After being accused of feeding Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson information about a lawsuit new cast member Nicole James had filed against Heather’s plastic surgeon husband, Botched star Dr. Terry Dubrow, on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Shannon revealed where they stand before dishing on Vicki Gunvalson‘s recent split from Steve Lodge and addressing her and Tamra Judge‘s potential returns to the show.
“We’re good. We had lunch a couple of days ago,” Shannon confirmed of herself and Heather during a December 5 interview with Us Weekly.
According to Shannon, who told Gina and Emily of the lawsuit off-camera, she didn’t mention it to Heather because she wasn’t sure they were dealing with the same Nicole she knew years prior.
“I didn’t know that it was the same Nicole. You’ll see more about that as the episodes go forward. In my mind, I kept asking Heather, ‘Are you sure it’s not Nicole Weiss?’” she explained. “I was frustrated because I was trying to wrap my brain in how I knew this gal Nicole who said she knew me. And I wrongfully mentioned it to Emily and Gina because I didn’t think it could be the same girl.”
“In my mind,” she continued, “why would the Dubrows be friends with someone that they were involved with a lawsuit and why would she be friends with them as well?”
Shannon then said that once it was confirmed that it was the same Nicole, she didn’t want to bring up something that happened 20 years ago because she felt it had clearly been resolved.
As RHOC fans surely know, Shannon suffered falling outs with Vicki and Tamra after they announced their exits from the show in January 2020. So, it was no surprise to hear that Shannon didn’t reach out to Vicki after her breakup with Steve.
“No. I didn’t. There haven’t been a lot of kind words said about me. It’s a shame,” Shannon said, adding that she wasn’t surprised the couple called it quits.
Also during the interview, Shannon was asked how she’d feel if Vicki and Tamra returned.
“I don’t think I would enjoy it. I’m in a happy place,” Shannon explained. “There have been a lot of things that continue to be said about me, like as of 24 hours ago, so it’s hard because I was so close to both of them. But I’m still choosing not to engage, especially in the public. We were friends and sadly, we’re not anymore.”
Despite the estrangement, Shannon did admit that she misses the fun times she and her former co-stars shared.
“We had fun together so I would say I miss that part of it but with the way that things are now, there are a lot of untruths being said. So I’m out,” she noted.
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