Any fan of The Real Housewives of Orange County is more than familiar with the epic saga of Vicki Gunvalson and her now ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers. The validity of Brooks' cancer was constantly called into question by many of Vicki's fellow Housewives throughout recent seasons of #RHOC. No one was more skeptical of Brooks' diagnosis than newcomer Meghan King Edmonds, who, at the time, was dealing with her family's own battle with cancer. But what began Meghan's disbelief?
In a recent interview with Bravo's Daily Dish Podcast Meghan revealed what first tipped her off to Brooks' potential deceit. Entering into Housewifedom, Meghan thought she would become good friends with the OG of the OC through their shared experiences with cancer. "I thought I would click with Vicki," the new mom explained. "I knew that Vicki's boyfriend had cancer and I was also going through a cancer situation with LeAnn, with Jimmy's ex-wife. I thought that we could help each other and talk about each other's experiences and commiserate, and instead, I was confronted with a very defensive woman who wanted nothing to do with me and I was shocked."
In fact, it was Vicki's defensive behavior that drove Meghan to dive deep into Brooks' medical history. "And that's really what led me to looking more into this. Because that's not what you do. People who are dealing with cancer, they connect, and they help each other. And instead, she pushed me away and I was like, 'What? this doesn't make sense...'" She went on, "When somebody has cancer like LeAnn had cancer, and I sit there with her at chemo - real chemo not fake chemo...I'm like, 'Oh, well, okay, when you sat there with him through his chemo, how often did the nurse come in and check? Because I felt like our nurse didn't come in enough.' Stuff like that just comes up. And you just chat...It's just something you talk about and you don't get defensive about." It was because of her personal experience that Meghan felt something was off. "If you can't answer some simple questions like that and you start getting mad at somebody for asking...Those aren't invasive questions. That's like breaking the ice questions."
But would anyone have doubted Brooks' cancer story without Meghan? She sure thinks so. "We would have because she couldn't talk about it, it didn't exist," Meghan insisted. "Tamra told me things don't really add up...So I started asking more questions..." We all know what happened next. "Things weren't adding up and then I'm like, 'This dude's not getting away with it.'"
So there you have it. It was Vicki herself who drove Meghan to become so empassioned about the status of Brooks' cancer. Though, we're not sure Vicki would see it that way...
Listen to the full Daily Dish Podcast interview with Meghan King Edmonds and Shannon Beador above.
New episodes of Bravo's The Daily Dish are available Thursdays with flash briefings available daily on Amazon’s Alexa. Listen, like, and subscribe to Bravo TV's The Daily Dish podcast on ApplePodcasts, Soundcloud, and Google Play, and make yourself part of the conversation by tweeting @Bravotv and using the hashtag #BravoDailyDish.