Dorinda Medley likes to ‘make it nice’ – and her points are ‘very clear’.
In an exclusive interview with Page Six, the Bravo alum shares her side of a heated argument with fellow network star Vicki Gunvalson over the COVID-19 vaccine that was filmed for Season 2 of the spin-off “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” by Peacock.
“I was just pretty clear on my point of view on this. You know I like to be clear about my opinions. Especially after a few martinis, I become very clear,” says pro-vax Medley, 57, while promoting her partnership with Nutrisystem. “For me it was [about] Science.”
SEO the legendary “She begins” meme she’s known for, the “Make It Nice” author joked, “[I] started — and go in’!”
Joking aside, Medley believes the virus has been “strangely politicized” and let Gunvalson, 59, know that science – not party affiliation – drove her into being bitten.
“There was nothing emotional about it. There was no red or blue,” the former ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ personality explains, adding that her ‘Orange County’ counterpart seemed to do “ephemeral” generalizations about the vaccine that could not be supported by facts.
“That was one of the issues and one of the things that we discussed,” Medley says, recounting his disagreement with Gunvalson. “You can’t be freaking out about it… [I had to] just jump in and believe in the science – not all the noise.
An insider told Page Six in September 2021 that Gunvalson “told Dorinda that everyone who got the vaccine was going to die” while filming “RHUGT” at Medley’s Bluestone Manor in the Berkshires.
“To clarify, my conversation with Dorinda was specifically about a man I know who had no history of blood clots and who unfortunately died of a pulmonary embolism, which occurred after taking the second dose of the vaccine. “, Gunvalson told us at the time, revealing the chilling example she used in her argument.
According to the CDC, FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and known to maximize protection against emerging variants while potentially preventing the virus from spreading to others.
Although she fought with Medley over the vaccine, the self-proclaimed “OG of the OC” told us in February that she had since changed her mind about the vaccine.
“It’s different where I stand now. But at that time, which was September of last year, a while ago, it’s a different position than where I am now,” said Gunvalson, who has previously insisted that she was “not anti-vax”.
Yet the Coto Insurance founder has expressed her belief that the vaccine is “political” despite Medley’s logic.
“I said [Dorinda] it’s political and she didn’t agree and if it’s not political, why is the government imposing it? she explained in her conversation with us. “So you can believe whatever you want to believe, but the facts are the facts. So she has her opinions and I respect them, I just didn’t think she respected my opinion.
On the contrary, Medley says she was simply disappointed by the level of “misinformation” she felt Gunvalson was exasperating.
“I hated all this time the misinformation, the silly chatter [I was hearing]notes SiriusXM Radio host Andy. “[And] these scary statements that people have made.
“Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” Season 2 – which has yet to receive a premiere date – also features franchise alumni Jill Zarin (“New York City”), Tamra Judge (“Orange County”), Phaedra Parks, Eva Marciille (“Atlanta”), Taylor Armstrong and Brandi Glanville (“Beverly Hills”).
Ahead of the production, Medley tells Page Six that she got herself into “the best shape” with the help of Nutrisystem, a nutritional plan she followed for two years after gaining “a little bit of weight” at the start of pandemic lockdown.
“I’ve lost about 19 pounds since I started and I’ve been able to keep it off. The program has great meal options, but it also taught me a lot about portion control,” s she enthuses.
“I’m still going to have lunch with a girlfriend like Luann [de Lesseps], but now I understand the portion control part, how much to actually eat on my plate,” continues Medley. “And I’ve never felt better. I feel the fittest, but also the most confident.