I know that a lot of people are happy that Tamra Judge is gone from Real Housewives of Orange County. I get it. She always gets her way, she’s a backstabbing friend, and she uses her kids for a storyline. I totally get it, but I also understand that she drove most of the storylines for the past few seasons. I am hoping that they have another
snake shit stirrer instigator on deck in her absence. Otherwise, we are gonna be yawning all Season 15.
Nevertheless, I do understand why some people are happy Tamra is leaving. However, there are a couple that took the celebrations a little too seriously. And, I’m referring to Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, two of Tamra’s many enemies from the Real Housewives of Orange County universe.
Whether you love her or not, you have to admit that Kelly Dodd is hilarious. Unless you are just a very biased mega hater, that is. We all remember Kelly’s dig about Tamra Judge’s business Cut Fitness being on Groupon during the Season 14 reunion. Personally, I love Groupon. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in some good customers with a good deal, but Tamra found that pretty offensive and denied the claim.
Now, Kelly is continuing the shade train (pun intended) with an Instagram caption she wrote at Tamra’s expense.
Tamra Judge may declared herself the “hottest Housewife in Housewife in Orange County” when she joined The Real Housewives of Orange County way back in Season 3, but could she be the darkest one too?
In a new interview, the reigning queen bee of RHOC (sorry, Vicki Gunvalson) looked back on how the show has changed over the last 12 years, and opened up about her impact on the direction of the franchise in its earliest days.
Whether you think Lisa Vanderpump is the queen of reality TV or the best chess player since Bobby Fisher, you have to admit that she has a strong following. In all honesty, she might have the most loyal fandom out of all of the Real Housewives. Her biggest Stans support everything she does from her TV appearances to her restaurants to her charitable endeavors. Some of them even go all in to call out Lisa’s (perceived) enemies on social media, blowing up Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and Kyle Richards‘ mentions whenever they slip up.
Basically, LVP is the influencer of all influencers, whether you love her or loathe her. And, let’s be honest, a lot of reality TV viewers do love her. She was a big part of the glamour that initially drew in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers. She has the most successful Real Housewives spin-off show, with Vanderpump Rules approaching its eighth season. Sorry, Kim Zolciak, Don’t Be Tardy isn’t the most exciting show on TV. She wasn’t even on half of RHOBH Season 9, yet she dominated the conversations during the season, the reunion taping… and in interviews and on social media.
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé (and serial Housewife dater) Slade Smiley traveled a long and difficult road to finally become parents. The couple struggled for years to get pregnant. Slade had to have his vasectomy reversed, and Gretchen undertook multiple rounds of IVF treatment.
Finally, on July 10, Gretchen and Slade welcomed their daughter. A rep for Gretchen told US Weekly, “Skylar Gray is here. They are doing well. They went in about 9 a.m. for a C-section at a hospital in Orange Country.”
Tamra Judge has not survived 12 seasons of the Real Housewives of Orange County by being the nice girl. Housewife fans know that being agreeable often results in contracts not being renewed. As we have seen over the years, being “nice” is not always second nature to conflict veteran Tamra. We have watched her be shady with Gretchen Rossi, mock Alexis Bellino and throw wine in Jeana Keough’s face. And allegedly running her mouth got Tamra slapped with a million dollar lawsuit courtesy of Jim Bellino.
More recently, Tamra gaslighted Shannon Beador by playing up to her hypochondria following a bizarre mallet gonging by Kelly Dodd. So, where does Tamra’s pot-stirring nature end? For some Housewives, distasteful behavior stops when the cameras are turned off. For Tamra, the lines are a little more blurred.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Reality TV Personality Gretchen Rossi attends the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center’s “Eternal Beauty” celebration on September 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé, serial housewife-dater Slade Smiley, wanted a family more than anything in the world. After Slade
had dated his way through much of the cast got together with Gretchen, their relationship was viewed with skepticism at best.
During Season 5 of RHOC, they started dating. In Season 8, Gretchen planned an over-the-top marriage proposal to Slade, and he accepted! The franchise cut Gretchen loose after that
tacky stunt grand romantic gesture. Just getting engaged does not serve as a storyline. Ask newly-demoted Vicki Gunvalson.