The Real Housewives of Orange County has already entered rough waters — with a Facebook freeze-out and a public tantrum marking the second episode. It’s all Vicki Gunvalson’s fault — again.
Tamra Judge first said that the horror of Vicki’s face on her Facebook feed was behind her decision to cut Briana Culberson from her roster — before switching gears, claiming a respect for the mother/daughter relationship. Tamra offers a combo plate in her Bravo blog.
“Let’s get one thing straight, I love Briana. When things got bad with Vicki last year she asked me NOT to communicate with Briana. I took her off my Facebook for two reasons: I didn’t want to be disrespectful, and I didn’t want to see Vicki’s face pop up on my news feed. Briana and I have always gotten along and I think she is a wonderful person. In the past we were only trying to protect Vicki from Brooks. I was never and would never try to put a wedge between and mother and daughter.”
Tamra had briefed Lydia Mclaughlin on the situation, and did not appreciate her bringing Vicki into the dialogue — or so she says. Lydia’s banter triggered Shannon Beador — and Tamra spins her wheels to defend her
“I had briefly told Lydia how Vicki was spreading rumors about David and Eddie at Bible study. I felt like she would have known NOT to bring up Vicki’s name.”
“Lydia started to tell us things Vicki had told her at lunch about David and Eddie. I had told her several times that we did NOT want to talk about Vicki and we don’t care what she had to say. That is when Shannon got upset and asked her what more was being said. It went down hill from there.”
Tamra assures her readers that Shannon’s hissy-fit was justified — and that Lydia was out of line.
“It looked like Shannon just got upset for NO reason and that simply was not the case. When Shannon started defending the allegations about David, that is when Lydia said “I feel like you’re just like Vicki.” That was probably the worst thing she could have said to Shannon. I felt like I just stood there in shock and the right words would not come out of my mouth.”
A speechless Tamra Judge is a rare phenomenon — what do you think of her explanation?
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Monday nights, on Bravo.