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Do Reality Shows

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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If you dominate in a "development League"(charles stated at 40min into you show), you normally get advanced into to the major league. You boys are scared!!! I have your back Shovonne.

1143 days ago


think of it like the Masters. She won a major and made her way into the Masters so she should be able to play in the higher league.

1143 days ago


think of it like the Masters. She one a major and made her way into the Masters so she should be able to play in the higher league.

1143 days ago


take Leslie out of the league.

1143 days ago


He just can't stand to loose to a girl. Man UP let her in!

1143 days ago


fall out boy covering "beat it". best cover!

1143 days ago


we need the broke ass housewives of nj and I could be a star!!

1143 days ago


Everyone wants to blame everyone for thier wrong decisions in life and for other peoples death or injuries. WE need to take responsiblity for our own actions and playing the blame game.

1143 days ago

Jim K    

did global live chris hunt pay a cancellation fee to gene simmons ?

1143 days ago


NO ONE who is well-adjusted does a reality TV show. EVER. So why is anyone shocked when they show us they are not well-adjusted?

1143 days ago


Hey, watch/listen to the show a bit - That cracked me up so muxh watchin you guys argue about who should be in the fantasy football league. sooo funny

1142 days ago


Enjoyed watching online -- first timer ... :) One comment, though: Charles should stop interrupting/talking over Harvey every other moment. It's incredibly annoying, and I can't believe Harvey doesn't say something. Other than that, good stuff!! :)

1142 days ago


idk about these shows but MTV reality shows turned Kristin Cavallari into a crazy manipulative b*tch who her ex-fiance even fled from to get away from her nutzo ways.. and many others too... and now she's going to be on Dancing With The Stars? HOW DOES SH QUALIFY AS A STAR ANYWAY? another reason why reality TV needs to END.

1135 days ago
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