Host Andy Cohen was careful with his wording when he asked his guest how she was doing and how co-parenting was going.
"It's, um, it's going," Gina replied, looking up so as to avoid crying. "We are doing that. We communicate on Talking Parents, which is like a government website, which I think is really healthy for us right now. And we communicate about the kids and for the kids. I mean, I have to say, for such a disaster of a situation, I actually think it's probably okay, as best as it can be."
Gina was understandably reluctant to talk about the domestic violence and false imprisonment charges that were filed against Matt, who was recently arrested after an alleged incident that took place this past June.
When a caller phoned in to thank the reality star for using her platform to bring awareness to domestic violence, Gina winced and half-smiled but didn't say anything in response. Although she hasn't actually spoken about the alleged abuse on the show, she's definitely alluded to it.
"Good," Andy said to the woman on the phone, as Gina nodded her head.
The woman then asked Kirschenheiter how she felt about the way co-star Kelly Dodd spoke about her children during a recent confessional, claiming they all "run amok."
"I was really upset about that," Gina replied. "I feel like there's lines that you don't cross, and definitely children are one of them. Usually with Kelly, the things that she says, she doesn't even know what she's saying, and I think this is one of those times."
"She did text me and apologize, and she did mean it," Gina made sure to note. "I could tell in her text that she meant it. She understood she crossed the line, which actually for Kelly I think is actually a really good thing. I wish she would do that more, honestly."
Gina recently revealed she started seeing someone -- Travis Mullen -- and told Andy her kids have met him. "He has kids, so I think it's a quicker acceleration," she explained.
Another caller grilled the Long Island native about her recent and unexpected friendship with "The Tres Amigas," pointing out that Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson weren't the nicest to her last year.
"First of all, I've always been friends with Tamra. Always," Gina explained. "Shannon, obviously, I think we got off to a rough start, and we have bonded over obviously the core foundation of what's going on. Vicki, I just love her for what everybody else loves her for -- she's a kooky-kook, and she's fun."
"I didn't not align myself with Kelly. For me, it's not alignment," she went on. "It's just like, I'm doing what I'm doing, I'm hanging out with who I'm hanging out with. And Kelly smacked me in the back of my head! So I mean, not gonna hang out with her after that."
Cohen pointed out that "a lot of people wanted to know how you kept your cool in that situation." Kirschenheiter said "it was not easy."
A third caller asked Gina about the status of her relationship with once-BFF Emily Simpson, but before Gina could even respond, co-guest Jenny McCarthy blurted out that Gina "could do better."
"I'm always hopeful for friendships, honestly," Kirschenheiter explained. "I think there's a little bit of a disconnection between Emily and I. It's just a complicated [situation] because I think we're very different people, and I think we see things very differently."
"I think you outgrew it," McCarthy chimed in once more, "to be a nosy person in your business."
Gina looked like she wanted to agree but didn't at the same time, so she just laughed uncomfortably.
She also said she doesn't think Vicki's taking "too much heat" over the Kelly Dodd sex train rumor she brought up on camera, even though Tamra's technically the one who first used the word "train."
"Absolutely not. I think that is a very big misconception, and Ms. Vicki knows exactly what she did," Gina said. "I love Vicki, but Vicki kept pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing and saying over and over again, 'I know more than I'm saying. I know more than I'm saying. I know more than I'm saying.' And then finally, Tamra was like, 'Alright, enough already! I've had it. Either S or get off the pot.' So it is what it is. Tamra gets a bad rap for a lot of stuff that happens."
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.