Is Meghan King Edmonds ready to move on? The Real Housewives of Orange County newcomer, who accused Brooks Ayers of lying about his cancer throughout the most recent season of the series, addressed his apology on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in which he confessed to fabricating cancer treatment documents from City of Hope hospital.
“Now it’s time to focus our energy on helping the survivors and victims of cancer,” Edmonds, 31, the wife of baseball player Jim Edmonds, told Entertainment Tonight. “There is so much work to be done to help those suffering. It wasn’t easy exposing a lie about something that is so important to so many of us. It is time for all of us to move on and get to work in a positive way to help in the fight.”
A rep for City of Hope hospital confirmed to Us Weekly on Tuesday, Nov. 10, that there was never a patient by the name of “David Brooks Ayers” treated at its cancer facility in Duarte, Calif. Ayers came forward one day later and confessed to fabricating the documents.
“Words cannot express the deep regret that I have in fabricating documents to ‘prove’ to the world that I, in fact, have cancer,” Ayers told E! News on Nov. 11. “What I did was wrong and inexcusable. I acted alone, without Vicki’s knowledge, to produce documents for a reality TV show in hopes of putting doubts about my cancer to rest. I never intended to disclose my actual medical records or details about my private and personal medical history, thus the rationalization of presenting documents that weren’t true simply for a ‘storyline’ for the show.”
Ayers also told the network that this would be his final time addressing his cancer claims. “From this day forward, my own personal journey with this disease will remain private as I initially intended over a year ago,” he continued. “My sincerest apologies to my family, friends, loved ones, and those who are battling this horrid disease for any additional pain and/or stress that I have caused. As [University of Louisville basketball coach] Rick Pitino once said, ‘Mistakes can be good. They are fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching [life], I’ve learned from making mistakes.’ I made a mistake yet I have learned a huge lesson as well.”
Like Edmonds, his ex Vicki Gunvalson is also over it. In fact, she’s over him. “I’m completely shocked. I’ve seen the bills, I went to City of Hope,” Gunvalson told Extra‘s Mario Lopez on Wednesday. She even claimed to have stayed at the hospital for hours during one alleged chemo treatment. “He was there all morning, so how do you think anything other than he’s getting chemo? You go to City of Hope because you have cancer, not because you have nothing else to do during the day.”
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