It’s war in Orange County. Eleven-year Real Housewives vet Vicki Gunvalson and season 11 newcomer Kelly Dodd “are on a campaign” to get castmate Tamra Judge booted from the show, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. (Watch Gunvalson tear into Judge in a scene from the show above!)
This past season, viewers saw rookie Dodd, 43, repeatedly come to 54-year-old Gunvalson’s defense as the rest of the cast, including Judge, 49, accused the latter of being in on ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers‘ season 10 cancer claims that the cast now believe are false.
The battles culminated in a mudslinging Ireland trip, during which a provoked Dodd told Judge that Gunvalson had repeated a rumor about her husband, Eddie Judge, being gay.
The source explains that Gunvalson and Dodd — who are still at odds with the entrepreneur — are hoping Judge will not return for season 12 of the Bravo hit. But their mission may prove fruitless. “The more Housewives dislike someone, the more producers want to keep them,” notes the insider.
“Tamra won’t rule out reconciling with Vicki,” the pal continues. “It breaks Tamra’s heart, but she doesn’t hate Vicki.”
According to a second source, Judge is adding fuel to the fire. “She doesn’t talk to Vicki,” says the insider, who also alleges Judge “leaked screenshots of Kelly admitting to an affair.” (The first source denies the claim.)
Judge isn’t the only Housewife Gunvalson is gunning for. On part one of the season 11 reunion special, which aired November 7, she faced off with former pal Shannon Beador.
When Beador, 52, said she had no interest in being friends with Gunvalson anymore, the OG sniped back, “Get off my show. You don’t like me? Get off my show!”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Bravo Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
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