Former Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are making waves with the debut of their new podcast, Knot Too Taboo.
The two criticized Tamra for doing press after her ex-husband Simon Barney revealed he has stage 3 throat cancer. Tamra, and Simon, both talked about Simon’s diagnosis and how it changed their relationship in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine. The former RHOC star also appeared on Radio Andy’s Jeff Lewis Live and discussed the shocking news.
It turns out, Gretchen and Slade aren’t a fan of Tamra’s “press tour” and feel like she’s using Simon’s cancer as a way to brush over her past bad behavior.
“In light of the recent news regarding Simon and the fact he has this cancer diagnosis — which is awful — I’m not quite sure why Tamra believes going on a media tour regarding his diagnosis is a get out of jail free card,” Slade said. “Why is that going to wash away all the cruel and evil things she has done to us, as well as so many other people who were on the Real Housewives cast?”
“It didn’t stop her from attacking me when my son was diagnosed with brain cancer and calling me a deadbeat dad,” he continued.
Gretchen then chimed in and brought up Tamra being referred to as a “Monster Mom” in the press.
“It’s interesting that she has so much to say about you and she said so much about me,” Gretchen said.
“It didn’t stop her from attacking you when Jeff was diagnosed with leukemia — and so sad that he passed — but no remorse whatsoever in her willingness to attack and make accusations publicly when people are dealing with some of the darkest times of their lives,” added Slade.
“I’m sure you can all understand why it’s difficult to believe that suddenly she’s figured out what’s important in life and expects you all to now feel sorry for her when she showed absolutely no empathy for others who are going through having family members who are diagnosed with cancer,” Gretchen explained.
“However, I will say you guys, sometimes it takes a big wakeup call like this to make someone see the light,” she continued. “All we can hope for is despite the way she treated us during some of the most difficult and darkest times in our lives, possibly this has caused her to take a pause and eat a piece of humble pie and have some self-reflection on how she treated others.”
“We wish Simon the best and we’re so sad to hear about his diagnosis,” Slade concluded. “And, to your point, I’m just hoping this is the one thing that is that wakeup call.”
Gretchen added, “We wish them the best and we pray that Simon has a full recovery and that just possibly this health scare can help heal that broken family.”
AllAboutTRH reached out to Tamra for a comment on this all and she told us, “I don’t comment on those trolls ever!”
The Real Housewives of Orange County are expected to return to Bravo for season 15 in mid-to-late 2020.
Thoughts on Gretchen and Slade’s comments? Should Gretchen and Slade mind their own business?