When reality TV friendships fall apart, all the skeletons come out of the closet and start dancing on some graves. The age-old adage, ‘Keep your friends close and enemies closer’ has never been so true than when a reality show friendship goes belly-up.
Following a tumultuous season ofReal Housewives of Orange County where friendships turned wonky, Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson have it quits. But they’re not just quietly walking away; oh no – they’re turning to the power of social media to disparage each other something awful. Twitter – ruining the lives of C-List Celebrities everywhere.
Among the mudslinging and the allegations they are both turning on each other’s significant others as well. I have to ask: Is every man in Orange County a sleaze ball loser? I’m starting to wonder based on what I see on TV!
This past weekend Briana Culberson walked down the aisle with husband Ryan Culberson. Mother of the bride, Vicki Gunvalson called the affair beautiful and wonderful. Which is a far cry from the adjectives “disgusting” and “embarrassing” – which is how she described their elopement!
“I am proud to announce this past weekend we celebrated a beautiful destination wedding with 75 family members and their closest friends. It was a beautiful ceremony and celebration filled with love, dancing, and wonderful food,” the Real Housewives of Orange County star wrote in her Bravo blog. Reality Tea was able to obtain photos of the event!
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Wanna know what Donn Gunvalson does on the weekends? If you guessed ‘frequent raunchy sex clubs’, you guessed right! It was recently discovered that Vicki Gunvalson‘s long suffering soon-to-be-ex-husband Donn, is a lover of sex clubs. I guess Vicki’s not the only one whose love tank is full!
According to RadarOnline, Donn allegedly has an interest in sex of the public variety, and that he and his partner(s) like to frequent Freedom Acres swingers club in Devore, California! BWHAHA! Vicki loves to advertise that she has no freak number and insists she’s uncomfortable discussing sex – perhaps that’s why her love tank was running on empty all those years! Maybe she should’ve hit up the sex shop with Tammy Sue on the occasion.
A witness spotted Donn and an unidentified lady visiting the club. “I recognized him immediately, and once I started talking to him he introduced himself as Donn,” the insider reveals. Donn wasn’t just there to mingle, however. “He went to the back room with the woman he brought and they were engaged in public sex,” the witness describes.
Apparently, Donn visits Freedom Acres often, but he typically just has sex in public with the partner he brings along and refrains from any of the more risque ventures the club has to offer. “I’ve never seen him have sex with anyone other than who he brings,” the witness explains. “He just seems to really enjoy public sex and the vibe of the club.” In case you’re wondering, Freedom Acres also offers a pole dancing area, a place to view XXX movies and much, much more!
Donn was not available for comment when asked if he likes to do the dirty in public! Also, not commenting – Vicki, who is probably dying of humiliation right about now!
“I was not comfortable with this conversation. I barely knew these girls and they were talking about oral sex!!! I made a joke (“I’m married and I don’t have to do this anymore.”) in the hopes of shutting down the conversation, and Alexis jumps down my throat,” Heather explains.
“Then while painting, you ask me what my special gifts are, I answered the question (acting, singing, etc.), then you take me to task for it??? If you don’t want to know, don’t ask!,” Heather adds. Dang, she and Alexis are really not getting along! “Terry [Dubrow] walks in, and as usual, the talk turns to surgery. Yes Alexis, we know you don’t need the knowledge of plastic surgery, you have had enough procedures to know what he’s talking about.”
“Finally when Terry was making jokes about weddings and our marriage, I walked out of the room to shut it down. I didn’t guzzle a drink, I had the last sip of champagne in my glass, told Brian that Terry had gone cuckoo, then I came back and tried to regroup,” Heather insists. “I didn’t want to fight in front of new friends. That doesnt make me an actress, Alexis, it makes me an appropriate party hostess!”
And she has some advice for ol’ Alexis: “Bottom line: You just met me, lay off. If you have a real issue with me, then we can talk.” So when are these two going to catfight?
Alexis, of course, retaliated, saying Heather could have just “walked away” if she didn’t like the topic of conversation. Finally, it seems that the Alexis/Vicki friendship is legit – Vicki just posted a new photo of the two of them on her Facebook Page. The photo is below!
ARE YOU SURPRISED DONN WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT AT A SWINGERS CLUB? DO YOU BELIEVE HE WAS REALLY THERE? IS HEATHER OVER-REACTING TO ALEXIS?
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Tamra Barney, a four season veteran of the reality show, is talking about what viewers can expect besides plastic surgery, bickering, and tanning!
Discussing her newly repaired relationship with former nemesis Gretchen Rossi, Tamra admits the show encouraged them to keep the drama high! “Well, as you know, there was a lot of outside input that led to our bad relationship. Then it just escalated,” Tamra explains to The B Plot.”It got to the point where we were verbally attacking each other for the sake of the show.”
“It just felt time to build a bridge and get over it. In the process of doing that, we’ve realized that we really like each other and we get along really well. We’ve become extremely close through this adventure.”
Surprisingly boyfriendsSlade Smiley and Eddie Judge have also buddied up and have bonded over bicycles! “They’ve become pretty close. They both cycle, so they ride on the weekends. The four of us go out on weekends, so it’s nice.”
Tamra has also connected with new Housewife Heather Dubrow, whom she describes as “too nice.” “I liked Heather the minute I met her,” Tamra shares. “I worried, however, that she wasn’t going to fit in with the group. I mean, she’s so nice, classy and elegant. We don’t run like that on the show we don’t run like that. Haha. I honestly thought she would run from us. ”
Tamra is excited about what viewers will see of her life this season and she promises no more porno-moments! “Eddie got very camera shy after that,” she says referring to the infamous bathtub bare-all. “There will be no more steamy scenes.” #thankyoulord.
“You see a lot of me finalizing my divorce and figuring out how to put my life back in order. Even though I don’t film with my kids, I talk about them also so people will see me try to raise three kids who have a difficult time with the divorce,” Tamra reveals. “I also start several new business, which includes a fitness studio and a wine of the month club.”
When asked about the stress of embarrassing herself on a reality show, Tamra confessed she turns to alcohol to cope. Oh, dear… “I drink a lot. Haha,” she jokes. “I think for me, I just try not to take it too seriously. I know that I say things that piss the girls off and they say things that piss me off, so I’ll be mad for an hour and then I’m over it. You have to be that way, or you’d go crazy.”
Viewers will also see Vicki Gunvalson going through her divorce from Donn Gunvalson, whom she was married to for close to twenty years! Speaking to the Chicago Sun Times, Vicki talks about her history with Donn and her experiences this season! “I never would have guessed it — that our marriage wouldn’t make it — when we started this seven years ago,” Vicki confesses.
Vicki and Donn met when they were both working at a hardware store, of all places. “He got a job with Home Depot, and they moved us out here [to California],” she describes. “We had no intentions of being on a TV show. It just sort of happened.” Surprisingly, Vicki admits the show contributed to her marital issues, blaming the time commitments and pressure for driving the couple apart. Vicki did not mention Donn’s recent cancer diagnosis though she tweeted about it days ago.
Vicki also claims this season has been a positive one for her and she is excited to have people meet her new deadbeat man Brooks Ayers. “This season, I’m in a much better place,” she says. “I’m becoming the person I feel like I was always meant to be.”
Regardless of their issues, all the ladies promise the drama is still at a maximum. “No matter where you put cameras, there’s going to be drama,” Vicki assures us. “It doesn’t really matter what state you’re in. I think we’ve proven it with this franchise.”
Surprisingly, Jeana Keough and Peggy Tanous will also be back for a couple episodes. “Jeana does come back, we pick up where we left off,” Tamra hints.
Vicki also posted a picture of herself with Jerry Springer on Facebook. I wonder if he will be hosting the next reunion! We could only hope…
Real Housewives Of Orange County premieres February 7th at 9/10c on Bravo.
ARE YOU BUYING THIS FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN GRETCHEN AND TAMRA? SHOULD GRETCHEN TRUST HER? DO YOU THINK VICKI AND TAMRA ARE STILL FRIENDS?
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In a print-only interview with the National Enquirer, Michael, 26, says this is another in a series of “weird” events that hit the Gunvalson household: “It has sort of been weird around here for the past year or so. Donn has been very sick, Brianaeloped to Las Vegas last fall, and my mom is dealing with a lot of different emotions. It’s a very stressful time right now in the Gunvalson household.”
Vicki was the one to break the news. Michael says, “My mom was upset when she told us. Since they are divorcing, we don’t see Donn as much as we used to. But we still care about him and are pulling for him.”
Her divorce is not yet finalized, and per the Enquirer report, things are getting down and dirty in their divorce proceedings. “Donn even hired a forensic accountant to determine the value of Vicki’s company, Coto Insuraance & Financial Services,” said a source.
But not to worry, another Enquirer source says, “Even though they are no longer together, Vicki is Donn’s biggest supporter. She’s praying for his complete recovery.”
Well wishes to Donn.
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UPDATE – Vicki just tweeted: “Thank you everyone for your well wishes for Donn. He is doing very good considering his diagnosis. PSA levels have dropped to almost normal.” Great to know Donn is doing better!
In a new TalkFusion video Vicki talks insurance and Housewives; warning fans this season is not for the faint of heart! “Just want to give you a little insight. February 7th our show is going to launch. And holy balls is all I have to say! I thought it was going to be a pretty quiet season for me, I thought I was going to slide in and slide out. No.”
“I guess that’s why I’m on a reality show for seven years. You never know what is going to happen,” Vicki continues. “I have to say it’s going there, there is going to be a lot of things that you learn that happens in my life, personally, this season.”
Don’t forget to watch the finale,” Vicki encourages. “That was a pretty emotional finale for me as well.” Vicki has been tweeting a lot lately about how things are going and recently presented fans insight into the crazy filming schedule that is required to produce a small amount of usable footage.
In her tweets Vicki seemed to take issue with fans questioning her choices and being “fake” nice on camera. Vicki also reminded fans to remember that editing really shapes the story. “30 hours of filming per week for 7 minutes of air time per episode. You do the math. #havenoclue,” Vicki tweeted to fans bashing her on-screen behavior.
When those same detractors called Vicki out for choosing to appear on a reality show, Vicki reminded them she signed her life away is under contract!
Vicki also responded to questions about her ex-husband, Donn Gunvalson, and Vicki seemed to imply infidelity took place! “Yes, he was family. Too bad he didn’t value family as much as I did. #2sidestoeverystory,” Vicki wrote about Donn. “Donn is up for dating many women at once. Give him a try. #beentheredonethat,” she added. Yikes!
Luckily, Vicki is still happily together with Donn lookalike, Brooks Ayers. She tweeted a photo of them celebrating New Years together. The photos are below.
Tamra Barney has also been promoting the new season on the Twitters and seems to be very excited about the changes to come. Tamra Tweeted: “Boy have things changed since season 6!”
She definitely seems to have made amends with Gretchen Rossi because Tamra defended the lease of Slade Smiley on the Tweets! Telling a fan: “then call her a fool! Cuz we are BFF’s now and you better get use to it!” I wonder if things are still rosy between Vicki and Tamra?
Tamra also posted a vintage HW photo on Facebook. This one features the now-fired Lynne Curtin. The ladies are dressed up in traditional 50’s housewife garb and look fantastic! That photo is below!
And since we just celebrated New Years Eve, below are some photos of the OC ladies celebrating in style! Including Tamra making out with Andy Cohen last year! Oh dear.
Tamra rang in the New Year at the Circo Vodka Party in LA with Alexis Bellino. PopstopTV posted a video of the bash, which you can view below! Meanwhile, Gretchen and Slade celebrated at the Ciroc party in Houston, Texas! Photos are below!
Real Housewives of Orange County premieres February 7th at 9/10c on Bravo.
THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? DO YOU THINK DONN CHEATED ON VICKI? ARE TAMRA AND VICKI STILL BFFLS?
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Speaking candidly, Vicki admits that being the OG of the OC makes her “feel old” as each new cast member comes “a little younger and prettier.” Although she is happy with new Housewife on the block Heather Dubrow, who she describes as genuine and “very, very sweet,” Vicki also appreciates that at 41; Heather is “a little bit older,” instead of a “32-year-old that’s never had children.” (I wonder who that could be referring to, ahem… Gretchen Rossi!).
As for dealing with new Housewives Vicki, who describes the Housewives franchises as “like a sorority”, doesn’t hesitate to participate in a little OC Housewives Hazing! “It’s all the way they approach the seasoned cast members, which is Tamra [Barney]and I,” Vicki says of newbies joining the show. “We try to bring ‘em in with open arms and sometimes they come in with claws.”
“Sometimes you have to go ‘Really girl? Step back a little bit!’ and put them in their place and then everybody fights!” It’s nice to know Vicki and Tamra are still BFF. Apparently Heather got off on the right foot because Vicki reveals filming together is a “great experience.”
This season she says the ladies are a little older and a little wiser and there is less bickering (thank goodness!), but lots of “interesting things” happening, including a cast camping trip! “We don’t really know what our reality is from day to day. Every day is a new day,” she says of participating in a reality show.
Apparently Gretchen and Tamra are <gasp> actually getting along! “Gretchen is realizing there’s two sides to every story and I see Gretchen and Tamra trying to resolve some of their issues,” Vicki reveals.
“They are never going to be best friends, but we’re growing up and maturing on TV and nobody wants to see women fight. And if you do [fight], do so in a respectful manner. Not name calling, not hurt people,” she declares, perhaps sending Bravo a message! “I’m hopeful everyone can get along and be class acts. My goal is try to get everybody to help each other.”
When asked about last season focusing on her divorce from ex-husband, Donn Gunvalson, Vicki describes that having the end of her decades long marriage play out on camera was “obviously very, very difficult.”
“I never really wanted any of my marriage demise to be on camera,” Vicki explains, adding that she “pretended everything was fine” to the producers to avoid the drama being included in the show. Unfortunately, the production company “saw right through the film” and confronted her about the state of her relationship with Donn because otherwise her only storyline was insurance! Vicki shares that while pretending to be happy, she was actually filing for divorce and eventually confessed that her marriage was “done.”
Despite her protests, Vicki says the producers said “we have to film this” and she relented allowing it be included in the show. As for the accusations that her addiction to work contributed to her marriage falling apart, Vicki insists that’s not true. “They don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Donn and I are very private people,” she explains. “We will never disclose what happened.”
“It takes two to get divorced. If Donn wanted to still be married to me, we would still be married.” Although, Vicki assures us that despite rumors of infidelity none took place and the split was “amicable.” “I never cheated on Donn the entire time we’ve been married – absolutely not,” she states, insisting she’s never heard “that rumor,” because she doesn’t read the tabloids or blogs anymore.
“That’s the kinda stuff that really makes you throw up. It’s like really? Everyone can just sit there and say anything about you and you have to defend yourself all day long,” Vicki scoffs of tabloid gossip.
Finally, Vicki talked about her new relationship with OC deadbeat dad 2.0 boyfriend Brooks, who she revealed via Twitter will be making an appearance on Housewives this season! As for their relationship, they are taking it slow since she is a “damaged soldier.”
“I’m a hopeless romantic and Brooks and I have a wonderful relationship, but I’m taking it slow,” she reveals. “I’m gonna be 50 this year. I deserve to be loved and he loves me, I deserve to be happy and I am happy with him, but I am also not rushing into anything.”
Refusing to answer any questions about Brooks’ arrest for not paying child support, Vicki became very defensive snapping “You know, what I thought we were talking about Cilea today? Brooks’ business is Brooks’ business;” insisting he has no troubles with the law!
“I am not on the radio to defend my boyfriend. He’s a great guy or I wouldn’t be with him. Period. I really, really don’t want to discuss Brooks’ personal stuff,” she added. “He fell behind on child support and it’s all cleared up now. We all have a past and that’s past.” And there you have it. Slade Smiley’s child support woes are free game and Brooks Ayers’ are not! #Hypocritemuch?
As for what’s next for the insurance hawker, besides planning daughter Briana Wolfsmith’s upcoming nuptials, Vicki reveals she is “slowing the train down a little bit”, but has hopes of writing a finance book about saving for retirement.
She is also undecided about whether or not a season 8 of RHOC’s in store for her just in case Bravo fires her. “From year to year I have to evaluate it. Have to take it day by day and year by year. It’s so hard to predict,” she says of returning next season. “At the end of the day I still have my job, I still have my family” which is more important to her than Housewives. As well it should be!
[Photo credit: Vicki Gunvalson]
THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S INTERVIEWS AND HER COMMENTS ABOUT THE PRODUCERS BASICALLY INSISTING SHE FILM THE DEMISE OF HER MARRIAGE? DO YOU THINK THIS SEASON OF RHOC WILL BE BETTER? ARE YOU SURPRISED VICKI IS STILL DATING BROOKS?