RHOOC Blogs Blogged: MALIBU COUNTRY-GATE by BB
HEATHER’S STORY: Heather was excited to tell the girls about getting offered a GUEST STARRING role on Malibu Country. She didn’t intend to tell them what she had learned about Gretchen until Tamra asked about it. Heather says, “If you are wondering why I chose to share this information, I was annoyed on Tamra’s behalf. There is a difference between discussing an incident that happened among friends and spreading idle gossip that you are a third party to and whose only purpose is meant to offend.”
Heather explained to the group they (the Malibu Country people) had called to check the availability for Gretchen and others for a small walk on role. Gretchen was never “offered” anything and that small part was written out of the show. The role Heather was offered was a GUEST STARRING ROLE, not a small walk on role.
Side Note: On the episode, Heather was telling the girls and the audience that it might be a recurring role; sadly Malibu Country was cancelled after one season.
Heather explains, “I only asked the casting director about Gretchen because I was excited for her. She wanted to get into this business and I thought maybe we would be working together. Let this be said. I am not a competitive person — I truly believe there is room for everyone. I don’t however condone using getting “offered a role” as a way of having Tamra disinvite Alexis to dress shopping. Calling to check one’s availability for a few lines on sitcom and being offered a guest starring role are two different things. Also, if there was a tangible opportunity for Gretchen to do a network sitcom, which I don’t believe she has done before, she wouldn’t turn it down. Nor would Tamra want her to. She wasn’t offered a role. Period.”
GRETCHEN’S STORY: Gretchen says, “I explained to Tamra that her dress shopping day was one of the days that Malibu Country had requested my time and was honest with her that I rather go take that opportunity versus dealing with the potential drama that could ensue with Alexis there. I really was over all of us having the same fight with Alexis and quite frankly I just didn’t want to be back in that situation or be around it again. However my ‘I need to be a good friend no matter how I feel’ conscience took over and I decided the right thing to do was go and support Tamra — no matter who was there. I had already asked Tamra to move the date once because I couldn’t make it the first time and was bummed, so I didn’t feel right asking her to change it again. So I told my agent, who called me about the part that I was not available on that Friday and that was the end of it…..or at least I thought.” I’m with Heather on this one; I’m not sure I believe Gretchen would give up an opportunity to be on a nationally-televised sitcom (walk-on part or not) in order to go wedding dress shopping with Tamra and the girls.
Slade and Gretchen consider Heather and Terry to be good friends and adore them, so it took Gretchen by surprise and hurt her to hear Heather questioning her and saying she either got something colossally confused or that she lied. Gretchen says there would be no good reason to lie about something like that and especially to Heather, who is in the business.
Gretchen wonders why Heather failed to tell her she was talking to the Malibu Country people when she (Gretchen) told her (Heather) she had been called by them. Gretchen says, “I would think as my friend she would say, ‘Oh how cool that we both might be doing something on the same show.’” But Heather never said anything about it at the Salsa Party nor did she say anything about it when she said she had an appointment the next day and would meet them all for Tamra’s dress shopping instead of riding with them in the limo.
Gretchen says she would never have personally gone to an audition or table read and then discussed something Heather told her with the producers. She thinks it was unprofessional and inappropriate and feels it was done behind her back. Gretchen says, “If she got information from producers that were different from casting and my agent then she should have come to me to discuss it or at least allowed me to defend myself or give my point of view in front of all the ladies. As Lydia and Lauri pointed out it was not cool to have that conversation with all the women without me there to defend myself.”
As Gretchen continued to watch the show, she become even more baffled (usually she’s confused in her blogs, but she has changed from being confused to being baffled) because she would have thought not only would Heather have told her about her Malibu Country offer, but would have also put in a good word for her. Gretchen knows they weren’t up for the same part as her agent told her the Malibu Country people wanted her to play herself.
Gretchen says, “I was relieved to see that at least Lauri and Lydia stuck up for me. I would expect that from Lauri, because we have always been on good terms. But I was surprised and happy about Lydia because up to this point we hadn’t really had that much of a connection. I sincerely appreciated that. Lauri clarifying that Vicki accusing me of being a liar is ridiculous considering everything she has been lying about for years, goes to prove once again Vicki will do anything to deflect something off herself. It was crazy to see how desperate she was to have everyone believe I was a liar. It just continued to make me realize how truly malicious and hateful she is towards me.”
TAMRA’S STORY: Seems Tamra may be covering for Heather by explaining why she never told Gretchen about her role on Malibu Country when Gretchen mentioned her own opportunity at the Salsa Party. Tamra says, “Heather getting a role on Malibu Country was a surprise, well not really . . .She did NOT tell me she had been entertaining the offer for weeks until that day at lunch. She’s very quiet about her work and doesn’t talk about it until she has signed on the dotted line.”
Tamra explains that after she realized Tamra was not going to disinvite Alexis from the dress shopping day, Gretchen sent her a text (Plan 2 as Tamra calls it) telling her that she was offered a role in the new Reba McIntire show. Tamra says, “She called it Big Country (she didn’t even have the correct name) and would be filming all day Friday, the day we were at Mark Zinino’s store. I told her, ‘Congrats. That’s wonderful and please don’t worry about me. The experience of being on your first sitcom was more important.’ Basically I called her bluff without even knowing it.”
The day before the dress shopping, Tamra gets another text from Gretchen telling her she was turning down the role to spend the day with her dress shopping. Tamra finds this ironic because Gretchen didn’t spend one second trying to help her find a dress. She stood off to the side by herself. Still, at the time Tamra thought what Gretchen did was sweet.
After Heather told Tamra the Gretchen Malibu Country situation, it all made sense to her and she realized Gretchen had lied to her. Gretchen had been telling Heather the same story about how she got this role and she would be filming on Friday but decided to give it up just to be with Tamra. Tamra says, “Heather being the professional did not tell G she had been cast on that show and that she knew there was no offer given to Gretchen — only a casting call that many reality stars were called for including Alexis. That was quickly abolished before interviews ever happened.” What?! Alexis was also included in that casting call?
What hurt Tamra worse than being lied to by Gretchen was the text she sent her two days after the dress shopping. Tamra says, “Basically, she texted me to tell me what a great friend she was to give up her first role on a sitcom to spend that important day with me.” Tamra didn’t have the heart to tell Gretchen she knew she was lying. Tamra didn’t get the point of Gretchen’s text. Did she want to make Tamra feel bad or like she owed Gretchen something? Tamra needed to process everything and deal with it another time. Tamra says, “To this day I don’t understand her motive for not wanting to go dress shopping with us. What was the real reason why she didn’t want to go? You could tell my by her body language that she did not want to be there. Was it about Alexis or because it wasn’t about Gretchen?”
Seems to me Gretchen pretty much bobbed and weaved her way around the Malibu Country fiasco? Did she really give up a chance to be on the show to go wedding dress shopping with Tamra? Or did she already know she had lost out on that opportunity, but still wanted Tamra to think she was making the ultimate sacrifice for her? I’m going with the second option.
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