It was an explosive season 11 finale on Monday’s Real Housewives of Orange County, with Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Heather Dubrow coming together to confront Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd about their bad behavior. But after the dust settled, viewers were left with one looming question: How can Gunvalson possibly return to the show for another season?
The O.G. of the O.C. has been with the franchise since the beginning. And while she’s clashed with Housewives throughout the years (Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi and Lauri Peterson, to name a few), she’s always had enough people in her corner to tie herself to the larger group once the cameras started rolling.
But this time, things seem more desperate than ever for the 54-year-old insurance saleswoman.
After refusing to truly apologize for the allegations that she spread about Beador’s husband David — which suggested he was physically abusive to his wife — and for still not coming clean about her involvement in Brooks Ayers’ cancer scheme, Gunvalson was left without anyone in her corner.
Well, anyone except Dodd — though she wasn’t doing too well with the rest of the group herself after the insults she threw their way during the disastrous airport ride in Ireland.
And it doesn’t look like Dubrow, Judge or Beador will attempting to bridge the rift. By episode’s end, all three ladies seemed pretty adamant that they were cutting ties for good.
“I absolutely believe that people are allowed to make mistakes and move on, be forgiven,” Dubrow revealed. “But sometimes relationships aren’t salvageable. Sometimes it is time to part ways with someone. I’ve seen who they both are by this point. People teach you who they are — they’ve taught me, I get it. I’m good”.
“It’s so vile,” she said. “The two of them — I think, actually belong together.”
Judge felt similarly. “I’ve learned that you have people who come into your life for a reason, and people who come into your life for a season,” she confessed to viewers. “Sometimes you have to just let people go — you can’t change them. You can only tell them how you feel and hope that they understand that when you hurt somebody, they’re going to walk away. Because I can’t be around it anymore.”
“After everything Vicki’s done to everybody for so many years, she needs to realize her friends don’t want to be her friends anymore,” Judge added.
Beador was equally blunt — and told Gunvalson just as much when she confronted her. “[Vicki] was never apologetic at all for what she said — neither of them were,” she said. “This was a year of creating friendships that will last a lifetime, and also taking out the garbage … I’m pretty much ready to move on and close this chapter.”
(Meghan King Edmonds surprisingly stayed neutral in all of the fighting. But the expecting mother did admit she wasn’t friends with Gunvalson and was thinking about moving back home to Missouri to raise her daughter).
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While Gunvalson may not have be in the good graces of the group, there didn’t appear to be any love lost on her side either.
“I did my very very best to say ‘I apologize — I’m sorry for anything I put you girls through,’ ” Gunvaloson admitted. “I thought we were kind of at a place where we could move forward, but this group of women have shown their true colors this year. And I’m tired of people trying to accuse me of wrong doings.”
“I’m in a good place in my personal life and I don’t want conflict with these ladies,” she added. “I’m done — it’s time to move on … There was a time in my life where I did worry about Shannon. But at this point, I don’t want to be around toxic, blood-sucking, life-sucking people anymore.”
One of the most shocking things for fans was watching Gunvalson and Judge come to that conclusion about their friendship. The two have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years — but Monday’s finale felt like the end of the book for good.
“We’re always fighting — we’ve been fighting for nine years,” Gunvalson explained. “It’s just Tamra and I — we just can’t seem to get on the right track and stay on the right track. We have a great time in Ireland, next thing you know, we’re off track again. It’s just yin and yang. It’s exhausting.”
Judge held a lot more anger, as she confronted Gunvalson in the episode’s final moments.
“Vicki, you understand that repeating a rumor is the same as telling it?” she yelled at Gunvalson. “It’s gossip — it’s not true. You continuously talk about people and it’s got to stop. You’re spreading vicious lies. You’re saying that David beats Shannon. It’s a disgusting, vicious lie.”
“You’re a bitch,” Judge told Gunvalson, when Gunvalson refused to back down. “I’m done — I feel so good about it, that bitch. I’m sorry — I wish her the best, but I’m done.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.