Everyone is talking about the fight between Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd at The Quiet Woman during the last episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, but very few people are calling out Lydia McLaughlin for being the one responsible for Kelly’s “surprise” appearance.
Lydia is the one who invited Kelly to show up. She also seemed so shocked when Kelly arrived and claimed to be embarrassed by the incident as if she didn’t know what show she was on. Now, Lydia is standing up for herself after a pretty questionable episode.
Lydia wrote about the last episode in her Bravo blog.
She recalled, “We start off still at Ava’s birthday party again, and as the video clearly shows, Shannon storms off without hearing what I was trying to say and without letting me explain myself. Tamra [Judge] does explain to me where Shannon is coming from, and how even hearing Vicki’s [Gunvalson] name upsets her… however, she tells me this AFTER Shannon is already upset with me. After I have already brought it up and the damage is done. She doesn’t keep asking me to stop talking about it, so I kept bringing it up. That’s just not what happened as you can clearly see.”
Just because it wasn’t shown on camera, that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, Lydia! Even though Lydia also made this same claim when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live after Tamra and Shannon both tweeted that Tamra asked Lydia numerous times to stop bringing up Vicki.
Lydia wrote, “It has been insinuated by some of the other ladies that I was trying to stir things up. This couldn’t be further from my heart. I was trying to smooth things over and advocate moving forward. It does nothing for me to have women fight. It upsets me. Why would I want someone to fight?” To earn your spot on the show so you can promote your magazine.
Still, Lydia asserted, “That is an attack on my character and I am offended by that. If I could do it over again – would I mention Vicki to Shannon? Of course not! However, hind sight is 20/20 and you will see I don’t continue to talk about Vicki to Shannon.” I would rather have Lydia infuriating Shannon every episode than hear about her antiquated magazine ever again.
Lydia claimed, “When Kelly walked in I knew there would be trouble. I obviously invited Kelly and she had said no. I didn’t feel the need to tell the girls I invited her because she wasn’t coming.” Actually you should have asked Shannon and Tamra if it was alright to invite Kelly since they are the ones who invited you to dinner. They were the hosts and Lydia took it upon herself to invite other guests without permission. SMH, Lydia.
The pot stirrer continued, “When Tamra said she saw Kelly walk in the door, I quickly got up to go to Kelly and ask her why she was here! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk to her in time and she was already in a confrontation with Shannon in the bathroom.”
Lydia said, “I was very impressed that Tamra kept her composure at the QW. She was upset with Kelly, just as Shannon was, but Tamra was able to control her emotions. I still left that dinner embarrassed and sad for everything that happened.” Props to Tamra and her newfound Christianity.
Lydia droned on, “As you can see from my reactions, I just wanted everyone to ‘hug it out’ and have a toast and move forward. Watching it now, I realize there are a lot of issues going on between the women that I had no idea about. I really haven’t been in the loop the past few years, and I wish I had understood in the moment what I understand now.”
Lydia has been on this show before. She has a TV. She has access to the internet. How could she be so clueless to what she was getting herself into? Even if that is the case, how can she be so clueless when it comes to social tact? Don’t invite someone’s known enemy to a dinner that she planned. Seems simple enough to me.
TELL US – IS LYDIA A POT STIRRER? ARE YOU HAPPY THAT SHE’S BACK THIS SEASON?
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