Kate Chastain: Why Vicki Gunvalson is the most “overrated” ‘Real Housewife’

The OG of the OC is just OK, according to Bravo superfan Kate Chastain.

“Vicki Gunvalson, I don’t understand. I’m sorry,” the ‘Traitors’ star, 40, says on Page Six’s ‘Virtual Reali-Tea’ podcast, explaining why she thinks Gunvalson, 60, is the most ‘real housewife’ overestimated”.

“I just feel like she’s still mad and still screaming.”

Chastain’s assessment is largely based on Gunvalson’s performance in Peacock’s “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club,” which was filmed in the fall of 2021 at Dorinda Medley’s Bluestone Manor estate in the Berkshires and was aired last year.

At the time, the ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ alum – who made her reality TV debut in 2006 – was reeling from her messy split with now ex-fiancé Steve Lodge, impacting her behavior .

Kate Chastain appears on Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast.

Kate Chastain

Kate Chastain appears on Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast.


Cast member Brandi Glanville told Page Six in June 2022 that Gunvalson was a “bitch” during production, blaming the split.

“I wanted to die,” Gunvalson told us the following October. “I mean, I was so depressed. So I did a lot of introspection, a lot of journaling. I read my Bible daily. I think of it as a season.

Gunvalson, who has since moved on with her boyfriend Michael, is currently in Marrakech, Morocco, where she is filming Season 4 of “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.” (She also filmed for the next season of “RHOC,” though she’s not a full-time cast member or a “friend of.”)

The ‘Traitors’ star calls Vicki Gunvalson the most ‘overrated’ ‘Real Housewife’.

The ‘Traitors’ star calls Vicki Gunvalson the most ‘overrated’ ‘Real Housewife’.


With her love tank full again, Chastain hopes the Coto Insurance founder can “raise the buzz” once again for viewers.

“I mean, I’m happy for her that she’s now going to Marrakesh for a makeover because, you know, she was vulnerable back then at Bluestone Manor,” the ‘Below Deck’ alum said. “So hopefully after this new ‘Girls Trip’ I change my mind.”

However, Chastain claims, “But as things stand now, Vicki needs to change her mood.”

Kate Chastain
“Below Deck” alum Chastain is a die-hard Bravo fan.
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The expectant single mother – who announced her pregnancy in December 2022 – was asked to share her most “overrated” ‘Real Housewife’ after her ‘Traitor’ co-star Reza Farahan named Kyle Richards in a recent “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” appearance.

The admission then prompted a heated social media feud with the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ veteran, 54, mocking Farahan, 49, for the 2022 cancellation of her Bravo reality show, ” Shahs of Sunset,” and his one-episode stint on “The Traitors.”

In response, Farahan dipped into Richards’ strained relationship with sisters Kathy Hilton and Kim Richards.

Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge
“I just feel like she’s always angry and always screaming,” Chastain says of Gunvalson.
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“My show was canceled and I was killed first on Traitors, but my siblings and all my cast mates are still taking my calls,” he wrote in an Instagram comment. “How are @kathyhilton and @kimrichards11 @kylerichards18?”

Chastain says she “watched it all unfold” with glee.

“When I saw Kyle clapping I was like, ‘Is she watching ‘Traitors’?” So thank you for that, Kyle Richards. And I thought [Farahan’s] clap-back was…great. I was so happy for him,” she tells us.

Kate Chastain, Kyle Cooke, Brandi Glanville, Reza Farahan at Peacock Lounge
Chastain appears on Peacock’s “The Traitors” alongside fellow Bravolebrities Kyle Cooke, Brandi Glanville and Reza Farahan.
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“When asked that question, he said, ‘This is going to get me in trouble. They had. And you know what? He had the guts to go ahead and I think it was hilarious.

You can listen to Chastain’s entire “Virtual Reali-Tea” episode here.

“The Treaters” is available to stream on Peacock.

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