Let’s just get one thing out of the way — the Real Housewives of Orange County was in desperate need of a revamp following its 2020 season. The void left by OGs Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge was glaringly obvious. Shannon Beador wasn’t capable of being a ring-leader. And Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke were competing for the title of worst Real Housewife of all time, whether it was due to their controversial statements or questionable actions. The drama wasn’t even fun to watch — cringe-worthy is a more appropriate description.
Bravo is attempting to bring RHOC back to the good old days (or as Vicki says, make it “classy” again). Heather Dubrow is headed back. And my fingers are crossed Tamra is coming with her. Boringwyn, Kelly Fraud and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas didn’t make the cut, leaving Shannon, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter in the cast. If it was me, I probably would’ve gotten rid of all the women from Season 15 to start fresh. But Bravo is taking the necessary baby steps.
In case you didn’t know, Braunwyn lives for attention. Just look at how she’s taking her firing — spouting off during any interview she can and finding any way possible to make a headline. She conveniently announced her relationship with Fernanda Rocha (yes, that Fernanda) around the time of her firing. She’s already trying to figure out a way back in front of the cameras if her old BFF officially takes her orange on the show. And she’s battling the always eloquent Kelly, who blames Braunwyn for losing her job. Like I’ve been saying, both women did a pretty good job of doing that on their own.
Erika Jayne might be listening to the advice of attorneys or trying to convince the general population she routinely lives in sweatpants and has hair that isn’t flat ironed at 20 minute intervals. It’s a nice effort, but could be too little too late. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has always been very… specific about her appearance. Viewers have seen countless segments of Erika getting spackled by a crew of people in charge of her lewks over the years.
Erika has also verbally informed fans the price of looking like you don’t give any fucks is approximately $40k per month. For roughly the cost of a 2021 BMW X2, you can have make-up like Erika every four weeks. She has been on RHOBH since 2015 but fans don’t generally see EJ out and about. Imagine the surprise when she was papped yesterday, pumping gas, looking like your auntie. Now Erika has something to say to the people who had something to say about her conveniently-timed lack of glam.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta has really undergone a transformation over the past few seasons, mostly due to NeNe Leakes‘ dramatic exit. NeNe’s final season on the show was a letdown considering her OG status. She barely appeared in episodes and fought with everyone in her path. Well, accept her No. 1 sidekick Marlo Hampton. She ditched the Zoom reunion never to return and has called for fans to boycott Bravo since her hasty exit.
NeNe is as skilled at being a reality TV personality as she is bad at being a good friend. She’s burned a lot of bridges throughout her time on RHOA because she’s the queen of shade, even if she takes it too far. Particularly, her decades-long friendship with Cynthia Bailey crashed and burned over 50 Cynt’s relationship with Kenya Moore. And we thought 50 Cynt was the weird friend with her contracts. The two made up, sort of, but haven’t stopped throwing shade back and forth now and again. Like, NeNe would only go to Cynthia’s wedding if she was paid to attend. She’s all about her bag. But to be fair, it’s clear after Season 13 that Cynthia has no storyline without NeNe.
Dare I say we might be in for a treat with the newly restructured Real Housewives of Orange County? We could be since Evolution and Bravo finally gave in to fans and exiled Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. About. Time. Neither of them have taken the news well. In fact, they’re taking it out on each other, which isn’t surprising or out of character for both of them.
With those two out, that leaves Emily Simpson (unfortunately, for some of us), Gina Kirschenheiter, and Shannon Beador. Fortunately, however, Heather “fancy pants” Dubrow is BACK!! If you listen close enough you can hear the sound of plates smashing to the floor at the Quiet Woman, followed by Shannon’s screams. Oh, and I forgot to mention – Elizabeth Lyn Vargas got the axe as well. My brain must have blocked the news because I don’t remember her. It’s not that she was a bad person, it’s just that she wasn’t right for the show. Evidence of this can be seen in how she’s handled the news of her departure in contrast with Kelly and Braunwyn.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has seen plenty of unusual characters in its day, but no one does it quite like Brandi Glanville. Brandi’s M.O. is to cause drama any way she can, whether it involves throwing wine in Eileen Davidson’s face or smacking Lisa Vanderpump. Even though Brandi hasn’t been full-time in a while, she tried to use a hookup rumor involving herself and Denise Richards to weasel her way back in last season. The drama ensued, and it mostly made Brandi, Lisa Rinna and most of the other ladies look like the worst friends ever by outing Denise. And it bit Brandi in the ass — she’s begging Andy Cohen for a job while Denise is unbothered. And Brandi even burned the bridge with her
only friend Kim Richards.
Brandi is always at a level 10 when it comes to her energy and ability to cause chaos, especially if there’s a camera or a blog involved. She’s a bit of a hot mess at all times. And she isn’t afraid to go low, especially if it involves insulting her enemies AKA Camille Grammer and LVP. Word on the street is she’s pulling a Ramona Singer and going for her real estate license. That is, if Andy doesn’t offer her a job first. She’s probably foaming at the mouth hearing that Teddi Mellencamp will be making a cameo instead of her. That’s tough, especially when boring old Teddi becomes more relevant than you.
After Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the cast is clearly due for a shake-up. Marlo Hampton needs a peach in her hand, to fix the “snoozefest” of a show. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams’ long-time feud has been overplayed. And we even had #Bologate and Prophet Lott, yet the season just didn’t hit like the good old days. But I gotta give the ATL ladies a break — the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on all Bravo shows. And it definitely wasn’t the worst — looking at you, Real Housewives of Orange County.
There’s been a lot of buzz about who will appear on RHOA Season 14. LaToya Ali may be one and done after her explosive debut. There are always rumors swirling that Phaedra Parks and/or Sheree Whitfield will make a return. Maybe even NeNe Leakes, never say never. And it’s obvious some of the girls just need to go.
Even though Cynthia Bailey went forward with her
superspreader wedding last year, she brought very little to the show. She really has been chilling on the sidelines since the days of Peter Thomas causing drama are behind her. Just look at the last reunion — she barely said a peep. Aside from defending having a huge wedding in the midst of a global pandemic, so big that even Bravo bailed on filming.
Someone might want to call Shaggy and the Gang, put oil in the Mystery Machine, and start looking for Erika Jayne’s money stash. Pretty soon Tom Girardi is going to start grumbling about “those meddling kids”, except those kids are lawyers and those lawyers want payment on multiple debts. While EJ is playing the innocent victim on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the shit is hitting the fan in real time.
Erika continues to look for a lull on her legal calendar, but it isn’t coming today. Erika and Tommy’s combined troubles have become less about making good on financial promises and more about discovering who someone’s true character is. After the way Erika has conducted herself, people are questioning her moral compass in general and now, so is another law firm. With the tales of alleged fraud and embezzlement, is it outlandish to think the couple faked their divorce? Lawyers Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn say that’s a big NOPE.
One of the biggest dramas of Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 2 happened after filming wrapped. Sure we got the usual mix of hookups, workplace conflict, hookups, cooking disasters, drama, and of course a boat-mance. But after Second Stew Dani Soares revealed a pregnancy with an unnamed father, speculation went into overdrive. Who was the father of her child?
Of course Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans immediately suspected it was Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux. He and Dani were hooking up for most of the season and the two walked off into the sunset together when the charter season ended. Though the two are not currently together, the timing of baby Lilly’s birth points to an end of summer conception. I.E. end of charter season. However, the need to speculate has seemingly come to an end. But that depends on which cast member you ask.