Hold on to your retractable leashes and sis and desist letters! Tonight is Part I of the Real Housewives of the Orange County Reunion, and based on last week’s finale, these ladies are going to have a lot they want to get off of their surgically enhanced chests.
The first half of the reunion promises to revisit Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge’s Alexis Couture (the porn star, not the housewife) bathtub scene causing Alexis (the housewife, not the porn star…that we know of) to call Tamra a bad mother. Alexis also comes under attack for her “traditional views” on marriage, while Vicki breaks down watching a video of Donn discuss their divorce and the pain of seeing it play out on television.
Gretchen defends her relationship with Slade, but opens up about the hardships of dating a man with no job and mountains of child support debt. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, Tamra and Gretchen let the accusations fly about the cheating, lying, and meddling. It’s almost as if we’ve been transported back to last season! Clearly these two have yet to kiss and make up over their past drama. Of course, it wouldn’t be a reunion if Andy Cohen wasn’t there to stir the pot referee.
Gretchen recently spoke with In Touch about what to expect from the sixth season reunion (and made sure to name drop the dietary supplement she takes to maintain her figure). She reveals that she and Tamra get into it over some of Tamra’s biting comments. “Tamara said some really harsh things about Slade this season and I wanted to address some of those issues. You really see the claws come out.”
While Tamra can certainly bring the drama, Gretchen is proud of herself for standing up to her. She says, “I didn’t even know I had it in me to fight like [I] did. It was pretty intense. You think New Jersey was crazy, you should see us at our reunion.” And watch, we shall!
Part I of the reunion airs tonight at 9 ET, followed by an all new Real Housewives of New Jersey on its new night. Part II of the OC reunion also airs tomorrow night on Bravo. Watch a sneak peek below!
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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
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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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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While Alexis touches on the issue on tonight’s upcoming episode, she also gave interviews to E! Online & Life & Style magazine. “I suffered from both anorexia and bulimia,” Alexis told E!. “It’s something like alcoholism…Suffering from an eating disorder you can’t go, ‘I’m cured, I’m completely cured,’ but you don’t have to practice it.”
Alexis, 34, reveals her parents’ divorce when she was 12 triggered the disorder. “My teacher called my mom and said she was worried I wasn’t eating,” said Alexis adding that things took a turn for the worse when she turned 18. “In college I would go days without eating, because it does consume you…I would do both, but mostly purging because I would be out with friends. It’s not pretty.”
Ultimately, Alexis decided to seek professional help to stop purging following the collapse of her first marriage in 2002. In 2005, she married her second husband, Jim Bellino who “finally got me to stop counting calories,” Alexis tells Life & Style. “He loves my body. In fact, he says he likes me about 5 pounds heavier.”
With her weight now fluctuating between 118 and 122 pounds, Alexis states she is now doing much better while acknowledging that an eating disorder is a lifelong issue. “It’s not like I’m healed,” she says. “It cannot be cured, but it doesn’t have to be practiced. My goal is to reach other women — and let them know that they can conquer it.”
The Life & Style article also stated that Alexis still watches her weight like a hawk, and that a typical day’s meal plan for her is less than 900 calories. However, two days after the Life & Style article came out, Alexis denied part of the story to the Rumor Fix. “Firstly, I never said I eat 900 calories a day. They asked me what my diet is like and I said that if I overdo it on one day, the next day I will cut back and eat healthier. They came up with that figure. The bowl of ice cream I just had with my kids is probably more than 900 calories! I don’t count my calories, ever,” she stated. Allrighty then.
Meanwhile, on the 11th episode of this season titled, “Cutting Loose,” antics and dramas accent a getaway to San Antonio during which Alexis cuts loose and candidly discusses her home life. In the OC, Tamra Barney’s court case against her ex-husband Simon Barney reaches a fever pitch—with former housewife Jeana Keough upping the drama by opining to the press. A preview clip is below.
The drama between Tamra and Jeana began last October, when Jeana went to the press proclaiming that Simon never hit Tamra. This was after Tamra accused Simon of domestic violence leading to Simon’s arrest though the charges were later dropped. Jeana referred to Tamra as ““very dramatic” and alleged she made up the domestic violence claims against Simon. Following Simon’s arrest, Tamra came out alleging Simon had abused her for years.
Watch What Happens Live - It’s alum night tonight with guests Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring!
And finally, Gretchen Rossi posted a new bikini pic of herself on her facebook page this week. That picture is below.
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In a new interview with Celebuzz, the 34-year-old Alexis discusses her relationship with her fellow housewives costars today, her Alexis Couture fashion line, having to grow a “thick skin” for her second season, and most importantly, having to deal with the backlash from being on the show. Excerpts are below –
On the show, you have the Alexis Couture fashion line. How is that going?
It’s going great! The episode you guys get to see it on has the photo shoot for it, so you’ll get to see the different styles. I also wear stuff on the show. I followed something that I was passion about and got someone on board with me, so I made it happen.
What three words would you use to describe your own personal style?
Trendy, edgy, and girly. Very Sex & the City.
You’ve been on the show now for a couple of years. It what ways has your life changed since starting the show?
It’s changed a lot in the fact that when I first came on the show I was kind of naïve and thought I was going to be friends with everybody. After a season of seeing everyone’s true colors and seeing how reality television works, it put a bit of a twist for the second year. You second guess yourself more because you think about how other people will perceive it. I’ve also just decided that I need to take more risks. I was very timid and scared to be confrontational during the first year. I was worried about what America would think, but I realized people are going to have different opinions.
What is your relationship with the rest of the housewives like right now?
It’s sad because I thought with Peggy coming on we would be able to survive and get back to the friendship. We’re not really on good terms as of right now, but I’m still hopeful that something might change or that we can have a discussion and start over. I miss my friend. With Tamra, I’m just shocked at what comes out of her mouth. I was hopeful that Vicki and I could start again, but I’m hurt. I hope we can put the past behind us.
How do you deal with the negativity in the press?
I don’t even read what is in the press. I stay out of it because I know that no matter what, people are going to say negative things. If someone tells me they read something, I’m hurt at first, but I think my skin is a lot thicker this year.
Is there any other housewife from a different franchise that you identify with?
I don’t know if I identify with them, but there are definitely other ‘housewives’ I like. The group is kind of like a sorority. I like Kyle from Beverly Hills a lot because I think she is real. I think I can relate to her.
You already have three children, so are you planning on having any more kids anytime soon?
You know, I’d love to have another little boy. My husband is absolutely done, though. I’m hopeful maybe in a couple of years he’d like to adopt.
And when it comes to the revelation on the most recent episode thatTamra Barneyand Fernanda Rochashared a bathroom kiss while Tamra was still with husband Simon Barney, Alexis makes it clear she is not Team Tamra. Below is what Alexis had to say about Tammy Sue’s cheating in her Bravo blog –
“Oh boy, then we get to the scene with Fernanda and Lynne. Who else was shocked to hear Tamra and Fernanda kissed last year at Tamra’s birthday while Tamra was still married? Why am I shocked though? Cheating is cheating, whether it’s with a girl or a boy. That was a chin-dropper! And once again, I feel Tamra has pointed fingers and blamed others for her own actions. She claims Gretchen cheated and was this horrible girlfriend to Jeff, yet it seems Tamra did the same thing she was accusing Gretchen of. Also, getting a little deeper, Tamra just accused me of not owning the foreclosure rumor (which was never true as we sold our home), but she is not owning kissing this other woman?”
Oddly enough, Alexis’s first husband Jeff Barryaccused her of having an affair with a wealthy father of three she met at the gym during their marriage. According to an interview Jeff gave two years ago, he and Alexis moved to San Diego shortly after their 2002 wedding. “We were young and didn’t have a lot of money.” says Jeff. “Then Alexis…started hanging out with trust fund babies. Having the right pair of expensive jeans became important to her.”
Jeff stated he pretended to be a friend of Alexis’s and started emailing her under false pretenses. His suspicions were then confirmed that Alexis was indeed sleeping with the married wealthy man. Coughs, this might explain why good ol Jim doesn’t trust like Alexis going anywhere without him, coughs.
The Missouri college sweethearts separated in 2003 after just 15 months of marriage and the divorce was finalized in June 2004. You can click here to read more on Alexis’s first marriage and divorce.
As forGretchen Rossi, she seemed to skim over the revelation of Tamra’s cheating in her Bravo blog, perhaps not wanting her own skeletons to come out again. “All I have to say is wow regarding the scene with Fernanda! Drama! An affair possibly took place? If Fernanda’s partner didn’t know, I wonder if Simon ever knew?” were Gretchen’s only comments about the kiss. Well played Gretch.
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