Real Housewives Husbands Who Are More Likable Than Their Wives

Vicki and Donn Gunvalson
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Since 2006, Bravo fans have ridden the rollercoaster of emotions that is the Real Housewives franchise. And while most of the women are packed with star power, sometimes the husbands take a front-row seat, snagging the limelight away from them. A few men come to mind who are a major asset to the franchise. Here are my personal picks for Real Housewives husbands who are more likable than their wives. Sound off in the comments with yours! 

Bill Aydin

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Jennifer Aydin is a powerhouse of mean-girl antics. She bullied a fan at BravoCon 2023 and then had the nerve the double down. She is a staunch supporter of Teresa Giudice and, at times, seems to have a second residence up her derrière. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star often speaks before she thinks, and honestly, it isn’t all that fun to watch. However, her husband, Bill Aydin, is a different story. 

Bill can hang with the men of Jersey and often seems like the voice of reason for his nut job of a wife. I think he loves his wife but also (somewhat guiltily) feels she’s a simpleton. Keeping your cool is not easy when you constantly have a spouse ranting about nonsense. However, my favorite part about this Real Housewives husband is his ability to become completely inebriated anytime the gang heads down to the Jersey shore. 

Harry Hamlin

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While Lisa Rinna was off crying about bunny-gate, shaming Denise Richards, and stirring up drama literally everywhere she went, her husband, Harry Hamlin, was living the simple life. The Mad Men alum was super chill during his time on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and even made Spaghetti Bolognese. I’d much rather watch Harry on TV while devouring a slice of his blueberry pie. 

Eddie Osefo

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I love Happy Eddie Osefo! I used to be a big Wendy Osefo fan, but her husband has stepped his game up. I find him easy to watch with none of the cattyness. The newest season of the Real Housewives of Potomac is showing Wendy coming in hot for the women. But Eddie is still so chill. Yes, there were cheating rumors out there, but which Real Housewives husband hasn’t had a bad word or two said about them? Give the viewers what they want: more Eddie! 

Reid Drescher

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Compared to Aviva Drescher, this husband was super normal. Reid Drescher seemed to be the wife whisperer, often talking Aviva off the edge. The Real Housewives of New York star was obsessed with being famous, and Reid was just her number one cheerleader, which is what made him such a better counterpart on the show than her. Reid wasn’t that bad on the eyes, put up with his wife’s tantrums, which was no easy feat, and came across as the sweetest husband. 

Joe Gorga

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I can’t help myself. I could watch Joe Gorga all day long, and while I don’t dislike Melissa Gorga, I find her storyline a bit dull. Joe, however, has given be raging bull in the Catskills, which included rub off hair dye, a Christening from Hell, and calling Teresa trash. The trifecta is unreal, honestly. I stand by my thought that the RHONJ should give a spin-off to their husbands since they are all a sight to see. 

Donn Gunvalson


Perhaps the GOAT of all Real Housewives husbands was Donn Gunvalson. The man was an absolute treasure and could be the biggest mistake Vicki Gunvalson ever made when she decided her love tank wasn’t full and left him. Donn was not only a saint for putting up with that horror show but also a real addition to the original franchise.

Donn tried over and over again to make the marriage work, but Vicki just kept treating him like trash. Prime Donn was Season 1 at the Lake House when Bravo showed him “whooping it up.” Frankly, Donn was the best part of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Gone but not forgotten.