Most of the time I forget all about the official Bravo cast blogs. Generally they are just more of the same storyline. The ladies usually just justify the position they held on the show despite the fact that things have since changed. Exceptions include Yolanda Foster’s blogs which were my favorite. But this week, I have been on pins and needles waiting for Vicki Gunvalson’s blog. So far? Nothing. But today when I went to look there was a blog from Lauri Waring Peterson! I was not expecting a “friend of” to blog after the response to Faye Resnick’s brief foray into blogging on last season’s RHOBH. But there it is, and it’s a doozy.
From Lauri’s blog:
While catching up with Gretchen in regards to her relationships with the other women, I was surprised with the details as to why she and Vicki were having difficulties. I was genuinely shocked to learn that Vicki had accused Gretchen of cheating on Jeff during their engagement. Of all things to call Gretchen out on, infidelity probably shouldn’t have been the one Vicki chose, especially knowing what Vicki had told me over the years during her marriage to Don and what I had personally witnessed on more than one occasion. My point to Gretchen while talking about Vicki, wasn’t exactly about infidelity, it was the hypocrisy of it all that got to me!
Over the years with Vicki, back when we were what I considered to be “good friends,” she confided in me a lot in regards to her personal life. She spoke candidly and opening (sic)about other men. I knew I wasn’t the only person that she shared this information with and she never asked me to keep anything a secret. Even though I personally didn’t agree with her actions and choices, I kept my opinions to myself. The choices that she made didn’t affect my life and I had no desire to get involved in her and Don’s marriage. Their marriage seemed to work effectively and I thought to myself that whatever works for them, is their business! However, I do not condone cheating! In my opinion, dishonesty and infidelity will destroy the foundation of a marriage. If the foundation isn’t strong, everything else will likely eventually crumble.
So your good friend confides in you about infidelities and you continue to let her discuss it with you and never give her any indication that you were negatively judging her? And because your good friend never told you to keep her infidelities a secret you feel good about yourself for discussing her private business on national TV? Where it is or is not true is up for debate, but you being a sorry excuse for a woman is not, Lauri. You should be ashamed of yourself. Wasn’t George cheating on his wife with you when you met him?
My friendship with Vicki ended seven months after I met George. Vicki, Duff and I were working in the office one day, when a woman called asking for Vicki. I transferred the call to Vicki. She motioned to Duff and I to leave the office to allow her privacy. Her call lasted over 30 minutes. When Duff and I were allowed back in the office, Vicki continued to work on insurance, as if nothing happened. She was fine and did not mention the call to me. The phone call that Vicki took, I will later discover to have been George’s ex-wife’ mother.
The following day, I received a call from Jeanna Keough telling me that Vicki had received an email from George’s ex-wife’s mother summarizing their conversation. She had instructed Vicki to give me the email. Vicki, however, decided to forward that email to everyone except me! Jeanna forwarded the email to me. It contained nothing but bulls— slanderous lies and served no purpose other than to harass George and I on behalf of George’s ex-wife. Keep in mind, Vicki was very aware of all of the problems George and I had been experiencing with his ex.
Did you ever think that maybe Vicki sent the email to her friend to ask advice on whether or not to share it with you since it seemed to be filled with nasty comments about you? Also wouldn’t you have asked who was calling if you answered the phone for Vicki? Most of us know the topic was most likely George’s kids being very unhappy living in your home.
Edited because Vicki actually DID address this in her blog last week. Vicki said, “When she met George, she was so happy, and I in turn was happy for her. I wanted only for her to find love again, and for her to be happy. When she told Tamra I was jealous of her being happy, is again just a blatant lie. The real reason why Lauri got upset with me is from while she was dating George — which you’ll have to watch to see. The truth is I was trying to protect her and not hurt her when I was told some “not so nice” information about George that I did not feel the need to pass on to her. I was trying to protect her, but it backfired and I thought it was over and done with as this happened over seven years ago. Lauri is bitter and has come back into our group for one reason only, and it’s to stir up trouble – and to try and get back on our show. I had seen her for several years after that “situation,” and never once did she mention this to me until now. I guess she doesn’t have much going on in her life anymore and wanted to come back with a vengeance. In any event, I’m happy she’s happy –- but one thing I will not tolerate is LIES. Stay tuned!”
To learn that Vicki had (1) accepted a phone call from George’s ex-wife’s spiteful mother (2) entertained her for more than five seconds (3) provided her personal email to her (4) later received an email (5) failed to mention the call and (6) that she failed to mention the email was beyond belief to me.
You put the call through. Vicki must have been curious as to why the woman was calling. She apparently told her she could email her. And she was under no obligation to discuss the phone call with you. Perhaps she thought there would be nothing beneficial to come from that.
But the act that ended our friendship, was when she forwarded that slanderous email she received, intended for me, to everyone but me. That action alone, I found to be malicious, evil, and vicious. It was her first personal attack against George and I as a couple. That was definitely not what a “friend” does to a friend! If she were my friend, the scenario would have gone more like this. . .once she learned who the phone caller was, she would motion for Duff and I to be quiet as the call was placed on speaker. She would then let the caller know that she was not interested in hearing anything that she has to say about George as none of it is any of her business. She would not have given the caller her personal email. That could have been the end of it, leaving our friendship intact. Vicki should have been smarter than that. She should have known that she was used as a tool, but more importantly she failed the friendship test!
Sending the email to Jeanna is not sending it to everyone. Perhaps she was looking for advice on what to do with the email, she decided to ignore it, and Jeanna sent it to you anyway. You are mighty self-righteous for someone that just called Vicki a whore on national television in order to get yourself back on the show.
I was really hurt and upset with Vicki but even more angry with myself for thinking she was a friend. I moved out of her office and we never worked through this issue, nor did she ask. Over the years, I have managed to be civil and cordial to her, but I would not define our relationship as friends today.
Well clearly you are no friend to her. We can agree on that. This email controversy, that she was on the receiving end of through no fault of her own, is justification for what you did to her on TV which is about to spark Armageddon Housewives style ? Anyone who is friends with you and watches this show just got a huge heads up that you are not to be trusted. I hope they made note of that.