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Russell Armstrong

Family WILL Watch "RHBH"

To Protect His Image

9/5/2011 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0905_housvies_russel_armstrong_getty_exRussell Armstrong's family is watching tonight's "Real Housewives of Beverly HIlls" season premiere with extremely critical eyes -- and is prepared to take legal action ... depending on what they see.

Ron Richards, the attorney representing Russell's parents ... tells TMZ, the family wants to make sure nothing that "would make Russell look bad" airs in the highly anticipated premiere episode.

TMZ broke the story ... shortly before his death, Russell told a friend he was concerned about his negative portrayal on the show. Bravo has said it was doing some re-editing due to Russell's death ... but didn't specifically mention the premiere episode.

Richards says the family will explore legal options if they see something they don't like tonight.



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31.

kim purdy    

Who even watches this show?

1145 days ago
32.

Caroline    

There does seem to be a post-mortem smear campaign going on but I don't know if they can sue since Armstrong signed a release. People should really think twice about going on these so-called "reality" shows. The producers can edit it any way they want.

1145 days ago
33.

janet    

Why don't they call show the Real EX-Wives of Beverly Hills. There is nothing real about any of these so-called reality shows.


There is not one real women on this show. Hair is dyed or bleached, extensions or wigs, over botoxed, bad plastic surgery. Camille Grammer looks the worst. The only thing real is that they married rich guys and got big bucks on divorce settlements.

1145 days ago
34.

steve    

How much are those wh0res going to sell the interview rights for?

1145 days ago
35.

squeakermama    

Make him look bad? I don't want to sound ugly and insensitive but I think he has done a good job of that himself.

1145 days ago
36.

hrhjodi    

That is total BS that they are going to take legal action "if they don't like what they see" The ABUSER signed up for the damn show. He knew that stuff was going to be filmed. If he didn't like it then he shouldn't have signed up to have his dirty laundry aired on TV.

1145 days ago
37.

aquanet    

Hey, if you beat your wife you're image is already lousy. If you're adead wife abuser than it shouldn't be any different.

1145 days ago
38.

bods    

Well, they'll be the only ones watching.

1145 days ago
39.

David    

Protect his image?! He was a bankrupt, wife-beating loser who killed himself. Maybe if his family had helped him see the reality and totality of his situation, he could have sought treatment. Instead the projected a false image and concerned their lives with status. Time to get real people!

1145 days ago
40.

wow ew    

WTF Tmz. It's Monday and there's only 3 "Stories"????

Are you guys SO BUSY with TMZ TV that you guys don't have time to update your site anymore??? Wtf happened to you guys?! This used to be the go to site for celeb gossip and now you've posted 3 topics that aren't even worth reading. I know this is off topic but I needed to get this off my chest.


PS TMZ , the show SUCKS ASS!!! You guys spend the majority of time talking to one another and the show is more about the people who RUN TMZ than the celebrities. I've stopped watching it, it's so lame!

1145 days ago
41.

S D M F    

Why censor this program? Isn't that REALITY television? Isn't that what the people who watch this show want, REALITY? Isn't this exactly what happens when you "create" situations for the sake of ratings?

It's REALITY television at it's finest, let's see death photos!!!

1145 days ago
42.

dave    

hes a wifebeater, blew away a fortune and took it out on her.

1145 days ago
43.

chewy    

other than killing himself, committing fraud, and beating his wife im happy his family is concerned with Russell looking bad

1145 days ago
44.

Adam    

The show should tell the truth. My condolences to the family, but obviously Russell had problems that had NOTHING to do with the show, and then he made the decision, as an adult, to appear on Bravo. The family, which has no legal cause of action anyway, should respect Russell by not making this ugly for whatever reason ($$$ perhaps?)

1145 days ago
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me    

Or better yet, where were they when his wife was in the hospital with serious injuries, from him beating the **** out of her??? Obviously he had issues then, why the lawsuit threats now, scared your meal ticket may run out???

1145 days ago
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