Real Housewives of Orange County star Eddie Judge advises the public not to believe everything he sees on television, including his show.
In response to the reaction he received from viewers after his comments on the RHOC episode last week, Eddie posted a long statement on Instagram on Monday, trying to make things clear.
“It’s time to move on … just because you watch it on TV doesn’t mean it’s real! I’m happy that most of you understand this and those who don’t, should learn how it works. Reality TV is not reality These programs are designed to get the maximum reaction from viewers, ”Eddie began.
“Has anyone contacted a villain on a television show and sent him a message about what he or she is because of what they saw that person doing or telling someone else on that show? Oh yes no. Because someone wrote that script, ”he continued. “Well, someone writes the script on reality television. It’s just not exactly the same way a script program is produced. “
During the November 13 episode of RHOC, Eddie’s wife, Tamra Judge, broke down while attending a group therapy session with her eldest son Ryan Vieth, who is fighting depression, and her therapist, Dr. Mcayla Sarno.
While prosecuting with Vieth, 33, and the therapist, Tamra, 52, admitted his concern “that someday Ryan could kill himself. That is my biggest fear.”
Tamra reflected on the therapy session during a conversation with Eddie.
“When you’re struggling with childhood issues as a man, you’re not a man,” Eddie said in a confessional in reference to Vieth.
While Eddie’s words were received with criticism from fans, he defended his point of view and clarified his views on mental illness in the Instagram statement.
“I support what I said and never said that people with a mental illness need to be men. I understand mental illness. I also understand when someone uses a mental illness as a scapegoat, ”Eddie continued.
“Ryan is not mentally ill and is not using it as a scapegoat. He is struggling with life. And you don’t have to be mentally ill to feel depressed, “he said.
At the conclusion of the publication, Eddie said the production will edit “a touching moment” as a way to get a “maximum reaction” from the public.
“However, the television show will discover how to get the maximum reaction by editing a touching moment so that you can see more,” he added. “If they don’t, then we don’t have a show. Get it? The end!”
On his BravoCon panel on Sunday, Tamra addressed Eddie’s frustrations and explained that his comment was taken out of context. PEOPLE goes to Bravo to comment.
RHOC viewers have seen Vieth fight over the years, bumping into Tamra’s ex-husband, Simon Barney, and leaving Orange Country before returning to work with his mother a few seasons ago.
Tamra had encouraged her son to look for a professional early in the season, after he admitted feeling trapped and unable to get out of the routine. After some individual sessions, Dr. Sarno invited Tamra to join the conversation.
In the end, Dr. Sarno urged Vieth to continue with the therapy, no matter how difficult it is, promising that the process would help him solve part of this trauma.
The good news in all this was Vieth’s close relationship with her 4-year-old daughter. He began to cry when he argued about Ava, explaining how unconditionally loved by her he feels.
“You are a good father,” said Tamra.
She just hoped he wouldn’t ignore himself while pouring energy into Ava.
“I can look into my son’s eyes and see that he is not himself,” said Tamra. “He is so worried about his past that he doesn’t want her to have that life.” He just wants to protect that little girl, suffocate her, that doesn’t allow other people to enter. It isolates and worries me. “