Season 11 of The Real Housewives of Orange County was a brutal affair, with the ladies seemingly always at one another's throats. And as it turns out, one of those fights in particular was so ugly that it almost made Heather Dubrow walk away from the show for good.
In this sneak peek of part two of the reunion special, exclusive to E! News, when talk turns to the sushi party and Kelly Dodd's infamous "c--t" utterance, we learn that we didn't see the totality of Heather's reaction to everything. While we knew she demanded Kelly leave before finally leaving herself, behind the scenes footage reveals that Heather was ready to turn in her microphone and quit.
"Where's Thomas?" Heather asks as she disappears from the scene of the crime. "Are you f--king kidding me? I am done. This is disgusting. I will not be a part of this, absolutely not!"
Cut back to the reunion couches, where Heather tried to offer up an explanation for her reaction—if only Kelly would stop interrupting her.
"We're sitting in a private room at a Japanese room that has paper-thin walls. Everyone can hear you, " she says once host Andy Cohen steps in and tells Kelly to shut the eff up. "That the last time I was at this restaurant was the last time that I saw my brother-in-law alive. So, to go in to this restaurant where I have very bad memories and then be involved in a situation that I can't believe I'm sitting at a table with someone that is screaming 'see you next Tuesday' at the top of her lungs—Whether you think my reaction was overboard or not, I'm telling you, this was my visceral reaction. I was horrified. I took off my microphone. I did not want to be involved. And it was not about saying, 'I'm better than you.' It was like, 'We're better than this. Our show is better than this. And I don't want to be associated with this.'"
Kelly's response? "OK. Alright You've never been around her that cusses all the time," she says, pointing at Tamra Judge, before moving on to Shannon Beador. "Her that cusses all the time."
"Not like that," Heather shoots back.
In the end, it's Andy who tries to drive the point home to Kelly: "But you can't stand behind your behavior at that sushi restaurant." Can she? You'll have to tune in to find out.
The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion special continues Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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