Once upon a time, Gretchen Rossi joined The Real Housewives of Orange County because producers believed she had a compelling storyline.
And she did! She was dating 54-year-old Jeff Beitzel, COO of an Irvine-based tech company who was terminally ill (Beitzel passed away in 2008).
Things got even more interesting when Rossi started dating Slade Smiley, who starred on the first two seasons of the series with his then-fiance, Jo De La Rosa (oh, and he also dated Lauri Peterson for 8 minutes).
This time, though, Smiley came back riddled with debt and covered in bad publicity. He was accused of not paying child support for his son, Grayson, who is still battling cancer.
In addition to that, Smiley's investments went belly-up after the market crash, so his return to Orange County wasn't exactly welcome.
Last night, Bravo aired The Real Housewives of Orange County Uncensored, and one segment addressed Rossi's proposal to Slade atop a California skyscraper.
The producers, Any Cohen and OC star Tamra Judge allege that Rossi dreamed up the storyline to stay on the show, because shooting footage of the her accepting shipments of Gretchen Christine handbags wasn't doing the trick.
"I remember having a conversation with Gretchen and I said to her, ‘You're not doing anything. You've got nothing going on with your life. You have no kids, you're not married,' and lo and behold she came up with this big plan to propose to Slade," Judge said.
Ouch, Tamra. That's cold.
In the clip, Rossi was adamant that her proposal to Smiley was authentic. She even choked up at the thought that people assumed it was fake.
It's hard to believe this was anything other than a ploy, because not long after being fired from the franchise in 2013, Smiley and Rossi signed up for Marriage Boot Camp on WE TV.
Yesterday, Rossi called out Bravo for - what every reality star bitches about - editing.
"Unfortunately most of the questions I was asked during my interview, including why I ultimately am no longer on the show, did not get used," Rossi wrote.
"So if you want the unedited & complete version of what happened, you should ask @bravotv to air my entire interview (I give Bravo permission to air my full unedited version).
Watch the clip below, and determine for yourself if this whole thing was a sham.