October 03, 2011 02:00 PM by Veronica Dudo
Bravo TV’s favorite housewives are touring the country dishing dirt and meeting fans. Over the weekend, The Real Housewives Live Tour kicked-off at Caesar’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We spoke with Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County and Caroline Manzo from The Real Housewives of New Jersey about the hit reality TV show, the tour and their families!
Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County
Welcome to the East Coast! Is this your first time in Atlantic City?
Thanks! This is my first time in New Jersey–it’s great.
The reaction from fans has been very welcoming tonight and everyone wants you to do your famous “Whoo-Hoo!”
I know! Caroline’s (Manzo) like why are they doing that? And I’m like, it was something I did season one that just stuck with me and so you just got to do it! (Laughs)
You’re an original housewife from Bravo’s first edition–will you be back next season?
The first cast-member–yes, we’re filming right now season seven.
You went through a lot during season six of The Real Housewives of Orange County including your divorce with Donn how are things going in your life now?
Donn and I are remaining amicable and friends. Truthfully, it’s probably the best thing for both of us; we’re doing mediation in our divorce which has been very good for both of us because there’s not any fighting, we’re amicably dividing all of our assets–we’ve got a lot of homes and a lot of assets so we just have to do it right. We don’t want attorney’s to come in and ruin us, we’ve worked really hard for everything we have so I think we’re being responsible and not doing things foolishly so that’s where my life is right now and I’m dating a man from the south–from Mississippi and I’m in love and everything’s going good.
Any changes in the cast?
Peggy’s (Tanous) not going to be joining us this year so we have a new cast member–you have to watch what happens with her. I just met her a couple of times so I think it’s going to be ok.
How important has it been to represent a strong business woman on the show?
Well, definitely I’m a strong woman, I’m the breadwinner I always have been I raised my kids on my own financially I think women need to start taking care of themselves and I think if they don’t they’re going to be blindsided by divorce or death. You can’t be dependent upon somebody else in this life it’s too hard so I just encourage every woman to have a platform and have a purpose.
Caroline Manzo from The Real Housewives of New Jersey
You’re currently filming season four–how is that going?
It is going as you would expect it to be going (laughs). It will meet all of your expectations; let me put it that way.
The live tour has brought together housewives from all of the brands; do you normally get the chance to spend time with the other ladies?
Do I talk to them on a daily basis? Of course not because our schedules just don’t allow it but when we’re together we enjoy each other’s company and we’ll tweet back and forth here and there so it’s like a sisterhood once you’re in the franchise so we kind of keep an eye on each other to see what’s going on.
Viewers saw you start a call-in and advice radio show in NJ have you been taping that on a regular basis?
I cannot reveal–I’m happy let’s put it that way.
You do a lot of charity work how important is it to be able to use your name to help out those in need?
Well, that’s amazing. All my life growing up my dad always gave to St. Jude and always gave to the church and we were always that house that had the open door policy for the stray aunt or uncle or cousin that didn’t have anywhere to go you know fell on hard times and that’s what I’ve known all my life and that’s what we teach our children so to have this moment in time–I can help people on a huge scale and when life is good to you, you have to give back and be good to everybody else.
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