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'RHOC' Alum Vicki Gunvalson Slams Emily Simpson as 'One of the Worst Casting Decisions' by Bravo

Vicki Gunvalson will forever be the OG of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Although the star has left the Bravo reality series, her name has continued to be brought up on the show. Gunvalson made such a huge impact with the ladies that she is still affecting them in season 15. After Emily Simpson invoked her, Gunvalson is clapping back and calling her “one of the worst casting decisions” made by Bravo.

Why is Vicki Gunvalson shading Emily Simpson?

As RHOC Season 15 plays out, Simpson implied that Gunvalson was the one gaslighting Shannon Beador to pit her against Kelly Dodd. The latter two have made up on the show after years of an on and off again friendship. Gunvalson is not cool with her being slandered and had a few choice words for Simpson.

“Emily is also an outright liar — not to mention one of the worst casting decisions Bravo has ever made — by claiming we told Shannon what to think and she went along with it,” Gunvalson told Champion Daily in an interview.

The insurance maven suggested Beador speak up and tell the truth about neither Gunvalson nor Judge telling her what to think about Dodd. Gunvalson also called out Simpson for gloating on camera about her being axed from the show along with Tamra Judge.

“Emily- like her compadre Kelly- really needs to grow up. She’s acting like an immature child so happy that the ‘tres amigas’ are gone,” Gunvalson added. “If it wasn’t for me, Emily wouldn’t have a platform to sob about her life and marriage on, so she really should simply keep quiet, especially on matters she has no stake in… but then again if she’s not talking about Tamra and I, she’d have no storyline. So there’s that.”

Braunwyn Windham-Burke says Vicki Gunvalson created ‘fake drama’

Simpson was not the only one that didn’t hold Gunvalson in high regard. Ahead of the RHOC Season 15 premiere, Braunwyn Windham-Burke gave interviews saying it was good Gunvalson was not on the show anymore.

“I think it’s good not having Vicki there because a lot of what she did last year was manufactured, fake drama and lies against [co-star Kelly Dodd],” Windham-Burke told Digital Spy. “I’m not into that kind of thing, I don’t really like that when women do that do each other.” 

Windham-Burke said that having Gunvalson off of the reality series gave Beador the opportunity to get to know the rest of the cast better. However, the mother of nine acknowledged that she does miss Judge.

“I miss having Tamra there,” she added. “Tamra and I got along great. She’s still my friend… I miss having Tamra there. On camera and off camera, Tamra is a friend of mine. I think that will be the case forever.”

The drama in Orange County continues to unfold week after week. Windham-Burke is set to have a fallout with Gina Kirschenheiter in an upcoming episode. The ladies will also experience the coronavirus pandemic first-hand as the show even halted production during the initial months.

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Why Emily Simpson Says 'RHOC' Is Better Without Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge

Emily Simpson returned for her third season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Throughout her coarse on the show, the reality TV star has shared her marital struggles. Simpson has been open about the issues in her marriage and has also shown how she copes with them. However, for season 15 she was relieved her former co-stars Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson were axed from the show.

Why does Emily Simpson say the new season is better?

Gunvalson was the last-remaining OG on RHOC and Judge had been with the show since season 3. The departure of both stars would definitely change the dynamic in the group and that’s something Simpson appreciates more.

“For me, I think it’s better,” Simpson told E! News about Gunvalson and Judge’s not being in the series. “And I don’t mean that as disrespect towards them,” Simpson said of Tamra and Vicki’s absence. “I think that they were on the show for a long period of time and I just think the show has to evolve.”

Ultimately, Simpson believes that Gunvalson and Judge were too aware of how the show worked. With both of them gone, the lawyer feels that the relationships have become more authentic.

“That means that you have to have new people and you have to keep it moving forward and I feel like the relationships are more authentic and more real because I feel like when someone has been on the show as long as those two have, I think a lot of things get manipulated and contrived,” Simpson continued. “And, you know, when you have a newer cast, we’re definitely not good at that—I’m not anyway. So I’m always playing defense like, ‘What’s coming at me now?’ So, I just think it’s more authentic.”

Emily Simpson finds new friendship with Shannon Beador

Throughout her time starring in RHOC, Simpson had been associated with Gina Kirschenheiter. Both housewives signed up for the show during the same season and they have been seen as a duo. With Gunvalson and Judge out of the picture, Simpson felt that she was able to get closer to Shannon Beador.

“I went into season 15 and I didn’t want to hold a grudge with Shannon,” Simpson told Entertainment Tonight. “I really like Shannon, I’m glad that I have the opportunity to get to know her and I feel like without Tamra being on the show, or without Vicki, it opens up a whole new Shannon.”

Beador was part of the “Tres Amigas” group that included Gunvalson and Judge. The three were inseparable so when they were broken up, it also forced Beador to make new friends within the cast.

“She’s una amiga right now, but she needs some otras amigas,” Simpson added.

Beador didn’t particularly find Simpson fun in prior seasons and kept asking when the “fun Emily” would be coming out.

“I wanted to be like, ‘Shannon, I’ve always been fun. You just never gave me the opportunity!’” Simpson said. “Like, you never even talked to me before, so how would you know if I was?”

Although Simpson admitted she wasn’t particularly fun in the past season due to her marital woes, she says she’s a “new woman this season.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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RHOC's Emily Simpson Reveals She Is Getting Her Breast Implants Removed: 'I'm Kind of Excited'

Emily Simpson is opening up about her decision to go back under the knife.

In a recent interview with E! News, the Real Housewives of Orange County star revealed that she is having surgery to remove her breast implants over concerns of potential health risks.

In addition to getting fit following her hip surgery last year, Simpson told the outlet she is "kind of excited" to remove her implants and continue her journey to be her healthiest self.

"Also along with this whole health journey, I'm also having my breast implants removed on Monday," Simpson revealed ahead of Wednesday's RHOC premiere. "I'm kind of excited about that too."

The 44-year-old explained that her decision came after learning more about breast implant illness.

"I read a lot about breast implant illness, like joint pain and a lot of things that people have are connected to having silicone implants," Simpson said, adding that her "arthritis has gotten really bad over the last couple of years."

"I'm not a doctor, I don't know if the two correlate," she admitted. "But I just thought to air on the side of safety and just to have them removed so that's what I'm gonna do."

The reality star also noted that her husband Shane has been "supportive" of her decision.

"He doesn't have a problem with it, he's just supportive of whatever it is that makes me happy and makes me feel good about myself," she said.

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"'Cause if I'm happy and I feel good about myself, then I'm nice to him," she continued. "So he's just like, 'Whatever you need to do so that,' you know? What is it? Happy wife, happy life."

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration issued a “final guidance” regarding the health risk of breast implants, concluding that implant manufacturers should include a black box warning.

The warning is the agency's most stringent, named for the black box that frames the language calling attention to "serious or life threatening risks."

The updated guidance is a response to findings on the health risks associated with breast implants, including breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) — a rare but potentially deadly cancer.

There is also the risk of patients developing “breast implant illness,” which can cause fatigue, brain fog, muscle or joint pain and rash, according to the FDA.

Last month, a study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery found that removing breast implants relieved those symptoms, and others, for patients who had previously gotten breast implant surgery and developed breast implant illness.

The study identified 11 key symptoms — numbness and tingling in the extremities, hair loss, memory loss/cognitive problems, dry eyes and/or blurred vision, breast pain, food sensitivity/intolerance, flu-like symptoms and/or low-grade fever and difficulty breathing, in addition to those noted by the FDA (fatigue, muscle pain, rash).

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