Since her husband Russell Armstrong's suicide, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
star Taylor Armstrong has been quite open about the tragedy and how she's dealing with it by appearing on several talk shows
and even publishing a book
, due out next month.
Since Armstrong's death in August, other Bravo personalities have treated the subject with much sensitivity. Now, two of them are speaking out about the dark incident that has clouded this second season.
Bravo executive and Real Housewives
reunion host Andy Cohen sat down with Entertainment Tonight
to talk about his experience with Taylor while filming the season two reunion special, which was just filmed last week.
"She seems very strong, it's interesting," he said. "She didn't shed a tear. She's coming from a place of strength and recovery now."
Andy also addressed his network's controversial decision to air the season after Russell's suicide.
"It's a story of a woman who is grappling with domestic violence in her marriage and how her friends are processing this information," he said. "I think personally what I learned is people who may be living pretty lives, who are wrapped in pretty packages, the truth of the matter is, that life isn't always pretty and it is rough and it is painful and as many good times as you can have, the bad times are right there as well."
Cohen denies that the reality show is partially to blame for Russell's death. He says that Russell was experiencing dire "personal and financial crisis," and that it must not be overlooked that Russell's business partner also took his own life.
"This was a man who signed up to be on a second season of the show," Andy said in defense of the show. "This was a man that had expressed to producers the first season of the show was very good for his business."
Andy isn't the only Bravo-lebrity who believes the show is not responsible for Russell's death. Former Real Housewives of New York City
and star of Bethenny Ever After
Bethenny Frankel also expressed to ET
that Bravo should not be held accountable for his suicide in any way.
"He signed lengthy contracts explaining what the show was about and he didn't have to go on the show," she said. "He doesn't have to shoot when he doesn't want to. You can't really blame a television show on a suicide. I think that is a little irresponsible."
Not everyone is convinced of Bravo's non-culpability. Shortly after Russell's suicide, his family threatened Bravo with a lawsuit
claiming that the network, along with Taylor, are to blame for the psychological harm that led to Russell's suicide. ""Bravo is at fault and somebody needs to pay," Armstrong's stepbrother said in August, though no litigation has since taken place. Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)