Last night the show celebrated its 100th episode with a 2-hour flashback/recap of some of the show's most iconic moments. Among the milestones was catching up with some of the memorable cast mates throughout the 8-season run and discussing current cast member's reflections to how the show has evolved.
Tamra Barney, you will be relieved to know, hasn't changed one single iota except her hair has gotten less frizzy and her boobs smaller. Thank God for small mercies… #sarcasm In her casting video Tamra is a grade-A bitch and says when producers told her they were deciding between her and one other woman for the spot she turned up the ruthlessness.
Celebrating 100 episodes of true craziness (and for being Housewives pioneers) all the old favorites from the seasons past of RHOC will return to talk shop, dish on behind-the-scenes details, and reveal top secret info we've all been dying to know. Such as, just how on earth did we get stuck with Slave Smiley?
In fact Gretchen has even been spotted on numerous occasions wearing an engagement ring that looks eerily similar to the one she allegedly just received from Slave this month! Even more interesting is that Gretchen's ring looks eerily similar to Slade's former fiance Jo de la Rosa's ring. More on that below. But first have the Real Housewives of Orange County stars been lying about being engaged for years? We think so!
Yesterday a source informed us that Gretchen and Slade attended the RHOC season 6 wrap party and announced they were engaged. And Gretchen was wearing a canary diamond engagement ring. Photo proof below!
Aaaahhh… that saga that is Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley's timeless love. A redeeming and inspiring story of two people, who against all odds, found themselves through reality television and showed us that everlasting love can endure. Scoot over Romeo & Juliette!
The Real Housewives of Orange County stars are finally engaged now that Slave isn't over $100,000 remiss in child support payments and Gretchen showed her approval by proposing to him. Now isn't that so modern of her! The lovebirds share their proposal story – and photos of their rings – with Life & Style where Gretchen says her proposal took 4 months of persuading Bravo to film it planning.
Oh goodness, the Real Housewives of Orange County got old fast, didn’t it? Well here’s some good news (and some funny news) to revitalize our lagging OC spirits!
First up, some exciting news! Tamra Barney is engaged to Eddie Judge! “They’re keeping the news under wraps until they have to film the reunion show in a few weeks,” a source close to the couple tells Life & Style. “They are so happy and excited!” Tamra has always maintained Eddie is the love of her life but after viewers witnessed her telling him she didn’t want to live together, many thought their relationship was doomed. Luckily not. Congratulations to the happy couple and I cannot wait to see this wedding dress!
And now onto some other engagement news! After a report came out last week that remiss on child support payments, Slave Slimey,was spotted shopping for a 4.5-carat canary diamond, set in a bed of smaller white diamonds, which he knew would “steal Gretchen [Rossi]‘s heart”. Some of our astute readers pointed out that the ring sounds awfully familiar. Familiar, as in, it fits the exact description of the engagement ring given to former fiancé Jo de la Rosa. Jo appeared on the first and second seasons of RHOC before dumping Slave’s scummy butt! He then moved on to her now former friend, Gretchen! A photo of Jo from her Housewives days is below!
In fact, on a site promoting Jo’s speaking engagements, her ring is described as a: “$100,000 canary diamond ring.” Oh, canary? Either Slade really likes canary diamonds or he’s recycling that rock! We smart viewers can do the math.
I guess that clears up just how Slave can afford the ring! He’s been storing it all this time until the next desperate right woman comes along! Since Gretch is just leasing Slave, it only makes sense that she lease her ring too! A photo of the alleged ring is below. As Phyllis Neffler infamously said of canary diamonds “listen to it sing…” In this case, listen to it sing a song of shame!
Moving on, Jim Bellino famously quit the show after his true colors (a smeary color of beigy brown, aka douche) shined through and fans reacted negatively to his king status versus Alexis Bellino‘s inferior servant one. Hey, whatever floats their leased and about to be repo’d boat! While Jim doesn’t regularly show his face on film, he’s been the talk of the town this season and has taken to telling his side of the story in an eloquently written personal blog. I feel so sorry for Alexis’ assistant, who you know transcribes this crap.
In the newest newsletter of truth, Jim insists Alexis is, like, really independent! Jim takes issue with the scene of Alexis grabbing a drink with Heather Dubrow, where she describes their marriage. “An example of seeing a particular scene and NOT the full event is when you hear Alexis say, “No, I still do it all, I make the kids lunch, give them baths, pick them up from school,” and so on. THIS IS NOT THE WHOLE TRUTH,” Jim asserts. Gosh, I love when Jim gets all ragey and emphatic with the CAPSLOCK!
“When Alexis works at Fox 5, she gets up at 5am to work. At that time I get the kids up, get them ready for school, feed them breakfast, and take them to school. During the other times I work two jobs, so sometimes I am not home to help. We’re both there to parent on the weekends, and Alexis will be the ﬁrst to tell you I spend plenty of time with our children.”
Jim adds, “I guess my point is, a simple scene can give viewers the impression that Alexis does everything with the kids and Jim does nothing. That’s simply not true.” Jim goes onto chastise other cast members for intentionally “hurting” his feelings over allegations that he does nothing. “I have been very tempted to blast particular cast members. But I promise you, if you will just try to look at the underlying reason someone tries to hurt you instead of letting your natural defense mechanism go to work, you will ﬁnd much more peace for yourself.”
And he gives us viewers a little challenge – can we turn this into a drinking game? “I challenge you to watch any of the episodes a second time and really look at the eyes of every cast member (be sure to have a pen and paper.) Focus on the eyes of each person and write down the emotion you sense that person is going through in their life—don’t judge based on what you know about the person, or what you think you know—just look at their expression and try to read the story being told by their eyes.”
Moving right along, Tamra has some things to say regarding what we see on TV vs. her real life! First off, Tamra is adamant that some of the ladies are real-life friends off camera. “I hang out with Vicki [Gunvalson], Heather and Gretchen. There is not much arguing going on while the cameras are down,” she tells The Dish. “If we do get upset with each other it is because of something that was said on the show or in the press.”
And rescinding some of her earlier statements, she doesn’t believe Vicki is jealous of her friendship with Gretchen! “I think Vicki was just caught off guard with the new friendship. I really don’t think she is jealous, more confused to how this happened.”
Finally, Tamra tackles Slade’s horrible comedy attempt. “I though it sucked. I thought we were in a much better place, and to find out he did that set us back. There is nothing entertaining about a man making fun of the way a woman looks. It’s pretty degrading. But honestly it didn’t affect my life, so who cares!” Good attitude, T!
Tamra continues voicing her opinion in her Bravo blog. “The battle between me, Gretchen, Slade, and Vicki has been going on for years and it is by far not one sided. I don’t like the fact that Slade is acting like the victim, as if our “accusations” ruined his life. He is just as much to blame,” Tamra recounts. And I agree!
“His stand up is a perfect example of the things that have happened to put a wedge in our friendship through out the years. I am not condoning any of what has gone on between us. We were all to blame for this long and hurtful fight. We are all responsible for our own actions.”
Tamra claims she and Gretchen were elevating their BFFL status to piss Vicki off. “After Alexis and Vicki started mocking Gretchen and I about becoming friends, we decided to lay it on thick — throwing out the BFF word to shut them up. It was all in good fun and Vicki knew we were joking.”
“I have room in my life for more than one BFF. I have never turned my back on Vicki or put Gretchen before my five-year friendship with Vicki.”
Tamra also discussed Alexis’ behavior, and forget about Vicki’s jealousy, she’s more focused on Alexis’! “Alexis seems to put down Heather every chance she can,” Tamra shares. “Alexis is extremely materialistic and wishes she had everything Heather has. First thing that came out of her mouth at lunch was ‘I want that purse, I’m going to steal that purse.’”
Finally, tonight is an all-new episode of RHOC, and Tamra hosts an eighties party and pisses off supposed BFF by inviting Slade and Gretchen after word got out of Slade’s insulting and horrible comedy show. Tempers flare and conflict emerges when Vicki and Gretchen butt heads! Plus Alexis plans her nose job! A preview of the new episode is below.
A new episode of Real Housewives of Orange County airs tonight on Bravo at 8/9c.
THOUGHTS ON TAMRA’S ENGAGEMENT? DO YOU THINK SLADE IS RECYCLING THE RING? DOES JIM HELP ALEXIS AROUND THE HOUSE DESPITE WHAT WE’VE BEEN WATCHING FOR THREE SEASONS? IS TAMRA RIGHT TO BE OFFENDED BY SLADE’S COMMENTS?
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With Real Housewives of Orange Countyfilming for its 7thand hopefully final season, the housewives and house losers partners are out in full-force to promote their claim to fame! In a new interview with OC Weekly, notorious duo, Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley talk their newest ventures, where Slade is getting money to pay for child support, and what you might catch a glimpse of in the upcoming season!
The anything for a buck couple’s newest project is the comedy show Keeping It Reality at the Irvine Improv. Slade describes the show as a “variety show.” “We have some very funny and successful comedians attached to the show,” Slade details. As for their role in making the audience laugh, “it’s really a little bit of Gretchen hosting and me doing some storytelling and poking fun at what our reality has become because of our association with the Housewives.”
Slade also reveals that his son, Grayson was recently on an episode of Glee! “He was on the episode when they went to the children’s hospital and played songs for the cancer kids. My son was the one who walked up and high-fived Matt Morrison!” And now Gretchen is jelly cause she wants to be on Glee, too!
The classy duo also take some time to slam their costar Tamra Barney by insinuating her beau is — coughs — batting for the other team, while also taking some shots at Slade’s ex Jo De La Rosa! Below are excerpts from their interview:
We love to see drama stirred and you just started filming so, how is the new season going so far?
Gretchen: It’s going good so far! We’ve got a lot to tell this season and I’ve got a lot on my plate. But, I’m really excited and I think the audience is really going to enjoy my stories and watching me continuously grow my brand Gretchen Christine. I’m also doing some stuff for the Pussycat Dolls and of course, the Irvine Improv which we are very excited about.
Any chance of a spin off show?
Gretchen: Yeah we keep trying to get fired but it doesn’t work! Here’s the thing, we are so grateful that Bravo has given this opportunity because it’s been so great and so fun to be able to accomplish everything we have. Sometimes though, I sit and cry at the editing. On another side, it would be awesome and an honor if they wanted to do a spin-off with Slade and I because I agree with you, we have a lot going on and we have a lot of stories to tell! However in the same breath, it’s very difficult to carry your own show and it’s not something I’m holding my breath for. But if it’s right, I think the audience will really be the ones who decide that for the network.
Slade: You know how that happened? I was offered the Bachelor, and after I ended my relationship with Jo I was still under contract. Bravo said they were going to pen a show for me sort of like a “real bachelorette of Los Angeles” with me helping her. It didn’t really blow people out of the water here but the show was such a huge hit in Europe! They are still so fanatical about that show, I just don’t get it. It’s like me and David Hasselhoff.
Any chance of a Gretchen/Jo collaboration?
Gretchen: [Laughs.] Yeah, that would be a big no.
Slade: You know Jo [De La Rosa] is very happy now bartending and singing karaoke. You know, Jo has a great voice but you have to be willing to do the work. I mean there are plenty of amazing artists who are not really good (Rihanna) I am not mentioning any names, but they have great fans and they can’t sing in public (Taylor Swift). I’m not saying that they haven’t gotten better but sometimes, they are horrific (Britney Spears). You can’t rely on being cute and being able to shake your ass, you’ve gotta put in work!
I was so repulsed with the Tamra [Barney] bathtub scene last season, did you guys almost throw-up as well?
Gretchen: Oh gosh that was bad.
Slade: You know why it’s so difficult for Eddie [Judge] is because he had to go to the heterosexual side of the fence. It was just really weird.
Classy. You know, I’m beginning to think Tamra’s claims that Gretchen is obsessed with her hold some water…
In addition to all the other exciting projects Gretchen has in the works, she is also also working on a new single, “Revelation” which was inspired by Grayson’s health struggles. As for an album… she’s not sure if “that’s the direction that I am necessarily shooting for right now.”
And she sure is desperately trying to push this comedy thing! While appearing The Playboy Morning Show with Slade; Gretchen gave us a sample of what an album might include – an ode to Slade’s magic penis. Yes – the folks that just made fun of Tamra’s bathtub scene, just debuted a little tune where they evoke people to “get your hands” on a magic schlong. Vomit, much?
Gretchen claims she wrote this gem while “sleeping on Ambien.” If you dare, a little sampling of the Grammy contender is below! But seriously – don’t dare.
Photo credit: WENN
Thoughts on Gretchen and Slade’s Interview? And their latest comedy show? Would you watch a Gretchen and Slade Spin-Off? Are you excited about the new season of RHOC?
The third episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County aired last night with what felt like a night of TMIs. From Gretchen’s sex talk about Slade to the marital nightmare between the Bellinos, ending with the Tamra soft-core bathtub scene with Eddie. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!
The episode beings with mogul Gretchen, who is clearly still harboring some resentment over Alexis‘s princess comment, as she dons a tiara to open the door for Alexis. For someone who claims to be very busy, Gretchen sure seems to have a lot of time to waste shopping for tiaras, and getting princess license plates. Perhaps this is why she needed an assistant. Alexis regrets the day she ever uttered the word princess, and following a brief chat, the ladies head out to do some shopping while I attempt to make sense of Alexis’s maxi dress.
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Jo appeared on the 1st and 2nd seasons of the show as the fiance of Slade Smiley. In this new interview, Jo talks about her feelings towards Slade and Gretchen’s new dating relationship (Gretchen was friends with both Jo and Slade), the new man in her life (pictured above) and why she chose not to return to the show this season.
Excerpts from Jo’s interview below -
Q. Reality Wanted: Will you make an appearance in Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County?
A. Jo: It is one of those things where, I left the show back in Season 2, and my life is so different now, who I am now compared to who I was 4 years ago. I live in LA now. There were talks of me coming on the show to confront Gretchen and Slade, but I need to be selfless at this point. Regardless of how I feel about them being together, this is Gretchen and Slade’s time in the spotlight and I just want to move forward with my music. It would have put me back out there in the public eye, but for all the wrong reasons. I will forever be thankful for The Real Housewives of Orange County, because that is how I got my start, but I have my own story that I have to tell through my music, and for me to go back to confront the past just doesn’t make sense.
Q. Reality Wanted: How long did you & Slade date? Even on Date My Ex, he was always with you…
A. Jo: We were together for five years. Here is the funny thing, some insider information: even though I was on the show; I was still in love with Slade. I was still trying to work things out. It was never really over for Slade and I. Even after Date My Ex, Slade and I were still trying to work it out and then….came Gretchen.
Q. Reality Wanted: On the show, Gretchen said that she called you to let you know about her and Slade, even though he had said not to. Is this accurate?
A. Jo: She called me because I found out from her ex-boyfriend Jay that Slade and Gretchen were hooking up. So the whole reason she called me was because it was already out. She actually called me when Slade was in jail and she was asking for help. (Smiley was arrested in February 2009 for unpaid child support, purportedly at Rossi’s Costa Mesa home.) I was just like, “How can you call me and ask me for help when I just found out that you are sleeping with Slade?” The truth of the matter is that it is what it is, and Gretchen, to me, is…it’s just dumb. We were ALL friends, you know, no matter how close we were, I just wish they would have come to me first, without me having to find out the way that I did. Even being able to talk to Slade on it, one on one, but they didn’t even give me that. I just have to move forward, and not have a confrontation on camera. He was the love of my life, and she knew that. I was with him for 5 years, we were engaged, I acted as the mother of his children, and I was building a life with this man, and she was the girl that I knew, and you know what it is, at the end of the day, I just hate the way it all came down and came to an end. Slade and I are no longer even friends, and I haven’t even been able to talk to him face to face about it, and I know that is because of her (Gretchen).