““Star Shannon Storms Beador faced her demons at BravoCon 2023.
Nearly two months after a drunken driving arrest that made national headlines, Beador joined her co-stars on a stage in Las Vegas for the weekend-long event dedicated to Bravo’s indulgent reality television extravaganza. Her arrest shocked many thanks to accompanying police footage showing a drunken Beador hit-and-run into a house and then speeding away with her beloved dog Archie in the back seat.
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Panel moderator Danny Pellegrino called the Beador incident “the elephant in the room” at the start of the session at Caesars Forum.
“It’s been a tough six weeks, but I’m telling you I made a terrible, terrible mistake and I’m incredibly grateful that it didn’t hurt anyone,” Beador said to thunderous applause from the audience.
She also revealed that she completed “28 days of behavioral counseling” with an alcohol specialist, adding that she was able to “focus on elements of my life that are unhealthy and toxic.” I’m moving in a good and positive direction.”
Beador was sentenced by a California judge to three years probation and 40 hours of community service. She must also complete an alcohol program for nine months and has paid restitution for the damage she caused to the house she hit with her car.
Beador addressed the topic, joined by fellow cast members Tamra Judge, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, Heather Durrow, Jennifer Pedant, Taylor Armstrong and Vicki Gunvalson.
Gunvalson, a founding member of the first-ever “Real Housewives” production, made waves in Las Vegas with her “OG” status. The insurance saleswoman currently appears on “Orange County” as a recurring character, also known as “a friend of.” Many fans and her fellow cast members suggested that she return as a good start.
“I don’t know how this will play out next year,” Gunvalson said of her future. “Personally, I don’t like going in as a friend. I am not a friend.”
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