Vicki Gunvalson Doesn’t Understand Why Meghan Edmonds Doesn’t Work


During a cast trip to Tahiti on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson questioned newcomer Meghan King Edmonds’ decision to stop working once she married her husband Jim.

Telling Vicki that she used to sell “medical devices” before she met her husband, Vicki questioned why Meghan stopped working when she married her husband. Meghan explained that the job that she had wasn’t “conducive” with their relationship.

“I don’t think it was a good idea for Meghan to quit her job,” Gunvalson confesses. “What’s Meghan going to do when Jim moves on to wife number four?”

Vicki continued to ask Meghan questions, including why she doesn’t travel with Jim when he goes back to St. Louis. “Because of Hayley,” Meghan said.

“When Vicki asks me questions about me and my family, I don’t feel like she’s trying to get to know me, she’s putting me on the freakin’ witness stand like she’s trying to indict me,” Edmonds confesses.

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  • Meghan doesn’t work because she’s a real housewife!

    • Anonymous

      Kudos to you for that response – Vicki is very jealous of anyone that is younger and more attractive. She has always wanted to tell everyone how to handle their marriages, as if she is one to have anyone follow her example.

  • Sherry

    She will regret the decision not to work, honestly do not see that marriage lasting.

  • Judge Judy

    I don’t see it working either. Only a few months in and already he does not seem interested in her. However, I’m sure she’ll get a fat chunk of cash as a parting gift so I don’t think she needs to get a job right now.

    I think Vicki just likes to put young newcomers who think they’re hot stuff in their place. She wanted to remind Meghan that she’s only a new third wife to some guy with money and no special princess.

    • T


    • Funny but true. Lol.

  • Apple

    Lol…ahhh Vicki…you are soooo jealous. Why do you care if Meghan works or not? When Jim moves on to his next wife, you will not have to support her. Heather and Shannon don’t work for a paycheck either and you are not all over them about spending their husband’s money…and I believe your own daughter is dependent on that creep she married now, too.
    Is it because you have always had to work and pay men to keep them? Well, Icky….there is a reason for that…and it has nothing to do with Meghan…it is because you are obnoxious and controlling and a pain in the frickin’ ass.
    Now get back to work.

    • Shari

      Absolutely right on the money! Jealously is so ugly!

    • Amy

      Well said Apple

    • Sandra

      On that divorce topic, I wonder what the prenup was that Megan signed. With Jim’s track record, he must have had a prenup, and she may not be so well taken care of if the marriage ends, especially if after a short time. I still think she can return to her old career and do well of she had to work. I don’t like Megan, but I was thinking about how much Vicki supported her ex and now Brooks, so she should not talk, since she keeps her men living quite well on her salary.

    • Danielle

      No kidding. Icky Vicki likes to stick her nose where it doesn’t belong. I try to like her, but her jealousy and bad attitude are unattractive. Not only that, but she was rude at Meghan’s game night. Meghan might not have a job, but at least she has manners.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Just a FYI ….I DO believe Heather has worked several acting jobs and is practically raising their 4 kids without their dad!

      • Judge Judy

        A couple is one unit and the money is just as much the wife’s as the husbands even if she stays home. In my state, the standard in a divorce is 50/50 split regardless of who works outside the home so that is a fact and yes, Vicki’s comments were ignorant.

        But Heather complains about how much she has to do yet all I see is other people doing the work, whether the nanny or the house contractor. Even Meghan has an “assistant.” I think they really are spoiled. Not that I would mind being spoiled!

        • RealSandra

          Heather also complains that her husband works long hours. I wonder why? Oh, he is a plastic surgeon and is also on his own reality show, and he has to pay for that massive home, and Heather has very expensive taste. I imagine she will need more than a few full time live-in staff to manage that home inside and out as well as to take care of her children and have personal assistants. He has to work to,pay for all of it. I doubt she contributes much if any.
          Yes, it would be nice to have such problems…like not enough time in a day to pick out colors and tile and plumbing fixtures for your new mansion while the help is taking care of the rest.

          • Judge Judy

            I know. And he has said he wanted to be able to work less. Yet every time he opens his mouth about how much she’s spending, she waves him off and continues to purchase everything she wants. Then complains about how she has to do everything herself (yeah, right) and how he’s always working! I liked her better earlier on. I think Heather is extremely entitled and snotty and that giant building they call a house is vulgar. Showing off is low class.

            • RealSandra

              I totally agree. Heather is very much acting the part of the nouveau riche. If she had any real couth she wouldn’t be showing off like she does.

              • I completely agree with Judge Judy and RealSandra. Heather is a complete ego maniac. Terry will never be able to retire, the house is way over the top.

    • Karen’

      Ha ha ha – love it Apple!

    • Why does she have to be jealous? She worked for her money and where she is and of course getting paid on this show won’t hurt either of them either or Heather and Shannon and Tamra. So. Doesn’t mean she’s jealous. Sorry.

    • DAG

      Totally agree. Vicki has to have a man in her bed to make her feel whole. She is a control freak and needs to stop screaming in peoples faces like a 2 year old having tantrums. She has enough to worry about in her own life than to worry about other people’s relationships. Mind your own business! She really comes off as jealous, angry and crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Love it, Apple!! Perfect assessment.

  • Vicki has absolutely no class.Among other things for instance her reference to tamras diarhea,farting,wtf always the loudmouth.She annoys the heck out of me

  • Sandra

    So what Megan is saying is that Jim married her to be a babysitter for his youngest daughter? You mean no one can be with her…I mean especially before her mom died, so that she can join Jim on his trips? They have no babies.
    I have seen wives of baseball players (not that he plays now) who spend over 3/4 of the year mostly without a husband, and then the husband leaves for a younger woman. The players and coaches are used to being on the road most of the year. They act like they are single…not all, but it it is just too easy for them. Megan is looking like a newlywed whose husband set her up in a nice home to watch his troubled daughter. She has Reality TV to keep her busy too, so she is kept very well…just without an attentive husband.
    I see her as shallow, immature and a mean girl to most of the women. She may be arm candy for Jim, but not much more. It is difficult to have any empathy for her when she has shown none for anyone else except perhaps her stepdaughter that we have seen. She gave her a large allowance and rewarded a child who is spiraling downward and needs help and love, not money. I don’t see this marriage lasting very long…unless a miracle happens.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you Sandra. Jim has was he deserves – two very spoiled children.

    • Danielle

      I don’t think its Meghan’s job to be empathetic to Shannon- Shannon was rude but I feel like everyone overlooks this because Meghan is pretty and easy to pin as the mean girl. I think Meghan has been very nice to everyone else and shows she has a kind heart by caring about her 17 year old stepdaughter so much. To have a bond with a teenager you’ve known for two years is special and takes a lot of work to make happen.

      • Judge Judy

        That’s true, Shannon did start it. Maybe people feel sorry for Shannon this season because her husband cheated on her. I don’t think Meghan’s pretty though, to be honest.

        • RealSandra

          I agree with you yet again. I don’t usually like to comment on a person’s looks. To most Megan is pretty and her face is photogenic, however, I find her so thin, she appears anorexic, hand she has an unusually long neck like I have never seen. Maybe if she put on weight, her neck and shoulders would fill out a bit and perhaps not make her neck appear as long. I don’t think she is that attractive. As. I said before, she resembles a mannequin; pretty enough to hang clothes on the outside and empty on the inside.

  • starr

    Who in their right mind would hire this ding-bat? She has attitude, feels entitled & think she’s a princess. She has had a problem with Shannon, called her “Judgemental eyes” & now she’s saying that Shannon is kind & she likes her?! Where’s her brain here? But, on the fair side, Vicki was out of place Just because she has had to work always & be the sole support of her men, does not mean everyone else has to. It would be so nice for & each not to be so judgemental & just enjoy the moments.

    • sidewinderVX

      Why can’t she think Shannon has judgmental eyes and still like her, how are they connected, saying someone has judgmental eyes is not the same thing as saying she doesn’t like her, thats a big leap.

      I think Shannon has judgmental eyes, she’s been judgey of everyone, and I think she’s one of the best new cast members added across all the series in the last number of years.

      • Danielle

        Shannon is judgemental- she’s really insecure which makes me feel bad for her- but she lets herself act out because of those insecurities. Team Meghan!

  • Jane

    ahhhh, now I understand why Vicki has had two failed marriages, she has no idea how a true partnership works.

    • Karen’


  • I know this is about Megan, but I just realized what I dislike about Shannon, whether she has “judgy eyes” or not. There is nothing beautiful about marriage counseling and coughing up black shit. Yuk. Her whining voice just bugs me, too. Go be on a show that’s not supposed to be about beautiful people and places.

    • Danielle

      I would say that the least attractive thing about Shannon (and Vicki) are their insecurities and crappy attitudes towards people who aren’t insecure.

  • gigi

    So here I go. What man in their right mind would want anything to do with that pushy, loud/foul-mouthed, controlling, obnoxious, angry Vicki anyway? She is literally seething with jealousy that she never had a man take care of her the way God and nature intended. So look in the mirror and blame yourself Vicki. You were the one who married ( and now shacking up with) men who can’t support you. The time she stood in front of that mini-van SCREAMING at the person answering the phone at the car company proved what she is all about. A grade-one controlling, angry, bossy, mean, shrill, manipulative, jealous and such the typical Orange County wanna-be. They are roaming all over the place here. Women her age, with the self-entitled attitude attitude when really they are having a pity-party in their head because they dug themselves this hole and now have to literally “work” their way out of it. Am I a gold-digger (at 59) for being married forever and staying home and raising my family and taking care of my husband and the homes? Just because you don’t get a paycheck (with a third of it going to the gaggle of goons in the white house) doesn’t mean you don’t work your ass off all day long. I don’t think Meghan is the brightest bulb, but she’s got a job ahead of her. yes, she’s a babysitter for now. Maybe she will go back to work later, but for “right now” Vicki, she’s not working. So I guess in your pea-sized brain, that is enough to nit-pick, cajole and poke at. I don’t care if vicki was the first remaining housewife, if that’s what she needs to feel good about herself and her life, then good for her. But she needs to stop attacking anyone who isn’t bringing home a paycheck. Why doesn’t that old hag go after Heather? Or Shannon? Why meghan?

    • Judge Judy

      Who says God and nature intended men to take care of women? That’s no better than saying women have to work outside the home or the money only belongs to the man. Women can choose what kind of life they prefer, they don’t need to be told what their place is.

      • gigi

        Once you start trying to change nature, nothing good can come from it.

        • Judge Judy

          Gigi, it’s sad when the misogynist is another woman. It’s not “nature” and you don’t tell other women their place.

      • Totally agree Judge Judy.

  • Vicki really is the judgement one. It has been proven that when you are a full time Mom you work 16 hours a day, and it never stops. No weekends where you just come in after dinner and sit your ass down. Not that Megan’s situation is like that, but it’s her’s and Jim’s choice, not Viki’s. Not to say when you work and take care of your family you don’t work harder, just different. If there is enough money why wouldn’t you want to stay home when the kids are little. If you work when they’re little, then you pay someone else to take care of their needs while you are there, unless you work different shift’s than your husband, which is what I did. They’re only young once then adults the rest of your life. Kids need their Mom when they get home from school, I think. If something was happening, good or bad, that’s when it came to light for my kids anyway. There was nothing more interesting or more fun than my kids tho. From the time they were born ’till they moved away from home. They are still my favorite people in the world. Dinner was a great time of the day. My daughter had a friend who’s Mom worked at a “career”, not a “job.” She ate frozen burritos in her bedroom in front of her TV, or ordered a pizza or went out with friends to McDonalds when she was old enough to drive. The first time she stayed at our house when I told the kids it was time for dinner she just sat there in the bedroom. My daughter had to tell her to come sit at the table. I will never forget the way she looked at the chicken and potatoes and veg. She spent a lot of time at our house, rarely did they hang out at her house. One of the times I said they couldn’t go somewhere she started crying. I went to comfort her and she said her Mom doesn’t even know where she is and she wished her Mom gave a damn, that’s why she was crying. Not that I didn’t make my share of mistakes for sure, that just wasn’t one of them. My kids still talk about the dinners and the camping trips and the time on the front lawn as their favorite memories and they are all over 30 now, over 35 actually.

    • T

      I love hearing stories like this. It is rare posters share their lives with strangers online. I want to say I personally appreciate you sharing this. While reading your experience with motherhood though I realized Meghan doesn’t have any young ones to raise. We see her with Haley but she is almost independent (as in just age not necessarily mentally) Meghan could work until she has children. I understand where Vicky is coming from. It might be unwarranted but Meghan maybe should be thinking about working and saving for a rainy day. While she doesn’t have young children to take care of. Even if Jim doesn’t divorce her who is to say that he will not go bankrupt. It could just be an extra safety net income.

      • Queenie

        I agree, T. And 3 D’s, your post brought tears to my eyes. You are a wonderful mother and an exceptional person, to open your home to your daughter’s friend. That girl will never forget your kindness.

  • Anonymous

    I am definitely not a Meghan fan but I do think Vicki goes way to far in expressing her opinions about non-working wives. I wonder – does Brooks have to ask before he spends Vic’s money. She refers to Meg as a gold-digger – what would she call Brooks. I think Vic and Meg are perfect together. Like to watch the Sparks fly on this one.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous did not write this comment – Aunt Bee did

  • Amy

    Vicki is green with envy! First of all what Megan does is NONE of your business. She is helping raise Jim’s daughter. That is why they moved to LA full time in the first place… Hey Vicki, WHY DOESN’T BROOKS WORK instead of mooching off of you???????

    • naynay

      What are you talking about? Brooks works very hard at being a Con-Man.

    • Haley is not a child she’s 17, has a car and can take care of herself, she has been raised by her mother, not step mommy. Jim should b spending more time with his daughter and Meghan. I find him condescending and cold to Meghan. Married 3 times is not a good omen.

  • Danielle

    People can judge all they want, but if Jim didn’t want Meghan at home he probably wouldn’t have “let” (term used loosely) her quit her job.
    I also think people need to realize that whether or not she’s “step mommy” she made an incredible bond with this teenage girl (not an easy feat) and her now-deceased mother that is probably invaluable to Haley. She might not have her mom anymore, but she has Meghan who cares and who can be there to carry on for Leanne

    • Judge Judy

      I don’t see that. I think Meghan plays up the Mommy role just to try to get approval from Jim.

      The kid is 17 and only a dozen years younger than Meghan. What I see is the kid mocking her and blowing her off, probably feeling like Meghan is using her.

  • Amy

    Seriously why does Vicki care what Meghan does. How would she like it if some critized her daughter for staying with an ass@@@@ husband and having 2 kids with him. Meghan told Vicki 4 times why she moved to LA and that was to be there as a support system for Jim’s daughter and she still doesn’t get it. Vicki is just jealous she has never had a man take care of her that why she is a bitter bit@@. Get over it Vicki. And keep your nose out of other peoples families. Worry about your own and oh so so so sick Brooks that only holds on to you because you are his Sugga Momma. I feel really sorry for Don. He seemed like a really nice guy that happened to have a job unlike the great catch you have now.

    • Judge Judy

      Really? Sometimes I felt sorry for Don but I thought he was icky, such a wimp!

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, this is no-ones’ business, vicki butt out- with all you have going on; (mom’s death,brooks cancer, job), maybe vicki should focus on that…….
    megan doesn’t work (outside the home), because she does not have to, besides vicki never had a problem with shannon being a stay at home wackadoo…..

  • Cin

    Heather doesn’t have a paying job either…. so what…

  • I don’t care much for Meghan but it’s none of Vicki’s business why she doesn’t work.

  • Its none of Vicki business! Maybe Vicki should stick something up her as to off set her snotty,better than thou attitude

  • Shannon

    I find the hypocrisy so funny…. Vicki has been divorced how many times? I personally love that Meghan doesn’t back down to anyone. They feel that just because she’s younger than the rest of them that she’s a child without a mind of her own. That’s clearly not the way it is. I also like how Jim and Meghan show the real of their life, not the fake scripted sounding real that a lot of them try to do.

  • Kim.

    Vicki’s behavior and comments about Meghan’s husband/marriage are irresponsible and rude. Instead of focusing on other people’s marriages and relationships, she needs to ask herself if her ball breaking emasculation of the men in her life contributed to the failure of the relationships. Vicki uses her finances to buy men and when they are no longer for sale, she is shocked. Vicki…Thy protest too much.