Real Housewife Vicki Gunvalson on What It Was Like to Learn of Her Mom's Death While the Cameras Were Rolling

On Monday night's gut-wrenching episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson found out on camera that her mom had passed away that morning. It was heartbreaking to watch her hang up the phone and cry to the other Housewives as they tried to comfort her, but it's possibly one of the most real pieces of reality TV ever.


Gunvalson opened up to series creator Andy Cohen about filming that scene, and she said she had no regrets. 

"It's part of my reality. I lost my mother. I signed up for all areas of my life to be exposed -- the good and the bad. There's been a lot of great moments that have been aired and there's a lot of moments that I wish I wasn't on a reality show," she said in the pre-recorded interview.

She continued, "This is not a moment that I feel, as of right now, that I regret, because statistically people are going to lose their parents, right? We're going to be alive when our parents die, statistically ... I don't blame Bravo, I don't blame [production company behind RHOC] Evolution, I don't blame anybody -- it's my life."

I'm amazed that she felt brave enough to let viewers see her in her grief like that. Her mom, Joanne Steinmetz, died unexpectedly just this past February, so it's still fresh for the reality star. She said that it will hit her randomly, like overhearing someone talk to their own mother on the phone. "I was like, 'Oh my God, I would give anything right now to call my mom and tell her I love her,'" she said. "Anything. I would give my life to be able to call her."

More from The Stir: Vicki Gunvalson Lashes Out at Fans Who Don't Like Brooks Ayers

It will be interesting to see how this may affect her own relationship with her daughter Briana, who has taken issue with her mom for dating Brooks Ayers. Ayers has been abusive to Vicki in the past, and her daughter is obviously worried about her. Then again, Brooks developed stage three non-Hodgkin's lymphoma late last year, so maybe that's given him the wake-up call he needed to treat Vicki right?

No matter what happens, I think letting us into that dark corner of her life was a commendable thing for Vicki to do. We're so used to table-throwing drama on these shows that it's a poignant reminder in cases like this that these are real people, not just characters on a show.

Vicki concluded about filming the scene, "It's life. And we're all going to die ... We're all going to die one day." That's true. Just most of us likely won't have cameras rolling.

Watch the emotional scene here:

Did this scene break your heart?


Image via vickigunvalson/Instagram

Read More >