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In a shocking twist, Vicki Gunvalson recently mended fences with both Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador. But … that doesn’t mean that she’s just going to be nice to everyone.
Recently, Vicki made some less-than-flattering comments about her RHOC costar, Meghan King Edmonds, who is pregnant and also returning next season.
And Meghan King Edmonds isn’t taking that lying down.
Previously, Vicki Gunvalson told Us Weekly that Meghan King Edmonds simply doesn’t belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“No desire, truly no desire to see her. She lives in St. Louis, I don’t even know what she was doing on our show anyway.”
Wow. That’s not subtle at all.
“She lives in St. Louis, she’s pregnant, she has her husband, they’re going to have six kids, she’s not friends with anybody.”
That’s so mean! Like, the St. Louis thing is one thing, and we don’t know why her husband is a factor, but saying that she has no friends is just unkind.
“I don’t know what the correlation with her is.”
That’s … some interesting word choice. Maybe she means that she doesn’t see Meghan King Edmonds’ appeal, or what makes her a fit for the show?
“She’s socially friends with people, but we don’t all hang out together.”
Just because not everyone hangs out doesn’t mean that Meghan doesn’t hang out with some costars.
“I think it’s time for her to turn the chapter to something else and maybe not be our show, we’ll see.”
That’s … not nice.
Vicki sure had a lot to say about Meghan King Edmonds, who responded by telling Us Weekly exactly why Vicki Gunvalson is wrong … and maybe a little pathetic.
“She’s so desperate.”
Sounds like Meghan King Edmonds isn’t holding back, either.
“She says she doesn’t care about me, yet she’s one of my top engagers on Instagram.”
Oh dang, she came with receipts!
“I don’t even follow her.”
Vicious. We’re living for this.
“And she’s talking about me. It’s laughable.”
Also, showing that you can come back for somebody just as hard they came for you is a great way to show that you absolutely belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“Additionally, I’m really close with Tamra [Judge] and Shannon [Beador], so goes to show how little she knows them.”
So, yes, Meghan has friends, Vicki.
In late November, rumor had it that Bravo was looking to fire three Real Housewives of Orange County stars.
It wasn’t surprising for anyone to see Peggy Sulahian’s name on that list of … what’s the opposite of hopefuls? Nopefuls?
Peggy is a huge bigot and got slammed by a number of other Housewives, past and present. This a woman who allegedly tried to ban her own gay brother from their father’s funeral.
But what really sealed her fate was that she wasn’t interesting. Her “dumb foreigner” act didn’t fool anyone, and she was transparently getting into fights with costars because cameras were rolling. The report that she was then fired was not a surprise.
When we heard that Lydia McLaughlin was fired, it wasn’t a huge shock — she played her part this season, but she didn’t grab anyone’s attention.
Meghan King Edmonds had been on the list of Housewives expected to get the axe, but she’s reportedly staying on the show next season.
Because Meghan King Edmonds is pregnant with her second child. Pregnancy drama will hook some folks.
The knowledge that Meghan almost didn’t make it back on the show was probably part of where Vicki was coming from with her dismissal of Meghan.
Of course, Meghan King Edmonds is widely regarded to be the prettiest of the Real Housewives of Orange County, which could potentially also be a factor.
Jealousy is real. And Meghan is only 33 — which means that she was barely in her 20s when the series, on which Vicki has been a member since day one, launched.
So there could be a lot of resentment there. But we don’t know for sure if that’s a factor in Vicki’s mind.
Either way, next season sure is going to be interesting, since these two are already exchanging heated words.
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The narrative arc of Mario Batali’s fall from grace is one that’s become tragically familiar in recent months.
On Monday, Batali stepped away from his various business ventures following allegations of sexual assault and harassment from several female staffers.
The celebrity chef issued a boilerplate apology in which he accepted blame for his actions, while simultaneously defending himself against the more egregious charges.
As time went on, the accusations against Batali continued to increase in both number and severity.
As more women came forward, the evidence against the 57-year-old food icon mounted, culminating in claims from a former employee who says he looked on in horror as Batali kissed and groped an unconscious woman.
The incident was allegedly captured in footage taken by a security camera.
Yesterday, Batali’s most high-profile employer, the Disney-owned ABC network, announced that it would the chef and restaurateur had been fired from his role as one of the hosts of the daytime, food-focused talk series The Chew.
“Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew,” said an ABC spokesperson.
“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”
To many, the news of Batali’s misconduct is sadly unsurprising.
However, to those familiar only with the more family-friendly side of the Croc-clad chef, as presented on television and in social media, the allegations against Batali surely come as a shock.
Within the NYC restaurant scene, Batali had a reputation for crude comments and predatory behavior.
In a scathing New Yorker piece published earlier this week, author Helen Rosner recounts several tales of boorish behavior from Batali that failed to raise eyebrows in the pre-Weinstein era.
“You will eat your pasta or I will rub the shrimp across your breasts,” Batali casually told a friend’s wife at one meal.
At the same meal, the chef reportedly remarked to a waitress, “It’s not fair I have this view all to myself when you bend over. For dessert, would you take off your blouse for the others?”
It remains to be seen if Batali will face any criminal charges.
But whatever his future holds, it appears that the celebrated chef’s kitchen career is now decisively over.
And the world of fine dining is all the safer for it.
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