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Real Housewives, Real Scandals: 28 Of The Biggest Scandals To Hit The Bravo Franchise

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Feb. 4 2021, Updated 5:53 p.m. ET

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Bravo's real-life soap opera, the Real Housewives series, has had plenty of shady, sexy and shocking scandals since hitting the air back in 2006: Click here to see 28 of the franchise's most memorable debacles!

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Bethenny Frankel: The Real Housewives of New York City: Bitter Divorce/Custody Battle

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The former RHONYC star and her ex, Jason Hoppy, are fighting in court after they have been unable to reach a financial and custody agreement regarding their daughter Bryn, 3. A source told RadarOnline.com that talk show hostess Bethenny recently called Jason “trash” in front of the child while Hoppy has told Frankel through their lawyers that he didn’t want Bryn to appear on Bethenny’s talk show. As Radar reported, Hoppy alleged Bethenny wasn’t allowing him to see Bryn as much as he wanted because she was taking their daughter to a friend’s apartment. Incredibly, while divorcing, they’re still living together in their NY apartment.

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Vicki Gunvalson: The Real Housewives of Orange County: Three in a bed?!

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Source: Bravo

Vicki’s co-star Lauri Peterson recently spread rumors that she once walked in on Vicki in a ménage à trois with a man and a woman. Lauri made the incendiary accusation during a trip to Whistler, British Columbia, on the show. As RadarOnline.com has reported, Vicki shouted at her castmate, “Not cool, Lauri — I have never been with multiple partners,” while Lauri countered, “I never said you had sex … in New Orleans, when I walked in, with you and a girl and a man in a bed?”

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Vicki Gunvalson: The Real Housewives of Orange County: Ex-beau two-timed her with porn star

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Source: Bravo

Lauri Peterson informed Vicki that her former boyfriend, businessman Brooks Ayers, had cheated on her with an adult film actress, 21. Brooks allegedly met the porn star at a poker party, where “he was throwing 100s to all these girls,” Lauri said. Brooks has staunchly denied it via Twitter, writing, “This story is another fabrication of the truth. Unreal.”

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Tamra Barney: The Real Housewives of Orange County: Suicide Attempts

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Source: Bravo

Tamra has revealed she attempted suicide many years ago—not once, but twice! She admitted on an episode of her Bravo show that she combined pills with a bottle of NyQuill at the age of 21, during a painful divorce from then-husband Darren Vieth. Tamra later told In Touch Weekly she actually attempted to take her own life on two occasions. The second time, she took a large amount of prescription painkillers during a bad relationship. “I felt hopeless,” said Tamra. “I felt like suicide was my only option.”

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Gretchen Rossi: The Real Housewives of Orange County: Dirty Photos

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Source: E!/WENN

Gretchen Rossi made headlines in 2009 after TheDirty.com published pictures of her on the toilet. Her lawyers sent a cease and desist letter demanding the photos be removed, but it got worse, as the same website posted raunchy photos of Gretchen appearing to be pleasuring herself with a vibrator!

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Brandi Glanville: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Nip Slip

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Brandi is always stirring controversy but never more so than recently! As RadarOnline.com has reported, she got so intoxicated at West Hollywood’s The London hotel that she was snapped stumbling around with her breasts falling out of her dress and her rear end flashing eyewitnesses -- as a male friend tried to hold her up. Brandi has responded to online criticism by bashing LeAnn Rimes, the woman who stole her husband, and admitting she’s “not perfect.” As Radar has also reported, friends are now concerned Brandi’s spiraling downhill.

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Brandi Glanville: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Cheating Husband

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Source: WENN/NBC

The incident that shot Brandi to fame before she started on the Bravo show has defined her life ever since. Brandi’s husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, cheated on her with his Northern Lights co-star LeAnn Rimes in 2009. The torrid affair broke up Brandi’s marriage and LeAnn and Eddie wound up getting married in 2011. Brandi has never stopped talking about the scandal on the show, in interviews, and via Twitter.

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Lisa Vanderpump: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Houseguest from Hell

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Source: Bravo

The Bravo star had a falling out in 2011 with Cedric Martinez, a handsome houseguest she and husband Ken Todd took in. Like a reality TV version of Kato Kaelin, Cedric crashed at their lavish home for more than a year. But after Cedric moved out, Lisa said he contacted her again, told her he was broke and threatened to sell his story to a tabloid, which led her to file a police report. But Cedric said the wealthy couple was to blame: “Ken stabbed me in the back and Lisa twisted the knife.”

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Joanna Krupa: The Real Housewives of Miami: Hooker Claims

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Source: Bravo

In 2012,“Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis alleged on the show that he had slept with Joanna a decade before—and also kept re-tweeting an article by TheDirty.com that claimed Joanna had once been a hooker. When former model Joanna threatened legal action against the website, TheDirty.com retracted the item. Reportedly, a call girl site had wrongly used a photo of Joanna to lure men to the service, which Joanna wasn’t part of at all!

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Melissa Gorga: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Cheating Scandal

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This scandal is being explored on the current RHONJ season, but the claim that Melissa had cheated on her husband was first raised in a Life & Style Magazine article earlier this year. According to the magazine’s sources, Melissa’s alleged ex-boyfriend, Bryan “Bulldog” Bowen, said she cheated on Joe with him and he’s threatening to tweet damaging details. “Melissa was a big party animal — she’s not as innocent as she claims to be,” an insider told L & S. But Melissa has denied it.

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Kim Zolciak/Kandi Burruss: The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Lawsuit

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Source: Bravo

As RadarOnline.com reported, Kandi filed a lawsuit this March against Kim alleging copyright infringement over her hit song Tardy For The Party. Kandi claimed she wrote the tune while Kim’s people have said it was written during season 1, before Kandi even joined the show. What’s more, the Tardy For The Party singer also claimed she has overpaid Kandi in royalties.

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Kim Zolciak: The Real Housewives of Atlanta/Don’t Be Tardy: Smoking While Pregnant?:

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Source: Splash News

In June, just two days after confirming she is pregnant with her fifth child, former RHOA star Kim was photographed smoking a cigarette. The story of her smoking while pregnant stirred public outrage, but, as RadarOnline.com readers know, Kim quickly claimed they were old photos of her and said she was considering legal options.

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Teresa Giudice: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Bankruptcy

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Source: WENN

The RHONJ alpha dog and her husband Joe Giudice found themselves in debt to the tune of $11.8 million and were forced to declare bankruptcy in 2010. Spendthrift Teresa admitted to In Touch magazine the trouble resulted from throwing fancy parties for their daughters, leasing an expensive Maserati, going on shopping trips with friends and maintaining their lavish gold and marble home.

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Joe Giudice: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Going to jail in Jersey?

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Source: WENN

Teresa’s hubby is facing up to 10 years in jail after he was indicted on two criminal counts in Passaic County, New Jersey, for illegally obtaining a driver’s license using his brother’s name. RadarOnline.com exclusively reported in June that “Juicy Joe” made an appearance in court on May 28 where the prosecutor turned over brand new evidence that they believe will help convict the Housewives star and land him in jail. A source said that includes video of Joe at the DMV obtaining a driver’s license.

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Joe Giudice: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Cheating?

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Source: Bravo

On last season’s RHONJ, fans saw Teresa’s sketchy husband receiving a phone call and it appeared to be from another woman. According to Life & Style magazine, the call was from Nicole Cemelli, 26, the couple’s former nanny, who allegedly had an intimate dinner date at Hurricane Club restaurant on April 22, behind Teresa’s back, an insider has revealed. However, Teresa has denied her husband is a cheater, both on and off the show—and Nicole has slammed the rumors, too.

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Danielle Staub: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Troubled Past

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Source: Bravo

During the first season of RHONJ, Danielle Staub was confronted by her fellow housewives with the book Cop Without a Badge, which concerned the adventures of one of Danielle’s former husbands, FBI informer, Kevin Maher. The book recounted how Danielle was arrested in 1986; she has denied claims in the book that her past involved prostitution and kidnapping. The incident resulted in Danielle’s co-star Teresa Giudice famously flipping over a table on the show and branding Danielle a “prostitution whore!” Danielle left RHONJ.

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Kenya Moore: The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Eviction Battle

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Source: Bravo

Kenya got involved in a bitter eviction battle in Atlanta, getting the heave-ho from a $3999-a-month mansion where she lived. The reality star known for her “I’m Gone with the Wind fabulous!” catchphrase just moved out after a judge in Fulton County, Ga., ruled in favor of Moore’s landlord. The former Miss USA had been sued for failing to make her full rent payment in May — and defaulting on the terms and conditions of the lease.

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