Our favorite California girls — no offense Beverly Hills! — are back!! The Real Housewives of Orange County season 9 is set to premiere on Monday, April 14 at 9pm/8 central and it is shaking up to be a season with a little something different.
With Bravo giving the ax to Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, and Lydia McLaughlin leaving after only one season, there are some new girls on the block. Shannon Beador is a housewife and mother of three with her husband David. Kentucky native, Lizzie Rovsek is a former pageant girl and Miss Kentucky, married to Christian, mother of two boys and she owns her own swimwear company.
No, this isn't an April Fool's Day joke! We freely admit that we giveTamra Barney (aka Tamra Judge) a lot of crap on a daily basis throughout every season on Real Housewives of Orange County. She may be one of our snark targets, but we have to give credit when credit is due.
A few of us first noticed it when the new cast photos came out – Tamra, now 46, was looking youthful and glowy – and not just airbrush/Photoshop glowy. The feisty RHOC star is looking fit and fantastic. We don't know if the transformation is since she opened up C.U.T. Fitness or if marriage is just looking this good on her or what..but she has never looked better. (And kudos to Tamra for not hacking up her face or pumping it full of Botox right before the season starts.)
Gretchen Rossiand Slade Smiley are moving forward with this charade of a marriage whether Bravo wants to film it or not! Of course they are. I mean they'd probably film it with their own home video camera and webcast it if it got them some attention.
Gretchen announced on instagram that the couple is actively scouting wedding venues and at the top of their list is the gorgeous North Carolina Biltmore. I certainly hope Slade has caught up on his child support payments before splashing out on such a lavish and pricey event!
Or you know they could just sell the rights to their nuptials like they've sold the rights to everything else.
Raise your hand if you want to see more of Tamra Barney Judge! Anyone? Anyone at all? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Real Housewives of Orange County is planning an infiltration of your televisions, and she's not even keeping her take-over to the realm of reality television!
Tamra is going to be guest starring on USA's Royal Pains which returns this summer. No word on whether she'll be playing herself getting a little extra work done…but my guess is yes! The unfiltered Bravolebrity is also teasing about a potential spin-off of her CUT gym with husband Eddie Judge. Of course, this is speculation on my part, but isn't that the fun part?
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino has had it. If you don't want to see her nails, her expensive brand logos, and her various other blingy possessions, get off her Instagram!
Alexis isn't one of the more obnoxious Instagram abusers, but several of her followers are tired of seeing her diamond ring, her fancy car steering wheel (yes, seriously) and they fill up her Instagram posts with harsh and hate filled rants and she's had up to HERE with their nonsense.
Alexis blasted off yesterday, "For all of you who want to take time out of your beautiful day to leave negative comments on my IG, I took the time to find this perfect ecard just for you. :-)." You can see it here. She continued, "If you don't want to see me post nailart photos next to my car logo…don't follow me!"
Season 9 kicks off April 14th. Friendships are put to the test, says Bravo, when the "quirky yet fearless" Shannon Beador and "opinionated beauty queen" Lizzie Rovsek blast onto the scene with fresh attitudes and bold opinions. The line for the Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, and Heather Dubrow pity party forms to the right, my friends. See ya on the left – I'm excited for new blood.
Meet Shannon and Lizzie, as well as a new friend of the housewivesDanielle Gregorio, and check out Real Housewives of Orange County's trailer and cast photos below.