Today, at 3pm PT, family and friends will gather at Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills in memory of the late Russell Armstrong, and according to reports, Russell’s estranged wife Taylor Armstrong is said to be “dreading” having to come face-to-face with the family members she believes blame her for her husband’s shocking suicide.
“Taylor is absolutely dreading seeing Russell’s parents, and the rest of his family,” a source close to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star tells Radar Online. “She feels that they all hate her, and that they blame her for Russell’s suicide.
“Taylor just wants to get through the memorial on Wednesday. She hopes that Russell’s family doesn’t try and cause a scene. This is a memorial service for the father of her daughter - Kennedy, 5, will be at the service as well.”
Taylor’s not the only one on the Armstrong family’s s**t list. Knowing that the alleged abusive relationship between the couple is expected to be a major storyline in the show’s much anticipated second season, Russell’s mother, John Anne Hotchkiss, warned that the network “better not air one frame of my son, or else,” during an interview with CNN HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Other members of the family have also not so subtly hinted at the possibility of a lawsuit against Bravo, arguing that the publicity surrounding the couple’s divorce and Taylor’s claims of abuse were what contributed to Russell’s eventual suicide.
So what’s Bravo to do?
The network’s execs have already pushed back the Housewives’ September premiere date, with word that they’re currently re-editing the show to remove scenes featuring and/or mentioning Russell. Though some are calling for Andy Cohen to scrap the second season altogether, there’s still no further details on how Bravo intends to deal with their predicament, but legal action from the Armstrong family may make their decision a little easier.
Taylor’s RHOBH co-stars are expected to attend the memorial, but the service will not be filmed for the show.
Russell Armstrong’s remains have been cremated. His ashes will be divided among his family members, including Taylor, who planned the memorial service for her late husband.