Days after Gretchen sort of made a valid pointcalled Tamra a hypocrite for her actions on the Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra is now responding. In a new interview, Tamra refers to Gretchen as being “obsessed” with her and also makes reference to her legal issues and dead-beat boyfriend Slade Smiley.
“Gretchen’s constantly bashing me in interviews is nothing more than a clever diversion, created so the attention is not on the three lawsuits in which she is currently involved and the problems with her [boyfriend Slade's] past-due child support,” Tamra tells E! Online via an email she sent to them. “She has NO knowledge of the issues I had with Jeana [Keough], yet she constantly finds reasons to talk about me in interviews, on the show and on her Bravo blogs.”
Tamra continued, “She is nothing more than obsessed with me…You would think with all her legal problems, she would use her time more wisely. I truly feel sorry for her and hope that she lets go of the anger she has in her heart as I did for Jeana Keough.”
Ouch. Tamra also promises all of her drama with Gretchen will be addressed on the upcoming 2-part reunion show.
And speaking of Gretchen’s legal drama, she scored a small victory in court this week against her ex Jay Photoglou. A week after requesting a protective order to keep Jay from talking to the press about certain issues, Gretchen was granted most of it.
A judge granted a protective order which prohibits both Gretchen and Jay from discussing the “sexual history of either party, either party’s financial information,” plus home and cellular telephone numbers and home addresses. As we speculated last week, this order was likely requested by Gretchen to prevent her financial information from leaking to the press during a deposition. Gretchen was ordered to fork over $40,000 to Jay for his legal fees earlier this year and has yet to.
In fact Jay’s attorney Bryan Freedman confirms a deposition is indeed in the works. “Our next move is to take Rossi’s deposition within the next few weeks,” said Bryan.
TELL US – WHO IS OBSESSED WITH WHOM? GRETCHEN OR TAMRA?
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
Despite owing over $138,000 in back child support payments, it seems Slade has still yet to find a job. To make matters worse, the child in question is Slade’s son Grayson Smiley, who suffers from a rare form of brain cancer. Grayson’s mother Michelle Arroyois forced to deal with the piling medical bills as well as no financial support from Slade.
The court documents obtained by RadarOnline show that Slade stated his monthly income in 2010 was $416 a month, and in 2009, he had no income. And we have to ask, how can a man with a sick son go an entire year without working? Wowzers. Slade is still seeking to have his monthly child support payments to Michelle reduced from $3500.
“It appears he is currently living with his girlfriend,” the court papers stated. “The evidence shows that . . . in 2010 he earned $5,000 for participation in another television program.” Something tells us Slade is earning way more than just $5,000 to do the Real Housewives of OC. In fact, the OC Register reported last summer that Slade admitted in court that his Bravo payments were directed to Gretchen and re-directed to him to avoid mandatory deductions.
In the court papers, Slade also claims he is trying to find a job by attending numerous parties and social events with girlfriend Gretchen Rossi. Seriously folks. “(Smiley) testified regarding his various unsuccessful efforts to find work in the title insurance/real estate industry. He also testified regarding his various Facebook and Twitter entries showing his attendance at various public and social events. He essentially describes these activities as networking with the purpose of securing employment in the entertainment field.”
The judge has since ordered Slade “to expand his efforts beyond entertainment and title insurance/real estate, and to document his efforts by keeping a detailed log.” He is also required to contact at least five potential employers every two weeks.
And following the recent episode of the OC Housewives, in which Slade’s darling mother tried to convince him to try to get a real J-O-B, Gretchen is now defending her man via her recent Bravo blog. Below are excerpts from Gretchen’s blog this week in which she blames Slade’s depression about his son’s illness for his joblessness -
“When Slade’s son got sick, his focus was on keeping him alive and being with him. It went from working everyday to being in the hospital every day back then. This is something that Slade and I can truly relate to each other about. I did the same thing when Jeff got sick. I walked away from my thriving real estate career to be by Jeff’s side while he spent close to nine months in the hospital. When a family member gets sick, the only thing that seems to matter anymore is spending time with them and getting them well. Work certainly does not seem like a priority anymore. I honestly think Slade has just been so depressed about his son’s illness for a while now, and in some ways it has kept him from being everything he is capable of being. The medical bills seem endless, and it seems impossible to ever catch up with it all. When Slade realized that all his hard work of 18 years in the title business had been lost because of his time away with his son, I think his world crumbled financially, emotionally, and mentally, as you see him humbly address in this episode. It was a hard knock for him and a wake-up call.
The press and people stating that Slade is a deadbeat father is ridiculous. Just because a man can no longer pay $4,000 a month in support due to loss of a job and financial hardship does not make him a deadbeat father. Normally a man who is not present in a child’s life, doesn’t care, never sees them, neglects the child, or is abusive or demeaning to a child makes a deadbeat father. Let me be clear that financial inability to pay the same amount in child support due to external circumstances in no way makes a man a deadbeat father.”
Gretchen also goes on to blame the bad press as the reason Slade has yet to find a job. Yes, she did folks. “He submits resumes consistently to companies and has worked with head hunters, etc. Unfortunately the hard reality is that because of the false press that is out there, the second a employer googles his name an article stating that he is a deadbeat father is what they find,” wrote Gretchen. No word yet on when Gretchen will get tired of the constant embarrassment, stop thinking with what’s in between her legs, and start using her brain.
It was reported back in February that Slade’s drivers license was suspended on Jan. 8 due to the delinquent child support. And back in February of 2009, Slade was arrested for not paying his child support. He was released the same day after posting $10,000 bail.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH SLADE & GRETCHEN’S COMMENTS?
On April 13, 2011, RonAnn Meyerssued both Gretchen and beauSlade Smileyfor breach of oral contract and fraud/deceit for cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line. RonAnn is asking for $100,000 in damages after alleging she came up with the idea for the make-up line and agreed to be an equal partner with Gretchen only to be defrauded.
RonAnn also alleged she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.
In Gretchen’s response via her blog, she claims this is nothing but a shakedown from RonAnn and levies some accusations of her own. Gretchen claims RonAnn abandoned the business and only decided to complain after seeing how successful her brand had become. As for the allegation that she cleaned out the joint account, Gretchen claims it was done to put an end to the monthly account fees and that she only did it after failed attempts to get in touch with RonAnn. The full response is below -
“Since I have received so many questions from the media, and questions from my loyal fans and followers regarding the recent claims against Slade and I, with the assistance of our Counsel here is our formal response to the allegations being made.
Ron Ann Myers’ claims are false and nothing more than a transparent attempt to extort a settlement out of someone in the public eye. Although Gretchen works with many talented make-up artists on a weekly basis, she decided to involve Myers with starting her make-up line. At that time both contributed equal amounts of $5,000. A single product was ordered as a test sample. The women divided the product 50/50. As conversations about working together progressed, a written agreement was extended to Myers by Rossi. Myers refused to sign the agreement. Over the next week or so, Rossi and Myers encountered extreme difficulties working together. At this point, Rossi e-mailed Myers, rescinding the original offer to partner together.
In the e-mail to Myers, Gretchen offered to return to Ron Ann her $5,000 and asked her to return the product, since it had Rossi’s name on it. Myers responded in a recorded voicemail, saying, and we quote, “I appreciate your e-mail, I understand, I hope you got mine.” “You don’t need to pay me $5,000 back, that’s not necessary, and as far as the product goes, don’t worry about it, I will take care of it.” Thus, any relationship between Rossi and Myers ended. After several e-mails were sent regarding the termination of the relationship and the need to close the once joint bank account, Myers has refused to respond or communicate with Rossi or Smiley in any way. After several attempts to contact Myers with no response, Rossi closed the account due to it being charged monthly fees and has held the funds in trust.
For 18 months, Ron Ann Myers has abandoned the company, has made no attempt to contact Rossi or Smiley, and has never participated in any future development of the line, its website, its marketing, or promotions. Myers never contributed anything other than the original $5,000, and then kept the product in lieu of payment. Rossi has invested an exorbitant amount of time and money to build her brand and make-up line.
In March of 2011, Myers suddenly appeared again. After seeing the results of Rossi’s hard work, and the numerous articles written about Gretchen and the success of her make-up line, Ron Ann Myers demanded that Rossi and Smiley offer her a substantial position in the company or a settlement; otherwise, Meyers threatened Rossi and Smiley with public embarrassment via the media and press.
Since Ms. Rossi and Mr. Smiley have nothing to hide, and certainly did not embark on an elaborate scheme to defraud Myers, they will defend all allegations, and will do so in an aggressive manner to protect the good name of the company Ms. Rossi has built. Rossi and Smiley have always conducted business in a fair and legal manner, and they are more than prepared to fight these false claims and seek any and all damages and expenses incurred in doing so from Ms. Myers.”
Gretchen/her attorney adds, “We find it sad that people are willing to do almost anything in an attempt to profit off the hard work of others.”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN’S RESPONSE? DO YOU BELIEVE HER SIDE?
The DBKP blog reports both Gretchen and boyfriend/rumored fiance Slade Smiley are being sued by RonAnn to the tune of over $100,000 in damages. The reason? RonAnn is accusing the twosome of defrauding her and cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line.
In the 37-page lawsuit filed on April 13, 2011, RonAnn accuses Gretchen, 33, and Slade, 42, of ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’, ‘fraudulent conspiracy’ amongst other wrong doings.
RonAnn, who appeared on season five of the OC Housewives as Gretchen’s makeup artist and business partner, reveals she had been both Gretchen’s friend and personal makeup artist for seven years.
According to RonAnn, she came up with the idea of starting a makeup line in February 2009 and Gretchen “expressed an immediate interest” in becoming her business partner. Both ladies agreed to a partnership that was a 50/50 deal in ownership, control, and profits.
If you recall, it came out last year that Gretchen Christine Beaute was simply the resale of wholesale makeup ordered from Lady Burd, a private label manufacturer. RonAnn also claims she was the one who had a long established relationship with Lady Burd.
Ultimately, RonAnn alleges Gretchen and Slade cut her out of the loop, and negotiated a deal with Lady Burd Cosmetic’s New York office. Gretchen and Slade also allegedly omitted RonAnn’s name from certain business filings and financial documents. RonAnn states in the lawsuit that she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.
We reported back in March of 2010 about the drama involving Gretchen Christine Beaute after it was first discovered the makeup was simply relabeled wholesale makeup from Lady Burd, and that Slade’s name was on the company’s paypal account being used for website sales. Not only was Gretchen reselling wholesale make-up but she neglected to change the names of the shades, using the same exact photos and names for her eyeshadow collection.
And on tonight’s all new episode of the OC Housewivestitled “Riches to Rags,” Vicki visits Tamra at her new house to gossip about the rumors surrounding the Bellino’s possible home foreclosure. Gretchen is upset that all the men in her life are fat, both the dogs and Slade. Vicki and Donn try to spend some quality time together by going to the spa, but things get uncomfortable when the conversation turns awkward at dinner.
The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Tamra Barney and beau Eddie Judge.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT AGAINST GRETCHEN & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
“Every year I’m like there’s not going to be any drama and then of course there is tons of drama. First episode, me and Tamara are already boxing each other so you can’t put five flamboyant women in a room, strong confident women, and not expect some drama and catfights,” said Gretchen to the HollywoodLife.
Gretchen also mentions that she and boyfriendSlade Smiley will be working through their own set of problems throughout the season. When asked if marriage is still on the table for the two, she coyly responded, “Yes, and you’re going to have to watch and see what happens!” They two are rumored to be engaged.
Gretchen goes on to sing the praises of the two new housewives on the show, Peggy Tanous and Fernanda Rocha. “I love Peggy this season, she seems like a really cool, down to earth girl. She seems to fit in with the group well and Fernanda, the Brazilian lesbian as I like to call her, she spices it up a little, she stirs the pot a little, but she’s really fun,” revealed Gretchen.
Meanwhile, Peggy appeared on E! News yesterday during which she gave the show a tour of her house. And yes, it was the same exact house that the she and her hubby recently defaulted on.
Peggy revealed during the interview that she knew Alexis Bellino before doing the show and that Alexis wasn’t happy about her decision to join the cast. The reason? Peggy stated that Alexis told her the show “was her own thing.” Safe to say there will be some friction between Alexis and Peggy on the show this season.
The entire cast also appeared on the Today Show today for an interview, during which Alexis admitted she did not want Peggy on the show, however citing a different reason than what Peggy stated. According to Alexis, she and Peggy have been friends for 4 years, and she simply didn’t want Peggy to do the show for Peggy’s own good and to protect their friendship. Alexis added that the show tends to cause friction between people. A photo of the entire cast from their Today Show interview below.
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? PLUS THOUGHTS ON PEGGY’S COMMENTS ABOUT ALEXIS?
According to a new report,Slade Smiley, boyfriend/rumored fiance of Gretchen Rossi, is still owing loads of child support while also driving on a suspended license.
A new report by MostWantedDeadBeats website via the OC Register states that Slade, 42, is now owing $138,850 in child support debts, a rapid increase from the previous amount of $84,962, due to interest owed on arrears in addition to the piling unpaid support.
Slade, an extra on the Real Housewives of Orange County, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday to address the payments owed to his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son Grayson Smiley, Michelle Arroyo. It is however uncertain if the hearing took place as Michelle notified the courts that Grayson was sick and in the hospital. Grayson suffers from a rare form of brain cancer.
It gets even worse as court documents show Slade’s driver’s license was suspended on Jan. 8 due to the delinquent child support.
This however hasn’t prevented Slade from driving as the OC Register notes he has been spotted driving around Costa Mesa, where he lives with Gretchen, in a powder-blue Mercedes Benz and a black Range Rover.
A judge also recently ordered Slade to seek work outside of the entertainment/TV industry due to his claims that he has been unable to earn money through those ventures for extended periods of time. Though it seems Slade has yet to find a job as of today.
It was reported Slade admitted in court last May that he had received some payments for his appearance on the OC Housewives, but had the funds paid to Gretchen and then re-directed to him to avoid mandatory deductions.
In other OC news, it seems OC wild teens Raquel and Alexa Curtin have yet to curb their crazy ways. Months ago, theDirty website posted some risque photos of Lynn Curtin’s daughters, while also reporting the underage girls are always drinking and are heavy into the rave scene. Which brings us to a very important question – Raves still exist?
Other readers allege the girls are also into drugs. Some of the photos are posted below but these aren’t leaked photos as Raquel’s myspace page proudly displays one of the pics as her profile photo. As we have reported, Lynn is no longer a cast member on the upcoming season of the OC Housewives, set to premiere Mar. 6.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH SLADE & LYNNE’S DAUGHTERS?
According to a new report by the Hollywoodnews.com, that answer is yes! Gretchen and boyfriend Slade Smiley, who are rumored to have gotten engaged on the show’s upcoming season, reportedly want a spin-off show to showcase their relationship.
Gretchen joins the likes of Kim Zolciak, who also wanted her own spin-off show following the news that she was pregnant for her NFL beau. But as of now, it seems Bravo is not moving forward with any plans for a Gretchen or Kim spin-off.
Moving right along to the Real Housewives of OC season 6. After Bravo aired a sneak peek of the upcoming season of theReal Housewives of NYCover a week ago, many fans were left wondering what the heck happened to the OC season? Well, fret not as it seems all is well in Bravoland and Bravo is still planning to air to the OC Housewives season 6, but in February and no longer January as tentatively announced last year.
A fan asked Tamra Barney when the show would be airing on her facebook page and Tamra replied today, “I don’t know yet… I hear next month.”
Gretchen also had a similar answer in a recent video interview she posted on her site about the upcoming season – “So we just wrapped season 6 and they’re saying it’s going to air like January/February so we should see how the end result is,” she said. We say February as Bravo typically releases the press photos for the housewives at least a month before their season airs.
So what can we expect from Gretchen on the new season? Well according to Gretchen, she is all about promoting her businesses this time around. “This season for me was all about my businesses, my handbag line that I just launched (the Gretchen Christine Collection) and then I have my make up line (Gretchen Christine Beaute). And it’s really kinda about that and a little bit about my own turmoil of dealing with do I want to be married or not?” said Gretchen.
Interesting, and finally Gretchen posted some holiday photos of she and Slade on her personal site. One of the photos included Slade’s rarely seen older son Gavin, who appeared on the 1st season of the OC Housewives. Alexis Bellino also posted some photos of herself wearing her New Year’s Eve dress on her facebook page. Those photos are below -
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TELL US – WHICH BRAVO HOUSEWIFE DESERVES THEIR OWN SPINOFF SHOW? LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON OF THE OC HOUSEWIVES?