Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife why their friendship with Shannon Beador hit a roadblock. Hint: their issue has to do with Vicki’s nemesis!
Vicki Gunvalson, 58, and Tamra Judge, 52, revealed where they currently stand with Shannon Beador, 56! All together, they formed the “Tres Amigas” pack on The Real Housewives of Orange County. However, the “Tres Amigas” appeared to become the “Dos Amigas” when Vicki and Tamra hit the “unfollow” button on Shannon’s Instagram in March. Starting with Vicki, the OG “Real Housewife” informed HollywoodLife that the surprising move was “reactionary” and nothing more, which she said while appearing on our Instagram Live session on April 2!
“I love Shannon,” Vicki clarified during Thursday’s chat. However, she couldn’t shake off the fact that Shannon willingly invited Vicki’s nemesis, Kelly Dodd, over for dinner in March (they appeared to be having a double date with their boyfriends, John Janssen and Rick Leventhal, respectively). “[Shannon] told me and I’ll whatever — It’s full disclosure — That she would never be friends with Kelly again because Kelly hurt her so bad and hurt me so bad and yada yada yada,” Vicki revealed. “And next thing you know she invited them over for dinner because they’re neighbors and it just hurt my feelings.”
The betrayal gave Vicki an epiphany. “I just thought, ‘You know what? If somebody treated you that bad I’m not going to say, ‘Just come on over.’ And they were not even filming. It was just like, ‘Come on over for dinner.'” Vicki wasn’t the only one taken aback by Shannon’s surprise dinner guest, apparently! “So Tamra called me and she’s like, ‘I can’t believe that,’ and I’m like, ‘Well then I can’t believe it then!'” With that, Vicki and Tamra were like “‘boop boop'” — they “both unfollowed” Shannon’s Instagram page.
Shannon and Vicki’s birthdays followed just days afterwards on March 25 and March 27, respectively, much to everyone’s awkwardness. “Then I texted Shannon because my birthday and her birthday are two days apart and she said, ‘Happy Birthday.’ So I think she’s still mad at me,” Vicki told HollywoodLife. “But my phone’s not ringing! She hasn’t called me. The phone works two ways.”
Meanwhile, Tamra had a more broad reason for deciding to no longer follow Shannon on Instagram. “You know what, I just don’t want to see it. It’s just that simple,” Tamra EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife in a separate interview. “I haven’t really talked to Shannon about some things that are bothering me…but when I have the chance to talk to Shannon, I’ll talk to her about it.”
And like Vicki, Tamra left RHOC ahead of Season 15 — therefore, she’s focusing on her new life! “You know when I first left the show I kind of followed everybody because I just, I didn’t want to be reminded of it. I just wanted to move forward,” Tamra explained. “I didn’t want to think about it. It was hard for me, it was 12 years of my life. You know I had some highs and I had some lows. And at times I’d be sad and I thought, ‘Oh God I miss it.’ And other times I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so free.’ And you know that picture that came out with Kelly just really came at a bad time. And I was kind of really confused by it…Vicky said the same thing, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to do this crap.'”
With RHOC-related drama behind them, Vicki and Tamra have exciting new projects on their plates! For Vicki, that would be her new podcast, Whoop It Up with Vicki. “This podcast is a whole new world for me and so I think I’ve done six right now,” Vicki told us. Her guests for her podcast’s April 2 episode were none other than Terra and Debra Newell, the daughter and mother duo who inspired the true crime series Dirty John! Meanwhile, Tamra is focusing her efforts on fighting the coronavirus pandemic through her CBD brand, Vena CBD, which will be donating 10 percent of all its profits to Direct Relief. “Direct Relief is a world renowned humanitarian organization working towards helping people for a better world,” she explained. “They are coordinating with public health authorities and nonprofit organizations and businesses in the US, China and globally, to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.”