Tamra Judge is back for her 12th–yes–12th season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. In that time, she has co-starred with–and emotionally exhausted–19 other Housewives. As Vicki Gunvalson is now a Friend of, Tamra is the new reigning queen of the show. Like it or not!
On the most recent RHOC episode, reigning queen Tamra was moving her mother into a senior apartment and found out that she has been storing something that Tamra would probably rather forget. No, not embarrassing lawsuits, her son Ryan Vieth’s shameful antics or nemesis Gretchen Rossi–her old wedding dress from her toxic marriage to Simon Barney.
I was going to start this article by listing all the divorced Real Housewives, just to show how tough it is to be on reality TV and remain married. But listing all the happily married couples would literally take less time and space. Is that because reality TV stars are generally pretty insane (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course)? Or is it because the strain of having cameras in one’s face 24/7 is just too much for a marriage to handle?
Its a classic chicken/egg dilemma. What comes first? The toxic mess of a marriage or Bravo cameras?
During the last Real Housewives of Orange County season, we barely saw any parts of Gina Kirschenheiter’s life. Other than the bright eye shadow, propensity for sequins, and just all-around questionable styling, of course.
Her then-husband Matt Kirschenheiter didn’t ever appear on the show and she just acted like it was normal that he had an apartment that she had never been to three hours away. This season, Gina is OPENING UP. She is talking about her DUI. She confirmed what we all suspected: Matt cheated on her. What else will she share? If her onscreen persona is half as dramatic as the divorce drama that has played out in the press, fans are in for a tumultuous season of RHOC. And some ratty blonde extensions (unfortunately).
Hopefully, things can only go up for Gina Kirschenheiter. After beginning 2019 with multiple driving offenses and a DUI, the Real Housewives of Orange County star needs a break. When the initial phase of moving violations slowed down, Gina found herself possibly reconciling with her estranged husband Matt. Unfortunately,that lasted about 5 minutes. Thanks to alcohol and hurt feelings, Matt engaged Gina in a violent outburst which got him a nice pair of handcuffs.
As a result of the arrest, Matt lost his job. He also officially lost his wife. The former couple then found themselves battling for custody of their three children. So we can all agree at this point that things are pretty bad for Gina. Humiliating DUI, check. Public divorce with cheating allegations, check. Having to associate with Vicki Gunvalson, check. Well friends, it has gotten worse. Gina’s trials and tribulations have caught the attention of ex Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast member, Brandi Glanville. Here comes last straw. The rock bottom. Ladies and gentlemen, Brandi is now comparing herself to Gina…
Ooooh… already a juicy cliffhanger on Real Housewives Of Orange County and courtesy of Vicki Gunvalson no less, who is desperate to prove that she belongs holding an orange.
Kelly Dodd really had no other option but to storm out of Tamra Judge‘s housewarming party after unleashing her superpower supersonic F-bombs on Vicki.
When Kelly’s voice goes to that decibel of extreme whininess I imagine that dogs everywhere go into a trance and start walking, zombie-like, towards the TV screen. Frisker – go to a new master!
We are three episodes in to the Real Housewives of Orange County and the drama is already ramping up. On last week’s show, we watched demoted Vicki Gunvalson chasing Kelly Dodd around Tamra Judge’s house to try to talk out their differences. Or, more likely, to get extra screen time to try to regain her orange.
So far, the season looks to be more promising than the last few. I am liking newbie Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who seems interesting and grounded. We’ll see how long that lasts! Veteran Tamra’s storyline so far has been her new home–and shamelessly planting some seeds for future conflict between her sons Ryan Vieth and Spencer Barney. Of course, Tamra is all about pot-stirring–and creating drama by voicing her opinions on everything. Fortunately–or unfortunately–for viewers, Tamra is willing to do this both on and off the show.
Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County brought the unthinkable–the demotion of “OG” Vicki Gunvalson. Vicki even got engaged to her man, Steve Lodge, but it wasn’t enough to save her full-time gig. Vicki is still atoning for her creepy relationship with alleged scammer Brooks Ayers, who pretended to have cancer and made a fool of Vicki. Vicki is suing him for money that she loaned him. I wouldn’t be too optimistic about getting that back.
Another Housewife, Kelly Dodd, has been in the thick of all the drama, and she seems to have issues with almost everyone. Recently, RHOC co-stars Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, and Vicki called Kelly “a train wreck.”
Kelly Dodd’s love life is a rollercoaster. The Real Housewives of Orange County star has been actively discussing her romantic relationships on social media this month. To catch you up – Kelly and Dr. Brian Reagan, the plastic surgeon we saw recently on RHOC, broke up in August. She claims that he was just using her for publicity because women in the OC don’t regularly go to the doc for a face tune and that he cheated.
Kelly also wowed us with her musical skills on Instagram, dedicating Queen’s “Another one bites the dust” to Brian. She also informed us that she’s seeing someone new. In what will become a classic Kelly move, she confirmed her latest relationship by tagging new beau, Fox News correspondent, Rick Leventhal in an Instagram post that was about her breakup with Brian. Is your head spinning yet? While this is all definitely entertaining, breaking up with Kelly sounds legitimately exhausting.