'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Gretchen Rossi says Tamra Barney's engagement is fake


Despite being newfound besties with Tamra Barney on "The Real Housewives of Orange County," off-camera Gretchen Rossi is saying that Tamra's just-announced engagement to Eddie Judge is fake, manufactured by producers for a dramatic finale story line. But Tamra says it's not true. Sources tell TMZ that "Real Housewives" producers initially approached Gretchen's boyfriend Slade Smiley about proposing in time for the show's finale, offering him an exotic proposal destination and a free ring to boot. Long the source of public ridicule, Slade turned them down, so producers allegedly turned to Eddie and Tamra next.The couple supposedly snapped up the proposal package, which was then filmed for the show in the same exotic locale Slade was offered. We tweeted Tamra about the allegations Monday (March 19) morning, asking if they were true, and she wrote back, "no. Very hurtful."Keep your friends close and your enemies closer ......



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