The ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City have been livin’ la vida loca in Mexico, and the trip has been pretty low on drama (aside from a mild Tinsley Mortimer-Sonja Morgan dust- up) compared to most Housewives’ getaways. As if fighting on their respective home turfs isn’t enough, all of the Housewives love to travel to exotic locations, especially when tensions are running high, and duke it out, proving again and again just how ugly Americans can be. Every season, the women load up their emotional baggage along with their Louis Vuitton and ruin a perfectly good getaway. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 biggest vacation blow-ups, so slap on the sunscreen and enjoy!
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10. The Real Housewives of Orange County — Whistler, British Columbia
When the women hit the slopes in Canada during The Real Housewives of Orange County season 8, Vicki Gunvalson learned her sex life had been the object of speculation among the other ladies thanks to former cast member Lauri Peterson. Lauri told Gretchen Rossi that during an insurance conference in New Orleans years earlier, Lauri walked in on Vicki in bed with another woman and a man.
Vicki confronted Lauri, denying the threesome, but Lauri clarified that she never said Vicki was having sex (Vicki claimed they were all watching a movie.) The threesome story may have been false, but Vicki did admit to cheating on her husband Donn. Lauri also brought up Vicki’s mile-high fun with a violinist and a dalliance with some Greek guy. Vicki’s indiscretions were shouted from the mountain tops. Vicki shrieked she’d never been with multiple partners and called Lauri “filthy.”
9. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — Puerto Rico
Paradise quickly turned to hell on earth for Lisa Vanderpump. Throughout the season 4 trip, Lisa was confronted by her so-called friends: Yolanda Hadid (formerly Foster) accused her of being a fake friend, and Brandi Glanville told Lisa she used her failed marriage to Eddie Cibrian and his infidelity to further her own business ventures.
At a group dinner, Kyle Richards questioned if Lisa encouraged Brandi to bring tabloids featuring stories that alleged Kyle’s husband, Mauricio, was cheating on her to a girls’ trip in Palm Springs in order to stir up trouble. Lisa denied the allegation, and Lisa’s husband, Ken, quickly came to his wife’s defense. Ken called Yolanda “stupid” Kimberly Richards and Ken got into it, and Kim told Ken “I’m tired of your goddamn mouth. You’re a big, stubborn old man.” Ken claimed he and his wife were being set up, and the couple fled the emotional gang bang.
8. The Real Housewives of Dallas — Austin
When these Southern belles got together during season 1 at Brandi Redmond’s and Stephanie Hollman’s lake house, it was all fun and games until the shit hit the fan, literally.
When LeeAnne Locken learned her gal pal, Marie Reyes had told some of the other women that LeeAnne had crapped her pants years earlier, she went off in the middle of the night, threatening to kill Marie. Bravo cameras missed the action, but one of the ladies caught some of the drama on her phone, and, of course, details of the confrontation emerged the following morning. LeeAnne tried to explain that her definition of kill differs from that of everyone else’s on the planet, but nobody bought it.
7. The Real Housewives of Orange County — Ireland
Vicki Gunvalson spent most of season 11 on the outs with the other cast members. She made some progress getting back into their good graces on this getaway, overshadowed by the antics of friend and fellow cast member Kelly Dodd who Vicki threw under the bus to save her own ass. But it all fell apart when Kelly revealed Vicki said Shannon Beador’s husband, David, beat her. The hits kept coming when Kelly spilled that Vicki had told her Tamra Judge’s husband, Eddie, cheated on her and was gay. None of information helped Kelly’s cause, but she managed to take Vicki down with her.
6. The Real Housewives of Atlanta — Puerto Rico
When the ladies landed in Puerto Rico during season 7, everybody wasn’t exactly vibing. It was “Team Beauty” which consisted of Cynthia Bailey, Claudia Jordan and Kenya Moore vs. “The Beasts:” Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks and NeNe Leakes.
Despite their differences, the two factions sat down for dinner, but insults were the only thing on the menu. Claudia learned the hard way that you never come for NeNe, aka “NayNay.” Claudia called out NeNe and her minions for being bitchy, catty and immature. She also brought up NeNe’s cancelled TV series, her days on the pole and her arrest record. NeNe took it to a whole new level by calling Claudia a “half-breed” and accusing her of sleeping with everyone in Hollywood proclaiming “Your clit has left your body.”
5. The Real Housewives of New York City — St. Barts
When the ladies of NYC headed to St. Barts their dream vacation turned into a nightmare when Aviva Drescher arrived. The anxiety-riddled Aviva had to bring her hubby, Reid, along to help her brave the rocky flight to the tropical island which didn’t go over well with Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer who have a strict no-boys’ policy on their girls’ getaways.
Tensions erupted when Aviva felt neither she or her husband received a warm welcome from the two ladies. It didn’t help matters that Sonja and Ramona were skinny dipping when the couple arrived. Aviva called the women “ungracious” and “white trash.” Ramona’s response remains one of the most memorable Housewives’ quotes ever when she yelled at Aviva to “Calm down! Take a Xanax.”
4. The Real Housewives of Atlanta — Anguilla
This was Kenya Moore’s first getaway with the rest of the ladies and their significant others. After rubbing up against some of the men, she managed to rub a couple of the other women the wrong way. But it turned to be fellow season 5 newbie Porsha Williams (formerly Stewart) who butted heads with the ex-beauty queen over Kenya’s diva-like behavior at a charity event a few weeks earlier. Things escalated quickly from throwing shade to Kenya threatening to throw punches. The argument got so heated, NeNe Leakes had to physically restrain Kenya. Kenya got the last word when she twirled off, announcing she was “Gone with the Wind fabulous.”
3. The Real Housewives of New Jersey — Lake George, NY
Technically, this season 5 outing was a “retreat” to bring the fractured Giudice-Gorga clans together after years of bad blood. The potent mix of family members with long-standing grudges trapped together in a lodge in the middle of winter. Excess alcohol, allegations of stripping and cheating and hot-blooded Italian men turned a team-building exercise turned into a fist fight between Joe Guidice and Joe Gorga (It’s not always the women who misbehave.) Teresa Giudice fled the scene, insisting someone call the police while everyone else struggled to pry the brothers-in-law apart.
2. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — Amsterdam
Lisa Rinna’s big mouth got her in trouble with Kim Richards when Kim learned Lisa had been discussing Kim’s sobriety – or lack thereof – behind her back to the other ladies. When the group traveled to Amsterdam, Kim confronted Lisa about all the chatter over dinner. Kim threatened to reveal personal information about Lisa’s husband, Harry Hamlin (Kim insinuated Harry may have been unfaithful.) Lisa’s response was to lunge across the table, trying to get her hands around Kim’s neck. Her next move was to throw a glass, spraying her castmates in shattered glass. Dinner came to an abrupt halt as Lisa had to be ushered out of the restaurant.
1. The Real Housewives of New York City — Virgin Islands
Ramona Singer planned a luxury trip during season 3 to celebrate renewing her vows, and it was a disaster from the first moment the women set foot on the luxury yacht. Kelly Bensimon was antagonistic, especially towards Bethenny Frankel, calling the expectant mother a “ho bag” and insulting the chef’s culinary skills. Things didn’t improve when the women hit St. John, and Kelly lashed out at Ramona, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan and Bethenny. Kelly became erratic and melted down, accusing Bethenny of talking about her in the press and, possibly, trying to murder her. Kelly left early, and the trip has been referred to as “Scary Island” ever since.
Are Real Housewives’ trips more fun to watch when the ladies don’t get along? Does their bad behavior deserve to be rewarded with luxury vacations? Did we miss a nasty tiff? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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