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Gretchen Rossi has been ordered to court to disclose her finances according to RadarOnline. This all has to do with Jay Photoglou of course, and the $18,900 he was awarded in legal fees connected to a restraining order case she filed against him last year.

A Newport Beach, California Judge ordered the Real Housewife of Orange County to appear in court March 10 to provide information about her finances and assets.

Which brings us to Gretchen’s new interview with the LA Times, during which she opens up about her financial situation, more importantly sets the record straight on the $2.5 million her deceased fiance Jeff Beitzel left her in his will. While Gretchen admits she was left $2.5 mil by Jeff, she also insists she has yet to receive the money as Jeff’s estate is in a deficit.

Gretchen also discusses her never-ending feud with Tamra Barney, as well as where they stand today. She also talks Slade, the whole Alexa Curtin ordeal and how she deals with the negativity that comes with being on the show. What she doesn’t talk about however is Jay.

Excerpts from Gretchen’s interview below -

It was hard to track you down. You’re a busy gal. What are you working on right now?

Oh, gosh. If I told you, you’d be worn out by the time we were done.

Maybe you should tell Vicki [Gunvalson]…

That’s so true. I should call Vicki up and say, “Come spend a day with me and let’s have a little chitty-chat about what I really do.”

Right now, at this given moment, the last week has just been kind of crunch time for my makeup line (Gretchen Christine Beaute) that I’m launching.

And we see that you’re not rolling in the dough — as some suspected — after Jeff’s death.

Everybody had this misconception that I was with Jeff for his money. And that Jeff had millions and millions of dollars and … he didn’t; meaning right now his estate is in the deficit. It really was never information that I thought was appropriate to share but, unfortunately, when his will gets released to the public and everyone is reading it and saying he left me $2.5 million — well, he did. The problem is, is that if he doesn’t have $2.5 million to give me — you know, his estate doesn’t have it because it’s in the deficit — I’m not going to get it. If somebody doesn’t have the money, it really doesn’t matter. That’s where I think the misconception comes in. Everybody thinks I got left millions of dollars — which I did — but I have not received it. The thing, too, is that I never saw Jeff’s money as my money. It was always nice to be in a relationship with someone who was well off at the time that we were dating; I was spoiled rotten, yes. And I had a great lifestyle with him … but I also made my own money and the show really didn’t show that side of me. They didn’t show me as the entrepreneur that I was.

So how did you get involved? Did you audition?

For me, it was a different scenario. I was at a girlfriend’s party down at a restaurant here in Newport. Jo [De la Rosa] and Slade [Smiley] were actually sitting across the table from me at this party and I was being my crazy, flamboyant, obnoxious self and they started whispering to each other. I was like, “Are you guys talking crap about me?” — teasing them. They were like, “No, but you’re perfect for the show.” I was like, “Perfect for what show?” Cause they hadn’t been on for a couple of years so I wasn’t really sure what they were talking about. And they said I’d be perfect for “Housewives.” I was like, “You guys are smoking crack. I’m not doing that.” Slade kept insisting.

The next morning, I get a phone call from the casting agent at 7 a.m.; she said, “I hear you’re perfect.” It took a whole day of phone calls back and forth for them to even convince me. It really came down to me sitting down with Jeff. He was the one who convinced me to do that. I think the reason for that was that at that point, we had been in and out of the hospital for the last three or four months. We were right at a point where we thought we would get told he was going into remission. He was like, “You know, honey” — cause I had actually been approached three other times to do reality shows; I just turned them down because it wasn’t something I wanted to do. He just said, “Honey, you keep getting these opportunities. Maybe there’s something in the universe telling you to do this. And I’m really kind of sick of everything, everyday being about cancer. This sounds like fun.”

I think he saw it as an opportunity to travel and have an excuse to go do things. So he was the ultimate reason I ended up doing the show.

The rift seems to now center on this blog entry you wrote. Tamra [Barney] wants you to take it down, but you refuse. Can you talk a little bit about why?

I’m not going to take it down. There were so many things that Tamra put out there to the press and the show that were contradictory or that were lies. All those things are out in cyberspace forever and ever. So as soon as she can figure out a way to get all those things taken down, then I’ll be happy to take it down. But as long as those things are out there, the blog is my only source of truth and my only source of getting what really happened out there. I was rather taken aback by her because I believed she was my friend all season, and when she attacked me at the reunion show I was like, ‘Where in the hell did this come from?” So I wanted to clear the air up.

So are you guys still somewhat friendly? I mean, we see that you do have fun when you’re in a group setting. Have you reached out to her since news of her divorce?

No. Tamra and I don’t talk. We’re not girlfriends. We don’t call each other and say, “Let’s go hang out and have coffee.” I never really had problems with Tamra. I always liked Tamra; I got along with her and I thought she was funny and I thought our personalities were very similar. I liked her. But you just know when there’s poisonous people in your life and you know when people are trying to pull wool over your eyes and, for me, she’s one of those people. She might not be that way with other people, but she is with me. She is someone that I work with and someone I will be cordial with. And we’ll have a good time. The whole situation with the divorce and stuff … after the way she treated me after Jeff passed away, I don’t necessarily see myself calling her up and saying, “Hey, how ya doing?” Cause of the way she treated me. I’m a big believer in treating people the way they treat you.

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Tamra Barney seems to have had a change of heart. She is now denying dating her husband’s friend, Eddie Judge, just days after admitting she was dating him.

Perhaps realizing the public backlash, the Real Housewives of Orange County star and mother of four is now changing her tune. In a new interview with the OCRegister, Tamra denies that she and Eddie are dating or are a couple. “We’re really good friends,” she said. “I think he’s a wonderful person. He’s helped me a lot through this. If something does evolve, I’d be lucky.”

According to Tamra, she went to the Las Vegas club this past weekend with Eddie and several people, including castmate Lynne Curtin.  Simon had a lot to say about running into his estranged wife and his friend. In what he called the “ultimate betrayal,” Simon told RadarOnline, “I walked in and I saw Tamra with a friend of mine, Eddie Judge. I saw them holding hands and acting like a couple.” Simon continues, “As soon as Tamra saw me she let go of his hand and walked away.”

Simon then over-dramatized claimed he fell to his knees as he got weak.  This was all the more shocking because Tamra also admitted to RadarOnline that she was indeed dating her husband’s friend.  She said, “I started dating Eddie Judge last week. We started hanging out together more after my separation and one thing led to another. We had been friends for over a year.”

So why is Tamra now lying denying this to the OCRegister? Your guess is as good as ours.  RadarOnline however didn’t take too kindly to Tamra denying the story she had previously admitted to them.

To prove their story, RadarOnline provided the OCRegister with texts they received from Tamra. Even more shocking, Tamra was the one that provided RadarOnline with the photo of she and Eddie Judge together (that photo is below).

Radaronline reporter, Alan Butterfield, provided the following text messages below exchanged between he and Tamra -

Butterfield: How long have you been dating him?
Tamra: Since last week. We’ve been friends for a year.

Butterfield: Are you sleeping with him?
Tamra: Yes, since last week.

And there you have it. Tamra admitted to dating  and sleeping with Eddie, and then decided to lie about it. Not a smart move on Tamra’s part.

Photo of Tamra and Eddie Judge below -  

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Things continue to get messy for Tamra Barney and soon to be ex husband Simon Barney. According to Simon, Tamra has now began dating a close friend of his, in what he calls the “ultimate betrayal.”

RadarOnline is reporting that the Real Housewives of Orange County star has began dating Eddie Judge (pictured above with her), and according to Simon, he had to find out about this by seeing them together. Simon tells Radar this was so difficult for him that he actually dropped to his knees.

It all started when Simon visited the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday night. According to Simon, he thought Tamra was back in Los Angles, and was shocked to see her at the club with his friend around midnight.

“I walked in and I saw Tamra with a friend of mine, Eddie Judge,” Simon told RadarOnline. “I saw them holding hands and acting like a couple.” Simon continues, “As soon as Tamra saw me she let go of his hand and walked away.

“I went up to Eddie and asked him if he’s (bleeping) my wife. He didn’t say a word. I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed — the ultimate betrayal by a pal and my estranged wife. I started to feel weak and feel to my knees. The doorman helped me and by the time I had regained my composure they both left to the other side of the club. I left soon after.”

But that’s not all! Tamra confirms to RadarOnline that she is indeed dating Eddie, saying – “I started dating Eddie Judge last week. We started hanging out together more after my separation and one thing led to another. We had been friends for over a year.”

Tamra continues, “We are romantically involved, he is a great guy. It was bound to happen that we both we would dating again after he filed for divorce, it was going to happen sooner or later.”

There’s even more as Simon took to his facebook page and posted the following along with the below picture of he, Tamra and their friend Eddie.

“Eddie was a family friend.He has been at my dinner table with my kids breaking bread.Went to my daughters 4th B-day dinner.He has given me presents for christmas. Hugs me everytime he sees me.My family and me are devistated that he would stoop so low.There are plenty of women he could have gone after.MY WIFE.WOW!That is the lowest anyone could be in the world.Who needs enemies when you have friends like Eddie Judge.”

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TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS LATEST TIDBIT? DATING YOUR HUSBAND’S FRIEND 4 WEEKS AFTER HE FILED FOR DIVORCE, YAH OR NAY?

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Last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County seems to have set off some fireworks both on and off the show, as cast-member Vicki Gunvalson had some harsh words after seeing the things that were said about here after she abruptly left Lynne’s dinner party.

Vicki, who seems to have developed a close friendship with fellow cast-mate Tamra Barney both on and off the show seemed very hurt and shocked by some of Tamra’s comments in last night’s episode.

Calling Tamra’s comments both rude and disgusting, Vicki had the following to say in her latest Bravo blog -

“When Donn and I were invited to Lynn’s housewarming party, I thought it would be a nice casual Sunday night dinner party and was looking forward to it. I never intended for anything to go down the way it did. I wasn’t nervous about seeing Simon; I was actually hoping we would give each other a hug and put any harsh feelings away, but obviously that didn’t happen.  Simon somehow wants to blame “someone” for his marriage problems and the only one he felt he could point his finger at was me. I know Tamra was torn between Simon and myself and that I’m sure was a difficult spot to be in. HOWEVER, once I saw the footage on what went down after Donn and I left was disgusting. I guess it teaches you even as an adult, to be careful when you walk out of a room what people are going to say about you. Never in a million years would I have guessed Tamra to be so rude and disrespectful to me and our friendship.  When she says she has my back, I’d hate to see her when she doesn’t have it. Guess her idea and my idea of being friends are “two different ideas” … as Donn would say!

When Tamra tells the group at the table that “I’m lacking something and [I'm] a very jealous person” made me very sad. I think everyone can agree that we ALL are lacking something and no one is perfect so I don’t know what she is referring to. The fact that she said I am a very jealous person is farthest from the truth. I am grateful for my family, for my life, and for my career, and am not jealous of anyone or anything! I wouldn’t want to be in any of those people’s lives and am completely happy with mine. She claims she is my friend? I would NEVER speak about her the way that she did about me. It was really sad to hear that come from her mouth when all I have ever done is support her and be a good friend to her.”

Simon Barney, who has spent the last couple of weeks saying some negative things about his soon to be ex-wife Tamra, has now decided to quit blogging all together, citing negative comments as being one of the main reasons.

His final blog is below -

“This week’s blog will be completely different than my past ones. I wanted to start by thanking everyone for their support and making me feel welcome as a first-time blogger. Unfortunately after much thought, I feel it is time to bring it to a close. I always told myself as soon as it turns negative, I would stop. I would have to say my blog and the comments have both shifted a little on the negative side. So, now is the time for me to focus on my kids and the next chapter of my life, whatever it might be. I also wanted to thank Bravotv.com for graciously allowing me the ability to give my spin on the show events. A final note: please don’t judge only on what you see, or think you see. Realize that we are on a reality show designed to entertain. Be nice to the rest of the cast members; they know not what you see….

So with that, I will bid you a final farewell.”

For some strange reason, something tells me passive aggressive Simon will be back to blogging in no time.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? ON VICKI AND SIMON’S BLOG COMMENTS?

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It seems Tamra Barney’s home has been on sale for ages, well that’s probably because it has, as the home was put up for sale well over a year ago. A new report now shows the Real Housewives of Orange County star’s home is scheduled to go into a foreclosure auction Thursday afternoon, which is today.

However not so fast, says Tamra Barney’s real estate agent. Marcos Prolo told the OC Register that the “short sale” on the house announced in November is still in escrow. Adding that the bank has given the sale its approval and even lowered the sale price by $25,000.

So why then is Tamra’s house listed for an auction Thursday afternoon? According to Marcos, “Banks typically are pokey at getting postponed foreclosure auctions off the schedule,” Prolo said. He however expects today’s scheduled auction to get yanked from the schedule Thursday morning. Sean O’Toole, CEO of ForeclosureRadar, also confirmed that most sales get postponed these days.

Prolo once again makes it clear that Tamra’s house is not in foreclosure, saying – “There isn’t a (foreclosure) sale. We already have bank approval.” The escrow is scheduled to close on Feb. 26 according to Prolo.

Below is a video preview of tonight’s episode of the OC Housewives, Is it just me or does it feel like this season has been going on forever? Moving on, the preview shows a rather intense argument between Simon Barney and Vicky. Simon feels Vicky is becoming too involved in his marriage, Vicky feels Simon is being rude, and Tamra feels she’s being put in the middle.

Also coming up in tonight’s episode is Lynne’s eviction. Guess we will all finally get to see how that whole ordeal went down.

UPDATE - The OC Register is now reporting the foreclosure auction on Tamra’s home has been indeed postponed until March. According to Tamra’s real estate agent, the home has been sold and is in escrow as a “short sale.” The March auction will take place only if the deal should fall apart.

The video preview is below –



TELL US – ARE YOU ON SIMON’S SIDE OR VICKY’S SIDE?

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The certified douchebag and alleged stalker known as Jay Photoglou refuses to go away once again. The latest is he is now suing his proclaimed ex, Gretchen Rossi for libel and slander and five other counts.

According to RadarOnline, this all stems from Gretchen denying ever being romantically involved with him, as she was depicted as the fiancé of Jeff Beitzel during the last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County.

In the lawsuit, Jay claims he and Gretchen began dating in 2008 and Gretchen told him that she was only a caregiver to the then terminally ill “ex-boyfriend friend, Jeff Beitzel.” Jay goes on to claim that over the next year, he and Gretchen were “a couple” and “vacationed together, went to marriage workshops together, attended each other’s family vacations and had each other’s names tattooed on their fingers.”

The lawsuit further claims that Gretchen was “intimately involved with Photoglou the entire time the show filmed Rossi’s first season.”
Jeff died of Cancer in September, 2008. Jay says he and Gretchen tattooed each other’s names on their fingers the following month and that he eventually moved into Rossi’s house.

Jay charges Gretchen with damaging his reputation by calling him a liar, a drunk and a thief and is demanding punitive damages in the lawsuit. The lawsuit charges Gretchen with spreading lies in published interviews, in emails to private individuals and members of the media. Other damaging lies allegedly spread by Gretchen, according to the court documents, include allegations that Jay threatened her life, stalked her, stole from her and acted irrationally. According to Jay, these acts damaged his personal and business reputation, he claims and he will seek punitive damages from Gretchen.

You can see photos of Gretchen and Jay here.

Jay states in the court docs: “In reality, Rossi denied the truth and embarked in what is nothing short of an obsessive and delusional crusade to destroy.” This is funny coming from a man who for whatever reason became obsessed with the world knowing he was seeing Gretchen. The same man who has emailed practically all major websites, blogs and news organizations, begging them to let him tell his “story,” and supplying/leaking out multiple nude and raunchy photos of a woman he alleges to be his ex girlfriend, even allegedly threatening to leak a sex tape of her.

Dear Jay, you are slimy, sleazy, greasy and obsessed. We all get it, Gretchen lied and continues to lie about her involvement with you. We’ve all seen the photos you leaked, yes you two were involved. Really we GET IT. You are now free to move on with your life, perhaps get a job, you know one that doesn’t involve you being a famewhore. Seriously, you are giving Jon Gosselin a run for his money during his famewhore hay-day, you know before the TLC injunction. Move on with your life, you have proven your point. Judging from the way you completely attempted to destroy the life and well being of someone you claim to be your ex fiance, I’m certain many women would love to give you a try.

In other Pot Calling the Kettle Black news, everybody’s favorite housewife – Tamra Barney had this little tidbit to say in her blog this weekend – “I swear Gretchen cant get enough of me. What the heck is this girl’s problem? It’s like she can’t go one episode without trying to knock me down.”

It doesn’t end there as Tamra then claims Gretchen only bought the bike to one up her -  “We all know the ONLY reason she bought that bike was to UP me. She is so calculating in all her scenes, it is like she studied the prior season just to see how she can get a rise out of the rest of us. Little does she know we all laugh at her. All the ladies BUT Alexis are on to her BS.”

Very funny coming from a 42 year old mother of four who spent the entire last season bad mouthing Gretchen every chance she got. Who even went as far as to try to get Gretchen “naked wasted” in hopes Gretchen would embarrass herself (which she did) and perhaps spill some sordid secrets. Who then decided to befriend a middle aged strange male aka Jay Photoglou, who called her in the middle of the night, in hopes of getting some dirt about Gretchen. And of course even texted this man during last year’s reunion to continue to try to get dirt on a woman she barely knew.

Vicky was never a big fan of Gretchen either, but she never made it a point to try to get her naked wasted and I highly doubt Vicky would have ever entertained the likes of Jay. Sighs, just when I was starting to like you Tamra, you show just how extremely delusional you are. There’s a reason majority of fans dislike you. You seriously don’t know when to stop. Most people actually do believe Gretchen lied about a lot of things, but they continue to hate you because of your bizarre obsession with wanting to “out” her. Without even knowing it, your obsessive behavior towards the girl only ended up making her out to be more of a “victim,” which she definitely isn’t.

My take on the whole Gretchen issue - At the end of the day, I don’t dislike Gretchen. Is she my favorite housewife? No. Is she a liar? Yes. Is she a complete and total idiot for trusting Jay and taking nude photos for him? Yes, but at the end of the day, I still somewhat like her and can see why she is still a fan favorite despite her many many lies. My take on the whole Gretchen and Jeff issue has always been no one knows what goes in a relationship between two consenting adults. Some people have open relationships, and others give their partners permission to date others etc. Might it be immoral and unacceptable to you? Sure, but it does happen. I’m not saying this was the situation between Gretchen and Jeff’s relationship as I have no knowledge of that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

With that being said, no one, not Tamra, had a right to try to judge and make it her life mission to reveal Gretchen’s lies because I’m pretty certain all the housewives on the show have told lies deliberately or lied by omission. I mean Tamra recently admitted to making lots of phone calls to her ex boyfriend, something Simon claimed was part of his reason for filing for divorce. Well interestingly enough, Tamra never revealed this little tidbit during filming. I mean Tamra Barney calling her ex excessively (Over 200 phone calls according to Simon) while on the brink of divorce would have surely made an excellent storyline. And I’m shocked and appalled that Tamra, someone who prides herself on honesty, and is so quick to call others out, would choose not to share this with Bravo cameras. Does this make Tamra a liar? a hypocrite? Perhaps but the point is all of these housewives have certain things they choose to share with us, and certain things they choose to hold dear.

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So last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County brought us some rather tender moments between the mother and daughter duo - Lynne Curtin and her teenage daughter Alexa Curtin. And by tender, I mean a spoilt over dramatic teenager cursing out her mother on national television, while the mother ofcourse just sat there and took it.

Wowzers, did those conversations really take place between these two? I guess we should all have seen this coming as earlier on in the season, Alexa, 16, was shown asking her mother for beer while in the company of others. And then she didn’t show up for the family’s counseling session and of course missed her curfew. Alexa would later confide in her mom that the reason she missed the counseling session was because she was hung over. Sighs, 16 isn’t quite what it used to be.

Lynne took her daughter to the mall in hopes of trying to talk to her, but things took a quick turn for the worse when Alexa blew her fuse and called her mother a “b—-.” But it didn’t end there, Alexa sensing that she just crossed a major boundary with zero consequences, grew bigger balls and later told her mother to “Kiss my ass,” before walking away.

The interesting thing about this rebellious behavior from Alexa is her honesty in her interviews. The girl admitsshe would like some boundaries and discipline, and is pretty much begging to be punished and grounded by her parents.

What came next was Lynne’s drunken meltdown at Alexis Bellino’s get together. We see Gretchen and Tamra get along, and the main drama seems to be the one between Lynne and Gretchen, as it seems Lynne is still holding a major grudge regarding Gretchen’s attempt to talk to her daughter. Perhaps it’s time for Lynne to let that go and focus of being a parent to her children. I’m guessing she was so defensive because she KNOWS she is a crappy mother.

I love Gretchen’s comment – “Just because you pop a child out between your legs doesn’t give you the God-[given] right to know how to parent!” Yes you can’t really know what it’s like to be a parent until you are one and blah blah blah, but anyone with an IQ above 10 can see Lynne has dropped the ball on parenting her daughters.

I do agree with what the ladies told Lynne, that is it never too late to become a better parent. Hopefully Lynne has made a complete turnaround in that department. Having your daughter call you a bitch on national television should be rock bottom. In a way, I actually have a little sympathy for Alexa, she is the child in this relationship and has obviously received no discipline or guidance from her parents, and has even told them on more than one occasion that she would like more boundaries and discipline.

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? ON LYNNE AND ALEXA’S DRAMA?

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The Real Housewives of Orange County’s self-proclaimed “hottest Housewife,” Tamra Barney, has gone from being happily married to newly single, as her husband of 11 years – Simon Barney recently filed for divorce, citing infidelity and verbal abuse.

“I’ve never cheated on him, so I don’t exactly know what he means by that,” said Tamra, 42, in a new interview with iVillage. “And then verbal abuse. I’m so verbally abusing him in my head right now.”

Despite her marital drama and very public divorce, Tamra continues to stay positive. “I’m sure I’m going to go through many ups and downs with emotions, but right now I feel good,” she says. And what about dating in her near future? “There will be a time that I date, but right now I’m just focusing on my kids and trying to get settled in my new apartment and just waiting to see what happens next,” she says.

When asked about her on-and-off arch nemesis and costar, Gretchen Rossi, Tamra had the following to say, “I think so much has been said between the two of us that I don’t think we’ll ever be best friends, but we can be cordial to each other in social environments,” says Tamra, joking, “You know I don’t call her up and ask her, ‘Hey how you doing? You and Slade want to come over?’”

In another interview with UsWeekly, Tamra reveals she has some regrets when it comes to her family and how she handled things. Mostly over some of the things she said on the show. Tamra says, “When it comes to the family . . . [there are] maybe some thing I shouldn’t have said.”

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