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'Real Housewives of Bev Hills'

Keep Quiet

8/16/2011 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Silence is golden for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- TMZ has learned, Bravo just instructed the entire cast ... NO talking to the media about Russell Armstrong's suicide ... whatsoever.

Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, each cast member received both a phone call and an email from Bravo just hours after news broke about Russell's death -- ordering them to keep their mouths shut.

But the new directive isn't holding up production -- we're told, shooting is set to resume tomorrow as scheduled.

Right now, it's unclear if Taylor will also be returning to work at the same time.

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3:58 PM: We're told Bravo just canceled the shooting schedule for tomorrow and called a meeting for the entire cast -- it's unclear about what, but we can take a wild guess. A rep for Bravo denies they are having a meeting with the cast tomorrow.

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Rogue Warrior    

aquanet: 35 minutes ago

Nah- they smell a potential lawsuit coming their way and they don't want to make it easier. "Oh the pressure of the show pushed him to do it...yadda yadda yadda."
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You hit the nail on the head!

978 days ago
17.

She's baaaack    

**As If.. *** Those women are such fame ho's I can just see them crying their crocodile tears.. wah wah .. i feel so bad ... not even giving a crap but hey, it's good tv isn't it? Come on people, anyone who is on a reality show is pretty much messed up anyhow.

978 days ago
18.

joe    

When you live above your means your fake and screwed everyone you know karma sucks look people if you dont have the $$$ you dont have it period.. Maybe that birthday party that cost $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ puts you over the edge. Maybe if you worked for what you have you enjoy it more what do you think cali people??

978 days ago
19.

tenley    

well someone's obviously talking to TMZ, probably in violation of their contractual obligations to the show

978 days ago
20.

shelley    

sickening..they just want the cameras rolling so they can use this guy's death for their ratings. They, and others like MTV and TLC, are the reasons so many people's lives are spinning out of control and it's disgusting they do it for money and people watch it for 'entertainment'

978 days ago
21.

Cujeaux    

WU WU WHAT!?! They're actually filming this garbage as it's happening and plan on covering it up? You have GOT to be kidding me!

I sincerely hope this is finally a knife in the heart this series deserves for all of their dirty deeds.

I personally think Russell did this to get back at everybody. Maybe something good will come out of it in the end - ie. the show being cancelled along with all of the other housewives series.

978 days ago
22.

Reba    

I feel sorry for their daughter & his other two children. That being said - I hope that the rollercoaster ride that is Bravo feels the public's wrath in that they push the bounds of reality & what scenerios are actually contrived for tv ratings. Of course, it is the housewives' decision to be on these shows but at what price - shouldn't these people be checked out for instability, etc.
Let's see how Andy "Cheesy Smile" Cohen handles/spins this disaster.

978 days ago
23.

Horndog    

Want to get the attention of the show's producers and Bravo's management? Boycott the advertisers. Boycott any spammer on TMZ and Horndog's postings while you're at it too.

978 days ago
24.

DaSpence    

Yeah, I'm sure it is all HUSH-HUSH now.

Just as certain as Andy Cohen and Bravo crew put alcohol in the hands of a known alcoholic Kim Richards hands last year which landed her in REHAB.

Andy Cohen and the crew at BRAVO just may as well have put the ROPE around Russel Armstrong's neck this year.

Raking in those DOLLARS aren't you ANDY and BRAVO?

978 days ago
25.

silk    

All Bravo cares is making money out of these reality shows. And these reality shows are so pathetic that I just don't know why would anyone watch them! They dehumanized everyone in these shows and people were laughing at them, not because they are funny, but because they are stupid!

978 days ago
26.

FABIO    

There's nothing to be gained by including a tragic suicide in a show like this. Only the rubber-neckers who stop and look at car crashes find it entertaining.

Let TMZ, US & Radar On-line report on all of the sorrid details...

978 days ago
27.

Barbara    

Wow are they ever OWNED by big brother BRAVO. They want them to save their drama for the cameras.

978 days ago
28.

Cujeaux    

Bravo is in a very dicey situation right now and they better be very careful how they handle it. When MTV had that show "Megan wants to Marry a Millionarre" on and that creep contestant on it murdered his ex-girlfriend, the show was pulled immediately. And it was already in the can with just a few episodes left to air. That was the smart thing to do.

My prediction is Andy Cohen is going to go forward - just like he did with the Salihi mess, airing this season and taping everything. He's already been denied access to the funeral so he's scrambling for a subplot that does include the drama of Russell's demise. He will ride the waves of comndemnation vs. morbid curiosity until it's time for the season to air to decide which one to go with. He won't let the housewives in on which one he's actually going to use because they can't keep a secret. In the meantime, Bravo will have their legion of lawyers working on this to make sure that they can proceed without too much risk.

If Taylor stays on, she will replace Casey Anthony as the most vilified creature on the planet, with Andy coming in a close second.

978 days ago
29.

ARTOFWAR    

....This is just another example of how weak white men truly are. White men assign their collective self-worth, to their financial net worth--- so it should come as no bewilderment that when they lose their net worth, they also lose there self-worth-- therefore, they blow their weak little brains out all over their walls and ceiling.

Admirably, this one did not off the wife, kids, dog, cat, pet gerbil, and the irksome neighbors, which seems to be the prevailing consistency amongst the ivory chaps.

Happy hereafter....Artofwar

978 days ago
30.

janet    

The Real Ex-wives of Hollywood. Who is the guy? Erotic hanging gone wrong. That's the hush up.

978 days ago
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