Lydia McLaughlin Confirms Her Return To Real Housewives Of Orange County Season 12

Well, Real Housewives Of Orange County certainly needs a dose of sunny optimism and who better to provide it than Lydia McLaughlin?!

Lydia confirmed that she will indeed be back for season 12, putting an end to the ‘will she’ or ‘won’t she…’ rumors which have been circulating since last year. I don’t know why anyone would subject themselves to another season of The Whoop It Up Games but, um… there are some brave souls willing to put their Jesus on the line against Vicki’s confusing Saton, I s’pose!


“I’m back,” she announced on Instagram, alongside a photo of her filming the one-on-one interviews. ” #rhoc #happydance.” (Photo above).

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Lydia previously appeared on RHOC in season 8. Her friendship with Alexis Bellino was put to the test by the constant arguing with the other ladies, as well as some less than classy antics in Mexico. After her mom Judy was screamed at by Vicki’s son-in-law during the season finale party, Lydia decided to leave the show because it was too negative for her family. I guess she had a change of heart, because I certainly don’t think there’s been a change in positivity status!

Or perhaps Lydia was inspired to return because Heather Dubrow left? Lydia and Heather did not get along!

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In her RHOC hiatus, Lydia and husband Doug continued to work on their magazine, had a third baby, and seem super happy. Hopefully we’ll get more of a glimpse into her real life – cameras weren’t allowed inside her gated community during season 8, and she was living in a drab rental house, reading her Jesus blinged bible, and trying to show Alexis the light of maturity. Lets see if Lydia can work her magic on wannabe Jesus Barbe Tamra Judge!

Kelly Dodd, Meghan Edmonds and Shannon Beador are also back. It’s unclear if Meghan and Lydia are full-time Housewives, or just ‘Friends of…’? Bravo hasn’t released the official cast photos yet.


[Photo Credit: Instagram]