Did you grab your box of tissue? Prepared to shed a tear over the last episode of a season that has given you so much? Think about it…the bathtub porn, the bull-riding, the fashion shows (plural!), and the heartache. I am almost sad to see it all come to end…almost. The finale does not disappoint with all the Real Housewives of the OC (past and present!) coming together (and kicking some ass) at Vicki’s annual fall party.
“I realized Donn didn’t love me the way it takes to stay married…after I filed, I realized that.” As Vicki is getting ready for her party, she can’t stop the waterworks. Her poor make-up artist is applying Preparation H to her puffy eyes, while we learn that Vicki has filed for divorce and hasn’t spoken to Donn in over a week. He won’t return any of her calls or e-mails. From her previous statement, it almost sounds like she filed for divorce to get Donn’s attention and expected him to beg her not to leave him. I can’t blame ol’ Donn for not speaking to Vicki–he’s probably hurt and angry she did this while filming so it would be on the show!
Tamra and Eddie are back at the scene of the softcore porn, and shockingly there’s wine involved. Tamra is “shaking” because she’s nervous about seeing Jeana. If I didn’t know any better, I’d assume she was already planning a confrontation that could potentially ruin her biffle Vicki’s shindig. No, Tamra would never do anything like that, would she?
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And it should be as Vicki will file for divorce though in a very recent interview, she implied she would be open to a reconciliation with Donn. Also o`n the finale tonight titled “Girl Fight,” the season concludes with a bang as we finally get to see the altercation between Jeana and Tamra that Bravo has been teasing us with for months. Vicki comes home from her recent stint in the hospital, but feels well enough to host her annual fall party. At the party, Tamra doesn’t take kindly to what she believes is Jeana bad-mouthing her around Orange County, and all hell breaks loose. Watch a sneak peek below! The episode airs at 10/9c.
Watch What Happens Live - Vicki was the scheduled guest but it seems her appearance had to be rescheduled. Replacing Vicki will bePeggy Tanousand hockey player Sean Avery.
In other OC news, it’s no secret that (much like the ladies on the majority of the franchises), the OC Housewives are not the best of friends. These woman do cliques and cattiness better than most high school mean girls. Vicki Gunvalson is no stranger to the drama, especially this season, but could she be tiring of all the back-stabbing?
In a recent interview with E.Online, Vicki opens up about her future plans and her young co-stars. As for what’s next for Vicki, she has penned a book (because that’s what Housewives do when they don’t fancy themselves pops stars) entitled More Than a Housewife, and envisions herself on her own “Clean House” type show, helping women with clutter and hoarding issues.
However, Vicki’s most telling statements are aimed at her younger Orange County cohorts, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino. Vicki states the obvious, “Alexis and Gretchen are thirty—we’ve got nothing in common. Nothing.” She elaborates, “[I want to] have more substance behind who I am. I think this show has really gone into an area that—I don’t work out five hours a day, I don’t stand in front of a mirror, I don’t do all things that we’re [supposed to be doing].” Meow. If that’s not a dig (albeit a legitimate dig) at the two youngest, blondest housewives, I don’t know what is.
Apparently, the disconnect with the women makes filming difficult. “[T]hey don’t respect me and I don’t respect them, so it’s tough to film cohesively with that.”
Vicki also goes on the record with respect to Alexis’eating disorder admission. She exclaims, “Well, obviously she doesn’t eat! It was obvious, she has no body fat…It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the girl’s got an eating disorder. I mean, really. I mean, she has got the most perfect body in the world, but you have got to eat in order to sustain life. I never knew it, but you can look at her to say, there’s definitely some eating issues.” I mean, Vicki makes a valid point, I mean, even if she doesn’t say it in the most sensitive manner, I mean.
Vicki reveals that she and Alexis get into it on the season’s reunion. However, dear readers, we have one more episode to watch before we get to see that.
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It’s a confrontations galore as the housewives hash things out with one another. At one point, Tamra Barney walks off the stage after getting into it with Slade Smileywho accuses her of being er let’s say ‘loose.’ “You are the lowest form of sh*t in the world,” says Tamra before storming off. Yes Slade was present at the reunion as he was the only guy invited to join the ladies on stage.
Vicki Gunvalson’s estranged husbandDonn Gunvalson also appears on the reunion via a taped clip. In the video, Donn is none too happy with Vicki. “I don’t think the way this went down was treated with class or dignity,” says Donn.
The biggest showdown seems to be between Tamra and Gretchen Rossi. Tamra slams Gretchen, accusing her once again of cheating on her dying fiance Jeff Beitzel. “You were sleeping with another guy while your fiancé was dying,” she says to Gretchen.
Gretchen retorts, “No I wasn’t Tamra. Stop talking out your *ss about everybody’s lives.”
Also, Alexis and Peggy get into it over Jim (Peggy used to date Jim), Vicki gets into it with Alexis, while Jeana Keough makes an appearance.
The reunion will air in two parts with part 1 airing on June 12. The preview clip is below
Vicki lets it all out in the interview with E! but perhaps the most shocking part of the interview is when she reveals she is still open to a reconciliation with soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalson, despite being the one who filed for divorce back in October. This is all the more shocking as Vicki was reported to be in a new relationship with Brooks Ayers just weeks ago.
“I hurt Donn a lot by exposing all of the things that I did,” Vicki tells E! Online. “I want the best for Donn. If I’m it, then we’ll stay together. If I’m not it, then we won’t.”
Vicki also reveals she is cordial with Donn when asked about the status of their relationship today. “We’re very cordial. We hope we’re making the right decision. We’re not legally divorced yet. We’re in the process, we’re doing mediation,” says Vicki. “I love Don, I respect Don, I want the best for Don… Right now we’re just proceeding with the separation and that’s where we’re at right now.”
She goes on to elaborate on how the show contributed to her martial issues with Donn. “I hurt Donn a lot by exposing all of the things that I did, which I never meant to do. The unfortunate part is I started talking to Tamra [Barney] in confidence, and you tend to forget that there’s a microphone on and she’s like, what’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with you? You’re not yourself. And I just started unloading. And the cameras caught it…Tamra and I don’t see each other that often…I really kind of felt it was a therapeutic thing to discuss it.”
And when it comes to the criticism that she put work before Donn, Vicki takes offense to that. “The misconception is that I’m putting work in front of family. The answer to that is no…I get a lot of heat for that. [People say], ‘If you would contribute your time to your family as much as you do your work, your family wouldn’t be dissolving.’ The answer to that is, ‘Wrong.’ It’s ‘no.’ You’re just seeing me saying I have to go to work because that’s when I’m filming, so that’s just a big misconception.”
She adds, “My family is my everything. If you don’t have your family intact, nothing else matters. There’s a lot of pressure doing a reality-TV show and being married and having a career and all of that. You’ve got to balance it, and some days I do better than others.”
This isn’t the first time Vicki has alluded to wanting to stay with Donn. Back in March, she stated that Donn wasn’t fighting for her. “It’s very hard — but the reality is, he’s not fighting for me, he’s not saying, ‘Babe I want you back.’ He’s saying ‘Babe, I wish you well,’” said Vicki back then.
While Vicki might be open to a reconciliation, it’s a mystery if Donn is as well. What is known is that the couple put their shared home on the market earlier this year. The home remains on the market today as the price was just slashed $200,000 a few days ago. The new asking price on the 5-bedroom, 5.25-bath, 5,400 square feet home is now $2,495,000. You can click here to see the home photos.
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The latest news is that Gretchen, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, is asking a judge to muzzle Jay from talking to the media about their legal battle, in which they are both suing each other for defamation, libel, amongst other claims.
According to Radar Online, Gretchen is seeking a protective order that would prevent Jay from discussing or disclosing “any information obtained through pretrial discovery, including her deposition.”
Jay is of course not happy with Gretchen’s filing with his lawyer, Bryan Freedman, stating: “Rossi has filed a motion for protective order. She seeks a protective order for all discovery she produces in this matter, including her deposition. We opposed the motion on numerous grounds including the fact that, while she seeks a protective order, she is simultaneously litigating the case in public and referencing to third parties (albeit inaccurate), statements allegedly made by Photoglou in his deposition.”
Jay also feels the request is offensive because “the protective order is patently unfair as it is one-sided and seeks to limit the public from knowing Photoglou’s side of the story only.”
A hearing for the protective order has been set for Thursday, June 2.
So far, Gretchen has found herself mostly on the losing end of this legal battle as she was forced to fork over $20k to Jay last year to help cover his attorney fees, and was then ordered to pay another $40k earlier this year – something she has reportedly yet to pay.
“Rossi has failed to pay those attorney fees per the Court’s order. She has snubbed her nose at the court order,” said Jay’s attorney. “Photoglou is in the process of taking further action against her to recover those fees, although it has yet to happen.”
Gretchen will likely have to go through a deposition if she doesn’t pay up the $40k. Her request is to prevent personal details from that from making it to the press, such as her earnings, her expenses, how much she actually received from her deceased fiance Jeff Beitzel, etc.
*There will be no new episode of the RHOC tonight due to the holiday.
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In an interview with Star magazine, Alexis, 34, insists she’s not a complete fake. “People think I have had all this work done, but I — honest to God — have only had breast implants… Botox and my lips injected,” she tellsStar.
Alexis’s plastic surgeon Dr. Michael W. Niccole also confirms that his client is telling the truth. “She consulted with four other plastic surgeons before she came to me,” the Newport Beach, Calif.-based doctor reveals. “We sat down several times before we did her surgery because I knew that when you get someone who is an A-type personality perfectionist, you have to be very cautious.”
Alexis adds that making others believe she hasn’t had more surgery hasn’t been easy. “It is fascinating to me that everybody says they’re so sure that I’ve had a nose job or cheek implants or whatever,” says Alexis. “People just like to talk, but I’m OK with it.”
Allrighty. Meanwhile, Alexis took to her Bravo blog this week to call out her costar/former BFF Peggy Tanous, who casually dated her husband Jim Bellino 15 years ago, (Alexis reportedly was not aware of this fact until much later) and her husband Micah Tanous for talking smack about her and Jim on the most recent episode. Pots Micah and Peggy decided to trash the Bellinos, criticizing them for living beyond their means. And as we all know now, the Tanouses are currently in foreclosure. In fact, in looking at the dates, the Tanouses were defaulting on their home loan the same time Bravo was filming the current season. In her blog, Alexis makes it clear that she is now done with Peggy. Below is an excerpt -
“Micah says he doesn’t understand why I would have an assistant. Micah would never understand why I have an assistant, because he is never be as busy as I am. Micah claims he hates it when:
“Everybody’s trying to be something they are not.”
“Everybody’s caught up.”
“Everybody’s trying to keep up with the Jones’. Live within your means.”
Umm wait, this sounds just like Micah… Micah is projecting all of those things onto other people, but in all actuality that is how he acts. Micah is preaching such an introspective message here. Jim and I have many good investments, and we had one bad investment, our home. We sold our home and are moving on. We also just purchased a new company, a franchise in all of southern California. I will be disclosing that soon, and it’s super exciting! Why my finances are such a topic of discussion is beyond me, but as you can see, Jim and I are doing fine financially. It is so unbelievable to me that Peggy and Micah are so harsh and mean to Jim and I. At this point, I have to just let it go. I honestly don’t have the time or energy to discuss every single horrible thing they say. I’m moving on, and I know the truth will be discovered…”
It is just me or does Alexis look exactly like Peggy in the pic above?
And finally, Simon Barney, soon to be ex-husband of Tamra Barney, posted two new photos on his facebook this week of him and his girlfriend including one with Jeana Keough. Those pics are below!
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Sunday’sReal Housewives of Orange County “Fashion Victim” episode starts off with two scenes which viewers have come to expect: Gunvalson awkwardness and Slade emasculation. Elsewhere, Tamra and Peggy are partying in Vegas and Alexis is channeling her inner Project Runway.
Vicki and Donn are tip-toeing around each other while cleaning house and doing laundry, making no effort to connect other than passive aggressively. Gretchen returns home from San Antonio and Slade’s “Tubbawubba” nickname is ressurected. Gretchen also reminds him that since he doesn’t have a job, he’s basically her do-boy. Slade lets Gretchen know he’s no one’s man-servant, while dutifully unloading her umpteen pieces of luggage.
Peggy has big plans for Micah’s birthday. Vegas, baby! Peggy invited Tamra and Eddie and another random couple, Kirsten and Brady. If I had to guess, Kirsten’s gunning for a spot on next season. Peggy is thrilled that Tamreddie (see what I did there??) are her and Micah’s new biffles. The group disses on Alexis and Jim, and Micah goes off on a rant about people in O.C. who are constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses. He opines about “living within your means” and to “stop trying to be something you’re not.” These are clearly digs at Mr. Bellino, but how awkward for the Tanouses to have to watch that scene now??
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In the meantime, the 12th episode of the season airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. Titled “Fashion Victim,” Peggy orchestrates a surprise trip to Las Vegas with her husband. Also there to spin giddy in Sin City: Tamra and Eddie. Meanwhile, Gretchen corners Slade about the debt-related problems of their relationship. And a fashion show is held, but a medical emergency causes a no-show and mounting drama. A preview clip is below.
Meanwhile, the reunion was filmed this week on Tuesday though we can’t help but wonder how interesting it will be, you know, since most of the issues from this season were basically the rehashing of issues from past seasons. Andy Cohen however promises it will be the best OC reunion to date! “JUST wrapped the OC Reunion. I think it was our best OC reunion in 6 seasons. Really dramatic, tense, powerful, and emotional,” he tweeted. Uh uh.
The ladies seemed exhausted with the filming which took over 11 hours. “Holy shit get me out of here!!!! No more reunion taping PLZ,” tweetedTamra Barney. “Whoa long ass reunion show yesterday! Quite a crazy and emotional day! All us woman sure can fight!,” tweetedGretchen the next day. As for Peggy Tanous, she took issue with Bravo inviting Slade Smiley and not her husband Micah. She tweeted, “Shootin reunion. Can you all believe they only invited Slade to film & would not even allow Micah to be here with me. What do you all think?”
Some photos from the reunion below as well as some new photos of Alexis Bellinoas posted on her facebook page.
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