Tamra Barney

Tamra discusses new girl Heather Dubrow and rekindling her friendship with Gretchen.

on Feb 11, 20120

Season 7, and I'm in heaven!

I am truly excited to welcome you back into my life. This year is probably one of the most interesting seasons by far. So many changes have transpired: New friendships, divorces, new romances, new enemies, life-threatening illness, new beginnings, and LOTS of DRAMA.

I think one of the best additions to our cast is Heather, who I like to call "Fancy Pants Dubrow." The day I met her at the lot I felt very intimidated. Here was a tall, beautiful, elegant, classy, and well-spoken woman that seems to have it all.

I thought to myself, "How could we possibly have anything in common?" I found out pretty quick that she was my kinda girl.

We might come from different worlds but the one thing we have in common is -- we say it like it is! You'll discover that Heather's approach is much softer than mine. She definitely doesn't always agree with my delivery, however, we found a mutual respect for each other because of our honesty and way of keeping it real.

94 comments
cwp801
cwp801

Tamra, I like watching you on the show, but I feel that you are not being fair with the comments you've made about Vicki and your situation with Gretchen! Put yourself in her place and imagine HOW you would feel if the roles were reversed and it was her all of a sudden buddying up with Gretchen! Vicki has heard tons of comments from you about Gretchen and now you expect her to act as IF you hadn't made those comments? That is messed up! (How can you expect her to act the same to you, or even trust you after that?) You'd better watch your back with Gretchen and try to continue your loyalty with Vicki. Gretchen's boyfriend will NEVER like you or trust you after all that has been said and done; and so she will never be a true loyal friend to you! Vicki has had your back for quite sometime and you seem to be dropping out on her like a hot potato. that is really messed up and you need to rekindle that relationship again before it is too late! (You both need each other and have so much in common, whereas you do not have anything in common with Gretchen and never will. Good luck with your relatioship with Eddie. I hope it lasts for you and love seeing you two together! You and Vicki and Heather have a lot in common, and I can't stand Alexis and Gretchen and think they both act like they think thier crap doesn't stink! They are both so fixiated on themselves and are constantly flitting their hair back like they think they are really something to look at. They both crave attention so bad it is pathetic! Stay close with Vicki, and both of you need to watch your backs with those other two phoney beotches!

Andrea B
Andrea B

Two episodes in and I am back to being a Tamra fan, I hadnt liked the Tamra of the past two seasons. Already seeing a kinder, more sensitive, fun Tamra! Love it and really love that T & Gretchen are forgiving and friending!!!!!!

anparis
anparis

Hey Eddie, I hope you are beginning to understand why Simon was so "controlling." Tamra is a little too old to act this childish.

FanFare57
FanFare57

OK Tamra, You had been my favorite HW of all the franchises until now. What happened to you? Right out of the gate, you back stabbed Vicki by saying that your feared her. Then directly after making peace with Gretchen, you scream out a nonsensical comment about her lips being done. She looks exactly the same as previous seasons except for her hair and make up. Even if she did have a procedure, how is it being friendly to blurt it out in public? I also cannot believe that you could suspect and accuse Vicki of moving in on your teenaged boyfriend. Maybe, you're projecting your own sleazy behavior. You seem less mature than your youngest child. Please edit yourself. There is such a thing as an unexpressed thought.

Tammy and Doug
Tammy and Doug

Hey Girl, So glad you and Gretchen are finally making up after all these years! :) Truth be told I am not a big Slade fan either he seems to make his way around the block and I think Gretchen could do a lot better and actually have her dream family. However as a friend we all have to love and accept those that our loved ones choose. ;) After all it isn't us who have to share their relationship. lol I honestly wish Peggy was still on the show! Shes a fantastic person on the show and she also reminds me of you. Big heart and great mom! Thats what we need to see on here. I think Alexis is ok, I cannot stand her husband and I have NO respect for any man who has children and won't change their diapers! My gosh she even has to set HIS alarm clock! Alexis needs to gain a back bone! I feel so sorry for her daughters to grow up in a home thinking its normal to be treated like that by your husband! SO glad you and Eddie are still going strong! :) You wo would make a beautiful baby. ;) I wish you all the best! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Lmf22
Lmf22

Wow, thought that behavior on your part was very immature and childish. I don't even remember in high school acting that jealous and immature. Totally inappropriate to place his hand on your boob! Vicky and Eddy were totally joking around. My friends and I often joke around and have fun like that! How could you be jealous of Vicky - ewwwww!

Viewer1972
Viewer1972

good grief!! i have no idea why i keep subjecting myself to this drivel.

you have truly gone off the rails.

goodbye dear Bravo, it was fun while it lasted...(well up until about 2 years ago, when I really should have dumped you....)

CalleyCreed
CalleyCreed

Looks like your afraid Eddie will do to you what you did to Simon. Good luck Tammi!

mnolan
mnolan

Hi Tamra! You are my favorite housewife. How do you keep in shape? Do you exercise alot, take vitamins or what?

Jens
Jens

Love ya, Tamra!

It's cool that you always say things that viewers are thinking. Like at the dinner where you asked Gretchen if she had plumped her lips. Even though she denied it, it sure looks like she did.

reginaern
reginaern

Be nice to Alexis and stop talking about her. She's not your cup of tea and so what. Leave the girl alone. You are always the mean girl and so far we've only seen 2 shows this season. I hope you wise up and get better.

koelngirl
koelngirl

So happy you and Gretchen are friends! I hope it lasts!

OC LOVER
OC LOVER

T, stop letting ms. gunvalson's opinions sway the way you think of others,, just because she says so , does not make it so,,your new independence should also involve your friends,, think on your own and good things will happen...

Julie S
Julie S

Hi Tamra, I've always like you a lot, however...I do think you need to filter what comes out of your mouth from time to time. Also, what you did with Brooks' hand on your boob was extremely inappropriate. Eddie had every right to be embarrased and angry. It's been clear from day one that despite your friendship with Vicky, you two have a different sense of humor and view on sex. She may get a kick out of you, but you really need to know when to put on the brakes.

Besides that, I like the gift of the olive branch to Gretchen, but I'm sure you understand that many of us question your intentions. Only time will tell!

Jaghuz
Jaghuz

I loved your purse on the last show. The camel colored ostrich and white....who makes it? BTW love you and your honesty.

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

Tamra,

I like the fact that you are trying to start a friendship with Gretchen but I hope it's being done for all the right reasons, not somewhere down the line you will be talking about her once again if she happens to "stray." Be humble and try not to act like you're better than anyone else, give her a chance. Now, with the whole "boob" touching thing-what you did was WRONG! Eddie was not doing anything wrong and neither was Vicki and if she is your friend then how can you call her a B***H! Are you that insecure? If you keep doing things like that you will lose Eddie no matter how much you say you and he are in love, there is just so much a man can take. Just because you are not with Simon anymore doesn't mean that you can take advantage of Eddie and think he's not going to say anything or not feel hurt. I think you should apologize not only to him but to Vicki as well for calling her the "B" word. That is not being a friend. I know that I never call any of my friends that but then again maybe things work differently out there in the O.C. I don't know-just saying!! Lighten up. One final thing, watch out for Alexis because that is one phony, fake person.

Lisa Lu
Lisa Lu

Tamra, you are hysterical! You are the reason I watch - always waiting to see what will come out of your mouth. I can't stand Alexis. What a stick in the mud she is! I'm glad you and Gretchen are trying to forge a friendship. I am so tired of watching Vicki act appalled at the mention of sex. And, we get it - Vicki works. Keep making us laugh!

Sammi42
Sammi42

I'm surprised that the comments about your behavior on placing another man's hand on your boob are minimal! Truly a bad thing to do when you have a BF. I wonder if that is why Simon was always annoyed with you? Maybe he got tired of being embarrassed by your behavior! However saying that, I am all for having a good time and letting loose, but there is a time and place for everything and not every place is your platform. You are not naive to know that or to know that what you did was inappropriate, even if Eddie had not been present. Sometimes you have to think first, even if you explain it away by saying "that's just me" or "I'm not changing who I am". No one says you have to change, just know where, when and with whom. You come across as if you are desperate for attention or perhaps you want people to think or say that you are 'fun, happy and outgoing'. You can be all those things without embarrassing yourself, your friends and significant other. Be careful, Eddie might think Simon was right about you!

realhousewivesx
realhousewivesx

Tamra, I love that you always keep it real. You say it like it is, and no one is to expect any sugar coating. You are definetly the most fun, honest, and cadid housewife there is, and you keep me laughing all the way through. I'm so proud of you for moving on from Simon, I think Eddie is absloutely wonderful and I wish you both the best ! Keep calm and carry on.

Shod
Shod

I'm glad that you and Gretchen are giving peace a chance. However, I hope you are not getting ready to hurt Vicki. Remember, she always had your back so you need to have hers. Also, I get the hypocrisy. Eddie can flirt but you can't? Boobgate was hilarious, and anyone who knows you should know your humor (Vicki does per her blog). However, it sounded like you had a string of four-letter words for Eddie, which went too far. I hope you apologized to him for that.

Hlbcaligirl
Hlbcaligirl

Your my favorite still. You are you and don't change for the fact to be in. Keep them on their toes. I think you and Gretchen will be a fun pair to watch and Heather too.

 Jeri
Jeri

I started watching the first season because I once lived in OC.I loved being in your lives, seeing how you lived,what you would wear,where you would go. It was nice seeing good things happen in your lives .We also got to see your lives are really no different from ours. Then all the back biteing started. And that is what I hate the most. I know they say it sells.But it just isn't as much fun to watch any more. I really wish we could go back to the beginning.I have stopped watching the other housewives because I have enough drama in my own life,I don't need there's. I don't want to have to give up OC.Try and work it out .

kaylasura
kaylasura

Tamara, you are a pretty woman, however, I have watched all the episodes since you got on the show and one thing you always never fail to do, is to play both sides all the time, you listen and act like you are someone's best friend and then stab them in the back. It's a miracle Vicki ever forgave you for all your backstabbing. You need to grow up. You should also lose the loser Eddie.

shieroc
shieroc

I think it's great that you are trying to get along with Gretchen, of course the show is good with drama. But mean spirited fighting is very different, so glad to see you two at least trying. I don't think Vicki was trying to do anything wrong with Eddie, they were just being playful, with the little help of tequila shots. You didn't like it but I think it was harmless. The show is off to a good start. looking forward to the season.

Bravofan1971
Bravofan1971

You just crack me up! Whether you are cutting jokes or taking a jab, your delivery is just straight up entertaining. I love it!

Emily001 Florida
Emily001 Florida

I think bringing up Peggy /Jim/Alexis is childish and old news MOVE on

ex oc girl
ex oc girl

Love you Tamra! I love Gretchen and Vicki too. Alexis has got to go!!! Please scare her away.

ChicagoGirl8
ChicagoGirl8

I hope you and Gretchen stay friends...She will need you to help her get over her break-up with Slade. She will become tired of him soon. Slade looks like he'd smell of mayo.

Dallaswife
Dallaswife

I am so happy to see the positive change you have made in your relationship with Gretchen!

vandee
vandee

Tamara, you are a beautiful and confident women. Eddy is obviously in love with you. I think you over reacted a bit when he and Vicki were holding hands and touching on the way to Catalina. From an outside point of view, they were just having innocent fun. You went over the top. Eddy is your mate and Vicki your friend. Neither one of them would engage in anything to purposely hurt you. What ever triggered inside of you during that episode needs to be explored and dealt with. Jealous over Vicki? Really?

jllyinthemiddle
jllyinthemiddle

You sooooooo aren't "keepin' it real" as much as you think. You need to try to be a bit more introspective and look at your real motivations for much of what you say and do.

DEGIRL
DEGIRL

Tamra so glad you are keeping a more positive attitude. It looks good on you. Its very easy to get caught up in other peoples drama/business when you feel very strongly about something but stay positive!! Love the show!!

Jeditrx
Jeditrx

Loving your attitude and approach to life this year! You have always been one of my favorites, but I just love how each season you grow more and more into the woman you are meant to be! So proud of the direction you are taking with your life and how hard you are working at it. I do have to say though, last night's episode was shocking for me. I could NOT believe the way that Eddie acted and spoke to you. It is absolutely never ok for a man to speak that way to a woman, let alone in public! Not necessarily defending your actions with Brooks, but I definitely feel that he was in the wrong. It absolutely breaks my heart because I love the two of you together, but I feel that last night showed a definite mean, chauvinstic (and somewhat characteristic of his culture) streak in him that makes me nervous for your future. Those characteristics do tend to be deep in a personality, and are hard to reverse and change, and I just don't want to see you caught up in what could potentially be another toxic relationship. Obviously, we don't know each other and I don't really have any right to give you advice, but having been in a relationship for years with a man very like Eddie, and knowing firsthand how detrimental those attitudes can be long term, I just felt like I had to share my perspective with you. I wish absolutely nothing but the best for you and can't wait to see how things develop through the rest of the season. I just love you and hope that your no bs, straight up attitude will start to rub off on some of the other women!

DeGirl
DeGirl

Tamra I am so glad you are trying to be a better person, sometimes its easy to get wrapped in other peoples business when you feel strongly about something. Keep up the positive attitude!!

Curly 1
Curly 1

Thank you for not pushing marketing product on us....

MN LPYKE
MN LPYKE

I am greatly impressed with the way you and Gretchen have both decided to get to know each other without outside influence. I takes a big person to admit to your behavior in such a public forum. I look forward to seeing more of this side of you this season.

BH Viewer 01
BH Viewer 01

Shake those haters off! I think you are great! I'd be scared of Vicki too. I have no idea why she is so opinionated when it comes to you. I hope that you and Gretchen stay friends!

k-rae
k-rae

Now THIS is the Tamra I like!! MUCH better attitude than last season. Keep it up, girl!!

An American in Europe
An American in Europe

This all sounds good...but I did notice at Vicki's southern dinner party once you were around your rich, powerful, and obviously well connected new friend, you attempted to sneak a few jabs in. Time will tell if you're really a changed person from the vitriolic, judgemental, accuser we witnessed last year or if you're simply a wolf playing in sheep's clothing...I do hope it's the former. It makes you prettier and more relatable. Best of luck for the new season, Dear!

BH Viewer 01
BH Viewer 01

You go girl! I like Heather too and I am glad that you and Gretchen are working on the friendship! I think Vicki got a little jealous or threatened by you and Gretchen being nice to each other, and I think instead she should have been supportive. It seems like she liked it when you guys were mean to each other. She certainly isn't encouraging the friendship, which is odd to me.

Peech
Peech

Class it up a bit Tamara!

Peech
Peech

Tamara! You really acted out last night. Maybe Eddie will see the red flag! Class it up a bit girl!

rashik
rashik

You really acted out last night! Hopefully Eddie will see the red flag. Class it up a bit Tamara.

nancee
nancee

Tamara, you should spend more time thinking about what you are saying and grow up. What you pulled on the trip over to Catalina was ridiculous. Eddie seems like a nice guy and you made such a fool of yourself. You seem to work so hard at trying to be the center of attention that you don't realize how immature you look. Maybe you should spend more time focusing on your own behavior and less time stirring the pot for others!

teresas
teresas

So you actually had lunch with gretchen how did it go? Well at least both of you sat down and talked out stuff that needed to be talked about cause i am pretty sure that both of u 3 had stuff or things to be said that day or on both of your minds. gretchen and slade hmmm i don't know what to say about them honestly but i wish them nothing but good luck and that is about it. And to the rest of the ladies the same thing as well also good luck to you all.

pshell
pshell

Seriously Tamera...you need to be nice, quit talking about people.

D Williamson
D Williamson

Tamra, love, love, love you! You are my favorite of the OC housewives as you remind me of myself. :-) You are gorgeous and never be jealous of Vicky--I'm not saying Vicky should wear a bag on her head. Just saying you're way above -- and are the total package. Nice figure, smart, pretty and wicked sense of humor. Sure, there was a problem when you put Brooks hand on your chest. Alcohol and being impulsive do not mix. Been there done that!! Whew and will probably to it again.

Throw yourself at him and beg for mercy (don't beg too much)--men don't deserve alot. hahaha And point out that you didn't like the way he interacted with Vicky and sorry I was jealous.

Keep being you as I like seeing my much younger sister on TV. > from your older sister who is just like you but lives in Nebraska.

TheRealMandy
TheRealMandy

I've never really liked you and your above it all attitude but it seems like you have been humbled by life. You seem like someone that I would be drawn to now. Hope it lasts.