The Real Housewives of Orange County is only two episodes in — and Shannon Beador has already had a meltdown.
Shannon delivered her first “DONE!” of the season — but insists that she did it quietly. Shannon explains her side of the filmed exchange with Lydia McLaughlin — the convo that triggered her emotional tantrum. Shannon labels Lydia’s convo starters “inappropriate and rude” — pointing to a doomed cast relationship.
“Within the first 30 seconds of meeting Lydia, she felt compelled to bring up the fact that she spent time with Vicki. I found that odd and still do. Lydia was completely aware that there is a not-so-pleasant history between Vicki and I, yet Lydia chose to bring “the update that Vicki gave her” right up when meeting me for the first time. I think that was quite inappropriate and rude.”
Shannon explains that Tamra had told Lydia to avoid the V-word — but that she did not listen. While fans saw Shannon deliver an impassioned, finger-waving lecture, she assures readers that she never “screamed” at Lydia.
“As Tamra and I sat down to have a conversation with Lydia, she brought Vicki up again. Tamra said that we didn’t want to discuss Vicki based on our histories with her, yet Lydia would not stop. I did not yell at Lydia. I spoke firmly, directly and passionately. I do regret that I pointed my finger, but I was definitely not screaming as Lydia alleged.”
Shannon was taken aback by Lydia and her mother’s impressions of their first meeting, and calls their feedback “cruel.”
“In her interview, Lydia said I took “crazy pills” and was an “evil witch,” all within ten minutes of meeting me??? Wow. Those are pretty cruel things to say. You didn’t hear me making any derogatory comments about Lydia. Especially when she just wouldn’t stop talking about a person Tamra and I had no desire to talk about. And then to hear Lydia’s mother labelled me a “lost soul” after our 3 minute conversation??? I get to know people before I start to judge them.”
Shannon pegs Lydia as a pot-stirrer who “pushed and prodded” her into the public hissy-fit. What do you think?
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Monday nights, on Bravo.