Bethenny Frankel: ‘It’s Preposterous to Blame a TV Show for Someone’s Suicide’

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While tragic, Bethenny Frankel says it is unfair to put the blame on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because series regular Russell Armstrong took his own life.

“It’s preposterous to blame a TV show for someone’s suicide,” she tells USA Today. “When the show started filming, I’d heard he wasn’t so kind to his wife. But I know nothing about them.”

A reality veteran, Bethenny certainly knows the ins and outs of the biz. She says that everyone is aware of the pressures and expectations well before cameras ever start rolling.  

“People sign very lengthy documents and they know what they’re getting into. Life is stressful. It’s unfair to blame a TV show for something personal,” she added. “I believe that. I really do. If I go through something horrendous, there’s no discussion that Bravo had anything to do with that.”

Russell died from an apparent suicide on August 15. The new season of RHOBH premieres Monday, September 5.