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Here's Where Lindsay Hubbard and Austen Kroll Stand Following Their WWHL Drama
The Winter House cast members open up about the tension that transpired following Austen Kroll's recent WWHL appearance.
Lindsay Hubbard shared in the November 3 episode of the Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast that she was taking "a strong break" from her friendship with Austen Kroll following his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last month.
As viewers may recall, Lindsay was in the audience during Austen's October 27 visit to the Bravo Clubhouse, during which they both dished on all of this season's Winter House drama. Austen also notably played a game in which he was presented with various situations and chose between Lindsay, his good friend who he has also hooked up with in the past, and Ciara Miller, with whom things have taken a romantic turn this season of Winter House.
When Lindsay returned to WWHL on November 10, this time as a guest, she opened up more about how she felt during Austen's previous appearance, especially as he played that aforementioned game. "It was, like, very humiliating," she shared in the above clip.
Lindsay then confirmed that she blocked Austen on social media after that night. However, she is staying optimistic when it comes to their future. "I'm very hopeful that our friendship will repair itself, and we'll come out on the other side of this in a different friendship, probably," she said. "But, I mean, we have strong connections in our friendship that I think that will repair itself."
Andy Cohen then asked if Austen's sister, Katie, whom Lindsay was sitting next to in the audience that night, had said anything to her after the show. "I mean, I left pretty much immediately afterwards," Lindsay recalled. "I was like, get me out of here."
Elsewhere in this episode of WWHL, Lindsay addressed a fan question asking why she was so upset with Austen since they are not together as a couple. "That's a friendship situation. It's not about romance; it's about friendship," Lindsay replied (clip below). "I expect a certain level of respect when it comes to friendship, and I, you know, didn't get it."
Andy also gave Lindsay a "chance to get back at Austen" on WWHL, prompting her to choose between Austen and Jason Cameron, who she seems to be getting flirty with on Winter House, in various situations, just like Austen did with Lindsay and Ciara during his previous appearance on the show. Find out who Lindsay would "sooner bring home to Aunt Rhonda," would "rather make a sandwich for," who she thinks is "a better kisser," and more, below.
Prior to Lindsay's most recent appearance on WWHL, Austen addressed their drama in a recent interview with ET, sharing that he thought the friends were "good" when he checked in on Lindsay during a commercial break after he played that game in the Clubhouse. "I was trying to be as peaceful as possible, but when Andy starts to ask questions, you're just kind of shooting from the hip," Austen explained. "You're shooting from the hip, you're trying to make it short, sweet and as entertaining as possible and I certainly did not mean to make Lindsay feel as badly as she's making it seem that I did, as if I attacked her or kicked her dog or something."
Austen added that "maybe Lindsay just shouldn't have been there that night." He also confirmed that Lindsay declined his invitation to go out with everyone after the WWHL taping and decided to go home instead.
But similar to Lindsay's outlook on their friendship that she shared on WWHL, Austen told ET that he hopes that they can one day get things between them back on track, even if it might be different from how it was before. "I would certainly like to mend, but what would have to happen at that point is it's like a different type of friendship. It's not the, like, waking each other up in the morning with phone calls kind of friendship or coming to my Watch What Happens. Or vice versa. ... I think that the friendship would just move in a different direction, right?" Austen said. "I would never say to throw away a friendship unless it really was awful or toxic, but if she thinks that I'm not a good friend, then I just hope she comes around."
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