RHOC’s Gretchen Rossi Says the ‘Skeletons in Your Closet’ Will Come out on the Show

Gretchen Rossi says one thing she learned about being on The Real Housewives of Orange County is that the show will expose your truth – whether you like it or not.

She reflected on Jen Shah’s ongoing legal battle currently playing out on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and wondered why Shah continued to film. Shah was arrested last March and pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering through telemarketing.

Rossi said the truth will come out, regardless of if Shah is guilty. Because the show ends up unearthing skeletons in the closet, like it or not.

Reality television will usually expose sketchy activity

Rossi said she doesn’t really follow the Shah case, but she knows that Shah is facing serious legal trouble. “Yeah. I mean, obviously again, I don’t live under a rock. I don’t really follow it closely, but obviously, I saw a lot of stuff on social,” she said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast.

Gretchen Rossi from 'RHOC' says cast members should prepare for their lives to be exposed
Brianna Gunvalson, Vicki Gunvalson, Lynne Curtin, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, Tamra Judge from RHOC go shopping | Tony Avelar/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

“And some of the stuff that’s come out over the years with some of the women, you’re just like, why are you on camera? Like showing off everything that you own and have. And it’s just like, oh my gosh, it is surprising to me,” she added.”

“But you know what, I mean good for them that … I guess, think they’re going to get away with it,” she said. “You think about it, if they’d been getting away with whatever they’ve been doing for so many years, they obviously think that it’s going to continue on. That they’re going to continue to be able to get away with it. But not a good decision coming on reality TV. That’s not gonna bode well for you.” 

What advice does Gretchen Rossi from ‘RHOC’ have for future cast members?

She also said anyone considering reality television should make sure they are OK with their past or secrets being exposed. “Run!” she laughed. “I would just say, look, first of all, you need to just be completely OK with anything and everything coming out.”

“You know, like if you have any skeletons in your closet that you don’t want to come out, don’t go on the show,” she said. “If you have any negative things or any bad thing going on between your relationship. Probably not a good platform to go on.”

“And I would also just say, just be 100% authentic in yourself and don’t ever like, try to be something that you think the audience wants or the producers want, because it will completely resonate on camera,” she said.

Adding, “Like you just always have to be 100% true to who you are and that’s it. And even if, even if it’s bad, like even if there’s some bad sides to you, like just show it all.”

Joe Giudice from ‘RHONJ’ blames the show for his troubles

In a recent interview, Joe Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey said being on the show was a big reason he got into trouble. Giudice and his wife were found guilty of mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Both served prison sentences. Joe Giudice never sought U.S. citizenship and was deported back to Italy. The couple later divorced.

He basically backs what Rossi from RHOC said about exposure. “I mean it kinda exposed me to everything,” he told Access Hollywood. “I’ve been in business for so long in the states and I never had issues with anybody. No IRS. No courts. I was never in court. As soon as I got on that show it was like pretty much everybody came after me.”

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