gretchen and jay photoglou, during season 4 filming
It took a focus group?
According the RumorFix, Gretchen Rossi was fired because focus groups thought her storylines were fake.
The fact that Gretchen’s storylines were fake has been known since before Season 4, the year she joined the cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
At the reunion that year, Tamra Barney called her out, not only on Jeff Beitzel, who passed away from leukemia September 13, 2008, but also her on-going relationship with Jay Photoglou, her real boyfriend at the time. There was so much heat on Gretchen she dumped Jay and moved Slade Smiley in her house, all to prove she wasn’t a fake.
It took 4 years of focus groups by Bravo TV to come to this conclusion?
Slade Smiley threatened to sue Bravo after the Season 8 reunion over pictures of Jay and Gretchen together. Talk about biting the hand…. Remember, the Jay story was supposedly made up by Tamra. Gretchen got Tamra off her back…temporarily…by pretending to call a truce in their warfare. When the truce inevitably ended during Season 8, all bet’s were off.
How well do you think the threatened lawsuit went over with the powers that be ?
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The Real Housewives of Orange County is in Season 9 production.