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Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley bash 'RHOC' but say they may return

Tv personalities Slade Smiley (L) and Gretchen Rossi attend OK Magazine's So Sexy L.A. Event at LURE on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Angela Weiss

Gretchen Rossi may want to stop criticizing "The Real Housewives of Orange County" if she wants the chance to return to the show in the future. In an interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, posted on Monday, June 9, Gretchen said that she's open to becoming an Orange County housewife but only if the show changes for the better.

She said that the show just became too toxic and negative for her. She explained that she wants to empower women, which is not the same path that the show is on. She said that now that she's no longer on the show, she's looking forward to being happy, living the life that she really wants to live, a life that is different than what was portrayed on the show, and is excited for the future.

That said, Gretchen also said that she would "never say never" to returning to the show that made her famous, even if her fiance Slade Smiley thinks that the franchise is a "tired format." She said that she's open to returning "if certain things change."

While Gretchen believes that "The Real Housewives of Orange County" was not serving her well towards the end, her opinion of her current reality TV show, "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars," is much better. She said that after leaving the "Real Housewives," she and Slade wanted to do something that would really allow them to learn and grow.

It just so happens that WE tv came knocking with the opportunity. They took it not only because they believed that doing it would strengthen their relationship but also because it would give them an opportunity to dispel some of the public's misconceptions about their relationship, which they didn't get the chance to do on "Real Housewives."

This isn't the first time that Gretchen Rossi has criticized her former reality show. In an interview with RumorFix in late May, Gretchen said that she felt that her and Slade's reality "was manipulated when [they] were on 'Housewives.'"