It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That pretty much sums up the friendship between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. The Real Housewives of Orange County stars have always enjoyed a rocky relationship. From Vicki’s third face to Tamra’s second body, the two have gone through both physical and emotional changes over the years. Sometimes getting along, other times screaming in each other’s faces, the OC duo has brought the drama.
Vicki always had quite a hefty fan base, until Brooks Ayers came into the picture. After his cancer-scamming subterfuge, Vicki dealt with the loss of co-star support and viewer disgust. Season 13 of RHOC found Vicki with not much of a story-line, despite
her new boyfriend efforts to remain relevant. And even though Vicki somehow threatened coerced Steve Lodge into a proposal, it just wasn’t enough to secure an orange for the OG. When the news of Vicki’s demise went public, if you listened closely, you could hear fans shouting their approval from the rooftops. Or maybe that was just Kelly Dodd. Now that the mighty has fallen, on-again, off-again friend Tamra has some thoughts on Vicki’s demotion to Siberia friend status.
Rumors have been circulating for a while about Real Housewives of Orange County’s “OG” Vicki Gunvalson, and the role that she would (or wouldn’t) play on Season 14. We have seen Vicki go through a divorce, find love with the cancer-faking Brooks Ayers, dump him, and build up her successful insurance business. There were rumors that Bravo wasn’t happy with Vicki’s snoozy storyline last season, and that Vicki needed to deliver an on-camera proposal from boyfriend Steve Lodge to secure her orange as a Housewife. No pressure, right?
Vicki certainly delivered with the engagement when Steve popped the question in April. It remains to be seen if the moment was memorialized by RHOC cameras. Or if there was an engagement party at Andale’s in Puerto Vallarta. Apparently, it wasn’t enough to nab a full-time position on the show that Vicki has been a Housewife on since the very first episode. It’s true–Vicki is returning as a Friend of the Housewives. Ouch!
Buckle your seatbelts, everyone! Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County debuts later this summe…zzzzzzzzzzzz… Okay, just kidding, I’m awake. Can you believe we’ve been watching these women for fourteen years? Once upon a time the original Real Housewives series actually delivered. RHOC covered the women’s lowest of lows: i.e., death, divorce dramas, drinks in the face, a fake cancer scam. It’s also given us some of the most unintentionally funny moments on TV. Think Gretchen Rossi’s singing marriage proposal. The show needs more completely staged organic, real life moments like that. Then there’s Jesus Jugs and the women’s sky tops. We will never unsee those!
RHOC paved the way for women-centered reality shows. Each season post-Brooks Ayers, however, has been awful. Not because he’s gone though. The stories have been stale, overdone, and slow. The reunion of the tres amigas last season still wasn’t enough. For the first time, there were rumors that Bravo was demoted Vicki Gunvalson, OG of the OC, to shake things up. Rumors aside, for the show to continue, we need a revival. Tamra Judge agrees.
You knew this was coming. Now that former Real Housewives of Orange County star, Meghan Edmonds, has been publicly humiliated by her husband, the flood gates have opened. Cheating is old news for a lot of the ladies on RHOC, so obviously they feel justified in sharing their thoughts on Jim Edmonds’ salacious ways. Shannon Beador has certainly been down this road. Vicki Gunvalson is not new to relations outside the sanctity of marriage. And who
cares knows what skeletons are hiding in Tamra Judge’s closet.
While Meghan is licking her wounds and attempting to heal after Jimbo’s extra-curricular activities, comments are pouring in to show support for the mom of three. The poster boy for dad jeans is defending the HIGHLY inappropriate texts he sent to some woman while his wife gave birth. Jim denies he had physical contact with her, as if that is his one saving grace of innocence. After a heartfelt blog post on her personal feelings, some of Meghan’s former co-stars are weighing in on the scandal.
The Real Housewives of Orange County wrapped up Season 13 last December, but since then we have had a flurry of news about the ladies. The OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson has been sued for fraud and initiated a lawsuit of her own against ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers for re-payment of $266,000 in alleged loans. And everyone’s favorite casita dwelling divorcee about town Gina Kirschenheiter was arrested for a DUI in February.
Other than Tamra Judge accusing ex Simon Barney of refusing to let their youngest daughter film on the show, we have not heard much from her, however. Which is a little unlike the lady we have come to know…and at best…mildly tolerate. Now, however, Tamra has emerged in a rather dramatic way during the off season involving an ugly accusation against her fellow Housewife, Kelly Dodd.
Oh this is RICH, pun intended. Remember when Real Housewives of Orange County’s Vicki Gunvalson was hooking up with
grifter Brooks Ayers? How could you forget? Their sordid co-dependency cost Vicki friends, damaged her relationship with daughter Briana Culberson and put a huge dent in her reputation. But you know Vicki, she gotta have a man and that DISGUSTING LIAR Brooks guy was one for the record books.
Vicki was single for 5 whole minutes after her association with Brooks McCancerscammer ended when she eventually moved on with Steve Lodge. Apparently, Steve is still hanging in there. Bless his heart. But Bravo is bringing down the hammer and
forcing hoping an on-camera engagement will take place to secure Vicki’s continued spot on the show. In the interim, Vicki and her insurance company have recently been accused of defrauding an elderly woman after her spouse passed away. Hello Vicki? Yes, I have Karma on line one for you – and Karma is happy to hold until you take the call…
Now Vicki is on the other side with a lawsuit of her own, and all I can say is – good luck with this one, dear.
Vicki Gunvalson is the self-appointed OG of the OC. The Real Housewives of Orange County star is the longest standing cast member of the longest running Housewife show. And she doesn’t let us forget it! Sometimes it can be hard to find things to admire about Vicki-she can be loud, demanding, needy and frequently whoops it up a little too much. Plus, she stood by questionable boyfriend Brooks Ayers long after it became clear he was not the Prince Charming she claimed he was.
On the flip side, there are some things admirable about Vicki. She seems to have raised good children. And Vicki began an Orange County insurance business which she turned into a big success. Now, however, a long-time client of her beloved company is calling her ethics and integrity into question.
Didn’t Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Orange County just end? It seems like I just cleared the episodes from my DVR. And now, there is already talk of the new season. While Housewives are on hiatus, there is always a lot of chit-chat about who will return. Will there be new cast members? Will everyone be back? Some of it is gossip, some of it is fueled by the media-friendly ladies themselves.
Now, there are updates on Season 14-yes, Season 14! A new cast member has reportedly been added to the mix. And there is speculation on the status of the OG of the OG’s, Vicki Gunvalson.