SH “HIT AND RUN” THURSDAY: Vicki Gunvalson, Ryan Culberson in “Marine Times”… LuAnn de Lesseps “Auction Disaster”… Housewives Banned From “Funny Or Die”… Kim Zolciak’s KJ One Year Old!

May 31, 2012  4:30 pm

                                                        Briana and Ryan Culberson…

Great article from Marine Times...

Staff Sgt. Ryan Culberson has a new mother-in-law — and she’s one of the “Real Housewives of Orange County.”  Landing himself in the middle of a reality TV show full of big houses, fancy dinner parties and lots of drama has been an adjustment for Culberson. The joint terminal attack controller’s new wife, Briana, is the daughter of Vicki Gunvalson, who is in her seventh season of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Briana has been on the show since she was a teen. Now the thrice-deployed member of 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., appears on the show alongside her.

“I doubt any of them, other than Vicki now, understand the military lifestyle,” Culberson, a native of Burlington, N.C., told Marine Corps Times. “Their reality is different than 90 percent of the country.  That’s been the biggest culture shock to me.”

Gunvalson said she doesn’t think the other Housewives have any experience with the military. She said Culberson’s presence on the show is a wonderful opportunity to show the world the life of a Marine.

And his TV appearances haven’t gone unnoticed by his fellow Marines. Guys in his shop like to give him a hard time about his new life.  “They say they’re going to change my call sign to ‘Housewife,’” he said. “Most of my superiors’ wives watch it, so they’ll see me on TV and ask if I had makeup on.”

Culberson added his share of drama to the show when it was announced that he eloped with Gunvalson’s daughter in a Las Vegas drive-through chapel in October. The two broke the news to Gunvalson at dinner, her daughter telling her she had a bomb to drop. Gunvalson replied, “I don’t really like bombs,” and her daughter said, “Well, Ryan likes bombs, he drops bombs for a living.”

Gunvalson was upset on the show and said she wanted more than a drive-through chapel wedding for her daughter.

But after 2005 and 2008 deployments to Iraq and a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan that left him communicating with Briana via hand-written letters, Culberson said their decision to get married in the moment made sense — especially after Briana faced a cancer scare resulting in the removal of her thyroid.

“I think the deployment and her health are the main reasons we did this,” Culberson said. “Knowing she was cancer-free and me coming back from deployments where we lost guys and people were getting hurt left and right — it just made sense.”

Gunvalson hosted a more traditional wedding for the couple May 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Culberson said he and his new wife are expecting a baby boy. An ultrasound was done before the wedding, but the results of the baby’s gender were kept a secret until they cut their wedding cake and blue frosting on the inside was revealed.

Despite the show’s success and spin-off casts being filmed in several major cities since it began in 2006, Culberson said like most guys, he was pretty oblivious to what the show was all about.

“Me being the normal guy, I don’t watch those kinds of shows,” he said. “I knew it was about rich people on TV, but I didn’t really have a good understanding.”

The show began as a glimpse “behind the gates” into the lives of rich Orange County housewives. Expensive cars, clothes and plastic surgery are all topics regularly discussed on the show. But Briana seemed different when they met in 2009, Culberson said.

“What drew me to her is that she’s so normal,” he said. “She’s completely the girl next door.”

Gunvalson said she is proud of the choice her daughter made in a husband.   “Not being from a Marine family, it is very exciting having Ryan as a new addition to ours,” she said. “It is fun talking to him about his experiences both on the base and when he is deployed, and I’m so proud of his passion for our country.”

  LuAnn and Jacques…

LuAnn de Lesseps hosted a Memorial Day party… with auctioned items to benefit Miracle House.   “Lunch With The Countess” was expected to bring at least $10,000… 

From NYTimesStyle

The last item of the evening was lunch for six at the home of the countess herself. He started the bidding at $2,000 and had an offer. But getting the price up by $500 wasn’t so easy. “Oh, come on, boys,” the countess said into her microphone.

After that, getting to $3,000 felt like pulling teeth. The countess continued showing hers.

“What’s going on?” she asked with a big smile.

“Europe’s melted down,” Mr. McNeely told her.

She, however, did not. And, having had her lunch offer sold for $3,000, she graciously thanked the crowd, left the stage and returned to her table.

Kyle, MissAndy, Lisa and Camille… “No makin’ money from videos… unless MissAndy gets a piece!”

“Jill Zarin, Alex McCord and Lisa Vanderpump were all asked if they wanted to do a Funny or Die video,” a source close to the “Housewives” cast says. “Everyone said yes, and the concept was going to be ‘Housewives’ set in the future, in 2033. It was a very funny concept and would have been an Internet sensation, but Bravo made it very clear to all the ladies that they couldn’t do it.”

Funny or Die was founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company. The site has produced online comedy videos that have starred the likes of Charlie Sheen, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Radcliffe, Lindsay Lohan and, most recently, Tom Brady. However, Bravo evidently didn’t want its talent associated with it.

“We were offered $10,000 each to do it and were amazed when we got an email making it very clear that under no circumstances was it to happen,” one “Housewife” says. “Of course, if they had wanted to do one with Andy [Cohen], that would have been allowed.  But us housewives, no way.”   NOTE:  If Bravo were getting a cut, ALL the Housewives would be making videos for ‘Funny or Die’!

“KJ” Biermann…. One Year Old!!   Cute…

AND… because this was found while looking for something else!!

(Thanks to SH reader “OriginalSnarky”!!!)

17 comments on “SH “HIT AND RUN” THURSDAY: Vicki Gunvalson, Ryan Culberson in “Marine Times”… LuAnn de Lesseps “Auction Disaster”… Housewives Banned From “Funny Or Die”… Kim Zolciak’s KJ One Year Old!

  1. Who would want to eat lunch with someone who would make u curtsy to them and call her Countess
    Personally I would be afraid Id leave the O out of countess


  2. LMAO@lisa the Irish Dragon’s comments @ The Countess! :)

    Briana and Ryan are an adorable couple. I’m very proud of Briana for living her life the way she wants to instead of the way Vicki tells her to. Good for you Briana! I’m happy for her, after all her health problems, to be having a baby boy. I wish her much peace and happiness.

    Look at the knees of the BH women! WTH is wrong with Kyle’s knees? They’re scary looking! If I had Kyle’s ugly knees, I’d never wear anything that showed them. . .ever! ! ewwwwww!!!! Lisa has lovely legs and knees so she looks amazing in dresses, unlike Vile Kyle.

    Kim’s little boy K.J. is a cutie! She always has him dressed in adorable outfits with his hair cut in a sweet little boy style.

    I would love to see a funny or die video so I’m sad that Miss Andy/Bravo won’t allow it. They should let him have a cameo so they can do it. It would be hilarious.

    Too bad about “Countess” Luann’s auction. Personally I wouldn’t pay $1.00 to have lunch with her.
    In fact, she would have to pay me to have lunch with her. ;)


  3. So far I still like the countess because no matter what she has kept her cool (no table flipping) and her sense of humor…so in Reality TV world she still gets my respect…one of the few..putting Phaedra, Kandi and Kathy W in that same boat..don’t cross over to the dark side and keep it classy


  4. The only thing that struck me about this posting is…….BRIANA LOOKED BEAUTIFUL on her 2nd Wedding Day…….


    • I thought so too. And the special touch of having blue frosting inside the wedding cake was really nice.
      You know, that might be a good idea for a NEW Housewife show, “Military Housewives” it would be eye-opening for sure.


      • As someone who has been around the Military 26 yrs I can honestly say I have seen it all
        but Poligamy It would be hard to hide that. tho i have seen men who had both wives and girlfriends and women who had hubbys and boyfriends and on occasion they all knew about the other.


    • Kyle’s got a lot of body parts to cover when she starts designing her own line. Hands, knees and some sort of tongue catcher.


  5. That little KJ is absolutely adorable and he seems to have the sweetest temperment. Hope the crazy that is the Zolciak household doesn’t get to him in years to come.


    • He is a very photogenic baby. Personality for days just like Ayden. Must be sumpin in the water down there in ATL.


  6. Did i read right? Vickie said she was proud of her new son-in-law? Does she have a split personality going on? I mean she totally went off on him to Bree. What the heck? And to say she loves to hear about his military experiences? OMG! I really am thinking she has several personalities and her name should be Sybille or Eve….This season she has also become friends with Alexis the Jesus barbie. Now when Alexis first started Vickie constantly made fun of her being a Christian. She rarely missed a chance to make fun of her being religious. This year its all about God and Brooks and his inspirational little notes. I am soooo confused. Hey maybe the POD people have taken over Vickie and a few other housewives who have changed so drastically this year. Andy kind of looks little weird this year too..Hmmmmmm


  7. I like the line that RHOC is about rich women. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Except for Vicki and Heather, I have more money than these women…and by more money I mean I’m not in debt up to my eyeballs trying to portray a lifestyle I really can’t afford.


  8. The Countess is not classy. Her passive aggressive behavior is so transparent. She always pretends she is dragged into drama; but she is the one stirring it up. And, she can’t sing either !


    • I would like to add Countless is receiving her Karma. What she did with Jill & Bethany is exactly what Ramona is attempting to do with her & Sonya. Even those who marry into royalty reap what they sow.


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