The ladies of The Real Housewives of Orange County filmed the Season 11 reunion show on Thursday. How did it go down? Prior to, during, and after the big event, the show’s stars, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow, Meghan King Edmonds, and Kelly Dodd posted photos and reactions.
Prior to filming, Bravo released the reunion’s seating chart. The chart shows that one side of host Andy Cohen sat Heather, Tamra, and Shannon, with Shannon closest to Andy. On the opposite side was Meghan, Kelly, and Vicki, with Vicki closest to Andy.
Vicki, the self-proclaimed “OG of the OC,” which reflects the fact that she has starred on the show since the very first season, went into the reunion prepared to fight and block out criticism. Prior to filming, Vicki posted a clip of a woman standing victorious amidst destruction.
Also prior to filming, Vicki posted a quote about not listening to mean girls since all they want to do is make you upset and feel bad about yourself when they actually feel bad about themselves. Vicki sent the quote to Kelly and commented that “they are just ‘white noise.'” Yet, Vicki also indicated that she was a bit nervous about filming the reunion as she revealed via a hashtag that she only got two hours of sleep the night prior.
Prior to the reunion filming, Kelly also indicated that she’s not afraid of the other women by posting a clip of a defiant girl. “Bring it,” Kelly commented.
Did Vicki stick up for and help defend Kelly at the reunion show? As viewers saw on the last episode, Vicki chose to stay quiet as some of the other women, Tamra, Heather and Shannon, argued with Kelly during their Ireland trip. Vicki subsequently received a lot of criticism on social media for abandoning Kelly, who befriended her when the others told her not to, during her time of need in favor of the other women’s acceptance. A preview for next week’s episode shows Kelly confronting Vicki for not defending her.
Yet, it seems that Kelly later forgave Vicki for not having her back in Ireland. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kelly commented after the last episode aired that she and Vicki are currently great friends. Vicki also admitted that she should have stuck up for Kelly in Ireland rather than staying quiet.
Kelly Dodd and Vicki actually had dinner together after the reunion, indicating that they did stay loyal to one another during the filming. A photo that Kelly posted shows that also at the dinner were Kelly’s husband, Vicki’s boyfriend, Vicki’s daughter Briana Culberson, and another friend.
After the reunion finished filming, Vicki posted a photo of herself with her daughter, Briana, on the set. The photo shows that Vicki wore a one-shoulder form-fitting black dress and opted to leave her hair down. It’s not clear whether Briana, who was photographed wearing casual clothes, actually took part in the filming or if she just showed up at the reunion filming to support her mom.
In her caption for the photo, Vicki thanked her fans for their love and support. She also warned that those who leave negative comments will be blocked and their comments deleted.
Vicki also posted a quote about how maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten yourself and don’t serve you well. In her photo caption, Vicki expressed amazement that she and her family has been on the show for 12 years. She commented that she’s now looking forward to some quiet time with her family. She also gave some of her co-stars a bit of a dig with the hashtag #ByeFelicia.
Is Tamra Judge one of the people Vicki Gunvalson decided to walk away from? The two have had an on-again, off-again friendship since Tamra joined the show in the third season. Prior to the reunion filming, Tamra posted a throwback photo from last year. The photo shows last year’s cast happily toasting one another. Tamra commented that Season 11 has been exhausting but that the show reflects their lives, both the good and the bad.
Tamra later posted a photo of herself with her makeup artist as well as her hairstylist. The photos show that Tamra wore a tight magenta dress to the filming. Her hair was left down in loose curls and she wore lipstick that matched her dress color. She accessorized with a sparkly earring.
Prior to the reunion filming, Tamra actually hung out with Shannon Beador. Shannon posted a photo of herself with Tamra, Tamra’s hairstylist, Tamra’s makeup artist, and Tamra’s psychic, Scott Cruz. As some viewers might remember, Scott made an appearance on The Real Housewives of Orange County last season. During his short scene, he said that he didn’t see Vicki’s then-boyfriend Brooks Ayers having cancer. Perhaps Tamra and Shannon met up with Scott prior to the Season 11 reunion filming in hopes of getting some insight on what may be coming?
In order to prep for the reunion filming, Shannon, besides hanging out with Tamra and her crew, paid her dermatologist a visit.
For the reunion, Shannon went with a classy look, with white dress, pearl earrings and slick hair.
Heather Dubrow prepped for the reunion with a relaxing bath, pajamas and some champagne.
Despite being exhausted from filming the reunion show, Heather still took her kids to a pumpkin patch on Friday.
On Friday morning, Meghan King Edmonds, who is currently eight months pregnant, posted a photo of herself getting prepped by her hairstylist for the reunion show the day prior. In her caption, Meghan expressed amazement that she filmed the reunion show. She admitted that she didn’t feel good. Unfortunately, it seems that the reunion filming took some toll on Meghan as she revealed that she’s currently sick in bed.
On Thursday, immediately after filming the reunion show, Meghan showed the stash of medicine that her sister got for her, showing just how sick she was. She commented that she survived the reunion filming.
Hopefully, Meghan didn’t have to take too many bathroom breaks. Prior to the reunion filming, Meghan joked that she’ll probably be wondering when she can go to the bathroom as the other women argue with one another.
She also hinted that she was heading into the reunion intent on staying away from the drama, as she has done for most of the current season.
Host Andy Cohen hinted that the season 11 reunion show will be a very dramatic and intense one. On Friday morning, he commented that doing the reunion show wore him out.
With The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 11 coming to a close, there are already rumors as to who will and won’t be returning for the next season. On Thursday, Radar Online reported that Meghan King Edmonds is leaving the show as she has decided to relocate permanently to St. Louis to be closer to her family. Yet, Meghan’s rep would only confirm to the website that Meghan is giving birth in St. Louis.
“She’s going to St. Louis to have her baby in December and that’s all I can confirm.”
Will Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow, and Kelly Dodd continue on with the 12th season? As the season wraps up and the Season 11 reunion show airs, there will undoubtedly be rumors, as it happens every season, regarding who is and isn’t getting another contract.
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