No one’s job is safe within the Real Housewives franchise. The producers always use the time in between seasons to cast new women and even cut some of the old from time to time, but it seems like the Real Housewives of Orange County’s casting team has been on a warpath as of late. The team recently proved that they weren’t afraid to cut anyone when they didn’t bring OG housewife Vicki Gunvalson back for season 15 and then again when Tamra Judge announced that she was also leaving the show.
Recently, Kelly Dodd confirmed that despite losing the other two members of the Tres Amigas, she would be back next season and now, people are wondering about the rest of the remaining housewives.
Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge’s shocking exits
Though Gunvalson was an OG of the show, fans started getting hints that things weren’t going too well between her and the franchise when she was demoted to a “friend of the cast” position. Gunvalson confirmed the rumors when she announced that she was not returning to RHOC.
“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want to thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way. I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering, and inspirational. My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on ‘Whoop it up with Vicki.’ I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget. #bravo #rhoc #whoopitipwithvicki @westwoodone @bravo @whoopitupwithvicki.”
Judge’s exit was a bit more unexpected. Even she didn’t see it coming.
“I actually [unfollowed everyone] when I got the news,” she told executive producer Andy Cohen in an Instagram Live. “So I got the news when I was camping. I had no (cell phone) reception.”
“I knew it was going to be a sh*tstorm,” she continued. “I didn’t want to read about it, I didn’t want to see it. I didn’t want to be hurt any more than I already was. So I just unfollowed everybody. It was just like my instinct. Out of sight, out of mind. I don’t have to see it. Now I’m good. I’ve accepted it.”
Is Gina Kirschenheiter returning to ‘RHOC’?
Gina Kirschenheiter rejoined RHOC in 2013 after a particularly tough year. Fans wondered if now, she would be cut after just two seasons or if she would be able to continue her journey on the show.
On Feb 13, she confirmed her return to RHOC.
“Here we go again!!! #rhoc #crazybeautifullife,” she captioned a photo of herself on Instagram.
Fans have been excited to hear that she’s returning.
“Yaaaassssss! I’ve been researching hardcore waiting for this announcement,” one fan commented.
But some had a few warnings for Kirschenheiter.
“I love that I’ll get to see you again, but don’t get caught up in the drama! You are so sweet & have the biggest heart!” one person wrote. “Be you, Momma!! Sending good vibes for a fun season!”
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