Gunvalson went in on the newcomer's "wild" behavior, going so far as to call out an incident where she kissed co-star Tamra Judge on-camera. Clearly, this crossed a line Gunvalson wasn't happy with, and her reaction was one fans weren't happy with.
"Do it off-camera," she shouted. "Fifteen years, I started this show. We don't do that. Turn it down, Braunwyn. Turn it down!" When Kelly Dodd asked why this message was only being given to Windham-Burke and not Judge -- considering she was just as involved -- well, that question went unanswered.
Immediately, social media lit up with fans shocked at Gunvalson's comments, and calling them homophobic. The reality star followed up the special with a video on Instagram defending her position, while doubling down on her attack against Windham-Burke ... and still not addressing Judge.
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"I'm gonna hit it right on, head on. I am not homophobic," Gunvalson said in the video. "I've got family members that are gay and lesbian and I've got obviously Bravo fans, personal friends. I'm not."
She then went into an attempt to clarify her original message from the reunion, which boiled down to not wanting to see Windham-Burke kiss anyone, pretty much. We qualify it this way because "Real Housewives" shows have shown plenty of smooching over the years between husbands and wives and men and women.
"I don't think it's appropriate for Braunwyn to be making out on TV. I don't care if it's with her husband or Tamra or anybody, I just don't think it's appropriate. If she wants to go do that, do that off-camera. I don't really think that we all need to see it."
So why does this particular kiss irk Gunvalson so much? Is it homophobia? Or could it be much more personal. "The truth is, the girl bugs me, so probably much [of] anything she does would bug me," Gunvalson said.
Honestly, she'd have been better off just going with this defense, as it's much better than emphasizing that you have gay friends and family members to prove you're not homophobic (see any white person accused of racism saying, "I can't be racist, I have a black friend," for how disingenuous that can sound).
"Sorry if you all took it any differently than what the truth is," Gunvalson also said in her video. The bottom line is that Gunvalson seems to simply be saying here that she doesn't like Windham-Burke personally.
But that message gets lost entirely when she makes a blanket statement that no kissing should be seen on-camera when there has been plenty of kissing on-camera over the years, including on her own franchise.
And so, this makes it sound like she's trying to cover up for why Windham-Burke kissing Johnson, in particular, makes her uncomfortable by trying to create a narrative where all making out makes her uncomfortable. And that's a tough sell.
Windham-Burke also took to Instagram in the wake of the reunion with a video of her own, thanking the fans for their support of her through the season and in particular after the reunion. "I joined this show with the intention of being absolutely myself and I'm happy that shines through," she captioned her video.
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You can check out some of the reactions to Gunvalson's apology and initial outburst on the reunion special below as fans begin to speculate that this might be the final straw that ends her time as a member of the "RHOC" cast after fifteen years, not to mention her overall behavior during the reunion, including seething backstage before she came out over a perceived lack of respect for her OG status:
I think Vicki has some deep seeded issue w/Braunwyn. Tamrat is her BF & she 1) gets naked every season flashes her tits 2) kisses women 3) invites ppl in her marriage 4) makes out with her husband on t.v 5) talks about BJs. Maybe cause she is young, beautiful, and married!
Choose a lane? 😠The homophobia jumped out of Vicki now. For someone who LOVES to hypocritically judge others yr after yr, her behavior during the #RHOCReunion - from her remarks to Braunwyn to her treatment of the production crew (the backbone of the show) - is repulsive #RHOC pic.twitter.com/7n7yEmaSux
The way Braunwyn gets under Vicki's skin by literally just existing is absolutely hilarious. Vicki is about to blow a fucking gasket just because Braunwyn is sitting there being young and beautiful. I- #RHOC #BravoTV pic.twitter.com/rERIfVhQuh
Vicki blames Braunwyn for losing clients... Wasn't she involved in a cancer scam? Aren't there pics of her, bare ass, boobs out, drunk, making out? Hasn't she cheated? Hasn't she falsely accused and hurt people on purpose? #RHOC #RHOCReunion pic.twitter.com/PIEi3esGGy
What really shocked me was Vicki telling braunwyn to pick a lane.. then go on and on how disgusting it is to kiss another woman.Hello did you forget your boss is gay? She couldn't have shown being more homophobic if she tried to. Then go on the apology tour trying 2 cover her ass
Vicki acted like a bitter little brat. Absolutely ridiculous behaviour. She went on about setting an example then acted like that & treated @Andy with no respect. She is the one giving the show a bad name not @braunwyn who is just being herself. She bullied Braunwyn on the stage
Vicki sitting there judging Braunwyn for being exactly what Tamara is and has been the entire times she's been in the show @vgunvalson all you did was make yourself look bad P.S. you lost clients because of your own behavior not others.
Vicki U can't smash Braunwyn 4 what she does w/her husband or another woman when UR bf tamra has done the same! Naked in jacuzzi, flashing her boobs Etc so if U call out Braunwyn then U need 2 swing the stick towards tamra as well 4 her actions U just don't like braunwyn #RHOC
According to Vicki Gunvalson that BRAUNWYN'S slutty behavior caused her to lose two clients vs the way that Vicki herself has behaved on camera. Because Vicki believes she hasn't done anything wrong on camera, unlike Baunwyn. #RHOC #rhocreunion pic.twitter.com/nCjfFUWG5k