Brooks Ayers Says He Never Told Vicki Gunvalson He Was Dying of Cancer: 'She Sensationalizes Things'
Ayers, whose cancer diagnosis has been a source of controversy on the most recent season of Real Housewives of Orange County, responded to Gunvalson’s telling her daughter Briana Culberson and friends that he’d said he was dying.
“I’m not responsible for what Vicki communicates to people,” Ayers said in an interview with E! News. “I have the e-mails from Vicki clarifying that as well where she says she absolutely misspoke She sensationalizes things from time to time.”
Ayers is speaking out after Sunday’s explosive RHOC reunion, in which Gunvalson, who spent much of the season defending Ayers, said her gut now told her that he doesn’t have cancer.
Pressed by E! News about whether he told Gunvalson he was dying from cancer, Ayers repeated that he had not.
“I never told her that, absolutely not,” Ayers said.
In an E! News segment Monday, Ayers said he spoke to Gunvalson following the reunion, and she told him she believed he had cancer.
“She gets backed into a corner, she says one thing and then when she’s with the other person,” said Ayers. “She just did it with me at the reunion. She said I believe he doesn’t have cancer.”
During the interview, he also denied claims from Culberson had been abusive and once shook Gunvalson violently.
“I’ve never shaken Vicki where her head was going back and forth like that. We were at a party, at a mutual friend’s house none of the castmembers [were there] and years ago,” he said. “I’ve never had a domestic abuse accusation or file against me.”
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Before saying her gut told her Ayers did not have cancer, Gunvalson said earlier in the RHOC reunion that she was on the fence.
“I don’t have any proof that he doesn’t have cancer and he won’t give me enough proof that he does have cancer,” Gunvalson said. “So that’s where I’m at.”
Ayers maintains he was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013.
Part two of Ayers’ interview airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on E!