The Real Housewives of Orange County are the OG’s of using their notoriety to sell products. Vicki Gunvalson has shilled wine in the past–and last year even promoted a trip to Puerto Vallarta with fans. Darn, I missed that! Tamra Judge uses every opportunity she can to promote her fitness business. Real for Real Cuisine is peddled by Shannon Beador–again and again. And former Orange County Housewife Heather Dubrow launched a successful skin care line.
Why should Gina Kirschenheiter be any different? But what to sell…what to promote? I guess with her recent DUI arrest, promoting wine like Vicki is out. Ditto for driving schools as she was also cited for talking on her cell phone while driving earlier this year. Makeup is always a possibility as Gina loves blue eye shadow–but would anyone hire her–and her heavy-handed makeup skills? Such a conundrum–just what could Long Island Gina sell or promote? For better or worse, we now have an answer.
It finally happened. Vicki Gunvalson is off the market. Yes, in case you missed it, Steve Lodge actually proposed to the OG of the OC. The Real Housewives of Orange County star said yes, of course. She’s been
begging for hinting for a proposal for the past few seasons. Not only that, but there was some gossip that Vicki would be demoted to a Friend of the Housewives if she did not engaged. How romantic!
Pretty much every RHOC season ends with a big party and Season 14 is no different. Next season concludes with Vicki and Steve’s engagement party. And that means the viewers will have to endure more Tres Amigas nonsense. Vicki’s
allies costars Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador hosted the engagement party.
I don’t want to jinx it, but I have a good feeling about Real Housewives of Orange County Season 14. Sure, they brought back everyone from the painfully dull Season 13. However, social media is giving me hope.
The RHOC ladies headed to Florida to spend time in Miami and Key West. They all shared photos, but none of them include the rumored new cast member Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Does this mean she’s not a part of the show? Or are they just keeping the new addition private while they film?
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.
Real Housewives of Orange County has had more than its share of divorces amongst cast members. Some of the splits have been relatively low drama-like the Gina/Jeanas-Gina Kirschenheiter and Jeana Keough. Other un-couplings have occurred after decades-long marriages fell apart-like the unions of Lynne Curtin and Vicki Gunvalson.
And a few breakups have been ugly-like those of OC besties Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge. Tamra probably gets the “award” for the longest standing drama following a breakup, however. Since she and ex-hubby Simon Barney parted ways in 2010, they have engaged in public battles over parenting and child custody. Now, Tamra is alleging that her youngest daughter Sophia wants to film on the show, but Simon won’t allow it.
Some Real Housewives earn their pay more than others, in my opinion. There are ladies who deserve it for being clever and funny, like Shannon Beador. Others earn their dollars by living a fabulous life of extravagance, like former OC Housewife Heather Dubrow. But the biggest bang for the buck amongst Housewives comes from their ability to stir up drama. And few Housewives from any franchise have done it better (or worse!) than Tamra Judge of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Now going into her twelfth season as a Housewife, viewers have seen it all with Tamra. An ugly divorce and custody battle. Remarriage. Financial problems. Bitter feuds with the likes of Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino. Finding Jesus. Multiple cosmetic procedures. And throwing wine in Jeana Keough’s face. You get the picture! Now, Tamra has hinted that it might be time to turn in her orange and become a regular citizen again.
The last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County was not one of the best. Although I would say it was an improvement from the previous year, the season was still a bit of a snoozer. Not much happened, other than Gina Kirschenheiter age shaming the other women and Shannon Beador testing QVC frozen meals in her kitchen. Even Tamra Judge was on mostly good behavior. Except for injuring herself in a drunken, nude hot tub escapade!
And one of the consistent creators of OC drama spent last season minding her manners. The Vicki Gunvalson we have come to know and love (or loathe!) was drama avoidant and almost demure the entire season. OK, she might have twerked in a see-through black lace outfit in public and got intoxicated a few times, but for the Queen of Coto de Caza, she was almost nun-like. And reportedly, Bravo is not happy about it.
After a painfully boring Season 13 of Real Housewives Of Orange County, the entire cast has been asked back for Season 14. That makes zero sense to me. How is the show going to get any better with all of last year’s players returning for the next season? Thankfully, there are rumors that a new cast member is joining the group.
Not only that, but RHOC alum Meghan Edmonds is making an appearance. All of the ladies gathered to celebrate Shannon Beador’s birthday. And, of course, they all posted photos. Hopefully, some drama went down in between the happy pictures that they shared.