Friday, November 17, 2017

Sneak Peek: RHOC Season 12 Reunion, Part 1 — Meghan King Edmonds Vs. Lydia McLaughlin, Shannon Beador Opens Up About Her Weight Loss!

In this sneak peek preview of Part 1 of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 reunion special — The First Ladies of Bravo are reunited and Lydia McLaughlin is in the hot seat and taken to task for outspoken opinions and actions. Vicki Gunvalson gives an update on her relationship with Steve, while Kelly Dodd and Shannon Beador open up about the state of their marriages. Watch a sneak peek preview below!

In this teaser for Monday’s episode courtesy via PEOPLE, Meghan King Edmonds attacks Lydia McLaughlin’s Christian faith and tells her to use her brain instead of turning to the Bible for wisdom after host Andy Cohen brings up the topic of psychics.

If you recall, Edmonds hosted a part at house earlier in the season, where she invited a psychic to her home, and Lydia McLaughlin opted not to participate in the readings.

“I don’t believe in psychics,” McLaughlin, tells Cohen.”I don’t want to be around that.”

When Edmonds asks her why she doesn’t “believe that they’re people,” McLaughlin explains, “I do and I was talking to him when it wasn’t about psychic stuff.”

“Because at my party on the show, you said,” Edmonds says before McLaughlin fires back, “Oh, you’re coming out Meghan, all right! Game friggin’ on!”

According to Edmonds, McLaughlin said that she didn’t want to be at the party because a psychic was there: “That hurt my feelings because this is my friend,” says Edmonds.

But McLaughlin isn’t the only one who doesn’t believe in consulting a psychic. “I don’t,” admits fellow Housewife Peggy Sulahian, “because in Armenian it means ‘written on my forehead.’ ”

McLaughlin proceeds to ask Edmonds, “Why would I call you to tell you I’d feel uncomfortable around your psychic?”

“I’m just trying to say,” Edmonds says before McLaughlin presses her: “What? What are you trying to say?”

“What I’m trying to say is it doesn’t make sense to me because they’re not trying to push anything on you. They’re just trying to be a normal person. So why can’t you just be around that?” Edmonds tells her.



McLaughlin feels like Edmonds doesn’t understand her perspective because they don’t share the same beliefs and faith.

“You don’t believe in Jesus. You don’t understand my faith, so of course it’s not going to make sense to you. It doesn’t need to,” McLaughlin says to Edmonds.

Edmonds replies, “I don’t know. I just think you should use your brain and not have the Bible tell you what’s right and wrong all the time.”

Immediately after Edmonds spouts her controversial comment, Vicki Gunvalson quickly turns her head to observe McLaughlin’s response and Kelly Dodd lets out an “ooh.”

“Well, I use my brain to read the Bible,” says McLaughlin.

“Maybe you just do the right thing,” offers Edmonds, who adds, “It struck a nerve with me because I just think people should be treated equally.”

“Well, I think you’re going to strike a nerve with a lot people,” McLaughlin tells her.

Then, Shannon and Lydia go head-to-head about their issues.



In this other preview clip courtsy via PEOPLE, Shannon Beador opens up about her weight issues and reveals she has lost 25 lbs. so far.

“I have 15 more to go,” said Shannon — who weighed 172 lbs. at the beginning of the season and previously shared a backstage photo from the reunion to Instagram of her full-body look — to host Andy Cohen as she sat on the reunion couch in a chic black v-neck dress.

Though she’s feeling strong now, the mother of three says her weight gain made her feel insecure when the RHOC cameras were rolling.

“I have to tell you when the season started filming, I didn’t want to film. I didn’t want to be in front of the camera. It was like, ‘Oh my God, everyone’s going to see how I’ve let myself go,’ ” Shannon recalls. “You feel crappy about yourself. And I know there’s a lot of women who say, ‘You’re not that big’ or you know ‘I’m bigger and you’re making too big of a deal out of it.’ And I apologize to those women, I didn’t meant to offend anyone. But for me, I’ve always been a size 2 or 4. So for me personally, this was just a huge change.”

Adding to her stress was the rocky relationship between Shannon and her husband David Beador— from whom she has since separated — with Shannon saying that the weight “disgusted” David and created a wedge in their marriage.

“Let’s be honest, this season has been very very painful and hard for me to watch,” Shannon says at the reunion. “At times I feel pathetic.”

“You can tell more about my relationship with David in the scenes that I’m not with him rather than the scenes that I am with him,” she adds. “Because as I look back and watch it, I was taking the pain that I was trying to mask. It’s almost as I look back, I was trying to convince myself that everything was okay and I took that out on other people.”

Shannon says she often found herself struggling to get along with her castmates due to her issues with David. “I apologize to anybody that I did [that to] because that’s not the person I am,” Shannon admits, tearing up. “I watch myself on the show and here I am tearing up again, like, I don’t want to cry anymore. I’m a fun person and I just didn’t recognize myself. It’s hard.”

One castmate with whom Shannon feuded was Vicki Gunvalson, who contributed to Shannon’s emotional eating last season when she made false allegations that David “beat the s—” out of Shannon. Because of that, and comments made by Shannon, viewers often thought she was blaming Gunvalson for her weight gain. But on the reunion, Shannon once again clears up previous comments she had made.

“I have taken responsibility, it was taken out of context,” she says. “I’m not blaming Vicki for me opening my mouth and putting things in it. It was just, there was a 5-month period from Ireland to when the show aired that I didn’t know how that was going to be perceived. Is my family going to be hurt by this? It’s what started the ball rolling. It’s what started it.”

Gunvalson apologizes about her role in the matter too. “I feel terrible about it, it was never meant to be discussed publicly,” she says. “It was a private conversation Kelly and I had. If I could take it back, I would.”



The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Monday nights at 9pm/8c on Bravo! For International TV Listings, click here!

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