Given how much, well, history the women of The Real Housewives of Orange County have with Vicki Gunvalson, they definitely have shared their reservations this season about moving forward with her in light of the Brooks Ayers drama from Season 10. However there's one RHOC woman who isn't bringing that baggage into the situation: newbie Kelly Dodd. And as we saw on Monday's episode, there appears to be a bond forming between the two women. When Heather Dubrow sat down on Watch What Happens Live on Monday she gave her take on their new relationship.
"Well, speaking for myself, I appreciated the fact that in this week's episode when Kelly was saying that she saw a lot of herself in Vicki, and that was very telling to me. And I think Kelly absolutely is a big girl and can make her own decision," Heather told a caller. "The only thing I thought was a little odd was [she] completely disregarded Meghan's feelings. I don't think she had to not be friendly to Vicki, but I would have assumed she would have, at least, said, 'OK, I understand how you feel about it.'"
Kelly has shared that she feels a connection to Vicki — which inspired another response from Heather. "She said it herself, she sees a lot of herself in Vicki, that they both went with the wrong man," Heather said, referring to Kelly's confession that she and her husband had separated for some time before getting back together. "Strangely, I guess, Kelly's back with that man, so I don't know what that says."
Earlier in the day, Heather stopped by The Daily Dish offices and elaborated on the bond that Kelly says she feels with Vicki. "She obviously had some kind of kindred spirit with her," Heather said. "And Kelly's allowed to make her own decision. Look, I'm very fond of Vicki, regardless of what happened last year, I still do feel that way and again [Kelly's] a big girl."
As for the crew trying to put their two cents into the Kelly/Vicki friendship, Heather noted to us sometimes that's just how group dynamics work. "Just like in life, you have friends [and] you have relationships. People move on to different relationships," she told The Daily Dish. "Sometimes in a group, different little cliques form. That's just life. You have to make your own decisions based on your own experiences... when you have hurt feelings, it's hard to see someone being friends with someone who's hurt you. That's just human nature. But, you have to go on your own experiences. It's just like life, you have to be with people who make you happy [and] people who make you feel good. But, look, when you're in a group sometimes you just have to grin and bear it. It doesn't mean you have to be best friends with someone, it just means you have to be appropriate and polite."
Check out more of Kelly and Vicki's bonding, below. And tune in every Monday at 9/8c to see what else is in store for the RHOC ladies.