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Push People Over the Edge?

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


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??


(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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I doubt Gene Simmons would have been the only one who thinks Michael was a pedophile ...he was just honest about it...and am I the only one who can't open comments in a new window?

1133 days ago

Granny Linda    

I'd like to see those Housewife's clip coupons and tell their kids "no" now and then...and maybe tell themselves no too.

1133 days ago


"Housewives" husband's suicide.... die by desperation?
brought on my greed? poor choices? living beyond means?
bad moral judgment? self-absorbed importance?

1133 days ago

some guy    

Russell's wife should run for Congress.

1133 days ago

my moore    

Isn't this the second mate to die on these Housewives shows.
Secondly, Russell was famous in his own right, he made all his money in . He was a superstar

1133 days ago

MJ Smith    

Did that lady just say that Taylor is doing this for publicity? Is she freakin serious? It's news not publicity. It was her husband and one point and she has his child. Screen the callers!!

1133 days ago

some guy    

Ehh.... all these tributes seem so mercenary. Did Elvis get the same kind of treatment?

1133 days ago


True. Huge career move for Amy Winehouse.

1133 days ago

some guy    

Despicable woman. The Ox should be mentally evaluated. She seems nuts.

1133 days ago


Harvey, What does this money have to do with custody? It isn't lawyers negotiating now, the judge is involved. Wouldn't the judge say we're talking about custody, not payoffs? Once it is officially in the court, why is she talking about money?

1133 days ago

some guy    

I think they don't want to let Siobhan in b/c they're scared to be beaten by a girl.

Go get 'em Siobhan.

1133 days ago


let her in!

1133 days ago

some guy    

Siobhan should be let in, and the guy with the worst score should be booted.

1133 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

Fantasy Football is as bad as playing Dungeons & Dragons.

1133 days ago


Does TMZ push people over the edge with their hateful, bigoted, sensationalized rhetoric? Ponder that!

1133 days ago
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