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A publicist for Mr. Lewis, Candi Cazau, declined to comment when reached by the AP. Earlier, she said Mr. Lewis never agreed to any appearance - recorded or live - after the MDA announced in August he wouldn’t take part in the show or be its chairman.
Mr. Lewis has not publicly said why he is no longer chairman of the MDA, or why he didn’t personally appear in this year’s telethon. The co-hosts’ remarks during the show were the first time the MDA has addressed Mr. Lewis‘ departure since it was announced, and telethon spokesman Jim Brown declined further comment about the split.
Mr. Lewis‘ absence ended a 45-year run in which he raised $1.66 billion.
Beverly Hills ‘Housewives’ discuss handling of suicide
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof returned to the “Today” show Tuesday morning to discuss how the premiere handled Russell Armstrong’s suicide, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I thought [Bravo] handled it respectfully in light of the situation. I’m pleased with the outcome,” Mrs. Richards told Ann Curry, adding that Taylor Armstrong “was supportive of the series being shown” about three weeks after her estranged husband hanged himself in the Los Angeles home he was renting after their separation.
“I think everything changes in light of what happened, but it was accurate. It was his opinion regarding himself, not Taylor,” said Mrs. Vanderpump. “He apologized to Taylor the next day after he realized how fragile she was.”
Added Mrs. Richards, “I think honest, it’s very difficult in a situation like this. Bravo has tried to handle this as responsibly and respectfully as possible. The show is not just about them. It’s about six women and their lives. It’s a part of it, but so much is going on in the show.”
Mrs. Richards said the suicide came as a shock to everyone.
“We had finished filming. I don’t think even Taylor was aware of his mental state,” she said.
Mrs. Maloof went on: “I believe the network with us agreed to take the higher road and do something positive to get the message out about suicide prevention, mental illness and depression. They’re taking a negative and making a positive and [we’ll] try to save one life.”
When asked if the producers of Bravo exploited their lives - and Armstrong’s suicide - Mrs. Maloof said, “[They couldn’t] sweep it under the rug and not talk about it. What good does that do?”
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