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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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.
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We will start off with Gretchen Rossi, who is likely on the attack because Tamra once again accuses her of cheating on her dying fianceJeff Beitzel on the upcoming reunion. In a new interview, Gretchen calls Tamra a hypocrite for throwing a drink at Jeana, after calling the cops on her ex Simon Barney for throwing a dog leash at her.
“It’s very strange how the woman conducts her life,” Gretchen told E! News. “Tamra threw the letter in her face. Tamra threw the drink in her face but yet, two episodes earlier Tamra was crying to Jeana saying, ‘You want my kids to think it’s OK to throw something at somebody just because you’re mad at them?’ And I’m thinking to myself, ‘How hypocritical is that?'”
Oh but Gretchen had more to say. “You don’t go to a party armed with a cease-and-desist letter,” she continued. “To me, that’s overly dramatic. That’s looking for attention. That’s looking for camera time. And to throw it in somebody’s face when you’re an adult like that just shows your level of class and immaturity.”
Gretchen goes on to make it crystal clear that her and Tamra will not be BFFs anytime soon. “She’s negative energy for me in my life. I unfortunately, have realized that she’s a malicious person with evil intentions and it’s just not something that I want in my life,” added Gretchen.
Meanwhile, Jeana Keough also calls out Tamra for throwing a drink in her face, while also indirectly insulting New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudicewhen she accuses Tamra of wanting to be like Teresa.
“Tamra Barney is just trying to be another Teresa Giudice” Jeana told the Rumor Fix. “She’s just a sad person. I feel bad for the example she sets her children.”
Jeana goes on to make an interesting statement when she implies Bravo set up the dramatic showdown at Vicki’s party. “I was invited and paid to be there by Bravo but they wanted me to walk in a half hour after everyone else was already there and drinking, ‘to make a bold entrance.’ I tried to stay away from everybody but they dragged me into it anyway,” stated Jeana.
“The whole scene was a total set up. Tamra was holding on to that letter for three hours before she threw it at me. And the second she started walking toward me, everyone started moving out from behind me because they knew what was coming,” continued Jeana before going on to claim she doesn’t hold a grudge against Tamra.
“”She’s doing a great job with the kids and I hope she has a happy life,” added Jeana, who just three paragraphs ago stated Tamra was setting a bad example for her children.
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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 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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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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