Even though season 2 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” technically happened months ago, Andy Cohen is still being asked about it at every turn for one reason and one reason only — the tragedy associated with Russell Armstrong’s death.
Cohen is in the process of promoting his new book Most Talkative, and in an interview with the New York Times Magazine he explained that he and the producers did not take the situation lightly, but decided to air the Bravo reality show based largely on the message that Taylor Armstrong was hoping it would show victims of domestic violence:
“I mean, look, we debated 18,000 ways to handle this … It was tragic. But if anyone in this building or the producers or the production company believed that the show was to blame for what happened, we would not have aired the show no matter what.”
From the standpoint of ratings alone, “Beverly Hills” was clearly one of Bravo’s biggest success stories; however, there are still some who wonder whether or not the show took on too heavy of a tone, a potentially alienated future viewers looking to have a little bit more of a fun time. Armstorng is still on board the show as a cast member, and has been joined full-time by a recurring star from last season in Brandi Glanville.
What do you think about Cohen’s comments here, and do you think that “Beverly Hills” will be able to return a strike a more positive turn? We will find out more when the show returns to Bravo later this fall.