It seems that everyone in The Real Housewives of Orange County orbit has an opinion about Emily Simpson's husband, Shane Simpson. Tamra Judge predicted that their marriage wouldn't last. Vicki Gunvalson also had some thoughts about their relationship. Even Andy Cohen had an opinion about Shane's "devastating" interviews. Emily's bestie, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Shane have also had some bumps in their friendship, namely, on Season 13, when he told Gina to leave his home because she was being loud (clip above). But this season of RHOC, Gina has mostly stayed quiet about Shane's behavior — until now.
“I think that it’s so hard because you don’t want to toss anybody under, but I can tell you this: I think that [with] Shane, Emily has a habit of defending Shane and saying his behavior is sarcasm; it’s not. It’s disrespectful, and it’s snarky, and it’s mean and he does that to his wife," Gina said. He took a shot a me: ‘Oh she’s getting her manicure when she doesn’t even show up to her court date.’ And that was a really devastating thing that happened in my life. And she blows it off like, ‘Well that’s just Shane’ and it’s like, ‘Well, that has to change.’"
Gina thinks she's uncovered a bit of the psychology behind Shane's infamous snark. "I do think Shane does a lot of things he does as a defense mechanism. It’s probably something he’s been doing his whole life and I do think that’s kind of unfortunate, but I still don’t think that’s an excuse to act that way and I think that there’s been a lot between Shane and I that I have overlooked and tried to be a decent friend to Emily because that’s her husband, and then I feel like watching that one scene where he takes that shot at me, that really hurt me because I go out of my way to try to go to bat for him or protect him. Or always, even with Emily, if she does open up I do try to navigate through it in a way where I’m respectful that that’s her husband and he just doesn’t have that much respect for, I don’t really see, anyone.”
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