Maybe we were too quick to criticize Bravo’s reaction to Russell Armstrong‘s suicide: On the Today show this morning, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof revealed that the reality stars are teaming up with Bravo to release a series of PSAs about mental illness and depression.
Adrienne didn’t make it clear if the only women participating will be those who were present for the interview — her, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump — or if other cast members Kim Richards, Camille Grammer, and Taylor Armstrong will also be appearing. Aside from releasing a statement after Russell’s body was found, Taylor hasn’t talked about his suicide, which is probably for the best. What with Russell’s financial instability, the season 2 plotline (which will air) about their crumbling marriage, and Taylor’s allegations that Russell abused her (which came out days before he took his life), it’s a lot less messy if she isn’t involved in the clean-up.
It sounds like this is only in the beginning stages, however: When Ann Curry asked what the women had already taken away from Russell’s death and what they would share with other people suffering from depression, Kyle deflected the question and kept saying that they couldn’t have predicted what Russell would do. Well, sure, but then how are they supposed to help other people recognize the warning signs?