Exclusive: Tamra Judge Dishes On RHOC Season 10


The Real Housewives of Orange County just wrapped filming the season 10 reunion and I had the pleasure of interviewing Tamra Judge about everything that went on this season. Tamra gets candid about what went on behind-the-scenes that viewers didn’t get to see, reveals whether or not she believes Brooks Ayers has cancer and if she thinks Vicki Gunvalson knew the truth.

Congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter Ava Ryan. How has being a Tam-ma changed you?
Tamra Judge:
“Ava is just the most adorable little gift from God. The whole family is so in love with her that she can do NO wrong. She puts a smile on my face every day.”

How are things at CUT Fitness and are you still working there?
“We have been open for almost 3 years and I can’t believe it. Yes, I am still working there in between kids, filming and traveling. Eddie runs CUT Fitness for the most part, he’s the one there every day all day long. I’m in charge of retail, merchandising, social media, expos and all that fun stuff. OH, and I’m there every day to workout.”

Why did you decide to get baptized on-camera this year?
“That wasn’t my plan at all, in fact I was against it at first. The cameras overheard me talking to Katie Hamilton about it and I had NO idea until I got the call from production asking when I was planning on doing it. My original plan was to get baptized with my children who do not film. Plus I was hesitant to do it on camera because I didn’t want it to be made a mockery. After talking to Pastor Mike he suggested I DO it on camera to touch other people and spread the word of Jesus and to let people know that it is never too late. He also told me Not to worry about about the negative people out there. So I thought about it all season until I was comfortable with my decision.”

Since you guys have wrapped season 10, how do you think Meghan Edmonds did for her first year as a Housewife? Do you think viewers got the right impression of her?
“I think Meghan is one of the best castings they have done in a long time. People got to see the really strong, don’t take any crap side of Meghan. I think what they didn’t get to see is that Meghan has a huge heart and is very caring. She really thought that she could have a friend in Vicki since they were both dealing with cancer. As soon as she started seeing the inconsistencies of Vicki and Brooks’s stories she wanted to get to the bottom of it… I don’t think anyone likes a liar?”

How did you grow your friendship with Shannon Beador and how close is your relationship today?
“The funny thing is Shannon and I hit it off from the start last year. We did things together on and off the show all the time. Shannon now knows that me exposing her problems to Heather was NOT about gossip but to help Heather understand that she was going through a hard time. I did not have bad intentions and did not want to hurt Shannon. What I did wrong was lie to Shannon about not telling Heather about the email from David. What you didn’t see is I felt so bad about not telling her the truth I tried calling her as soon as she left my house to clear it up. That is all behind us and we went back to being great friends and having lots of fun together.”

Most of the season revolved around whether or not Brooks was telling the truth about having cancer. Were there things behind-the-scenes that made him look more suspicious to the cast?
“There were so many inconsistent stories circulating on camera and off. We all started noticing them immediately. Things just didn’t make sense! Why wouldn’t he see Shannon’s doctor? He was scheduled to film with her until she wanted to see his medical records. Where was this big binder full of medical records? Why did Vicki say she called Terry in the middle of the night? Why was Brooks drinking and traveling all over the place? Who stops chemo after 3 rounds when your not having secondary issues from it? There are so many unanswered questions.”

Why do you think Brooks and Vicki decided to show you the results of the PET/CT scan and not the other ladies?
“I really don’t know? last year vicki was telling everyone to “watch out for Tamra” she will stab you in the back! (more like expose YOUR lies) this year she wants to show me Brooks PET/CT scan because I am closest to her? My gut tells me that she knew I didn’t know what I was reading and that I would just be their puppet and go back to the other girls and say… Brooks has cancer.”

Do you think Brooks lied about having cancer?
“I don’t think he has cancer. But that is not my problem to worry about. Lying about something like cancer when so many people are fighting it and loosing their lives is disqusting and he will have to answer to God and the two million viewers.”

Do you think Vicki was aware he was lying?
TJ: “How could she NOT? That is the million dollar question… Stay tuned for the 3 part reunion starting Oct 19th.”

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  • Rain October 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    With that last response, it seems to me Tamra is saying Vicki is part of Brooks’s alleged lie!! And somehow they’re still friends and tweeting how much they love each other ?? I don’t believe for a second that Vicki is still friends with Tamra if she thought Tamra thought she knows Brooks is lying and was covering for him !! All very nonsensical

    • Sally October 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      You are right Rain, it doesn’t make any sense at all!
      I love you again!! 😀

      • Rain October 12, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        I’m glad you love me again 🙂 we all need extra love on Mondays!!

        • Sally October 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM

          I really need it today xo

          • Karen' October 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

            Love you too Sally.

            • Karen' October 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM

              And Rain 😉

              • RealSandy October 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

                What a love fest! Awww…;)

                • Rain October 12, 2015 at 4:12 PM

                  Love you too Karen, and RealSandy 🙂 are you we all wearing tie dye shirts by any chance ? 🙂

                • Sally October 13, 2015 at 1:42 AM

                  Love you too Sandy xo and if 3D and Aunt Bee read this love you too! Xo xo

                  • RealSandy October 13, 2015 at 10:53 AM

                    Love all of you cyberfriends too!! Xoxo 😉

            • Sally October 13, 2015 at 1:41 AM

              Love you too Karen xo

    • 3D's Forever October 14, 2015 at 2:34 AM

      Maybe we will be surprised that she is exactly that, a friend. Maybe she did find out it was a lie and is standing by her friend anyway. That is what a good Christian would do! Maybe her newfound love of God will rub off on Viki just from the changes it makes in Tamra, now wouldn’t that be something different for housewives?

      • starr October 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM

        Iagree, 3D’s, having the peace and love of Jesus in your life makes all the difference in the world & just by Tamara’s new found light
        , it will hopefully rub off on Vicki. One does not have to talk the talk, just by walking the walk & living a Christ centered life, shows itself. Great job 3D’s.

  • Sally October 12, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I don’t think I can watch but I’ll read all your comments on it here!

  • Mousie October 12, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    I don’t see Vicki being a liar. Watching some reruns today…anyone else think it’s weird how Jimmy Edmonds is always licking his fingers when they go out to eat? Doesn’t get enough good food at home, LOL. That salmon dish she made him looked like it had NO FLAVOR in it whatsoever. When did you all learn how to cook rice? I think I was 10…lol

    • Karen' October 12, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      LOL… Well, my dad is from China so I learned to cook rice pretty darn early, and I can say I have NEVER had Uncle Ben’s Instant Rice in my entire life!

      • Sally October 13, 2015 at 1:46 AM

        Yuck! I can’t stand the instant stuff! Any idiot can cook rice, oh wait a minute my husband is a good cook but he can’t! I think that’s more to do with not wanting to cook at all when I have made him a curry! He just wants to sit like Lord Muck while I finish it off!!

        • 3D's Forever October 13, 2015 at 2:01 PM

          I love rice and pasta. I can make a whole meal with them. Now I am hungry for stir-fry. I used to take the leftover pot roast and make hash. Add some garlic and onion. Make some stir fry from baked chicken and rice, add same thing, and some carrots. Make some pasta from pasta and sea bass, add same thing. So hungry now.

          • Sally October 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

            Sounds good, think I might pop over!

    • Louise October 12, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      The fingerlicking thing is just GROSS! Bad manners! I can’t see anything attractive about the buffoon. Or the giraffe. Great couple.

      • Mousie October 12, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Lol, Louise! Good one!

        • Louise October 12, 2015 at 11:14 PM

          Thankyouverymuch! Honestly, I don’t even wanna THINK about how he looks naked…

  • sidewinderVX October 12, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    That really interesting that he was scheduled to film with Shannons doctor till she wanted to see him medical records.

    Can totally see what Meghan would hunt down the truth, I agree with Tamra that she was great casting.

    • Rain October 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      I respect your admiration for her Sherloxk work but regardless of that, she’s an annoying , bratty and entitled ‘woman child’ ! Aren’t there any intelligent charming young women to cast anymore??? Someone who knows how long it takes to cook ‘minute rice’ ! 🙂

      • RealSandy October 12, 2015 at 4:26 PM

        I see your point and agree, Rain!

      • starr October 12, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        Oh, how I agree with you Rain. Was NEVER any of Meghan’s business. Was watching repeats of RHOC today. I was once again shocked at Jim’s statement to Meghan after she pulled him into her conversation with Vicki at Tamara’s party. He was downright disgusted with her & told her he could say whatever he wished. Arent they supposed to be newlyweds? Why ever did he marry such a pea brained giraffe? clearly to babysit his teen daughter. If Brooks been lying, I do not think Vicki knew, probably doubtful, nothing else. As for Tamara, I don’t trust with an inch of my life.

        • Rain October 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM

          Thanks RealSandy and Starr. I seriously doubt Meghan will be married by next season. I don’t wish divorce on anyone but they sure are an odd pair!

          • RealSandy October 12, 2015 at 6:09 PM

            The odd couple for sure!

            • Mousie October 12, 2015 at 9:42 PM

              Yea the Edmonds don’t really seem to mesh. I know when we were newlyweds, actually years before and after, couldn’t keep hands off each other, lol. Twenty-seven years later, still don’t even think hubby or I would criticize the other in public. Definitely would do some nudging under the table, lol!

      • 3D's Forever October 14, 2015 at 2:26 AM

        Ditto, Rain. Charming women would be nice.

  • Rain October 12, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Ok Tamra, let’s cut the b.s!! Meghan is the BEST casting in a long time ? Really??!! Oh, and she had a really big heart??? Hmmmm, well that heart must’ve been swallowed by her even bigger mouth! since Andy is a sadist now, I’m quite certain, Meghan will be there next year! By then who knows, maybe Meghan and Shannon will be the new besties !! I also hope hart her gets lost in her 20 bathrooms if her new ‘castle’ and disappear for next season

    • Rain October 12, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      I hope heather gets lost, Arghhhh all these mistakes

      • Mousie October 12, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Seriously why do you need 14 bathrooms? Personally I grew up in a big house and now have a small house – much prefer the latter. Less to clean! More yard to have fun in, have cookouts and such!

        • 3D's Forever October 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

          I know!! pretentious. who the hell is going to need 14 bathrooms? It is stupid, it isn’t Downton Abbey. I can honestly see having a bathroom for each person, even the kids as they grow up. And a guest bathroom. that still only comes to 7 or 8. She is the one who bugs me the most with her back stabbing and pretending it was out of friendship.

          • Sally October 14, 2015 at 1:46 AM

            3D I agree totally, I know she doesn’t clean them but I have trouble with four! More than enough even when the kids are up with their partners! I know it’s her money and she can do what she wants with it and if she wants a mausoleum that’s fine but I just wish she would stop bragging about it and telling us how much each tile costs!!!

            • 3D's Forever October 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

              That’s it for me too, Sally. The opinion that she has a right to be rich and to act rich is correct. Our opinion about shoving it down our throats is also. Just that she called Alexis out for ti, too. No matter that Alexis was a little over the top, I am speaking about her.
              And, just for the record, the thing about calling Terry for the IV, I actually believe Viki. That was never stated until this whole thing about the cancer lie really took on a head of steam, Heather had multiple opportunities to spill that little tidbit to everyone. She just had to be part of it, bringing Viki down. And, Viki has never actually done anything to Heather, ever. If anyone can remember something, please correct me. Heather is as big a liar face as any of them, for some irritating reason she gets away with it. Maybe next season a woman will be cast that sees thru her BS. She annoys me with her E.N.U.N.C.A.T.I.O.N., of E.V.E.R.Y. syllable. Like when one goes to a foreign speaking country, and either person thinks if they just say it slower or louder, the person doing the listening and not understanding will somehow then totally understand this foreign language. That is what Heather reminds me of.

        • starr October 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

          Agreed, Mousie–a smaller house any day of the week for me too.

  • Lisa October 12, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I think Vicky and Brooks cooked up the cancer story to get sympathy for Brooks so her friends, family and viewers would take pity on him and get off her back about dating him. I think it blew up in their faces. The evidence is so strong. I cant believe it isn’t obvious to everyone.

    • gigicat October 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      Hi Lisa (Hi everyone…), Lisa, I’ve been thinking the same exact thing. That maybe he had some medical issues, and was told “it might be cancer” and they took it and ran with it, using it for sympathy. Considering my husband is about to undergo a rigorous round of chemo ion the next month for his CLL, I cannot stomach, or forgive ANYONE lying or exaggerating about cancer and if either of them are lying, I hope (and I’m gonna get in trouble for this one), I hope they get some horrible, disfiguring disease and die slowly and painfully and are left to die out in the open and vultures pick at their flesh while they are still alive. NOBODY SHOULD LIE ABOUT CANCER! Not even joke about it. It’s a horrible, horrible disease and

      • gigicat October 12, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        Oh Good Lord, I hit send before finishing. It’s a horrible, horrible disease and I am so over this storyline because God forbid, that swamp dweller IS lying? He better leave the country. Or this planet.

      • Sally October 13, 2015 at 1:55 AM

        Gigicat, love and prayers! I hope all goes well.
        I cannot stomach this series, it makes me angry, sad, sick! I won’t watch again until she has gone unless there is proof she didn’t know. Even then I probably won’t believe it.
        For NHL he would look a lot worse, the chemo is vicious I feel lucky my son survived it but my friend who had the wrong treatment initially didn’t. I think he may have had a scare and they went with this for sympathy. People that lie or exaggerate Cancer are the lowest of the low!
        Really thinking of you xoxo

    • Sally October 13, 2015 at 1:57 AM

      Lisa I agree totally!

      • Lisa October 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

        Love you Sally. 🙂 I thought last nights show proved it all. Moving on! xox

        • Sally October 14, 2015 at 1:38 AM

          Love you too Lisa 😀
          It’s a real love fest going on the last couple of days!!!

  • Louise October 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Good Lord this woman doesn’t know how to be a friend to anybody but herself. I believe deep in her heart she knows Vicki is telling the truth (she is) to the best of her knowledge and ability. But her ego and responsibilities to this ‘entertainment’ don’t allow her to go with those gut feelings. The ‘great casting’ of Meghan comment is just such BS. Kind hearted people do not do the things Meghan does and says. Look, in the very very unlikely event she is correct about Brooks, that will not ever excuse her behavior! It is ugly.

    • Rain October 12, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Spot on Louise

    • Mousie October 12, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Yeah Louise I believe you are right about Meghan. It wasn’t like she approached the whole thing from a loving friend point. I was friends with a co-worker once who dated a con artist, a guy who had multiple girlfriends, told lies about his work, etc. and it was super hard every time we had to tell her some new lie we had discovered about him. After several weeks I just had to tell her once and for all, I’m sorry but I can’t do this anymore. Because she would go on and on about him on our every break, lunch, etc. too much stress.

  • Go Jesus! October 12, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I’m just loving this new Tamara I tell you. She really has a beautiful light about her and I’m so glad she found her faith. She is going to be very fun to watch in her developing new self. Finally something positive on a real housewives show, eh?

  • Cin October 12, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    good interview!!!!

  • LAS October 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    I was giving Vicki the benefit of the doubt that she wasn’t in on the lie but after the finale last night I changed my mind. Her last “interview” piece did it – she was distancing herself from if he was lying saying if he was it had nothing to do with her. It was said in such an offhand way that I got the gut feeling she knew he was lying.

    • Daybay October 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      If Vicki wasn’t in on it why did she have to lie so much. She made it more suspicious than Brooks did.

      • Anonymous October 13, 2015 at 7:05 PM

        Agree but until last night the IV lie hadn’t come out yet and her involvement could be manipulated. The IV call and her attitude did it for me, but that is just my opinion.

    • 3D's Forever October 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      Last night wasn’t the finale, It airs Sunday Night.

  • River October 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Such a lack of character to call a tall person a giraffe.

    • starr October 30, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      Sorry River, but Meghan does have a neck like a giraffe & add ostrich to that too. Her whole body is off. Sue me for speaking my truth. I’m not fond of the meddlesome, immature brat & I’ve stated that very clearly. My opinion.

    • 3D's Forever October 30, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      Oh, come on, not that big of a deal. it is one of the kinder descriptions of a housewife.

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