09:36 AM EDT 05/22/2013
Originally posted 05/20/2013 12:00PM
When Lydia McLaughlin was offered the chance to join the eighth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County she leapt at the chance.
But now, just halfway through her maiden season, she admits that she may have been a bit naïve when she climbed aboard the reality TV ranks.
"It is more difficult than I thought it would be!" she told PEOPLE while attending Corolle's Adopt-a-Doll event in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Originally posted 04/24/2013 07:00PM
He said yes!
Slade Smiley is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and Real Housewives of Orange County costar, Gretchen Rossi, 34, after she recently proposed, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The popping of the question will be televised on Bravo's hit show.
"They're really happy about getting married," a source tells PEOPLE of the pair. "Gretchen always does everything out of the box, so no one is too surprised she was the one who proposed. She really wants kids with Slade, so that was a big motivator."
Originally posted 02/15/2013 12:40PM
Slade Smiley hasn't put a ring on it – yet.
The reality TV personality's longtime girlfriend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi, was spotted at Heather McDonald's book launch at Hollywood's Emerson Theater on Wednesday night, sporting some bling on her engagement finger.
But apparently Smiley hasn't popped the question.
"The ring was not from Slade," a source tells PEOPLE, while a second source says when asked about the ring at the event, "Slade danced around the question."
Originally posted 11/13/2012 06:00AM
Hot in Orange County!
Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi visited the set of Hot in Cleveland on Friday in support of castmate Heather Dubrow's guest role.
Joined by fiancé Eddie Judge, Barney arrived at 5 p.m. with Gunvalson but Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley were an hour late.
"The ladies seemed to be having a good time in the audience greeting fans," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Tamra even got up to dance with a fellow audience member between takes."
And although they may feud on the Bravo reality show, the women couldn't have been more supportive of Dubrow.
"All the girls cheered and clapped for Heather every time she was on set," the source says.
When the taping ended, the Housewives came down to the stage to greet the cast and pose for pictures on set.
"They were overheard saying they were all going to dinner to celebrate Heather's guest role," the source adds.
Getting ready to watch Heather's sitcom appearance of "Hot in Cleveland— Vicki Gunvalson (@vgunvalson) November 10, 2012
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 06/20/2012 09:50AM
The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion on Bravo featured an appearance by a surprise guest – a bird that flew into the studio.
During the taping earlier this month, Andy Cohen was in the middle of asking Tamra Barney a question about her fiancé, Eddie Judge, and costar Vicki Gunvalson's boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, when the bird grazed by his head, drawing shrieks from the Housewives and prompting a flustered Cohen and some of the women to leap out of their chairs.
"Oh my God," Cohen said, shaking himself off after he had collected himself.
Originally posted 05/23/2012 08:45AM
Let the games – er, shows – begin!
Bravo's summer programing slate is heating up, and the network has recruited a fleet of its "Bravolebrities" – more than 30 in total – for a fun, fast-paced new promo, and PEOPLE.com has a first look. (The commercial will make its TV debut during Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live.)
The Olympics-themed clip finds various Housewives – NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards and Ramona Singer – facing off for race ... in heels! And with drinks in hand.
Originally posted 02/08/2012 12:35PM
Who are these blond women and what have they done with Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi?
The Real Housewives of Orange County returned to Bravo Tuesday with the most unexpected of twists: Tamra and Gretchen kiss and make up. Okay, that's a joke – they don't kiss.
"We're trying to bury the hatchet," Gretchen tells her boyfriend Slade, who's totally against any form of reconciliation between the two women, whose hateful feud has fueled the series' recent seasons. "I just want to try and get all the negativity out of my life."
"Things with Gretchen have gotten so bad that it's basically me talking about her, her talking about me and just investing this time to dig up crap on each other's lives and for what?" Tamra explains, as the pair head out to make peace over mojitos, shrimp cocktail and meatballs.
Originally posted 12/19/2011 12:15PM
There's a new Housewife in Orange County – and she's a brunette!
The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo's original series in the franchise, returns Feb. 7, and it will feature stay-at-home mom Heather Dubrow, a former actress who is married to a prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon. (Watch the video below.)
O.C. veterans Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino will also return for the show's seventh season.
According to a press release from Bravo, Vicki is still in the process of divorcing her husband Donn, though that's not stopping her from jumping into a new relationship with her southern boyfriend Brooks.
Originally posted 10/26/2011 11:25AM
Taylor Armstrong is bouncing back from tragedy.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who was "devastated" by her estranged husband Russell's suicide in August, "seemed very happy to start moving on with her life and getting back to work," according to a source at an Oct. 20 commercial shoot at Tru Hollywood nightclub.
Armstrong, along with Atlanta's Kandi Burruss and Orange County's Gretchen Rossi, will be part of a team of Housewives to host Ciroc Vodka-sponsored New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Miami this year. Commercials for the events, which will be open to lucky contest winners, will air on Bravo.
"Taylor was in good spirits, talking to a few people about the new things happening in her life," the source says.
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