Earlier this week, Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge’s husband Eddie took to Instagram to let fans know that the Bravo show isn’t reality and producers edit the show to get maximum reaction out of viewers after he came off looking like a villain in a recent episode. Now, Tamra has defended her husband’s statements, and backs up his claim that the show doesn’t reflect real life.
During the November 13th episode of RHOC, Tamra opened up to Eddie about her fears concerning her son Ryan Vieth after she went to a therapy session with him because he was having suicidal thoughts. Eddie then allegedly told Ryan “when you’re struggling with childhood issues as a man, you’re not a man.”
View this post on Instagram
#Repost @eddiejudge with @get_repost ・・・ #tbt Throwback to when my beautiful wife and I launched our CBD business. Thank you to all our friend and family for all your love and support. Thank especially to all who took the leap to try our products. We are very fortunate to bring this product to market. #lovevenacbd #vena #cbd #legalin50states
This comment led to some serious backlash from fans over Eddie’s apparent dismissal of mental health issues, and he responded with a lengthy Instagram post.
“Time to move on… just because you see it on TV doesn’t mean it’s real! I’m happy most of you understand this and those that do not, you need to learn how it works. Reality TV is not Reality. These shows are designed to get maximum reaction from the viewers,” Eddie wrote.
He went on to ask if anyone has ever reached out to a villain on a scripted TV show and messaged them about what a “piece of sh*t” they are because of what they did on the show. Eddie then answered his own question, saying that no one has ever done that because someone wrote that script.
Eddie then explained that someone writes the script on reality TV, it’s just not exactly the same way a scripted show is produced. He added that he stands behind what he said, and he never said that people with mental illness need to man up. Eddie claimed he understands mental illness, and he also understands when someone uses mental illness as a scapegoat. Eddie believes that Ryan is struggling with life, and he says you don’t have to be mentally ill to feel depressed.
“However, the TV show will figure out how to get max reaction by editing a touching moment in such a way to get you to watch for more. If they do not, then we have no show,” wrote Eddie.
After Eddie’s post, Tamra was in an Instagram Q&A with fans, and when one fan asked why Tamra stays on the show if they edit her so poorly, the VENA CBD founder replied: “It’s reality TV. So much is taken out of context! I know who I am and that’s all that matters.”
Another fan asked Tamra Judge if she thinks RHOC portrays her in a certain way, and she said of course they do because “it’s reality TV” and “they need to make it interesting.”
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County air Tuesday nights on Bravo.