‘RHOC’ recap: Noella Bergener accuses Heather Dubrow of having ‘straight fragility’

‘RHOC’ recap: Noella Bergener accuses Heather Dubrow of having ‘straight fragility’

February 3, 2022

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She gave it to her straightish. 

Wednesday night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” saw Noella Bergener — the reality show’s first openly bisexual and black star — accuse Heather Dubrow of having “straight fragility.” 

The assertion came after Dubrow, 53, alleged that Bergener, 36, gifted Dubrow’s 17-year-old daughter, Max, “pornography.” 

“How dare I not know your straight fragility when I’m purchasing something?” Bergener asked during a contentious group dinner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

“My straight fragility?” a stunned Dubrow shot back. “I have a couple of gay children. Don’t tell me that I have straight fragility.”

As “RHOC” viewers are well aware, Bergener gave Max, who also identifies as bisexual, a Pride-themed card game to celebrate the release of the teen’s LGBTQIA+ memoir, “I’ll Give It to You Straightish.” 

Dubrow previously expressed her disgust at Bergener’s present and called it “inappropriate” for its sexually explicit content that the latter “Housewife” says she was not aware of. 

“I am a bisexual biracial liberal freaking woman who lives in Orange County,” Bergener told Dubrow. “Don’t you dare tell me that I am ‘inappropriate.’” 

Dubrow then clarified that she deemed Bergener’s gift “inappropriate,” not the series newbie herself — but Bergerner wasn’t convinced. 

“She’s saying, as a bisexual woman to her bisexual daughter, that I was ‘inappropriate,’” she told the group, which also included castmates Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Dr. Jen Armstrong. 

To prove her point, Dubrow read some of the cards off to the women, which supposedly contained so many expletives that the majority of her words were bleeped out. 

“Insanely inappropriate,” a shocked Bergener responded, her mouth agape. “I am horrified.” 

In a confessional, the Playlound founder admitted that she regretted giving Max the cards. However, she didn’t agree with Dubrow’s “pornography” comparison.  

“If I knew that that’s what the cards said, I would not have gifted that to a 17-year-old girl,” she insisted. “But to even use the word ‘pornography,’ it’s completely blown out of proportion and it’s the wrong word.” 

Back at the table, Dubrow further expressed her support for her LGBTQIA+ kids. The former soap actress also shares son Nicholas, 18, and daughters Katarina, 15, and Collette, 11, with husband Dr. Terry Dubrow. 

“I have four children of all different sexual orientations that I am very proud of and very supportive of. And it has nothing to do with that,” she told Bergener.

“So please, I beg of you, do not try to pull some card in that space that I am not understanding of being bisexual, gay or anything.” 

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

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