more invigorating opportunities that may come my way! In the meanX, I hope 2have more time4motivational speaking, book writing &other fun work opportunities that come my way… And maybe even some dating??!! We wish our fans well.” As is very typical? Whatever helps you sleep at night Kate!
As for Kate’s ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, he is simply “very relieved” the show he used to be a part of is now over. “I hope they can have more private family moments,” Jon told RadarOnline. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”
When asked about Kate’s next moves, Jon reveals he has no idea what his ex-wife is planning to do now. “I have no clue what her next move is,” Jon said. “I hope she dedicates more time to the kids now and I wish her the best as she goes forward with whatever career she wants to pursue.”
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TELL US – YOU BUYING KATE’S OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE? DO YOU AGREE WITH JON THAT THIS IS BEST FOR THE KIDS?