The feud between Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi and Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd continued to intensify on Thursday.
It all began when GG commented on a post about Kelly’s exit from the Bravo show this week, praising the decision to replace her with RHOC vet Heather Dubrow.
‘Soooo glad KD is gone’ GG said in part, which sparked a furious response from Kelly who claimed she doesn’t know who GG is, and a back and forth between the women has been ongoing since.
Hitting back: Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi slammed Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd as their feud continued to intensify on Thursday. Kelly continued to deny knowing who GG is and called her ‘Goulash’
Kelly called GG ‘Goulash’ in one of her posts as she continued to deny knowing the Shahs star, and GG followed up by labelling Kelly as a bully.
‘I would’ve thought getting fired for being a racist would’ve been a big enough lesson but I forgot we’re talking about a privileged person that doesn’t need to change their ways,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘You are a bona-fide bully Ms. Dodd. I am so glad for your departure because when Bravo decided to create the first ever show about Middle Easterns [sic] on an American network called Shahs of Sunset, and the many other shows about different cultures, they also said f*** you to racism and the people whose souls are tainted, so good riddance.’
‘So glad KD is gone’: It all began when GG commented on a post about Kelly’s exit from the Bravo show this week, praising the decision to replace her with RHOC vet Heather Dubrow
‘I don’t know her’: Kelly responded to GG’s comments by claiming she doesn’t know who the Shahs of Sunset star is
Kelly, 45, had called GG the derogatory name while defending her statement that she doesn’t know who GG is, after the Shahs’ star shared a clip of Kelly talking about the series – which follows a group of Persian-American friends – with Andy Cohen.
Asked by Cohen which ‘Non-Housewives show on Bravo’ she’d want to be on, Kelly said: ‘I would like to be on Shahs of Sunset … because I’m just over the top.’
‘I never said I never watched the show. This was five years ago, I haven’t seen the show since,’ Kelly ranted in a now deleted clip. ‘In five years, I haven’t seen the show, I don’t know who this Go girl is, Goulash, whatever her name is.
‘Don’t know her. Did I see it, I’m sure I have, but I haven’t seen it since in 5 years,’ she added. ‘Good luck, lady, I don’t know who you are. Sorry.’
Fans have since pointed out that Kelly commented as recently as last month on a Mercedes Javid post about Shahs raving ‘I’ll be watching!’.
In a statement to TooFab, Kelly said in response to GG: ‘This narcissist started this fight by attacking me and I still don’t know who she is.
Busted: The fired RHOC star was then forced to defend her comments from an old interview with Andy Cohen where she said she’d love to star on Shahs of Sunset
Kelly doubled down on her claim that she doesn’t know GG: ‘Good luck, lady, I don’t know who you are. Sorry.’
‘I’m mostly Mexican and nearly 30% Native American. I’m not a racist and the privileges I have are the ones I’ve earned. I deleted the video because I’m sick of talking about this person and won’t anymore. Come after me some more and I’ll sue you.’
This comes after Kelly slammed her RHOC co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke after it was revealed that both stars have been axed from the show earlier this week.
Dodd, 45, had faced intense backlash last year for her controversial opinions on COVID-19, as well as facing accusations of racism and homophobia, but on Thursday, she put the blame squarely on Windham-Burke, 43.
In a statement to TooFab , Kelly said in response to GG: ‘This narcissist started this fight by attacking me and I still don’t know who she is.’ Kelly also threatened ‘Come after me some more and I’ll sue you.’
A text message sent from Kelly to Braunwyn says: ‘This was your fault. We’d still be on the show if you didn’t make things so dark and ugly and brought all that political “woke” BS.’
It goes on, ‘Your lies about me, calling me a racist and a homophobe were horribly destructive and your phony storylines didn’t help either.’
Known for their fights on the show, in November last year, Kelly accused Braunwyn, who is gay, of calling her ‘a racist and homophobic (sic) in a nationally televised interview.’
Giving a classy clap back and ignoring the vitriol, Braunwyn replied in the text messages: ‘Well I’m still sober and still gay, like I said if you ever want to talk I’m here’
Explaining the beef further, Kelly said on Instagram: ‘I can’t believe this Braunwyn has the audacity to text me !! She went on a podcast .. She said she was fired from the show because we all didn’t like her because she’s gay.’
‘We’d still be on the show if it wasn’t for your woke BS’: Kelly (left) slammed her RHOC co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke (right) for getting them both fired
‘Not because she’s a horrible person. Not because she treated everyone like s**t and made no effort to be friends with us. Not because she went on a press tour and made horrible accusations about us calling all of us homophobes and racist, Not because she’s a terrible mother.’
Variety confirmed the news that the ladies will not be returning for the 16th season earlier this week.
Attack: Kelly shared these screenshots of her sparring with Braunwyn on Thursday
Classy clap back: Ignoring the vitriol, Braunwyn replied: ‘Well I’m still sober and still gay, like I said if you ever want to talk I’m here’
While Kelly and Braunwyn are not welcome on the cast any longer, Heather Dubrow is set to make a triumphant return to the show after taking four seasons off following her last stint in 2016 for season 11.
Dodd faced intense backlash last year for her controversial COVID-19 opinions and later toasted to being a ‘super-spreader’ while at a bar with friends amid strict lockdown and social distancing measures in California.
Bravo also cancelled the contracts for Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, who was on the most recent season.
Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson will be back for another season in front of cameras.
Reports that Tamra Judge will also return have only been confirmed on the Housewives Wikipedia page.
Done: Kelly will not be returning for the 16th season of Real Housewives of Orange County, according to Variety; seen in 2019
Tweeting about the news on Tuesday, Kelly wrote: ‘The last five years have been an amazing experience. The next five years will be even better. I am so grateful for all the love and support and so excited about the future.’
Kelly was dropped from her partnership with Positive Beverages in February due to her ‘controversial views and opinions’ on COVID-19.
She first partnered with the brand in February 2019 and regularly promoted the sparkling beverage on her social media accounts and in episodes of RHOC.
Statement piece: Kelly was back in the spotlight for sporting a Drunk Wives Matter hat at her surprise bridal shower in Orange County in October
Get the champs! Heather Dubrow is set to make a triumphant return to the show after taking four seasons off following her last stint in 2016 for season 11; seen in 2018
In January, Kelly and her friends toasted to being ‘super spreaders’ as they dined maskless in Newport Beach despite surging cases of the coronavirus throughout Southern California.
In response to being let go from the company, Kelly noted that she was ‘glad I could help put Positive Beverage on the map and wish them well.’
‘2020 has taught us that words have power and listening can unite … we listened to you and have an important action to share,’ the brand first shared.
Yikes: In January, Kelly and her friends toasted to being ‘super spreaders’ as they dined maskless in Newport Beach despite surging cases of the coronavirus throughout Southern California
‘Our core values of wellness, community, diversity and inclusion should be reflected by our brand and anyone associated with it,’ head of Brand Zach Muchnick comments, ‘it has become clear over the past few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our primary objectives, so effective today, we are no longer affiliated with Kelly Dodd-Leventhal.’
‘We welcome all people – however they are and whatever they are passionate about – to Positive Beverage,’ says CEO, Shannon Argyros, ‘but there must always be an underlying layer of respect. Unfortunately, we feel Kelly’s stance is no longer congruent with our core values. We appreciate her contributions during our affiliation, and she will always be a part of Positive Beverage’s history, but we do not align with her opinions or global views while we uphold our own values and the values of customers.’
Dodd claimed she was ‘getting a lot of hate for being at a restaurant we’re allowed to be at’ after California partially lifted dining restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic.
‘The sheeple are mad,’ she said. ‘I’m not a super spreader because there’s nothing to spread because we all got the vaccine and we don’t have it, so there’s nothing to spread about super spreaders.’
Dream team: Reports that Tamra Judge will also return have only been confirmed on the Housewives Wikipedia page
Kelly made headlines last April after saying on social media that she believed that the pandemic was ‘Gods way of thinning the herd’ as she argued with an Instagram user who called her out after taking a cross-country flight.
After a user wrote to Dodd, ‘If non-essential workers keep traveling back and forth like you, it will last longer,’ the reality star replied, ‘Do you know how many people died from the H1N1, the swine flu or SARS? It’s 25% get your facts straight you are only hearing numbers not the reality! It’s God’s way of thinning the herd!’
She subsequently apologized for the remarks and attempted to clarify her statement.
‘When I wrote that it’s “God’s way of thinning the herd,” that’s not what I meant,’ Dodd said on Instagram Stories. ‘What I meant was, “Do these pandemics happen because it’s God’s way?” I’m not God. I’m not insensitive.
‘I feel bad for all the families that have lost loved ones, and I do think we should all stay at home and protect everybody. That’s not what I meant, and I want to apologize to anyone who got offended, OK? I’m sorry.’
She apologized again while appearing on Watch What Happens Live, saying of her past controversy: ‘It was insensitive and I apologize if I hurt or offended anybody.’
Friends forever: Real Housewives of Orange County first debuted in 2006 and spawned spin-offs in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Beverly Hills, Potomac, New Jersey, Dallas and Salt Lake City