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Do Reality Shows

Push People Over the Edge?

8/16/2011 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Russell Armstrong's apparent suicide raises the issue: Do conflict-based reality shows -- like "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- mess with the heads' of their cast members? Plus, Michael Jackson's Estate strikes back against Gene Simmons.

And are fantasy football leagues sexist? The battle heats up in our newsroom when Shevonne is REPLACED by Gary ... because he cares more about football??

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(0:00) Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband dies from an apparent suicide -- Harvey has all the details.
(6:40) Reality stars are encouraged to create conflict ... but some can't turn it off then cameras stop rolling.
(10:20) Russell Armstrong had problems -- but displaying those problems to the public is a whole 'nother Oprah.
(12:00) It's a fact -- violence sells.
(35:10) KISS was slated to perform at an MJ tribute -- until word got out that Gene Simmons called MJ a pedophile.
(37:00) Is Joe Jackson really behind the concert?
(46:10) Mel and Oksana are STILL fighting.
(52:00) Shevonne and Ryan square off after he kicks her out of an office fantasy football league.
(54:01) For all the crap Ryan gives her ... they BOTH picked Michael Vick in the first round today!

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