Exclusive OC Reunion Clip: Gretchen Rossi on Slade's Fake Rock Proposal

"I was sad for him," she says of the scene of him in the jewelry store.

Slade Smiley on Real Housewives of Orange County

Slade Smiley asking a ritzy Orange County jeweler if it'd be possible to plop a fake diamond into an engagement ring until he could afford a real one was painful for everyone to see -- especially the person who would have been on the receiving end of that ring: Gretchen Rossi.

In an exclusive clip of the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion finale, a fan asks Gretchen about what it was like seeing the scene play out, prompting a quick "Oh dear" from Heather Dubrow, who accompanied Slade on said shopping trip. Gretchen thought about her words carefully, and said: "It was hard for me to see him do that, not because I care, I was sad for him."



While Slade's pride might have been swallowed at the moment, Gretchen thinks it was a pretty impressive move.

"I know that was probably a difficult thing for a man to have to say -- to realize he can't get me the type of ring he wants to get me -- it was hard," she says. "At the same time, I think it takes a real man to say something like that. I think it really shows he's a stand-up guy and he's not trying to be anybody he's not."

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