We’ve seen Real Housewives (and former Housewives) on Below Deck charters, including Cynthia Bailey, Alexis Bellino, and Kary Brittingham (pre-Real Housewives of Dallas). What would it be like if they were actually cast members, working long hours and wearing khaki skorts? It would certainly be a short-lived experience, but it would probably be interesting to watch.
We’ve seen Bravolebrities pretend to be waitresses at SUR, but there’s no faking it on one of these Below Deck charters. They really do have work to do. Could you imagine a Real Housewife rocking one of those polyester polo shirts? Below Deck alum Kate Chastain sure can. She’s even come up with some names to be her second and third stew.
Does anyone ever miss Alexis Bellino? Yeah, me neither. I can’t exactly say she was a housewife I enjoyed and I feel like outside of providing some unintentional comic relief on Real Housewives of Orange County, she is kind of easy to forget.
Her ex, Jim Bellino, is proving to be a little harder to get rid of after worming his way into last season’s drama in the OC. He made a money and relevance grab when he decided to sue Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge for talking shit about him. Which if you ask me, was well deserved. But despite what I think about Alexis, I’m glad she’s rid of her narcissist, pompous ex. And now she’s moved on to greener pastures in the relationship department.
Remember Jim Bellino? Of course, you don’t want to remember his huge face and probably keep memories of him locked up in that never-remember part of your brain. Is Jim also on your list of worst husbands from Real Housewives of Orange County? Because he’s right up there with Shane Simpson for me.
Not only is Jim archaic in his views on marriage and gender roles, but he also gets hyper-sensitive when people say mean things about him. For instance, when Jim and Alexis Bellino were married, they opened a number of trampoline parks. Back in 2018, when Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador were on a podcast they did what they do and talked trash about him. He retaliated by suing both of them for defamation.
Below Deck is just a fool-proof reality TV show. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Take a bunch of young, probably horny and drunk, employees, deprive them of sleep, and make them live in the tightest quarters possible for weeks. Let’s add some no-fucks-given bosses and sprinkle in some rich demanding customers…and…POOF! You have a masterpiece. Oh, and they cut their racist cast member’s scenes at lightening speed. Gotta love it.
This show and Below Deck Mediterranean have both been known to host some bigger names like baseball legend Johnny Damon. I mean, and then there are some that are not so big. I’m talking like Alexis Bellino and that Versailles lady. But you gotta walk before you can run, baby. It’s time to get some big wigs on this thing.
Every former Real Housewife claims that she left the show to “pursue other opportunities,” but pretty much none of them ever quit. In fact, many of them are completely unprepared for life without those Bravo paychecks, overcharging for Cameo videos and peddling laxative teas on Instagram to support themselves and pay for heavily discounted Botox injections.
Sure, some of them are smart with their money, but, at this point, financial issues are a staple among the Housewives, especially the former cast members. It’s par for the course, in all honesty.
Can I get an inflatable tube man dance and a wooooowwieeee!?! BAM! There’s some glitter in your face for good measure. Apparently, Lydia McLaughlin and her mother Judy Stirling from Real Housewives of Orange County are baaaAAAaack. Lydia was a total one season wonder…but TWICE. In season 8 Lydia boasted about her connection with her lord, Jesus. Meanwhile, her mom grappled with quitting “the pot” and keeping her feet off Vicki Gunvalson’s couch. In season 12 Lydia gave this show temporary new life when she rolled in looking like Charlie Chaplin. You know the scene. Never forget. I don’t even remember her mom in season 12. Must have been riveting.
Tamra Judge has even admitted she doesn’t think these recent seasons of RHOC have been their best. Can’t say I disagree. I miss the drama from Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, and even Heather Dubrow. Call me crazy, but the TV was good. Lydia, on the other hand, already misses Vicki on her screen. Well with taste like that…
Does the OG of the OC have a case of bitter oranges? Vicki Gunvalson made her unceremonious exit from The Real Housewives of Orange County at the conclusion of last season, and has wasted no time since she left bashing, belittling and other bad-mouthing the show that made her a reality TV legend.
On her podcast (because remember during the Season 12 reunion when she declared, “I don’t do podcasts”? Yeah, we do too…), Vicki opened up about her wildly vacillating emotions about saying goodbye to her life as a Housewife. She made a rather stark prediction about how the show will do without her.
Ex-housewife Alexis Bellino has always been known for her excess. During her time on Real Housewives of Orange County, we often heard her bragging about houses, cars and expensive handbags. Her castmates famously ganged up on her on their trip to Costa Rica to point this out. Gretchen Rossi called her materialistic. Vicki Gunvalson (rest in housewives peace) told her she should be saving money instead of buying cars. And super villain Tamra Judge called on Jesus Jugs to”be a true person” for once. The verbal barrage ended with Alexis retreating to her room in tears, saying that everyone was bullying her.
While her marriage to Jim Bellino ended and her paychecks from RHOC dried up once she
got fired from left the show, Alexis didn’t exactly reign it in. She kept the cash flow coming in from super awkward stints on Marriage Boot camp: Reality Stars-Family Edition and a new relationship with a guy that I’m assuming also has money. I don’t know how much but I do know it’s enough for them to land on an episode of Below Deck together.