The Real Housewives of Orange County - RHOC

Gretchen Rossi Says RHOC Fans Saw the ‘True’ Tamra Judge Following Her Fallout With Shannon Beador; Admits She Would Return To RHOC Now That Tamra’s Gone

Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Judge’s on-screen drama may be a thing of the past, but their off-screen drama is still going strong.

In a new interview with Us Weekly, Gretchen reveals that she has NOT talked to Tamra in years and that she has no plans to make amends anytime soon.

Gretchen says her once strong friendship with Tamra is a “toxic and negative” part of her past.

“I’ve not had any communication with her — praise the Lord for that,” Gretchen said of her relationship with Tamra. “Thankfully, we don’t really live in the same community, so I don’t have to run into her or anything like that. I really don’t hold grudges, whatever, [let] bygones be bygones, I’m in such a better place in my life than I was dealing with all that on Housewives.”

The former RHOC star said Tamra’s recent fallout with Shannon Beador was an example of the CUT Fitness owner’s “true colors” coming out.

“After I was off the show, I think a lot of people just thought, ‘Oh, it’s just Gretchen and Tamra that have issues.’ But clearly, she had issues with, like, almost every single other person on that show, you know? And we saw this last season, I mean, for goodness sakes, her best friend Shannon and her [are] no longer friends,” the Bravo alum said. “So, after a while, you start to look at the common denominator, and you start to go, ‘OK, well, who’s the problem here?’ Because in most of those relationships, she was the one that always was causing the drama or the issue.”

Gretchen also reveals that she isn’t surprised Tamra was finally let go from RHOC.

“I wasn’t [surprised when Tamra was let go from RHOC]. I mean, I guess I was in a way because I felt like the network sometimes rewards bad behavior,” Gretchen continued. “And I think that she knew that, and I think that she would definitely do a lot of things for [the] camera and she was kind of the messenger of the production and Bravo on that show — if like, you know, they wanted something to be stirred up or whatever and she would go and do it. … I think it got to a point where it started to become really inauthentic. I think the audience and the fans really started to get over the schtick and over the BS, and it just became so obvious that she was, like, purposely stirring something up or doing something.”

When it comes to the upcoming season 16 RHOC re-boot, Gretchen admits that she doesn’t see herself returning to the franchise anytime soon but admits that she’s more inclined to go back with Tamra gone.

“But I do have to say with Tamra gone, it makes it a lot easier to say yes,” she added. “Whenever she was on, I was like, ‘Hell to the no,’ but now that she’s gone, I just feel like it wouldn’t be as ugly as it was for me.” 

RHOC is expected to return for season 16 in late 2021 or early 2022.

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