Gretchen Rossi has always been one of my favorite Housewives. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star had all the elements to make a good Housewife-beauty, side hustles, relationship drama and she was always able to place herself in the middle cast dust-ups. Most importantly-Gretchen’s very existence had the ability to make Tamra Judge’s head spin around in anger like she was a cast member in TheExorcist!
Orange County fans know that Gretchen and forever fiancé Slade Smileystruggled for years with infertility. Last year, they happily announced that they were expecting their first child. Gretchen has shared her pregnancy journey on social media, including lots of baby bump shots and pics from her gender reveal party in which she announced she was expecting a baby girl. Despite this, some social media followers are accusing Gretchen of trying to cover up her pregnancy.
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.
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.
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.
Not only that, but RHOC alum Meghan Edmonds is making an appearance. All of the ladies gathered to celebrate Shannon Beador’sbirthday. And, of course, they all posted photos. Hopefully, some drama went down in between the happy pictures that they shared.
Tamra Judge is known to Real Housewives of the Orange County fans as someone who constantly stirs the pot and throws a lot of shade. Whether it’s in her talking heads during the regular season, her reunion antics, or various off-season promotional opportunities…Tamra doesn’t hold back when it comes to feuds with current or former cast members. Which brings us to our current quarrel between Tamra and Jim Bellino. If only Tamra stuck to her most famous insult about the Bellino’s. She probably wouldn’t be in this predicament (Jesus Jugs, anyone?).
Unfortunately for Tamra, Jim did not take her insults lying down. He responded via a blog post on his website. Jim addressed the controversy saying, “It’s unfortunate that I have to speak out on matters that I have attempted to keep private, and that others continue to attempt to portray me and my family in a false light.”