Tamra Blasts Shannon’s Claims She’s a ‘Loyal’ Friend to Her and Vicki


    It’s safe to say Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge haven’t held back since leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County ahead of season 15.

    Vicki, who was part of the first Real Housewives franchise since the 2006 premiere, was demoted to a “friend” for season 14 of the series. After filming the show in a smaller role, Vicki made it clear that she wouldn’t be back unless she was upgraded back to full-time status. She announced her exit in January 2020.

    “I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way,” she wrote at the time via Instagram. “I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget.”

    Tamra, meanwhile, joined the cast of RHOC during season 3. She told Us Weekly exclusively that she was offered a part-time gig on the show for season 15 but walked away after 12 years.

    “I had gotten a call and I was camping and the producer said, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you.’ And I’m like, ‘What’si up?’ And they’re like, ‘Well, the network has decided to go in a different direction.’ And I’m like, ‘What?! OK, well, I thought we start filming in a couple days.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah.’ And they even said, ‘We’re shocked. We’re completely shocked at this,’” she told Us in May 2020. ’They know that you said you’d never become a ‘friend,’ so they want to give you a limited role.’ And I’m like, ‘No, thank you.’ That’s not what I said. I said, ‘F off!’ And then I just took a week or so and I just absorbed it. … I cried and I was scared.”

    Season 15 of RHOC, which premieres in October 2020, stars Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and newcomer Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. While Tamra and Vicki may not be in the cast, they are still keeping up with the drama in the OC — and throwing shade at their former costars.

    Scroll through for Vicki and Tamra’s shadiest post-RHOC moments:

    Emily Braunwyn Shade

    “Emily Simpson? I never got to know her really well,” Vicki said during an Instagram Live with Tamra in May 2020.


    The CUT Fitness owner quipped back, “Lucky you.”


    When the topic of Braunwyn came up, Vicki didn’t hold back. “Browned Wind is very crazy and Browned Wind was a closet watcher. She didn’t know any of us and then she came on and was like ‘I don’t like you. I have a bad feeling about you.’ And I’m like ‘Who are you?’” she said.


    Tamra replied, “She played that one wrong with you. … So many people come on the show and they are fans of the show. It doesn’t make for a good Housewife. Ever. The problem is that the show’s been on for so long that everybody has seen it. So, it’s hard to come on the show with no expectations.”

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    The End of Their Friendship With Shannon

    The ladies have been very candid about their friendship with Shannon ending after she went on to film the series without them.


    “Normally, we would talk every single day, multiple times a day,” Tamra told Us in May 2020. “And if I didn’t call her or call her back right away, she’s like, ‘Where are you? How come you haven’t called me?’ And then all of a sudden it was like I don’t hear from you. … I said, ‘I felt like, honestly, I’m going through the hardest time in my life right now. So many changes at once. And I can’t get a hold of you. You’re not calling me or you’re not calling me back or you’re not taking my calls.’ That’s what hurts is I just want my friend there.”

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    COVID Filming

    Tamra’s use of a face-palm emoji in the comments section of a May 2020 Instagram post of Emily, Shannon, Kelly and Braunwyn filming amid the COVID-19 crisis said it all.


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    Tamra Slams Kelly

    The real estate agent has called for Kelly to be fired for her offensive remarks. “Even if she did think that way, you shouldn’t publicly say that because there are a lot of people that are missing their father and their grandfather and their uncle and their aunts and their mothers because they have passed away,” she said in June 2020. “It’s such an insensitive thing to say, especially with Andy [Cohen] having [had] coronavirus. You think you’d be a little bit smarter than that.”


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    ‘Shorter Season’ Drama

    “There’s no more Tres Amigas. … In fact, they filmed the season finale two nights ago and oddly enough, we weren’t invited. We just weren’t invited!” Tamra told fans and Vicki via Instagram Live in August 2020.


    Vicki quipped back, “And guess what? The episodes are down to 12 vs. 22. Maybe there’s no content because they’re all fake bitches!”


    (A source told Us at the time that if season 15 is indeed shorter, it “would likely be because of COVID.”)

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    Yard Sale Diss

    Vicki shared a meme comparing former stars Tamra, Gretchen Rossi and Heather DuBrow to current cast members Kelly, Emily, Gina and Elizabeth in October 2020.


    “Chanel vs. Yard Sale,” the meme reads.


    Vicki, who posted the pic via Twitter, added, “Gotta laugh at this.”


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