It’s safe to say that Vicki Gunvalson won’t be winning the Miss Congeniality award for her time on the Real Housewives of Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club.
According to Brandi Glanville, the OG of the OC was a real “bitch” while filming season 2 of the RHUGT franchise. However, at the time, no one knew why Vicki was being such a sourpuss.
It turns out Vicki had split with her ex-fiancé Steve Lodge just before leaving to film the spinoff show.
“We didn’t know that at the time, so she just came in being a bitch,” Brandi recalls during an interview with Page Six.
Real Housewives of New York OG Jill Zarin, who was also present for the interview, stuck up for Vicki.
“I’m going to defend Vicki. First of all, I have a lot of empathy for Vicki,” Jill explains. “We all know that Vicki has said she does not want to be alone; she cannot be alone; she must have a man. She says she’s insecure about it; she knows it’s her issue. The day she left to come to the trip, her boyfriend moved out or broke up with her.”
Brandi notes that Vicki didn’t share her relationship issues with the group until the “very last day” of filming; however, Jill insists she knew all about Vicki and Steve’s breakup.
“I thought everybody knew. She had told me. I guess she didn’t tell everyone else. But I knew that this had happened with this man, and she was a mess! She can’t control her feelings. That’s what makes her the greatest ‘Housewife’ of all time,” Jill says of Vicki. “If she’s feeling like a guy abandoned her and dumped her and everything else, she can’t put the smile on and fake it. She’s not going to. She’s going to be sullen and sad and depressed — and we all had to deal with that because that’s what happened.”
On the other hand, Brandi sees it differently, saying, “[Vicki] was pissing everyone off — maybe not Jill, but everyone else.”
“The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club” premieres June 23 on Peacock.