True Embarrassment

Vicki explains how she feels after the bunco fight.

My thought on the never-ending bunco episode is "true embarrassment." Am I disgusted at myself and how I lost my temper with Gretchen and Slade? One word -- absolutely!

I felt, after watching this week's episode, Gretchen and Slade were both just trying to make a case for their innocence for Slade's past child support issues. Fact is, once they found out that Brooks had been arrested for back child support several years ago, they felt it was a way to make Slade look better or equal by bringing Brooks into it.  

Instead of questioning Brooks directly, they decided to attack me when I was most vulnerable and going through a very rough time in my life. I guess the saying that some people love kicking you when your down is true with Slade. Class, integrity, and character are something you cannot buy or wish for. . .you either have it or you don't and for Slade to do what he did in front of 300 people was disgusting and made me very sad.The issue with Slade and myself stems back all the way to Season 1 seven years ago when he was dating Jo. He lied about dating Lauri after Jo and him broke up, and he treated all the ladies like we were second class citizens or beneath him. I have kept trying to see the "good" in Slade and move on, however he just keeps stirring things up. Why does he continue to stir up trouble? What other man does that to women?

When Tamra and I called Slade a deadbeat dad several years ago, it was because of him bashing us on and off camera and it was our way of getting back to him where it hurt.

Brooks has never, nor would he ever, verbally attack a woman. . .EVER. One word comes to mind that I think Slade should consider is -- chivalry. Where I come from and how I was raised, men are to treat women with respect and class. This is something Slade doesn’t seem to be able to do. You either have it or you don't. Slade you might want to take some lessons from Brooks, Jim, Eddie, Terry, and the previous male RHOC-ers who have never verbally attacked a women. I really think he thrives on the drama so he gets more airtime.

This season the ladies tend to gang up on Alexis for no reason. She clearly admitted on getting her nose fixed when the sinus surgery was being done, so therefore I don't know why they continued with the conversation. It's like some of them just sit there and figure out ways to belittle and hurt people. I hated that for Alexis because no one defended her, which was wrong. If Gretchen were a true friend, she would have done that.

It was nice seeing Briana and Donn having a beer with each other at her home. I'm so proud of Briana that she has realized how important it is to have a relationship with Donn. If there is one good thing that has come from our separation is that as they were not previously close and now they are. It's definitely hard seeing them joke, laugh, and have fun together -- it reminds me of the good times we all had together as a family and makes me sad.

In spite of my flaws of being a parent, I am proud of who Briana and Mike have become as adults. They are hard workers, have respect for authority, integrity, a sense of humor, morals and core values, which people love to be around.

Hearing Gretchen and Briana both say, "things tend to turn out to be about Vicki" was hurtful. I would never ignore other people's feelings or concerns, nor can I ignore my own. I am a very emotional and passionate person and when it comes to my children or my family's health I'm even more so. Briana has been sick for over three years with no real diagnosis, so the decision to go ahead to have her thyroid removed was a very emotional one. Once that vital organ is removed from your body, there is no turning back. The thought of Briana having cancer terrified me. She has so much life ahead of her, and I don't want this to be something that she had to endure right now. I don’t know of any other parent who wouldn't feel the same way as I did.

I am in NYC and just finished visting US Weekly,, and a radio tour. I will be on Watch What Happens Live with Andy on Tuesday night (3/13) so be sure to stay up late and watch if you can.

I have received so many amazing messages from my fans thanking me for inspiring them to get into the insurance business or simply take control of their finances. My advice is always to pay yourself first, save at least 10 percent of your paycheck, save for retirement, be in control of your own financial future while not depending solely on someone else, and always spend less than you make. If you follow these rules, you will never get yourself into a financial disaster.

My book More than a Housewife has been getting rave reviews and I thank all of you who say that your have learned from it and felt a little bity closer to me because of reading it. If you haven't purchased it yet, please visit my website to purchase it.

For those of you that would like any advice on 401K rollover information, a free review of your current life insurance plan, or a new policy altogether please visit my website at for more information.

And lastly, Tamra and I are so excited to announce the launch of our new company "Wines by Wives.'  This is a wine club membership that will ship you two bottles of wine per month that have been chosen by us from all over the world. Please visit our website at for more information and join the club!

Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for watching.


Vicki Gunvalson


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