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Anderson Cooper and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Open Up About Suicide on New Show

Anderson Cooper recently interviewed the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for his new syndicated talk show, and the ladies had one thing in common with the veteran journalist: They’ve all been close to someone who’s committed suicide.

Anderson, whose brother committed suicide 20 years ago, told RadarOnline he and the RHoBH stars discussed the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s husband Russell, who hanged himself over three weeks ago. They debated “whether or not the show should be on the air at all, and whether they bear any responsibility or that reality TV bears any responsibility in what happened to him,” Cooper says.

We’re interested to hear the ladies take on the tough subject when the special airs on September 12. As for Cooper — he says business and financial problems are the likely culprit in Russell’s suicide. Cooper tells Radar, "I think his business life was in disarray, he was deeply in debt, he was being sued, he had already pleaded guilty to fraud charges years ago.”

But Cooper also thinks it’s hard to pinpoint any one reason for suicide. “You can’t put yourself in someone else’s mind,” Cooper says. “A mind that is not acting rationally or not thinking rationally.”

Despite all the media attention garnered by Russell’s suicide, Cooper insists the RHoBH interview was not a ploy to grab ratings and was actually set up months ago.

Source: RadarOnline

09.9.2011 / 10:27 PM EDT by Erica Strauss
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