Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi have a long history with the Real Housewives of Orange County. And for both of them, their prior relationships were focal story lines, until they started dating each other in 2009. Slade was featured in the premiere season of RHOC, by proxy of his relationship with Jo De La Rosa. At the time, he was a very eligible bachelor and riding high with a top paying job. Jo’s tagline for Season 1 said it all, “he’s pretty much keeping me.” But his fortune turned with the market crash in 2007. Since then, he struggled with employment and paying off debts pertaining to child support.
Slade tried to stay relevant on RHOC by briefly dating Lauri Waring, before he and Gretchen got together. Rather than put attention into seeking employment, Slade bickered with costars Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. Gretchen was the bread-winner since the beginning of their relationship and said she would never marry Slade until he paid off his debts. Well, apparently Gretchen is sticking to it because Slade has yet to deal with his financial obligations. And though the two are clearly committed to each other after 11 years together, an engagement, and welcoming a daughter, Skylar, in July of 2019, they still haven’t tied the knot.
The Real Housewives OG’s are an endangered species these days. Since their show’s most recent seasons, we’ve seen the departures of Lisa Vanderpump, Vicki Gunvalson, and Bethenny Frankel. And, then there are the many other OG cast members who (sadly) haven’t been on TV for a few years.
Most of them were fired, but gave some cheesy statement about “pursuing other opportunities.” No one believes those claims. A small portion of people actually left on their own accord. There are a few people that I just never want to see again, mainly because they’re boring TV. But, there are a lot of old school Real Housewives that I wouldn’t mind watching on TV. And, Andy Cohen feels the same way.
Jeana Keough has been wearing the same hairstyle since the eighties, but that doesn’t mean her head isn’t full of great ideas! Jeana was, of course, present at Bravo Con this past weekend. People who couldn’t attend the way overpriced convention were able to catch Jeana on the Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen stage for a hot second this past Sunday. I mean it when I say that I admire Jeana for amping her face up a bit, and keeping that hair. Hot roller bangs forever!
Was anyone else beyond excited to catch WWHL last Sunday? You could feel Andy’s excitement and it was like he read my mind by closing out the show with Kim Zolciak Biermann’s Don’t Be Tardy. Anyways, for those who watched, you know we really didn’t get to hear much from the Real Housewives of Orange County on stage. There were so many people in attendance, so many Bravolebrities, that the interviews had little info. That doesn’t mean that Jeana was quiet. In fact, she shared some amazing ideas in interviews at the convention.
When you think back to the beginnings of the Real Housewives of Orange County, many things about the show were very different than they are now. Who imagined during season 1 we would be treated in the future to intoxicated middle-aged women, bitter divorces, drug use allegations and a married mother of seven boasting about threesomes? When RHOC premiered, things seemed much more real and the cast relationships more genuine. One aspect of the show that appeared more natural in the early days were the interactions between family members.
Who can forget Briana Culberson trying–and often failing–to set boundaries with her overbearing mother Vicki Gunvalson? Or Lauri Peterson’s sad real-life struggles with her son Josh Waring? One of my favorite OC families was Jeana Keough’s brood. Her three children often back-talked, fought with each other and were sarcastic as hell. You know, like real families! Jeana’s daughter Kara Keough always seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, however. She eventually graduated from college, moved out of the OC and got married. Kara recently gave an exciting update about her family.
This week’s episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County made me a bit nostalgic for old school OC. A gentler, more innocent time when married Housewives didn’t make out with each other in restaurants like Tamra Judge and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Or troll around looking for random men to lock lips with like Shannon Beador. I have a feeling that the City Council of quaint and sedate Del Mar, California held an emergency session to adopt an immediate ban on all future Housewife filming!
One old school Housewife who always stood out for me is Lauri Peterson, whose Playboy mansion party attendance was probably her raciest moment. Which looks pretty conservative now! After Lauri married George Peterson, she faded away to Former Housewife Land. During Lauri’s time on the show, her son Josh Waring’s troubles with substance abuse and the law were an ongoing storyline. Josh has been incarcerated since 2016 after being arrested for suspicion of attempted murder.
Am I the only one who clicked “rewind” when during the last episode of Real Housewives of Orange County? At some point in the conversation when Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her husband Sean Burke talked about “how pretty” Tamra Judge is, she told him that Tamra and Eddie Judge are just like them because they have threesomes too.
Wait. What? Was I just not paying attention during the previous episode with Braunwyn’s initial threesome confession? When did Tamra say that? Did I just tune out because I didn’t want to hear another conversation about CUT Fitness or her sons’ feud? Or is Braunwyn lying? Or did she divulge some information that Tamra said away from the cameras?
What happens when you are a highly visible celebrity, suffering the humiliation of a demotion? Let’s ask Vicki Gunvalson! The veteran star of Real Housewives of Orange County started Season 14 on a different note. Apparently that note said “have a seat” because the orange was snatched out of her hands.
Just like the little engine that could, Vicki is huffing and puffing up a steep hill. She is desperately trying to prove she is worthy of regaining full time status. That isn’t great news for Kelly Dodd, who is now the target of Vicki’s impetuous jabs. Last year Vicki accused Kelly of being a coke head. This year Vicki has definitely not started a rumor that Kelly enjoys participating in risque acts of a sexual nature. But last time I checked, unless a gerbil or goat is involved, having sex is not a crime. Now Vicki attacks Kelly’s relationship with men, which might earn her a doctorate in Hypocritical Science.
I wonder what was most shocking to Vicki Gunvalson: finding out Brooks Ayers didn’t have cancer or getting the news that she got demoted to a part-time Housewife. Sadly, my instincts tell me that it was probably the latter. Vicki still isn’t over the humiliation of her demotion. And she’s talking about it with anyone who will listen.
During a recent Watch What Happens Live episode, a fan called in to ask, “If you could bring back any other OG Housewife, besides yourself, who would you choose and why?” I love how he had to emphasize “besides yourself” when he asked that question. We all know Vicki’s genuine answer to that question.