Premium- Real Housewives of Orange County -Tamra Judge On How She & Vicki Gunvalson Survived Post-'RHOC'
In the history of iconic friendships, there have been Monica and Rachel, Lucy and Ethel, Kathie Lee and Hoda, and Vicki and Tamra. Two legends, two brilliant frenemies who laid the groundwork for all of the Real Housewives. There would be no Gizelle and Karen or Sonja and Ramona without Vicki and Tamra. When they were fired from the Real Housewives of Orange County I remember people rejoiced and then when Season 16 aired we quickly realized... wow. What a fucking mistake.
The OC wasn't the same without these two. The series suddenly lacked a joie de vivre. Without these blondies ripping each other to shreds only to sew each other back together, we were left with, well, I won't get into what we were left with.
Since the cameras weren't rolling and we never got to see how Vicki and Tamra reacted to the news of their dismissal, I asked Tamra to fill me in. Did she and Vicki bond over their firings? What was it like to watch the franchise move on without them? Below, Tamra fills me in.
This interview has been edited for content and clarity.
Samantha Bush: What's your relationship like with Vicki now?
We we've always been close, obviously, on the show. We've had our ups and downs and some hard times, but through the end, I know Vicki's heart is good. And I know that she's a good friend.