The second season of Bravo's reality TV show "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" should continue as planned, with footage of Russell Armstrong edited out, his nephew said today on "Good Morning America."
"I think, in my opinion, Russell should be edited out, in respect to Taylor and the family," Austin Kelsoe said on "GMA" this morning. "In my personal opinion, Bravo should take the high road and do what they think is the right thing to do."
The Sept. 5 premiere is expected to be delayed following Armstrong's death, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Wednesday that the death of Armstrong, 47, the estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Taylor Armstrong, was a suicide. He was found hanging by an electrical cord at a Los Angeles-area home Monday night.
Bravo has not yet made a decision on the future of the show's second season.
Andy Cohen, host of "Watch What Happens Live" and executive VP of original programming and development at Bravo, wrote on his blog Wednesday that, "We're all still ... looking at how to proceed with the series, which has finished primary production and was set to premiere on Labor Day. We'll let you know what we decide when we do."
Armstrong's suicide has divided his own family and friends over the role the reality show played in his death. Armstrong appeared frequently on the show with his then-wife, Taylor.
Armstrong, portrayed as controlling and unlikable in season one of the show, watched his marriage to Taylor collapse during filming of the show's second season. Taylor filed for divorce in July and accused her estranged husband of physical and verbal abuse in divorce papers.
Kelsoe, the 18-year-old son of Russell Armstrong's sister, Laurie Kelsoe, said he saw the stress the show placed on his uncle, but doesn't blame the show for his death.
"I think there were other factors of their marriage that could have led to the ruin of his life," he said on "GMA." "I guess the show could have been one of the factors, but I don't think it was solely based on the show."
Armstrong's stepmother, however, believes the show pushed her stepson over the edge.
"I know this show ruined his life," Gladys Armstrong told "GMA." "Deep in my heart I know that. Russell was not what he was made out to be."
She also blamed Taylor Armstrong for adding to the extreme pressure and stress she believes Russell was under.
"I think that Taylor was a little bit responsible," she said. "He was just pushed to the limit and trying to keep up with the Jones's."
In an interview with People magazine that took place a few weeks before his death, Armstrong admitted that "Real Housewives" caused some angst in his actual reality. "It got really overwhelming," he told the magazine. "When you get a TV show involved, and all the pressure — it just takes it to a whole new level. ... We were pushed to extremes."
Taylor and Russell were, at the time of his death, sharing custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, who, Armstrong's business partner confirmed to "GMA," is not aware of her father's death.
"She doesn't know yet, and we want to keep it that way for a while," said Francisco Martin, one of the people who discovered Armstrong's body Monday night.