What’s red (faced), white (lying), blue (shirted), and smarmy as hell? It’s everyone’s favorite Little Women: LA serial cheater, Matt Ericson (aka Grundhoffer)!!! After witnessing the junkyard drama that was Matt and Briana Renee‘s Lifetime spinoff: LWLA Matt & Briana, Ride or Die over the past two weeks, viewers have had enough. One viewer in particular has even started a petition online demanding that Matt and Briana be ejected from the series that gave them their breakout roles!
It’s no secret how murdery I feel about Matt (though I wonder if any jury in the world would convict me?), and Briana‘s LWLA costars – namely the screeching, drink throwing Terra Jole – have also been more than vocal about their own naked hatred of Briana’s hubby. But some viewers initially gave Briana and Matt the benefit of the doubt, at least in part, when it came to their rocky relationship. Right up until their special aired. Then all hell broke loose! The 2-part series pulled back the curtain on just how manipulative – and even threatening – Matt appears to be, which caused many fans to wonder: what exactly this man is capable of?
To you who are about to read this recap: I salute you! For those of you who actually tuned in last night for Part 2 of Little Women: LA Matt and Briana, Ride or Die…can we go in on a group therapy rate together? Because I may need some deep work on my residual anger issues after witnessing this unnatural disaster. It only took me an entire week’s worth of hot showers to clean the stank off after witnessing last week’s sh*t show, but I fear it will take Briana Renee a lifetime to live with herself after broadcasting this hot mess to the world. Sigh.
We pick up after Briana told Matt Ericson he couldn’t come home yet, just after taping the LWLA Season 4 Reunion. Upon hearing that news, Matt threw himself a wittle hissy fit then slept in his car, but he’s suddenly back! And just in time to take Briana’s poor, sweet, innocent daughter, Leiana, to a “Daddy Daughter Dance.” Erm. No. WHY IS BRIANA ALLOWING THIS!? And where is Leiana’s actual father, Leif Manson!?
Part one of Little Women: LA, Matt and Briana Ride Or Die may be over, but the firestorm of negative attention on Briana Renee and her husband Matt Ericson is not. In reaction to Wednesday night’s infuriating, frightening, and baffling show, fans have bashed the couple all over the internet. Reasons include Matt’s controlling (some claim “abusive”) behavior, Briana’s involvement of her daughter and unborn child in this insane mess, and the couples’ willingness to smear this garbage all over our TV screens.
Despite Matt and Briana’s very calculated decision to air their incredibly foul smelling dirty laundry hither and yon, Briana is now asking viewers not to “judge” her unless they know the full story. Um. We know the 43-minute Lifetime story that reaches into our living rooms each week courtesy of LWLA, and the one that now extends its tentacles even further into our psyches with this PAID spinoff! I, for one, base my judgment off of that alone.
Did you watch this mess? Could you bring yourself to actually do it? Well, no matter! I am here to fearlessly take one for the team and recap this shiznit!
Lest you venture forth too quickly, I advise you to take a deep breath and center yourself. (Ohhhhhhmmmm) Because what went down on Little Women: LA Matt and Briana, Part 1, last night is not for the faint of heart – nor for the rational, emotionally balanced, mentally stable among us. Nay! It is for the delusional and the slow to learn, for those wretched souls who wander the planet screaming RIDE OR DIE in public urinals during the sunset of their lives. So, with that warning, let’s all climb in to this steaming garbage heap together, shall we?
Right on the heels of Little Women: LA airing their second and final part of season four’s reunion, news is breaking all over the place about Briana Renee suddenly on the mend from her pregnancy scare last week. Briana was rushed to the hospital for pre-term labor symptoms at only 6-months pregnant, an obviously frightening situation.
The timing of Briana’s hospitalization eerily coincided with both parts of the LWLA reunion shows, and if I were a more cynical person, I’d ponder whether the entire hospitalization was a publicity stunt. In actuality, I do think Briana and her baby were in real danger, which is simply awful. But good news is finally here: Briana and baby are both stable, and have finally been released from the hospital!
It’s time for part two of the Little Women: LA reunion! And I, for one, could not be happier about the choice of hosts for this big ole mess. Last week, Kevin Frazierran this show like a BOSS, and tonight he’s taking things one step further by insisting that Matt Ericson sit down, put his big boy pants (as opposed to his Peter Pan Pants) on, and listen up as his disgusting texts to other women are read aloud in front of the entire cast. Let us take a moment of silence to thank the reality gods for putting Kevin Frazier in our lives. Amen.
Okay, here we go! Part one of the season 4 reunion ended on a stage break, during which Christy McGinity asked Briana Renee if she “okay’d” the sexts the entire cast was about to hear? No, says Briana. But it doesn’t look like she has much control. And let’s face it: not having control over anything happening around her, to her, or near her seems to be Briana’s ultimate character flaw. Or at least she believes it to be. I’d argue that she has plenty of control over this mess she’s in, but chooses to hide her head in the sand instead. Suddenly, Matt takes issue with the texts too, claiming they’re “grotesque” and he doesn’t want to stick around to hear them repeated. Uh, wait up homie! We thought you went into some sort of fugue state and didn’t recall anything about what you wrote? #RememberTHAT?
It’s a bittersweet night for Little Women fans! Little Women: LA gives its final farewell with the second part of their reunion tonight and Little Women: NY kicks off with an all new season! To tie the shows together, Little Women: NY star Dawn Lang will be making an appearance on the reunion couch and we’ll see Little Women: LA star Terra Jole on the premiere episode of LWNY.
Dawn gives a little insight as to why she’s on tonight’s reunion episode: it’s to defend her friend, Christy McGinty. Dawn shared on Instagram, “Watch tomorrow night while I defend Christy’s decision to press charges on Hall & Oats on #LittleWomenLA Reunion part 2. It’s not the question who threw the first glass; it’s the question, who INITIATED the fight? Answer: Terra. Look at the plastic face of guilt! We are Little People! We have enough medical obstacles to endure we do not need to intentionally cause more. #ViolenceIsntTheAnswer #LittleWomenNY #PlasticNotFantastic.”
The tragic tale of Briana Renee continues. Last week, the Little Women: LA star was hospitalized for going into premature labor at only six months pregnant – a frightening prospect for any expecting mother, but even more so for a little person. Since then, doctors have kept Briana under their care, halting her labor with medication and continued observation.
Allegedly, Briana’s husband Matt Ericson (aka: Matthew Aaric Grundhoffer) drove her to the hospital and has been by her side since the incident, thus revealing that the couple is still likely together. But after part one of the LWLA Reunion aired last Wednesday, many people are asking: Why? The slew of concerned parties – for Briana’s physical, mental, and emotional health – include close family members, who Briana’s father claims have been summarily cut out of her life by Matt, who he outright calls “controlling.”