Shannon Beador is ready to put season 10 of The Real Housewives of Orange County behind her.
“I can't imagine that I could have to go through [that again],” the star tells ETonline. “[Next season] can't be dramatic for me. I just want to be, like, a normal person. Have a little bit of fun, have some laughs, and have somebody else take the drama part.”
ETonline caught up with Shannon behind the scenes of Bravo’s scripted series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (premiering Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. ET), where she was filming a cameo. Of course, we had to get Shannon’s reaction to RHOC’s explosive three-part reunion.
“Insane” is the one word Shannon has for the just-completed season. “Well, there were some insane things going on that, god, you can't ever script something like that,” she says.
Shannon also appeared on Heather Dubrow’s new podcast last week, where she, Heather and Tamra Judge discussed Vicki Gunvalson’s state of mind at the reunion taping. Tamra alleged Vicki took four Xanax before the shoot, while Shannon claimed Vicki fabricated stories about her then-boyfriend Brooks Ayers in order to gain sympathy from the other women. Vicki somewhat admitted to this on the show.
“I’ll tell you from my perspective, and sharing what I did on the show,” Shannon said on the podcast, “I think when someone comes into a reality show fabricating their reality, number one -- it damages my authenticity and my credibility. And I think it basically damages the whole concept of reality television. I have a huge problem returning and filming with someone who is not truthful at all. Bam.”
Shannon tells ETonline she wouldn’t take back anything she said about Vicki -- both at the reunion and on the podcast.
“I don't regret anything, you know?” Shannon says. “It's hard, you go and you film a reunion. You go and film an entire season, and only little snips can be shown, so we just wanted to get more of the truth out there.”
As for what Shannon needs from Vicki to move forward, Shannon says she doesn’t know.
“I think, number one, time heals all wounds,” she says. “There's just a lot of raw things going on right now, because, especially for me, I wasn't told the truth.”
On the podcast, the ladies each individually said they were not interested in filming with Vicki again, as of right now. That could change when season 11 goes into production next year, though.
“It's not like we're banding together,” Shannon says. “I just think that each one of us, individually, has an issue with her and I don't know how it's gonna be handled from here.”
“I just know that I'm focusing on the good things in my life,” Shannon continues. “And I'm so grateful that we have a break and I don't have to think about fake cancer anymore.”
We’ll get one more double dose of Orange County drama on Thursday night, though. First, at 9 p.m. ET, The Real Housewives of Orange County: Brooks Tells All airs, followed by a Secrets Revealed special at 10 p.m. ET.
To catch up on the reunion drama before the specials, check out the video below.