Oh hey! Did y’all know that Brooks Ayers faked cancer on Real Housewives of Orange County? Because we’ve hardly talked about it at all here. Heavy sigh. And it appears we are about to talk about it again. Tonight we are going to hear Vicki Gunvalson try to explain her way out of this. I am probably Vicki’s best advocate through all of this and I am going to try to give her every benefit of the doubt, but based on some snippets of this show I’ve seen where she claims that make Brooks was drinking Visine or something to make himself sick, I’m confessing up front, I am going to have a hard time supporting her in this.
Andy starts with the statement put out on November 10th by City of Hope stating they had never treated Brooks. Okay Vicki is lying. She now says that Brooks called her from City of Hope and said he should be done in about an hour. When she got to the hospital she called him to ask where to go within the building. Wouldn’t you find this out in the initial phone call? Something like, “I’m on the third floor as the nurse to take you back, or wait in the waiting room?” You know how when a guy has been up to no good and give a very detailed accounting of their whereabouts over a period of several hours? Yeah. It’s just like that. “I turned left down the hall and he was sitting in the waiting room.” Um, why is he in a waiting room? I am not even going to type her long convoluted story. It’s clear to me she is lying. It is a much different story than what she said on the reunion, which was I sat in the waiting room for four hours while he had chemo. We can basically turn this off now. She’s in on it up to her eyeballs.
Vicki has come armed with a folder of documents. One is a text or email from Brooks saying that just because he doesn’t trust her with his medical records doesn’t make it right to accuse me of not having cancer. Huh? When would that conversation have happened? She was defending him up until a few weeks ago.
Before he released the statement admitting he has cancer he sent Vicki and email saying he is releasing a statement the next say and “she will be exonerated. ” After he admitted to forging the documents Vicki said her reaction was that she hates him and she hates what he did to her.
Vicki claims that Brooks still claims he had treatment at City of Hope even after admitting he faked the documents and the medical facility denied ever treating him.
Andy basically asks if Vicki’s desperation to have a man made her vulnerable to be scammed? Vicki gives examples about all the things Brooks did for her. Vicki says Brooks was like a wife to her taking care of all her errands and needs. She needed a wife and he filled that role. Hey, I need a wife too. Preferably one with a dick. But at a certain age Vicki, you have to come to the realization that 94.7% of men are way more trouble than they are beneficial. Buy a vibrator and hire a personal assistant and a maid.
Vicki said that once the woman were confronting her, she and Brooks were fighting every night over her needing an explanation about his cancer treatments.
About Vicki’s statement that she saw Brooks violently ills after his “chemo sessions” she says that she “contacted a couple of people” who said that you can “take eyedrops” and it will make you violently ill. Actually, there have been many murder trials about people putting Visine in someone’s drink leading to their death. I believe that they may have changed the formula recently do to the number of incidents in the early 2000s regarding death by Visine. At any rate, it doesn’t make you vomit or mimic symptoms of chemo illness. It drops your blood pressure exceedingly low and can cause seizures and coma. So this is another weird story by Vicki trying to cover up her cover up. Vicki claims she witnessed him with fevers and chills and night sweats and she seems to want to blame it on him drinking Visine. Again, those are not symptoms of Visine ingestion.
Vicki says that Brooks lost 42 pounds in three months. He certainly did appear thinner on this season. I’m not sure if it was 40 pounds thinner. I will say men can lose weight quite rapidly in three months if they are so motivated. Vicki says she spent tons of time and money on him over the whole cancer issue.
Andy Brings up Vicki’s most recent breakup with Brooks. Vicki says it was in July. Actually it was announced in August, but I suspect it actually happened on their last trip to Florida. That seemed to be their final get together It was a work incentive trip for Vicki and her family members where there. Perhaps her family caught on to his lies? My date for this photo is August 17th but that might just be the date Vicki posted it. Andy brings it up to point out how convenient it was for them to break up right when the cancer drama was about to begin airing. Vicki says she didn’t want to break up at that time. She didn’t know then what she knows know and that Brooks broke up with her. Vicki says that all summer long they fought about him not showing her his medical records. Wait, when did filming end again? Shouldn’t all that be in the can by July/August if they started filming in January? All that was left at that point was the reunion.
Andy asks Vicki if Brooks has cancer. She smiles and laughs (very inappropriate facial expression) and says I don’t believe he does. Why would he falsify documents if her really had cancer? Vicki says she never wants to speak his name again. SHE SAYS HER DAUGHTER IS MOVING BACK HOME! The fuck? Like leaving her husband and moving back home? Moving back with her scary excuse for a husband? What is up there?
Vicki says “I am not part of some scam!” Andy says your cast mates sure think you are. Vicki says they don’t know the full story.
Andy asks about Brooks saying she would embellish stories. She said she probably did do that a little bit hoping for some sympathy for her situation. Andy asks for an example. She says, “He threw up for five days instead of three.” She thinks that Brooks came up with the storyline because he was so hated and wanted to have the harpies be nice to him for a season.
Andy says there are a viewers that do not want her back on the show because they believe she was complicit in the cancer sham. Vicki says that hurts her feelings. Her only crime was loving Brooks and believing him.
Vicki apologizes to the other women on the show. Vicki’s apology was weird. She says the conversation she had with Brianna about calling Terry “was never supposed to get back” and “it happened off camera.” Well, you can thank your daughter for bringing that on the show dear. Vicki is doing a poor job of lying again. Vicki is even apologizing to Meghan. She says she has apologized to Brianna. Brianna has forgiven her.
Andy talks about Gretchen showing compassion and for the first time we see a bit of (fake?) emotion from Vicki. She says that is what she wanted all along was for her friends to be compassionate to her during all of this. Her position is she didn’t know that Brooks was faking cancer and she thought her friends could have come from a more compassionate place. I agree with her there. Her situation, even if she was totally complicit with the fake cancer storyline does not excuse their behavior.
Vicki really regrets divorcing Donn and calls him a great man and a great husband. Donn will be at Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family in Naples, Florida. WHAT THE FUCK? What whole family is that? And why is it in Florida where Brooks lives? Vicki really wants Donn back but Donn is not interested in a reconciliation.
Vicki is afraid of Brooks power over her. She is afraid of his anger. She mentions him releasing personal info and then says there is nothing like nude photos of her. Um, that makes me think there are nude photos of her. If I were afraid of an ex releasing personal information on me, I wouldn’t need to say there are no nude photos, because there are no nude photos. So again, that is odd.
Andy says that there is something that just makes him sad about all of this. He thinks it just comes down to wanting to be loved and being lonely. Vicki says that she really is lonely. Her mother died, Brooks was diagnosed with cancer, her daughter is in Oklahoma. Vicki was too embarrassed to break up with Brooks during filming. Vicki talks about not wanting to start over in a real relationship.
Andy asks if she is in denial about the severity of the situation. Vicki says she is over talking about it. It’s been 4 1/2 months since they broke up. Wow that sounds like she is still counting time. That’s sad. Vicki says she is not in denial and then says whether he has it or doesn’t have it is really none of her business anymore. She’s done talking about it at this point.
She says, “I hope he loved me. I gave my life to him for four years.” Andy says do you think he did love you?
Vicki says, “if he has lied to me about all this, then the answer is no. ”
Okay. I’m torn. Vicki is clearly lying about a lot of things. But I am not completely convinced that she was convinced he was lying when this was all going on. I think that perhaps she lied about the City of Hope waiting room story to try to convince people he was really sick after the fact. I think she could have been trying to make shit up to make her seem less stupid for believing him. I’ve sort of switched gears from the beginning of this interview to think she was not covering for Brooks with her lies, she was covering for herself after realizing how stupid she was for believing him. I dunno. What do you think?
I am sucked back in to feeling sorry for Vicki.