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Vicki Gunvalson Struggles to Repair Real Housewives of Orange County Friendships: They 'Lost Respect for Me'

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Vicki Gunvalson is ready to move on from the cancer scandal surrounding ex boyfriend Brooks Ayers that plagued last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. But her fellow castmates? They might need a little more time.

On Monday’s episode, housewives Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, Meghan King Edmonds and Heather Dubrow all made it clear they weren’t ready to mend fences with Gunvalson.

“I have nothing to say to someone that doesn’t take responsibility for what they do,” Beador explained to her husband David, while at dinner. “I’ve seen no remorse, I’ve seen her taken no accountability for her actions about the lies that are still continuing, nor about how she treated me as a friend.”

Beador revealed she might be able to forgive Gunvalson, but that it wouldn’t make the pair fast friends again. “I absolutely believe in forgiveness,” she confessed. “But forgiving them doesn’t mean you need to be their best friend. How many times do you hear about murderers where the parent forgives the person that murdered their child. Do you think they keep in touch with them?”

“She needs to start realizing that you can’t just brush everything under the carpet,” she added. “Maybe that’s how some people work – maybe that’s how she works – but it’s not how I work.”

And there was plenty more where that came from.

“What are you sorry for?” Judge wondered, separately. “Are you sorry you got caught?”

“She has hurt every one of us and she’s still playing victim,” Edmonds expressed.

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Dubrow – who previously said on her podcast that she had “no interest in filming with [Gunvalson]” – was the only one who tried to address the issue directly with the original Orange County housewife, pushing her for the truth about the cancer fabrication.

“I don’t care what Brooks did,” Durbrow said, before jetting off to a vacation with husband Terry and their kids to Turks and Caicos. “I only care your involvement in it.”

But Gunvalson maintained that she had no idea why Ayers had forged his cancer documents. “I was not part of a lie,” she told Dubrow, maintaining that “he did it to me.”

“I don’t want to talk about it anymore to anybody,” Gunvalson later said on her ride home from Dubrow’s event. “I’m sad because I think the women lost respect for me and lost compassion. I can’t control what other people think of me. I want to be happy.”

Gunvalson declared to viewers that her focus this season is to stay positive after being entrenched in the drama last year.

“It’s really hard to feel that these women are not willing to move forward, but my primary focus is my business and my family,” she said. “Just get the negativity out of my life.”

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She may have some help getting there, from new “whoop it up” housewife Kelly Dodd, who felt compassion for the ostracized insurance saleswoman after meeting with her for a private lunch.

“I don’t know Vicki that well, but I’ve been ganged up by girls many times in my life, Dodd said. “It’s awful. And when I see somebody doing it to somebody else? I want to protect that person.”

Dodd attempted to address the issue with Beador, Judge and Edmonds, while attending a kitchen remodeling party at the latter’s house.

“She’s really hurt,” Dodd told them, standing by her decision to pursue a friendship with Gunvalson and calling out the girls out for ignoring Gunvalson while at Dubrow’s party. “I felt like you guys were kind of mean to her a little bit.”

But the other housewives thought Dodd’s comments were out of line.

“Kelly has no idea what happened,” Judge replied to viewers. “She just met Vicki and now she’s going to stick up for her around people that have known her for a long time? Are you kidding me?”

Perhaps Dubrow summed up the problems the housewives have with Gunvalson best. “You can’t just move on because we haven’t,” she observed.

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.