‘RHOBH’: Taylor Armstrong Divorced Russell to Stay on Show, Says Report

by | December 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM | The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Russell and Taylor Armstrong (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

The behind-the-scenes story about the very controversial second season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” continues to get more bizarre, especially as we approach the episodes that discuss the events that led up to Russell Armstrong‘s suicide. One of the alleged reasons Armstrong killed himself was because his wife Taylor filed for divorce; now we learn, according to Radar Online, that the ultimate reason why she filed for divorce was so she could stay on the show.

Radar details how, after Russell threatened to sue not only Camille Grammer, but Bravo and NBC Universal after Grammer voiced Taylor’s stories of Russell’s abuse on camera, the Bravo brass decided to cut their losses and stop filming Taylor. Even though she had had enough of his abuse and wanted to separate from him at the very least, she thought a divorce would send the message to Bravo that she wants to still be a part of the program.

You could interpret this to mean that Taylor chose the show over her marriage. But it’s too easy to draw this conclusion, especially because Armstrong has said that she deluded herself into thinking her marriage was going to work. The lawsuit threats may have been the last straw and she just decided that a clean break was best for her in more aspects than just her career. On the other hand, given the family’s financial troubles, maybe she felt she needed to stay on the show to provide for her family, and that if a divorce from Russell was what kept the money flowing there, then she had to do what was necessary.

Either way, its these behind-the-scenes dynamics that have made this season quease-inducing but compelling to watch. We’ll see how things play out when she tells the rest of the Housewives about the divorce on the Jan. 2 episode.

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