Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Cast Members Say Suicide Was a ‘Shock’

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: TV personality Taylor Armstrong (R) and husband Russell Armstrong attend the OK! Magazine and BritWeek Oscars party at The London West Hollywood on February 25, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Taylor Armstrong;Russell Armstrong Photo: David Livingston/2011 Getty Images

In a pre-premiere appearance on Monday's Today show, RHBH's Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump made their first comments on the suicide of fellow cast member Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell. Accompanied by executive producer Douglas Ross, the women did their best to assure audiences that there was no reason to feel weird about watching their second season. (Just in case anyone was thinking of not tuning in to the spectacle.) Richards said that while the death was a "complete shock," she didn't think the show was to blame, noting that Russell "Signed up for this, season one ... and came back for season two." Vanderpump submitted that not airing the season "would really be sweeping suicide under the rug, and ... that's what we didn't want to do. We wanted to bring it to the forefront." With "appropriate" adjustments "in light of the circumstances," Ross added. See? "Appropriate." [LAT]