Heather Dubrow and her husband Terry say Brooks Ayers is a man in need of help.
“If he has cancer, I hope he’s okay. If he doesn’t, he needs some serious psychological help,” Terry told E!’s Catt Sadler
Heather, 46, said she was not shocked by the revelations. She and her Real Housewives of Orange County costars have long been skeptical of Ayers, and she now wonders how much Gunvalson knew about Ayers’ condition.
“She feels victimized. She feels all she did was love a man and he duped her,” Heather said, adding that inconsistencies in stories Gunvalson told during the recent RHOC season “prove that’s not exactly the case.”
Among the inconsistencies was Gunvalson saying Ayers asked Terry, who is a physician, for medical advice after he faced complications from chemotherapy.
“I don’t love being lied about. I’m happy to be someone’s doctor. I’m happy to help out whenever I can, but I didn’t want to be pulled into this story,” said Terry.
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Gunvalson, 53, has said she’s “shocked” by his lies – but Heather, 46, isn’t convinced.
“Do I think she was duped? Yeah I do think she was duped. But for how long?”
Ayers’ maintains he was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013. He says that while he forged medical documents from cancer hospital City of Hope, he does indeed have cancer.
“Words cannot express the deep regret that I have in fabricating documents to ‘prove’ to the world that I, in fact, have cancer,” Ayers told E! News in a statement Wednesday. “What I did was wrong and inexcusable. I acted alone, without Vicki’s knowledge, to produce documents for a reality TV show in hopes of putting doubts about my cancer to rest. I never intended to disclose my actual medical records or details about my private and personal medical history, thus the rationalization of presenting documents that weren’t true simply for a ‘storyline’ for the show.” E! News airs weekdays (7 p.m. ET) on E!