Monday's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County
saw Heather Dubrow, Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador dramatically urging their friend, Vicki Gunvalson, to divulge her then-boyfriend Brooks Ayers' medical records. All season long, Ayers has faced criticism and doubt about his health, though when ET recently caught up with him, the reality star insisted that he does in fact have cancer.
Ayers also specifically responded to Gunvalson's fellow housewives' doubts.
"Most of the women are making on the minor stuff in my opinion, and so yeah, there’s gonna be some questions being asked, but the challenge for me -- if you’ve got questions, come to me directly," Ayers stressed. "Don’t talk behind my back, don’t assume and try to put the pieces together, and there has only been one time that these ladies have ever asked me about my cancer and my treatment.”
"Heather and Terry are the ones that really have proven to be natural in this," he added. "I think they’re smart enough, savvy enough to understand they don’t know all the details. While they may have some questions and concerns, each and every time they've specifically asked me anything on or off camera, I've answered them. Tamara, Megan -- not so much."
In the episode, the ladies said their questions about Ayers' cancer is because they were concerned that he wasn’t getting good treatment. But the embattled reality star specifically called out Beador and her husband, David Beador, for their skepticism.
"Shannon and David, quite frankly, while they started being nice supporters of Vicki and myself, it was odd to me that Shannon gets all upset and bent out of shape that I didn’t go see her world renowned physician, when in fact, I got world renowned class facilities that I've been going to for a year and a half," he explained. "It's not about who I go to. I thought it was about me getting well and better."
Ayers said that the ladies have not reached out to him to ask about his health since filming wrapped for the season.
"It's interesting to note that none of the women since we've gotten through filming in May have reached out to me asking how am I doing. How are my numbers going," he shared. "If they really sincerely cared about me as an individual and my family, then wouldn't you think they would reach out off camera? Even on camera?"
Ayers told ET that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and will be back in the Los Angeles area at the beginning of October for another round of treatments. But this hasn’t stopped the other RHOC cast members from accusing him of faking his illness.
"I think they do it to create drama," he mused. "Manufactured drama and that’s sad to me. I've distanced myself in a lot of ways from it. It's useless drama that brings on stress that quite frankly no one needs and in particular my situation. I'm not running from anything."
Additional reporting by Brendon Geoffrion