Bravo Bribed Tamra Barney to Get Married & Gretchen’s Spilling All the Details

slade smiley gretchen rossiWarning: after this little piece of gossip, you might actually think that Slade Smiley has a decent bone in his body after all. Rumor has it that Real Housewives of Orange Country star Gretchen Rossi is calling Tamra Barney's engagement to Eddie Judge a total sham, and for good reason. Apparently, Bravo approached Slade and begged him to propose to Gretchen, promising an all expenses paid exotic vacation on which to do so and a free ring. How enticing!

Sounds like Bravo thinks their Real Housewives franchise is akin to a Shakespearean comedy since they want to end every series with a wedding, but they need to get over themselves in a hurry since viewers aren't buying it anymore. After Pandora's Barbie-themed wedding on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I think we've had enough "I do"s for one year.

And it sounds like Gretchen and Slade agree with me. They're not willing to sell their soul to get married on a reality show. Tamra and Eddie, however, are totally ready to make this deal with the devils at Bravo.

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Bravo's the puppet master behind almost everything that airs on their shows and that nothing is really real, or unplanned, anymore, so it makes sense that producers are vying for a wedding at the end of the season and will do everything to get their way. And I totally believe that Gretchen and Slade are smart enough to turn it down, while Tamra and Eddie are eager enough to snatch it up.

Never thought I'd say this, but Slade's showing off his smart side, and I like it.

Also, it's borderline amusing that Gretchen would call Tamra's engagement a sham ... because if anyone knows about sham weddings, it's probably Gretchen. I don't want to say that she was only with her fatally-ill husband Jeff for money, but it definitely came across like that. It's possible Gretchen is an authority on the subject, so her word might be better than anyone else's.

Can't wait to see what vacation spot Bravo Slade Eddie picked out and what ring Bravo Slade Eddie went with. Ah, the intimacy of weddings.

Do you believe the rumor that Gretchen and Slade turned down Bravo's bribe to get married on the show, and that Tamra and Eddie capitalized?


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Lesley Willard

It was not a very impressive ring, with a bunch of small diamonds trying to make the center stone look bigger.

Donna Leone Sherwood

absolutley! tamara would sell her soul to the devil for a buck!!!!

Carol Opie

Gretchen Rossi wasn't married to Jeff.  A little surprised you got that wrong and you're the Stir?

nonmember avatar Colleen Paul

Didn't Fernanda say Eddie was gay?

Kay Conte

Tamara does have principles, but I bet Gretchen goes for it. I don't watch very much anymore, because I can't deal with the cattiness and the screaming fights. Geez and Tamara wasn;t married to her biyfriend before he died.

Readi... ReadingIsSexy27

Good god, there is so much wrong with this story its amazing.  Gretchen wasnt married to Jeff- so while she *might* know something about sham engagements she doenst know anything about sham marriages.  But most importantly this whole story is BS.  This is Gretchens status on FB "Whoever keeps trying to stir up things between @TamraBarney and me, needs to stop making up lies! I never said any of those things TMZ is reporting and have been nothing but happy for Tamra and her engagement. Last week I was begging for a ring from Bravo now this week her engagement is a sham! Give me a break! Why can't anyone just be happy for her and I! We are both happy and in a good place in our lives!"

Readi... ReadingIsSexy27

Cant the Stir do some research before they write these senseless articles?  At this point they are as bad as they are claiming Bravo is

nonmember avatar micki

YES Tamra would sell her soul for the show, and I really believe EDDIE is oh so gay, they are not at all real, it also like the story line of Vicki and her loser, its all a sham, BRAVO get smart people are really getting tired of these shows that are so put on and the people on the show are so phoney, wake up and most of all clean house, I give Slade and Gretchen credit for not selling out, WAY to Go for a change......Tamra get a real life and take care of your children you are getting way too old for this kind of stuff you are not a teenager any more.

Lucy Sandstedt

Caol you're right Gretchen and Jeff were not married.Tamra is absolutly stupid .Eddie just wants to be on tv.As far as Vicky goes,shes lost her f---ing mind.Take care of your daughter and your marriage.This show did great things for your life huh Vicky...........Gretchen you don't need Tamra as a frind.....Shes bad news...Give her a chance and she'll be after Slade.....

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