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The latest episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County formally introduced us to Alexis Bellino, the newest housewife on the block.

Alexis, 32, is a stay at home mom of three, and is happily married to entrepreneur Jim Bellino. This episode of the OC Housewives was a perfect example of why doing a reality show is a not so great idea for a marriage. The little things about your spouse that you found oh so adorable quite frankly might translate into creepy and controlling in front of millions of viewers. All of a sudden, your “perfect” marriage doesn’t appear so perfect anymore.

I was loving the dynamic between Alexis and Jim, 47, at the beginning of the episode, especially when they mentioned putting God first in their marriage, then came some awkward moments which included Jim telling his wife to quiet down during their lunch ( she was barely loud by the way), and Jim not allowing her to try on lingerie at the store (even though her bathing suit from the previous day was very revealing). Seems like it gets even better judging from next week’s previews. We get to see Jim not allow Alexis to go on a trip without him. Sighs, all soo romantic.

Tonight’s episode also brought way TMI (Too Much Information) concerning Gretchen and Slade‘s relationship. I could have really done without the excessive details of their sex life. A refreshing moment however was Slade admitting he was poor/broke. It was nice to see some honesty regarding his financial situation. Gretchen continues her attempt to prove to us that she didn’t get a ton of money from her late fiance, Jeff Beitzel, though a TMZ report reveals she received $2.5 million.

Tamra continues to prove to us she has some major jealousy and self esteem issues. Vicki was Vicki as always, and we got to see a somewhat emotional goodbye from Jeana. It was nice seeing her with all of her kids. Can’t say I really blame her for wanting out of this OC madness.

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The fifth season of the Real Housewives of Orange County premiered Thursday night, during which we saw Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney going at it.

In a new interview with TVGuide, Gretchen opens up about the new season and tells us why she is no longer “taking any more punches.” The punches she’s referring to are those of her fellow castmates, Tamra and Vicki Gunvalson.

Gretchen reveals why the first ladies of Orange County will always hold their own among the many new faces of the Housewives franchise. “We are the original housewives, and ultimately people’s hearts are within the story lines of the people they’ve seen forever,” Gretchen says. “Each of us women on the show has a little bit more sophistication and class than maybe some of the other [cities] project.”

Interesting to hear Gretchen talking about class, considering all the explicit photos of her that leaked out this year. Regarding her ongoing tension with castmate Tamra, Gretchen says, “There might be some resolution but ultimately, I just say what needs to be said and I finally stand up for what’s right.” She continues, “I’m back and better this season and I’m not taking any more punches.”

And when asked about her new beau Slade Smiley, “Slade is a part of my life right now and I’m so grateful to have him in my life,” Gretchen says. “I truly feel like Jeff sent me Slade.”

Thoughts on the new season – It came off a bit boring to me, as well as fake and a tad bit sad. The ‘long awaited’ argument between Tamra and Gretchen didn’t redeem the episode for me. Watching the women go through their financial struggles was a bit sad to watch, and somewhat of a downer. Gretchen and Slade’s convenient new relationship? Not buying it, considering there were rumors she was suppose to appear on season 4 as Slade’s “girlfriend.” Arranging for all these ladies who hate each other to come together for dinner? Fake.

Perhaps it’s because I’m coming off the drama packed season of the Atlanta housewives, but this new season of the OC just lacked something. Maybe it’s because most of these ladies are not friends and don’t have the years of history the Altanta ladies have with one another. It’s going to become a tough task for Bravo to continue topping each shocking season of their Housewives’ franchise. It was however nice to see that some things, or people rather remain the same. How classy was it of Vicki to mention the fact that Jeana needed to borrow money from her, and her answer was a big NO! From watching the first episode, it’s easy to understand why Jeana is ready to move on. Quite frankly, I might be too.

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They’re back! The original housewives of bravo are returning for their 5th season tonight.

The Real Housewives of Orange County have pretty much been in the headlines for the past few months. Whether it be Gretchen Rossi’s leaked photos, Lynne Curtin’s eviction saga, or Vicki Gunvalson’s trashy bar behavior, It’s safe to say these six women will be keeping us entertained for weeks to come.

The DailyBeast caught up with the OC Housewives to discuss their new season, and changes in their lives.  Vicki claims the show has negatively affected her insurance business, leading her to almost not return for the 5th season. “I almost lost a very large client of mine—a $2 million client—because he Googled me and said he didn’t like what he was seeing on the TV show,” Gunvalson, 47, told The Daily Beast.

Bravo promises the upcoming season will address the financial woes of some of the ladies, including that of Jeana Keough, who’s divorce and a down real-estate market prompted her to quit the show to focus on work full-time. She will be leaving the show after 3 episodes. Jeana however reveals other reasons for leaving the show, “I just didn’t feel appreciated by the girls or the network,” she said.

Tamra Barney, 42, will be one of the housewives dealing with financial woes. Her home is currently listed as a short sale, and she has had to let both a nanny and a maid go to save cash. This season will also deal with Tamra doing a lot of arguing with her husband Simon Barney. “He did not want to come back this season, and I did,” she said. “He’s very private and conservative. We’re having a lot of financial problems, and he just didn’t want to expose that.”

Tonight’s episode will show Gretchen reflecting on the death of her deceased fiance, and confronting Tamra about the things Tamra said about her last season. It will also feature Vicki skydiving, and Lynn contemplating having a facelift.

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They’re back! We posted a video preview of The Real Housewives of Orange County’s 5th season days ago. We are now bringing you their official season 5 photos!

It’s obvious to see some of the ladies have spent their summers with their plastic surgeons. Housewife Lynne Curtin is barely recognizable. Based on the bio information, it seems Jeana Keough will be leaving the season early, similar to what Lauri Waring did last season.

Below are the photos and a brief bio of what is to come this season of each housewife –

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 5 Gretchen RossiGretchen Rossi – In Season 5 Gretchen copes with the death of her finance Jeff, and learns how to move on both professionally and personally. Gretch’s social life heats up when she finds a surprising new love interest (who OC fans may or may not recognize … )

 

housewives_of_orange_county_5_alexis_bellinoAlexis Bellino – Alexis is the new Housewife on the block. Will former new girls Gretchen and Tamra give Alexis a chance, or combine their forces for peroxide-bleached evil?

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The original housewives of Bravo are back! Bravo announced The Real Housewives of Orange County will be returning for their 5th season on Thursday, November 5 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Returning are Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Lynne Curtin, along with the newest housewife, Alexis Bellino.

The video preview below also shows us the ladies will definitely be bringing back the drama!

The shocking preview highlights the following about each housewife –

Tamra Barney – Struggles in her marriage to husband, Simon Barney, and even mentions the ‘D’ word – Divorce. She will also be dealing with financial problems as she attempts to sell her house, which is now up for short sale and might be foreclosed on soon.

Lynne Curtin – Will be shown getting a face lift, while dealing with financial difficulties with her husband. Her eviction was made very public in recent weeks.

Gretchen Rossi – Is shown struggling with losing deceased fiance Jeff Beitzel, though she had already moved on with new boyfriend Slade Smiley before this season’s filming started.  She is also shown confronting Tamra about the nasty things she said about her.

Vicki Gunvalson – Is shown attempting to mend her marriage after spending all of last season putting down her husband, and continued to do so by being photographed in public giving lap dances to random men, and baring her bottom in a public bar to get a tattoo.

Jeana Keough – Is shown having some difficulty with her real estate dealings.

Alexis Bellino – The newest housewife and a friend of Gretchen’s will be attempting to fit in with the other housewives.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Gretchen Rossi had previously claimed her deceased fiance, Jeff Beitzel, didn’t leave her “millions and millions of dollars,” but according to TMZ, that is not the whole truth.

TMZ has uncovered Jeff Beitzel‘s trust, amended a month before his death, and it’s clear she actually pulled in a pretty penny. $2,500,000 million to be exact.

Gretchen was awarded $2,500,000 — some of which she collected from Beitzel’s life insurance policy. According to TMZ, some of Beitzel’s five ex-wives aren’t too happy with her inheritance either.

Jeff’s ex wife, Sharon, had previously lashed against Gretchen, explaining what she and her kids really thought of her.

Gretchen has however moved on with new boyfriend/OC ‘housewives’ serial dater – Slade Smiley.

 

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Bringing you the latest un-staged paparazzi shots of The OC Housewives’ star, Gretchen Rossi. When Gretchen is not busy being photographed randomly eating a corndog, she is evidently spending that time planning a garage sale in Costa Mesa, California with boyfriend Slade Smiley.

BuzzPhoto states that Gretchen spent time cleaning a Harley as she prepared for her garage sale in Los Angeles. That appears to be the same Harley that was gifted to her by her deceased ex fiance, Jeff Beitzel, during last season’s finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Funny thing is that Tamra Barney’s son, Ryan reported to TheDirty website the following stating Gretchen might have purchased the Harley herself, and pretended it was a gift from Jeff.

“So last night im out in San Clemente at this bar called Ole’s with some friends and this guy and his girl spot me and start the normal chit chat about the show. Turns out Anthony who use to work for Harley Davidson in Irvine tells me “oh yeah I met the housewife Gretchen, i sold her that harley.” You know the same harley that “Jeff” surprised her with when they filmed at the Cliffs in Laguna Beach, well it turns out she set the whole thing up and bought the Harley herself.”

Sighs, still think both Tamra and her son really need to get a life. One that doesn’t involve Gretchen.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Gretchen Rossi was photographed with her new beau aka Slade Smiley this weekend in West Hollywood, California.

Gretchen was also photographed as she selected a few outfits that she will use for the Gumball 3000 rally race where she will be raising money for the ‘Rossi Racing for the Cure’ charity for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of her late fiance Jeff Beitzel.

Good to see Gretchen working hard at revamping her image after some not so flattering photos of her were leaked last month.