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RHOC’s Emily Simpson Explains Why She Didn’t Attend Kelly Dodd’s Wedding and Blasts Braunwyn for Pretending to Be Busy, Says Sean Burke Was Wrong for Getting Involved in Gina Feud

RHOC's Emily Simpson Explains Why She Didn't Attend Kelly Dodd's Wedding and Blasts Braunwyn for Pretending to Be Busy, Says Sean Burke Was Wrong for Getting Involved in Gina Feud

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Emily Simpson explained why she did not attend Kelly Dodd and Rick Leventhal‘s wedding on the November 4 episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Weeks after the couple said, “I do,” the Real Housewives of Orange County cast member spoke to Andy Cohen about her absence at the event, addressed Jim Bellino‘s lawsuit against her co-star, Shannon Beador, and discussed the behavior of both Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her husband, Sean Burke.

“We are close and it just didn’t work out,” Emily said on the WWHL: After Show after being asked why she didn’t attend Kelly’s wedding. “It was very last minute and she could only invite like 20 people because of COVID and she had a small venue so obviously her family and Rick’s family were first priority.”

In addition to being close to Kelly, Emily said she’s also close to former RHOC cast member Alexis Bellino, whose ex-husband sued Shannon and Tamra Judge for defamation in 2018 after they suggested he was headed to jail on Heather McDonald‘s podcast. However, Emily went on to say that despite her closeness to Alexis, she did not try to fix things between Jim and Shannon.

“The whole thing with Jim Bellino has nothing to do with me and I never talked about Shannon’s case with Alexis before,” she explained.

During the live broadcast of WWHL, the RHOC star was asked about why she was so tough on Braunwyn after she admitted to being an alcoholic.

“I don’t feel like I ganged up on her. Just because you’re going through sobriety doesn’t mean you get a hall pass to do whatever you want and say whatever you want. I still think you have to be a good human,” Emily said.

She then put Braunwyn on blast for suggesting she was busy when she seems to be anything but.

“I found it interesting when she said she didn’t have time when I know she has no job and she has two nannies and she’s home all day. I just thought the time excuse was ridiculous,” she admitted.

As for her thoughts on the way in which Sean involved himself in the drama between Braunwyn and Gina Kirschenheiter at Shannon’s event, Emily said it was wrong for him to get involved.

“He needed to walk away and take Braunwyn and go home. She obviously wasn’t doing well. She wasn’t handling the party well. She was out of sorts. So I think the best thing for him to do was to avoid causing further issues and just take his wife home,” she explained.

The Real Housewives of Orange County season 15 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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