Marcugretchen rossis Aurelius once said, "A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions." By such logic, Gretchen Rossi's value supercedes the combined total of the riches of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. She may have been canned from The Real Housewives of Orange County, but that hasn't stopped her from worming her way into the spotlight.

Gretchen was photographed with her fiance Slade Smiley recently playing an affable round of grab-ass for the cameras. There are a lot of things I won't do while wearing bikini. In addition to a list including "eating several hot dogs" and "slapping my belly while making intense eye contact with a stranger," I'd like to add "making out with my dude for the paparazzi."

The pungent fumes of desperation -- which have never been in short supply when speaking of the Rossi-Smileys -- have escalated to a truly overwhelming scale. This is just one more example of the duo trying far too hard. While I've no doubt Gretchen could talk your ear off about her singing career, her various product lines, and Slade's booming career as an emu-herder*, the show is what made her famous.

Rumors circulated throughout my apartment that Gretchen's proposal to Slade was actually a last-ditch effort to prove to Andy Cohen that she was interesting. Frankly, inviting five people to hang out at a catered reception in a mostly empty industrial loft space was the wrong way of going about doing this. Unless, of course, she appealing to the nation's prurient need for schadenfreude. In which case, well done Gretchen!

Do you think Gretchen and Slade are for real or trying way too hard?

 

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*Slade is not an emu-herder.