Three weeks ago, Vicki Gunvalson threatened to expose “secrets” of Shannon Beador‘s relationship with her husband David Beador if she was pushed too far. And on Monday’s all-new Real Housewives of Orange County episode, the 54-year-old Housewife held true to her word and revealed what she’s been holding back — alleging that David had physically abused Shannon in the past.
It was a shocking accusation that Shannon immediately denied and will likely mark the end of the two Housewives’ fractured friendship for good — but it wasn’t one that first came from Gunvalson. Kelly Dodd repeated the rumors, while defending herself against attacks from Shannon, Tamra Judge and Heather Dubrow during their tense car ride to the Dublin airport.
“You know what [Vicki] said about you?” Dodd said to Beador. “That your husband beat the s— out of you. And it’s all out there now – how ’bout that?”
Gunvalson stood by her words: “When David went face to face with me, they said ‘Were you afraid of him hurting me?’ And I said ‘Yes, I was afraid of David hitting me just like he hit his wife.’ ”
“I have secrets of Shannon’s that she told me in confidence about her relationship with David and I told Kelly in privacy,” Gunvalson explained. “I never expected her to share it. Every single girl has problems in her relationships. [Shannon] doesn’t want to talk about it? Well guess what? I didn’t want to talk about what I was going through last year either.”
But Beador wasn’t holding back her anger. “You need to shut the f— up right now,” she screamed. “My husband didn’t touch you and you f—— provoked him. How dare you? My husband and I have worked on my family, and my kids called you Aunt Vicki. How dare you cut their father down?”
“Why is Vicki saying something like this?” she said to viewers. “You don’t accuse people of beating the s— out of others because that has never happened.”
Beador wasn’t the only one Dodd had dirt on. The 42-year-old Housewife also revealed that Gunvalson had said Judge’s husband Eddie Judge was cheating on her and was gay.
“F— you,” Judge screamed in Gunvalson’s face. “You talked about my f—— husband? Go to hell.”
She told viewers, “I have been so nice to Vicki. I accepted her apology. I got everybody in this group to become friends with her again. This is how I get paid back? She goes around and spreads rumors about my husband?”
Gunvalson later revealed to her daughter Brianna why she had spread those rumors. “I may have said to Kelly privately that there’s been stuff about Eddie,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s true or not — I didn’t start it. They weren’t speaking to me in the beginning of the year – I was hurt!”
“My mom’s a very dirty fighter,” Brianna revealed. “If you make fun of her or try to tear her down, she’s going to do it worse, even if it’s not true.”
But while Gunvalson may have been feeding the allegations to Dodd, it was Dodd who got the wrath of Dubrow’s anger.
“Should Vicki have given all this negative information to Kelly? No,” Dubrow said. “But the truth is, Kelly’s the one screaming it on the bus. I’m so sick of Kelly going after everyone. These are my friends. She’s mean. She’s damaged. She’s got problems. I just feel sad for her.”
Dodd wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of Dubrow’s either. She called Dubrow a “puppet master” and accused Dubrow, Shannon and Tamra of ganging up on her and setting her up. “She’s controlling everybody,” Dodd said. “I think I threaten Heather because she’s a fake, pretentious snob and I see right through her and she knows that I do.”
Meghan King Edmonds agreed with Dodd. “I think that Heather, Tamra and Shannon conspired to get a reaction out of Kelly just for the hell of it,” she said. “Heather’s deflecting her role in this whole debacle. It’s conniving and I see right through it. It’s disappointing.”
Dodd was also upset with Gunvalson for not sticking up for her, though Gunvalson apologized swiftly. “Kelly’s always been my biggest defender against these women and in hindsight, I should of had her back when they were all attacking her on the bus,” she said. “If I could do it all over again, I would’ve told them what I really was feeling.”
And by the episode’s end, Gunvalson and Dodd had both tried to take a step forward in repairing their relationships with Judge — who was now laughing off the rumors about her husband’s sexuality. They even attended her first fitness competition, which she won.
But there was no way they were apologizing to Beador for what they alleged.
“All I ever do is apologize,” said Gunvalson, blaming the “drunken brawl” on too much alcohol. “I’m not taking blame for this fight. I’m not taking blame for the chaos. I’m not going to do it.”
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“Don’t shoot the messenger,” Dodd said. “I was repeating something that Vicki said. [Shannon] just went berserk.”
“She’s got these sayings that she just says over and over and over again, and she thinks if she says them enough time people are going to start to believe it,” Beador said. “It’s not working this time. It’s not. What she’s done, it is despicable. If I see Vicki ever, I will turn and walk out of the room. I have nothing to say to her.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.