"I used to be friends with Vicki until she became shady mady, and so now I'm not friends with her either anymore," Bellino said, adding, "I've cut it off. She doesn't even know it, but she told another Housewife she can't be friends with me because of Tamra, and I'm like, 'Ha! Bitch, okay! Well, guess what? I'm not your friend! You just lost a friend! It's not your choice anymore. You're out. Go be Team Tamra.'"
Though Alexis made a brief cameo this season, she admittedly doesn't keep up with the show regularly. Still, she was willing to give her take on the drama.
At the time of our chat, some of the ladies had just gone to dinner and ripped into Tamra for being "two-faced." Our recap of the revelation was met with a belly laugh.
"And this is new? This is new news?" Bellino asked. "Wait, wait. This is not new! Oh, my gosh... This has been knowledge for the entire time since day one that Tamra got on the show! Why is it just now coming out?"
"They're a little slow. Sorry. Love you, Kelly and Emily, but you're a little bit slow," she added, still laughing. "This has been happening for a lot of years."
When we asked Alexis why she personally believed Tamra was too-faced, she replied, "Because I was on a show with her for four years, and I have first[hand] knowledge and also saw how she sells her soul every day to make a paycheck. And the greed of money is the root of all evil. It's a Bible scripture. So I'm just saying, she needs to freaking watch it and be really careful because God is on the throne."
"I know she needs to make a dollar, but so do I and so does everyone else in this country," she continued. "I think that if you consistently do things that are damaging and hurtful and just below the belt and evil, it's gonna catch up to you. If you do it once in a while, one slip up, and you say, 'God, I'm so sorry,' okay. But when it's been a consecutive, consistent, 13-year career path, God's not gonna just turn His eye away from that."
While doing press to promote the current season of "Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition," which Alexis participated in with her mother, the former Bravo star told several media outlets she had been asked back for "RHOC" Season 14.
When we asked her about the claim, she said she noticed a source close to production had responded to several of those publications' requests for comment, stating, "[Alexis] was asked to do a cameo and film one or two things with her friend Emily, but not in any full-time capacity."
According to Alexis, "the real story" is that the head producer of "RHOC," Douglas Ross, called her and said, "Would you consider coming back?" Alexis said she replied, "No, I'm sorry."
"We had a long conversation, I filled him in on my whole divorce, I told him everything that was happening in my life, and I just said, 'No, I think I'm in a really zen place, and I don't want to go back,'" Bellino recalled.
Two days later, she said she got a call from Andy Cohen, who she said asked her, "Why are you doing all these other shows and you won't do 'Housewives' again?"
"I told him why and was really brutally honest with him," Bellino said, adding that there were several subsequent phone conversations with Doug and Andy. She couldn't remember which of the two said it, but she distinctly remembers being asked, "What about a friend role?"
In the moment, she declined the offer, but after giving it some thought, she called back one of the two producers and said, "I'll go back on and just tell America, like, fill everybody in on my life right now. But I will not film with Tamra. Do not even bring her... She better not even be in a 20-mile radius of me! And I want it to be a happy thing. I'm in zen. I'm in happy mode. I don't want any toxic[ity]."
"So they brought me back for the cameo -- great, love it, I'll do that again next year," Alexis told us. "So take that for what you want. When I said I was asked back, somebody calling me and saying, 'Would you consider coming back? Will you come back?' that's what I took it for. I'm not trying to overstep. I mean, I have nothing to win by saying I was asked back or I wasn't asked back; I'm just giving you what really happened. That's the real."
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
"Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on WEtv.