Heather Dubrow Quits The Real Housewives Of Orange County

Ladies and gentlemen, Fancy Pants is leaving the building. Heather Dubrow announced today that she will not return for season 12 of The Real Housewives Of Orange County. This comes right on the heels of news breaking that fellow OC Housewife Meghan Edmonds will also be leaving the show.

Citing reasons that include a desire to spend more time with her family and a wish to pursue other career ventures, Heather says she reached a “tipping point” with RHOC, and the time was right to go. In an official statement, Heather wrote “These past five years have been an incredible journey and I’m so proud to have been a part of such an iconic piece of pop culture … However, at this point in my life, I have decided to go in another direction and do what’s best for my family and career.”

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Of her decision to leave RHOC, ET reports that Heather explained on her podcast, Heather Dubrow’s World, “You know, it’s hard to walk away from something, first of all, that’s been successful for five years, and truly has given us so much.”

Heather also reasons that her eldest kids, who are heading into their teenage years, should be able to decide whether they want their lives exposed on reality TV anymore.

It’s not just family matters that contributed to Heather’s decision to leave. The actress, beauty line entrepreneur, author, and radio show host notes, “I have some really cool, interesting opportunities that I want to explore. I don’t know where they’re going to go, but I want the opportunity to explore them.”

Just this fall, Heather hinted at her imminent departure from reality TV, claiming that she wasn’t being offered serious roles in Hollywood due to her stardom on the housewives franchise.

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“I think because I’m now so well-known for being ‘me’ that it’s just an odd thing,” said Heather. “And the kinds of things they call me about are to either be myself – which I don’t wanna do – or kind of a ‘stereotypical of my character as it’s perceived on the show’ role.”

Heather and hubby Dr. Terry Dubrow have lived their lives in front of the camera for five years on RHOC, a gig that seemingly opened doors for Terry to land his own platform over at E! with Botched – and all of its subsequent spinoffs. It’s no accident that Terry, along with Botched costar Paul Nassif, are housewife-husband alums. Rumors have circulated widely that Terry was, in fact, initially more excited about Heather’s housewives debut than she was.

After wading through the ups and downs of reality TV stardom – including a nosedive in popularity with fans last season and slogging through Vicki Gunvalson’s endless supply of liesHeather says, “I felt like I was at a tipping point, and just… it was time.”

Heather wishes the ladies of RHOC all the best though, confessing, “I will miss the girls.”

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