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What's a glambake without a little wine cellar bickering, right? Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney took the tepid steps to mend their friendship on this week's episode of Real Housewivew of Orange County. But unfortunately not everyone is happy about the rift being repaired!

It seems Gretchen Rossi and Tamra have a falling out as the season progresses, a sentiment confirmed in a recent Glamour interview Vicki and Tamra did. 

Tamra and Vicki reveal they made up during her bachelorette party weekend in Mexico. "We put the tequila shot in my bra, and then you sucked it," Vicki over-discloses. "I don’t know if she’s going to turn on me, or if I’m going to turn on her. But I swear to God, if she turns on me, I told her I’m going to rip her hair out a piece at a time." 

Tamra promises she won't! A likely story… "We were always good; I just didn’t like Brooks [Ayers]," she shares. Adding that she definitely talks ish about Vicki "the first half of the season!"


"I hate filming the reunions because by then we’ve watched all the episodes, so we all hate each other," Tamra confesses. 

The ladies also give some behind-the-scenes details about how the Real Housewives individual interviews are filmed! "They give you a thick stack of questions, type-written in small font, and then it’s like, 'What’d you feel when Tamra called you this and that?' And then we’ve got to answer. It's a nightmare," reveals Vicki. "[They last] 4,5,6 hours," echoes Tamra. 

"You wear the same outfit all year long. You get three looks [total]. But for three months, you have to wear the exact same outfit, same hair, same makeup," Vicki further explains. "You can never cut your hair in the middle of it because you're supposed to look the same." Yikes. Guess that also rules out mid-season plastic surgery! 

Even more exciting Vicki dishes on just how a certain serial Housewives hanger-on got cast  on RHOC.  "[When the show started,] we didn't cast Housewives then. We were all neighbors or friends. Well, Slade [Smiley] and Jo [de la Rosa] won it at an auction. They wanted to be on TV, and he thought she could be a singer and all that stuff." HA! 

Moving on, in her Bravo Blog Vicki gives more hindsight into her relationship with Tamra at that point during the show. She also talks about Slade's comments and how we can expect plenty more where that comes from!

"I missed Tamra and really feel awful on how we ended our friendship at the end of last year. It was good talking to her in the wine cellar," Vicki writes. "She really hurt my feelings, but if I could take back that night at Heather [Dubrow]'s house last year I would. In hindsight, I should have walked away and called her the next day, versus getting so upset with her in front of everyone."

"Hearing Eddie say those nasty things about me in his kitchen was extremely hurtful. He obviously forgot the hurt that I went through with Tamra last year and it wasn't entirely my fault. I will take blame for yelling at her, but it was months and months of un-comfortableness between us, and it just reached a boiling point." 

"When Tamra told Eddie about our conversation in the wine cellar, she did not share with him the truth," Vicki believes. "Eddie heard only negative comments about our conversation from Tamra, instead of what actually was discussed. I just wish she had told him the sincerity of the moment." 

"I did everything I could with my friendship with Tamra to support her and her decisions when it came to divorcing Simon and dating Eddie right away. But when roles were reversed, she didn't support me at all," Vicki shares. 

And speaking of Brooks, Vicki explains that during filming they were working on their relationship. No comment where it stands now! "Brooks and I have had a ton of outside pressures that simply we didn't know how to handle and we went through times where we were not seeing each other or talking one another," she acknowledges. "The truth of the matter is I cared for him a lot, loved him but we both were tired of all the negativity."

And finally, about that Slave… 

"The 'Radio Slade' segment was a joke. Slade's sole purpose of being on the radio was to bash the Housewives and, for that matter, anyone else he felt compelled," Vicki laments. "Stay tuned for more of Slade's wonderful comments on the other women as well. It's not just me. He simply thinks that by making fun of women is a 'normal' thing to do. I, on the other hand, find it classless and rude." Wowzers. 

And below is a video of the ladies talking season 8!


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