Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen discusses the difference between her fight with Tamra and her fight with Alexis.

on Mar 7, 20110

Hi everyone!

So excited to be back for Season 6! I have to start off by saying thank you to all our loyal and amazing fans! Real Housewives of Orange County seems to continue to be a favorite, and I am very grateful for the support of everyone as we share our very personal lives through TV. I had a fun season filming, and I think this season is going to be a very entertaining and interesting season to watch!

I loved all the individual footage of each of us ladies and what we personally have going on in our lives. Alexis with her kids was hilarious, I love how her little girl lost all her “accessories privileges.” We see Tamra being a “free bitch,” and Vicki and Don’s usual run around (Did you notice the dog chasing its own tail?). Too funny! You also see me continuing to build my mini empire if you will.

I launched my make-up line last season, and this season you continue to see me grow the “Gretchen Christine” brand. For me the launch of the Gretchen Christine Collection was very exciting! I started with handbags, but plan on expanding it to all the things a girl can find in her closet; from shoes, to hats, to clothes, casual wear and accessories!

Hosting has been a great experience for me these past few years! I really love hosting, and I hope to continue in this space long after our show is over. I have been asked to host a lot of events, shows, and had a lot of great opportunities lately, but I really wanted to get some extra training when it came to going on a home shopping network with my line. I went on Shop NBC for the first time this past July! I was so nervous, but Marki is a great coach. She helped calm my nerves and made me confident for my first one hour live appearance (you can see me on-air at http://www.gretchenchristine.com/blog.php?entry_id=234). Going to Marki Costello has really help build my career as a host, and I look forward to many more opportunities within this space. Shop NBC was very successful and as a first time brand on the network we sold 83% through! I was so happy to see all my hard work for the past year paying off!

167 comments
Debbie Lynn
Debbie Lynn

Hi there lady after my husband of 2 years died, I too found "my Slade". After paying 2 months of HIS child support, he was OUT!!!! Whether you have or haven't isn't anyone's business. Just a thought......what would happen if you were unable to finacially carry BOTH of you,if you are, how in the world could Slade do the same thing for you? Food for thought Gretchen and Slade!!!!

ChloeF
ChloeF

the bit about Tamra is hardly fair.. you gave as good as you got!

cg729
cg729

Of course Tamra expects you to just 'get over it' - she was the one dishing it all out! It appears that Tamra (and Vicky) can definitely dish it out, but can't take it.... just keep your head up and keep doing great things!

Viewer pauline johnston
Viewer pauline johnston

i have to say that i dont think you were out of line by your comments to tamara. you can only take so much from someone and she has a wicked tongue. i havnt had any use for tamara after the "naked wasted" episode. who does that? you know damn well she was tryin to get you to do something with her son which is even more twisted! then at the reunion she wanted to act all innocent and deny she had a plan. what it boils down to is jealousy and its so obvious she is jelly as hell! cant blame that on editing. so, good for you for taking the opportunity to get your point accross. im a firm believer if someone is runnin their mouth about you, they need to be confronted and held accountable. good luck on your business ventures!!! love the purses

charnel
charnel

Tamara owes Gretchen an apologize for the things she said over 2 seasons she said horrible things about Gretchen. I think Tamara got her just deserts

Ann Hubeny
Ann Hubeny

Hi Gretchen, You're a beautiful woman, but you get ugly when you get drunk. You were totally insensitive to Tamra. She extended the olive branch to you, and you belittled her in front of other people, and in her home. If you felt so strongly about her you should not have attended the affair. make a fool

Viewer katina
Viewer katina

Gretchen,I truely like you,you are not fake in anyway and always true to yourself, I think all the other girls are so Jealous of you,you are confident in yourself and that shows,and Tamera and the others should stop worrying your life and try to make their selfs happy with much needed Thearpy!!!!

Marygirl
Marygirl

Ok , I liked you better last season. You are beautiful , but come on. You act like your 18 years old sometimes. Grow up already!

Sophie in the Hills
Sophie in the Hills

Gretchen, I think your the best! Vicky and Tam are just jealous. Vicky has been generally the rudiest and most judgemental of all. Hang in there sister. Not only do you have brains but beauty too. I thought it was brilliant that Tax Turbo used you in their commercial.....brilliant! Vicky and Tamara are jealous Turbo Tax didn't use them. Its almost as comical as high school, new gils prettier than the older girls. Love you and all that you do! Sophie in the Hills

jeanette1
jeanette1

you are so right,i had someone in my life that treated me like that.it hurts....people are jealous for reasons that you will never know.gretchen,keep your head up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy Collins
Kathy Collins

You'll never know how glad I am that the Housewives from Orange Co. are back! I was hoping that Tamera had moved on, but alas... the sad little troll is back with us for yet another year. (However I do like watching her try to be a lady) lol...You look great, pretty as ever. Just wanted to say Hi and let you know I'll be tuning in in ever week to see you. Also ampped about seeing your purse line. I'm a purse-a-holic! Be true to yourself and keep us smile'n.

mirtha
mirtha

Gretchen , to some extent I agree with your comment about Tamra. It's true, she has evil eyes. She is a mean woman. But, I wish you to be nice as the past. let those two women (Vicky and Tamra) make fool of themselves. Vicky's comment about Gretchen business is strange to me. It seemed that Vicky is jealous of Gretchen. Comparing Gretchen's bags to Gucci, Prada etc. is weird. At least the bag is beautiful. The pink bag is adorabale. Anyway, be always sweet as you are Gretchen and be nice to Alexis because she is really a nice and good friend. I can't wait for the next episodes.

Anne in MA
Anne in MA

Gretchen, I'm no fan of Tamra's but really, you shouldn't have made that "Evil Eye" comment. You don't have to like her, but I'm sure Miss Manners would tell you it's impolite to insult someone when you are a guest at her party. It also appeared that you were unprovoked. You should have either declined the invitation, or kept quiet.

Paulette1234
Paulette1234

Wow! Note to self Gretchen....Tear a page from Betheney's book and not Jills. Look what happened there. You are trying to brand yourself and image is crucial. You will get more than your fair share of camera time make better use of it. Would love to see you win. Unfortunately, we see you acting alot like Slade now and not the fabulous Gretchen we came to love and support.

Seraphina
Seraphina

Cheers to you for not putting up with anyone's bs...it's about time you give them a taste of their own medicine!

Seraphina
Seraphina

I must say the more you come around the more I like you...you should not take ant bull monkey from anyone so CHEERS to you for putting those fools in their place! Keep kickin' butt Gretchen, you deserve it:)

sylvia G
sylvia G

Hi Gretchen, If we want an eye for an eye. Then pretty soon, the whole world will be blind. This is certainly not from me but from some great minds. Please try to act, not to react. Sincerely

Julissa
Julissa

First of all let me say this! At first I wasn't to happy with the realationship that you and slade have. After I found out that him and Lauri went out on a date and her saying yes and him saying no oh well whatevers right! Is he like house wife hunting or what? Lol! He is cute no offense but you gotta watch out and have him kinda of chained to you and only for you. When you talked to lynne's daughter alexa i think that was a nice gesture from your part. But unfortunately she thought or said that you were hating or whatever. How are Jeff's kids doing? Much Luck to you! God Bless!

New Zealand (christchurch) viewer
New Zealand (christchurch) viewer

Hey Gretchen,

You have to be the best housewife on the programme, I dont get to watch it often but everytime i do i hope you are still around and trying to enjoy your life. Just seeing you in this problem shows that you are all human and you have feels. I am so sorry about Jeff's passing that was really sad about that. I'm not sure how far behind New Zealand is behind the rest of the world but we are up to the part where Lyn is having problems with her daughter and you guys were having the chefs night. I will try to watch this programme as much as poss. You rock Gretchen!!!!!

Catlady123
Catlady123

Gretchen; I like that you totally stood up to Tamara. She has treated you so badly and now is acting all innocent. She could leave the show and wouldnt be missed. Good for you on your make up and hand bag line, I hope you nothing but the best of success. Go get get em girl.

Lauren Arfaras
Lauren Arfaras

Hey Gretchen - I'm not going to bad mouth any of the women on the show because I don't know them personally but I do want to say that I'm so glad you joined the cast a few seasons ago! You definitely make the show more interesting and fun to watch. I love how free spirited you are, how truthful you are about your feelings and thoughts, and how much energy you have. I think your the most pretty of the housewives, just a personal opinion of mine. I love hearing about your line and seeing how driven you are and I hope you keep it going! I send my best wishes to you and the rest of the O.C. housewives!

Viewer from the start
Viewer from the start

I have also watched from season 1 till now and i totally agree with this comment. You have not been perfect. You cant take the break between seasons and return playing the victim. We have memories. Tamara did not need to be too close to you and Jeff to get a feeling about your relationship. You said over and over to the camera that you never had all the things he bought you and that you liked how he would get you things. I'll never forget how you took a vacation while he was in the hospital, because you needed a break from the stress. You did a very good job, all on your own, of appearing to be a selfish and greedy wife. I'm sorry you take heat as a result. But you need to examine your own actions, not put the blame on someone else.

Saucy
Saucy

Love you Gretchen but was really disappointed the way you reacted to Tamra and also to Alexis. Stay the classy sweet person you are==don't become bitter like the other women. I truly believe that Tamra wanted to mend your relationship. Give her one more chance. Meet her half way.

Marti W
Marti W

Gretchen, I've liked you in past seasons but must say - y'all gotta watch your alcohol intake. You are what they consider an ugly drunk. Seriously. Be careful with that.

Tina Chenevert
Tina Chenevert

Gretchen,

I saw nothing wrong with what you said about the evil eye to Tamara. She said and done all those things to you the last 2 years, I was glad to see her get a taste of her own medicine. She could have at least apologized to you before inviting you over to her function. Way to go Gretchen!

Ash1ey
Ash1ey

For all those out there bashing Gretchen, did you not watch last season?! What Gretchen did was nothing compared to things Tamra has said to and about Gretchen! It couldn't be more obvious Tamra and Vikki are jealous of her. I think it's funny how Tamra has turned into Vikki's little puppet (guess someone had to replace Don). Its no coincidence they are both divorced now. Also, Gretchen didn't want to go Tamra's party but had to (for the show). I'm glad Gretchen is standing her ground, she should! Love you, Gretchen, stay strong! :)

Ash1ey
Ash1ey

For all those out there bashing Gretchen, did you not watch last season?! What Gretchen did was nothing compared to things Tamra has said to and about Gretchen! It couldn't be more obvious Tamra and Vikki are jealous of her. I think it's funny how Tamra has turned into Vikki's little puppet (guess someone had to replace Don). Its no coincidence they are both divorced now. Also, Gretchen didn't want to go Tamra's party but had to (for the show). I'm glad Gretchen is standing her ground, she should! Love you, Gretchen, stay strong! :)

Gatorgirl223
Gatorgirl223

Gretchen, You are my favorite Housewife! I think if I were you I would fill Tamra with kindness. Be so sweet that the mean girl will be floored. Tamra is the mean girl from high school. I think she has a real problem with extreme jealously of you. 1. You are the prettiest housewife out of all of the housewives in the various shows. Tamra was until you came along. 2. You have the best figure of all of the housewives. Much better than hers. 3. You are younger than Tamra and she seems as though she can't stand that. I think deep down Tamra wishes she were you (except for Slade). So she cuts you with snarky comments. You just to have a blind approach and act as though you did not hear her. After all it will drive her nuts, she is after a very unhappy "mean girl".

Melissa W
Melissa W

Simply put, if this is how you really feel, you should have been honest with yourself and not attended Tamra's party. That was bad taste on your part and you're behavior only made you look like an idiot.

jinkie
jinkie

You really are a wonderful person inside and out. You've given these women so many chances and all they seem to do is constantly put you down and talk behind your back. I too have been a target of nasty mean girls because I'm a lesbian. Not only did the so call friends say horrible things about me but they also attacked my sister who has and continues to defend me to this day. At the end of the day it's your family that has your back. I lost my mom to cancer and know first hand what an emotional rollercoaster that can be. You supported Jeff and his family through that sad time and no one has the right to suggest that you were in it for the money. Shame on them and God forgive them for their cruelty towards you. Remember ,that God works in mysterious ways and I truly believe that it's your time to received all the blessings and happiness you deserve. You're no princess you're a Queen :)

CALIFSTARHEART
CALIFSTARHEART

Hi Gretchen!

Of all the women in the show, I believe that you are the most authentic. I could not believe how Lynne and her daughter brought you down. I know that your concern for Lynne's daughter was totally real to the core. I have four grown children and two grown granddaughters. Birthing babies does not necessarily make you a 'good mother'. i know that I was a pretty good mom, however, looking back, there were many things that I could have handled differently when interacting with them each day. I believe that we are only as 'good' with our children according to what we know about life at any given time. Striving to be better is always on my plate. I think you did an admirable thing by letting Lynne's daughter know that you would always be there for her. It is admirable for one human being to be available to help through the tough times we encounter in life.

I think that you ought to be very protective of yourself when dealing with Tamra. Tamra becomes very jealous and spiteful of you. I feel very sorry for Tamra. I think that her heart has been broken in so many ways, that the hurt she feels colors her relationships with others and you in particular. I feel that the best way to handle situations with Tamra is to be soft, patient and forgiving. You have to overcome her negativity by being your happy and positive attitude during each circumstance with Tamra. Gretchen, you have what it takes to be all of above, and so much more.

You have proven yourself to be a wonderful caretaker to your fiance during his illness and subsequent passing. You were incredibly loving with his childrfen as well. The fact that you would pick up the pieces during your grief and start a business during such a faltering economy, shows a great amount of strength in a positive direction. I hope that you succeed every day in every way! Your relationship with Slade is your business, not the business of the other women in the show. When a man and a woman can truly accept and love each other through tough times is admirable, to say the very least

Most Sincerely, CALIFSTARHEART

Vee Lu
Vee Lu

Gretchen, I can understand why you would still be angry but it's time to let it go. You went to Tamra's party looking for a fight and got one. You're an angry drunk and then you got all up in a tissy when Alexis called you a princess. So what? It's just a name. You've come out the box hypersensitive this season already so I'm hoping that you and Tamra can squash your differences and move forward.

Ilovemyhubby
Ilovemyhubby

Let me try posting this again: Hi Gretchen, please don't ever give up on being kind and forgiving. Even when they hurt you. If you keep "killing them with kindness" your day of shining will come sooner and brighter. Don't stoop down to their level. If she is trying to be nicer, then good for her. Only time will tell. Maybe one day you will become real friends or at least be conflict-free. If not, then that's ok too. If Tamra stabs you in the back again she (and Vicki) will get their comeuppance. Talk to her in private, and without alcohol. It's ok to hope for a real apology but don't retaliate if you don't get it. It's ok to stand up for yourself without using their own mean tactics. It's very unbecoming. Just be true to yourself. In any conflict healing ALWAYS starts with forgiveness, of others as well as yourself. God bless (and heal) you.

psychogala
psychogala

Why is that Gretchen should stop living in the past and poor little victim Tamra doesn't feel the need to? As we can see in the footage for the upcoming season, she still continues with the Golddigger references...on Watch What Happens, she continues to stand behind her unfounded accusations about Gretchens past.

I'm sorry, but Tamra is the petty, small person in this all the way. She and Vicki are so offended by anyone who steals the limelight, it is pathetic.

They both seriously need to grow up.

Karebearmo
Karebearmo

Gretchen You are doing great things with creating a business, Vicki sounds jealous and it's ugly, because she should know more than anyone creating your own business u's hard! But like u said tamra has to own her actions etc while with Simon, but you must realize WHY she acted like that ( out of her unhappiness), just like u acted differently when you were greiving. Point is your telling her she shouldn't blame her situation on her actions/ behavior, yet in your blog your blaming your situation with jeff on the way you acted/ behaved.

roya20
roya20

hey Gretchen do u know the truth ???? i am telling u .... u are beautiful, smart , high class girl with high quality of personality thats why these weman that near to u cant handle u its so clear they are so jealous of u specially that old fat ass tamra go on girl , u are the one

lampshade
lampshade

Gretchen let it go. Not one is perfect and everyone has personal issues that have gone through or are going through right now. Pick your battles when it really matters. There is an old saying " What goes around comes around". This is so very true in life. Life is short and you should be having a ball. Your young and full of life. One day your 15 mins of fame will pass by and I'm sure you like be remembered as the one who succeeded in life rather than " oh you mean the B--ch". I enjoy very much watching the show since the begining and will continue.

BreeS
BreeS

I admire your ambition......but not your class There's just no excuse for treating someone that way. You spend half a blog trying to justify your actions, but Im sorry, it was just uncalled for and classless

Ker-bear
Ker-bear

One of the best lessons in life I have learned is that a person doesn't have to say "sorry" to be forgiven. By hanging onto the hurt you feel, you continue to hurt yourself. Forgive, move on, and rise above.

brooke102
brooke102

Gretchen, we just love you. We think you are smart and beautiful.Those two pigs Viki and Tamara are nothing but two losers that envy you. You are young, beautiful, smart and Viki and Tamara...well they're the opposite!! They have nothing Tamara lost her marriage because she wanted to go and screw around with her husbands friend and Viki well who in the hell is gona want her?? Poor Don, I feel so sorry for that man!! Stay sweet and don't let those two b*tches bring you down!! You're better than that!!!

Barbara in NY
Barbara in NY

Hi Gretchen,

You're a very sweet person, full of fun and zest. But could you please turn down the volume a wee bit? Did you have to keep yelling about the bare-chested bartender, over and over again? Enough already.

If you can't hold your liquor, don't drink.

Please don't accept invitations from people you know very well do not like you, for you'll only have a miserable time.

As for Vicki -- well, Vickie has shown huge animosity for anyone who joined the RHOC after the first season, whether that be you, Lynn, or Alexis. It's a giant puzzlement how Vicki is able to have a supposedly successful insurance business if she dislikes people so much. The insurance agents that I know genuinely like people; Vicki does not. Stay clear of her, please, for your own sake. All she does is run down as many of the housewives as she can. She seems to care about herself, her daughter and her son. That's it.

I wish you well, Gretchen.

Avid RHOC Fan
Avid RHOC Fan

Gretchen, Let's not make any bones about it. It is YOU this time who OWES Tamra an apology. I have watched RHOC since season 1, long before you and Tamra joined the cast. Quite frankly, BOTH you and Tamra have behaved badly towards each other over these past several years. Yes, you are just as guilty as she went it comes to bad behavior towards each other. And don't say you have been kind, because NEITHER of you have been kind to each other. For this reason, you are far from being the victim and NOT always in the right. You need to get over yourself, stop playing the blame game, and stop dragging in the past to justify your bad and mean behavior.

calidr
calidr

Love you Gretchen!! I would move on they are just not worth. They are mean girls.

calidr
calidr

Listen after everything Tamra has said she deserved it. Vicki too, they sat and talk about her behind her back. they were there usually selves. Tamra is self absorbed and she and Vicki have not right calling people out. Look at there lives not to sweet now. I guess that is Karma

wildirishdancer
wildirishdancer

Gretchen, You are too beautiful to act the way that you did at Tamra's party. You drank too much and unfortunately made a complete fool of yourself. You never should have acted that way at someone else's home, even if you felt that she deserved it. With your new career under way you have to carry yourself in a different way and show the world that you are a woman of class. Not a drunken, angry, girl who can't control her emotions. I hope to see a better side of you in future shows.

bclady72
bclady72

i thought the pink purse you were selling was cute on the first episode! however, i have a thought, how about steering clear of tamra. there are people in this world who bring out the worst in us and they relish doing so. don't let her do that to you. it made you look bad and while you do have some flaws, you are not a bad person. i know you have to socialize for the sake of the show, but now that filming is over, try to be kind to yourself and stay away from the negative energy.

sparkle freak
sparkle freak

I agree. Don't stoop to their level. It may be too late as the season filmed long ago...but seriously, I like it better when you kill with kindness.

MReece
MReece

Completely agree on the infomercials, it's too much ease up..