In addition to confirming where she stands with her former on-screen nemesis, Kelly Dodd, and discussing her near-spinoff with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra revealed Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been spending time with a new woman and explained why she believes Brandi Glanville should still be featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“I haven’t talked to [Kelly] since the show [but] I don’t hold grudges,” Tamra told Jeff on the April 3 episode of Jeff Lewis Live. “Here’s the thing about Kelly… Kelly’s fun and Kelly has a very sweet side. [But] if you piss her off, watch out. And clearly I’ve pissed her off.”
“I knew when I found out who the cast was, I was like, ‘That’s not strong.’ Even [Shannon Beador] and I talked about it when we were talking and she’s like, ‘This is not a strong cast.’ I thought, ‘Things are just not going to go well,’ and they didn’t. Kelly’s probably the strongest character. You want your housewives messy, right?”
While there have been rumblings of an entire cast overhaul, Tamra said she would be “shocked” if Bravo did such a thing before taking aim at the poor casting of the series.
As for what she believes should happen ahead of RHOC season 16, Tamra suggested Bravo bring back some familiar faces.
“I don’t think [viewers] want a whole new cast. I think they just want a good cast. I think back in season 11, it was a good cast. It was me, [Heather Dubrow], Kelly, Shannon, [Meghan King Edmonds],” Tamra recalled. “That was a good mixture. I’m off the hinges sometimes, Kelly’s really off the hinges. Then you have Heather, who’s very uppity and disgusted by all of us. And then Meghan, who was younger.”
While Tamra seemed undecided about whether Braunwyn should be asked back for the new episodes, she confirmed the two of them were friendly before hinting Braunwyn may have moved on from girlfriend Kris.
“She’s been hanging out with [Fernanda Rocha], who was on the show. I don’t know if she’s dating Fernanda. This is a new one,” Tamra explained, “[but] they’ve been hanging out a lot.”
“They’re moving together,” Tamra shared. “It’s too expensive [to live separately]. And they need the help. You can’t have five nannies all the time.”
As for Vicki, Tamra said that while she does believe her friend makes for good TV, her current relationship is too drama-free to garner her a renewed role.
“I think Vicki’s good TV when she’s not with [Steve Lodge]. I like Vicki and [Brooks Ayers]. I liked that combination,” Tamra admitted of Vicki’s ex-boyfriend, who was caught lying about his cancer diagnosis.
“That was right before COVID hit and then nobody wanted it. Let’s just be honest. The networks we talked to, they were like, ‘We’re not doing anything new right now with COVID going on. It’s just too difficult.’ And I kind of gave up on it,” she explained.
Tamra has also seemingly given up on a return to RHOC, telling him, “I haven’t heard anything [about season 16]. I have not been contacted.”
Also during the interview, Tamra said that despite their past feuds, she believes Brandi should still be a featured cast member on RHOBH.
“I thought she was great on the show,” Tamra confessed. “I know she hates my guts. I don’t really care. But I thought she was entertaining on the show.”
“I’d like to say she’s innocent until proven guilty, for one. And if you’re doing illegal stuff, you’re an idiot. And if you’re doing illegal stuff and you’re on a reality show, you’re a special type of idiot,” Tamra stated. “Why go reality TV if you’re doing criminal acts? You’re just asking for it. My advice is, for any future housewives, if you’re doing something that’s illegal, don’t sign up for the Real Housewives.”