Shannon Beador is opening up about her ongoing feud with co-star Kelly Dodd after she was on the receiving end of a now infamous mallet hit from Kelly during an episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. Oddly enough, Shannon makes it clear that the mallet hit is not the only reason she no longer speaks to Kelly.
While promoting INNOVO, Shannon chatted with Reality Blurb about the way Tamra Judge and Gina Kirschenheiter reacted to the incident before dishing on her ongoing drama with Kelly and revealing her thoughts on a potential reconciliation.
First, Shannon opened up to us about no longer having to deal with the “horrifying” condition of stress urinary incontinence after using the wearable, and FDA-cleared, INNOVO device. She confirmed that it is “not painful at all.”
“I’ve suffered, along with other cast members, the issue of stress urinary incontinence ever since my oldest was born 18 years ago. So this was the first non-invasive way that I could actually end the problem,” Shannon told us on Thursday, October 10 in New York. “There is an actual cure instead of using different items to mask the symptoms.”
“Basically you wear shorts that stimulate your pelvic floor muscles and strengthen it. You do it for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for three months and you’re done,” she explained.
Following last month’s dramatic encounter between Shannon and Kelly on RHOC, Tamra agreed that Shannon was quite “dramatic” and Gina also suggested Shannon ‘overreacted’ when she sought medical attention after being hit with a mallet while wearing a heavy bowl on her head. However, according to Shannon, she didn’t want to take any chances with a potential injury.
“You know, everyone said, ‘You’re being a baby,’ whatever, you know what? I’m a mom and I’m not going to screw around with a hit on top of the head. Call me a hypochondriac, call me whatever you want,” she said. “It’s disappointing because you couldn’t see my legs and how they kind of buckled. I was just trying to keep my balance and you don’t get a feel for how heavy the mallet was and how heavy the bowl was. I had a huge bump on my head. I just wanted to be checked and everyone else wanted me to be checked, too.”
“And who thinks it’s funny to hit someone on top of the head? Oh, you did it twice that night! Okay,” Shannon continued. “I thought it was inappropriate on so many levels. It is just wrong. You don’t put your hands on people.”
While Shannon and Kelly did get back to a good place with their friendship after the incident in Arizona, things aren’t so great with them now. When it comes to a future reunion, the chances are quite slim.
“I always will forgive but it’s hard for me to forget. I don’t think that there’s a friendship anywhere in the near future. That being said, never say never because I’m friends with [Vicki Gunvalson] today [and I] never thought I’d be saying that,” Shannon stated. “It is disappointing that it has to be this way. It really is. It’s sad but it is what it is.”
As for what else happened between Shannon and Kelly, Shannon told us “other things contributed” to the end of their friendship and said fans will see what those issues were “later in the season.” She also said that when it comes to the comparisons between Kelly and Brandi Glanville, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi doesn’t hold a candle to Kelly.
When we asked Shannon if she found Kelly’s behavior to be similar to that of Brandi, Shannon replied, “Oh yeah, like, times 10.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County season 14 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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