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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Tamra Barney on RHOC Season 8: Who’s Speaking and Who Isn’t! — Exclusive

When The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7 ended, Tamra Barney wasn’t exactly on the best terms with her co-stars.

Not only was she warring with Alexis Bellino (who Tamra infamously referred to as “Jesus Jugs”), but she and former BFF Vicki Gunvalson had it out over Tamra’s insistence that Vicky’s boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, was dating her for all the wrong reasons.

With Season 8 now fully underway, we revist our pre-season interview with Tamra — who gave us the skinny on how things currently stand between her and Alexis, Vicki and the other housewives. Not surprisingly, there’s still plenty of trouble in paradise.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Everyone was shocked when you and Vicki started fighting at the end of last season. Will we see you two make up?
Tamra Barney: We start off shaky because of where we left off, but at the same time we’re trying to run a business together, Wines by Wives. So we have our ups and our downs.

What about Alexis? There were rumors she’d be leaving the show because she was so tired of the fighting…
Things continue the way they are with her. Everyone has a hard time filming with her for different reasons. I know I did.

Last season, we saw you and Gretchen Rossi finally made peace. But afterwards, during the off-season, there were reports you weren’t getting along again. What happened?
We start off strong. But then things get kind of awkward between us. We don’t end up fighting, exactly, but I saw some things I didn’t like. Things that made me step back and reevaluate my relationship with her.

Original cast member Lauri Peterson makes a return this season. Is she back for good?
No. Lauri came and stirred things up and then left. She just shook things up and then walked away. I didn’t see that coming at all.

Do you think viewers will see a different side of you this season?
Yes, because you’re going to get a little insight into my past this season that will help explain why I am the way I am. People are going to get to know me probably a little better than they have in seasons past.