Gretchen Rossi is vehemently denying that she was fired from, or “not asked back” to the Real Housewives of Orange County. She was attending a charity auction in Los Angeles, auditioning off those plastic-looking handbags of hers, when she talked to a reporter. Gretchen, 36, implied she left on her own, despite the claims by Vicki Gunvalson and Lydia McLaughlin, who really did leave on her own, that she had indeed been fired by Bravo TV.
Oh, and Slade Smiley also.
According to the reporter:
She made it very clear that headlines saying she’s been axed by Bravo are false. Gretchen implied that the decision is hers to make, but it sounds like she’s leaning towards leaving.
Her costars Tamra Barney, Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson have already started shooting a new season. So what could be the holdup on Gretchen? I got that scoop too!
It must have something to do with the pack of reality TV cameras she points out to me in the video. They followed her around all night and I noticed one of them had on a badge that said Marriage Bootcamp. It’s a WEtv spin-off of Bridezillas and could mean nothing. But Gretchen is engaged to Slade Smiley. I grilled a different cameraman outside and he said the network attached to Gretchen’s project isn’t Bravo, and she is starring but it isn’t all about her.
WEtv? A much smaller venue, but for Gretchen and Slade, being seen on TV is the prime concern. No wonder she’s auctioning off those crappy handbags. After a Bravo TV salary of over $150,000, plus whatever they threw in for Slade, she’ll be lucky to clear $50K on WEtv.
A Bridezilla spin-off? Seriously?
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