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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 09/06/2011

‘Real Housewives’ discuss Russell Armstrong’s suicide on ‘Today,’ as show premieres (Video)

Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong. (Evan Agostini - AP)
The cast members of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” talked about the suicide of Russell Armstrong on the “Today” show, and tried to explain why the Bravo show must go on.

Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump said that Taylor Armstrong, whose marriage with Russell Armstrong disintegrated on camera, was fine with the changes made to the second season. She said that no one involved with the show saw his suicide coming. “I don't think even Taylor was aware of his mental state,” Vanderpump said.

Despite calls for the show to be scrapped, the second season debuted Monday with a special on the suicide before the premiere. Many have been critical of Bravo’s decision.

Mary McNamara wrote for the L.A. Times that Armstrong’s death “turns the show into a creepy necro-party game, it shatters the suspension of disbelief required for these shows to succeed.”

Richards said the show is not just about the Armstrongs. “It’s very difficult in a situation like this,” she said. “I think Bravo has tried to handle this as responsibly and respectfully as possible.”

Adrienne Maloof said the network is trying to take a negative and turn it into a positive through PSAs and by shedding light on the issue.

Watch the interview below.

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