Unfortunately, Lizzie Rovsek only got one season as a full-time cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She did return as a Friend of the Housewives the following season and she’s made guest appearances here and there. Just last season she showed up for Vicki Gunvalson’s party.
She may have been a one and done Housewife, but she does have a lot of scoop on the cast members and everything that went down during Seasons 9 and 10. Not only that, but she’s still in touch with Vicki and Kelly Dodd in addition to being friends with new Housewife Emily Simpson.
She may have ended up a 1-year Real Housewife, but that wasn’t what she thought going into her second season of filming the show. During an episode of Tony’s Tea Corner podcast, Lizzie revealed, “I was actually hired full time.” As the longtime viewers know, she ended up as a Friend of the Housewives during her second season.
She admitted, “I don’t really know exactly the fall of demise… I know our showrunner had come to me about maybe two, three, maybe four times. It was something that came out a lot. He confronted me and said ‘I’m just going to be honest with you. There’s an older Housewife on this show and she says that you do not want to be here and you’re just biding your time until it runs out.'”
Who could this “older Housewife” be? Vicki, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador, and Meghan Edmonds were the full-time cast members during Season 10. It was Meghan’s first season, so that rules her out. Shannon joined the show during Season 9 along with Lizzie so that wouldn’t make sense.
Later in the podcast, Lizzie emphasized that she gets along very well with Vicki, so who does that leave? Heather and Tamra. Considering that Tamra and Lizzie did not get along (at all) and Tamra has been on the show since Season 3, Tamra would be a logical guess as the veteran cast member second to Vicki.
Lizzie continued, “I said ‘Who said that?’ And he said ‘I’m not going to tell you who said it.’ He said it over and over.” She even admitted that the repetitive remark “had [her] in tears.”
Lizzie admitted that being a Real Housewife meant, “I had to thicken my skin. I was not prepared.” She added, “I had lived a pretty positive, happy existence. And the whole thing… I had to thicken my skin big time.”
Just like every Housewives alum, Lizzie was asked if she would ever consider going back. She answered, “I don’t think about it, no. Never say never because you don’t know what life is going to bring, but I don’t think about it. It’s not something that I think about. It’s not something that I’m plotting.”
Real Housewives Of Orange County’s Lizzie Rovsek Defends Shannon Beador’s “Pot-Stirrer” Comment About Tamra Judge
It just might make sense for Lizzie to make a comeback, especially if her friend Emily gets a second season. Lizzie described Emily by saying, “She has a ton of friends. She’s a girl’s girl. She’s never done anything questionable to me as a friend and we’ve been friends for three and a half, almost four, years now. She doesn’t have any issues with any of her friends. She’s a good girl.” If she’s not used to having issues with her friends, joining Real Housewives of Orange County had to be a rude awakening. This show is all about issues with friends, or at the very least issues with “friends.”
Lizzie remarked, “She’s feisty on the show. I don’t see that feisty girl, but she’s great. She’s holding her own and I kind of feel like she feels they’re all kind of against her right now. That’s a very uncomfortable place to be.” Even so Lizzie maintained, “She’s gonna handle it just fine. She’s a smart cookie. She’s got a heart of gold and she will handle it. She’s gonna be fine.”
Another reason Lizzie might return? Her relationships with Vicki and Kelly– who interestingly enough are currently on the outs. Lizzie declared, “I love Kelly and I love Vicki.”
Lizzie also came to Vicki’s defense, saying, “She went through a couple of really rough years and she’s just a good person. She really is. She’s been a good friend to me.” In regard to their time on the show Lizzie explained, “She said a couple things that were really not that offensive.” She revealed, “The turning point I had with Vicki was I was in the dressing room at the reunion.” Lizzie said, “[Vicki] was like ‘Come on girl, let’s go out there and tell the truth.'”
Lizzie insisted, “She’s been my friend. She checks up on me all the time. She’s a good person.” There are very few adamant Vicki defenders on the show, so props to Lizzie for falling into that category.
Then Lizzie got to the interesting stuff- the Season 9 cast trip to Bali. She did not mention Tamra by name, but Real Housewives of Orange County historians are well-aware that Lizzie and Tamra got into a major fight during that trip.
Lizzie confessed, “What’s interesting about that whole scene is that it was so much uglier- the most vile things I have ever heard in my life. I would have ran too if I would have said those things.” Tamra literally ran away from the entire cast after fighting with them all during a group dinner, so it’s safe to assume that she is the cast member that Lizzie is alluding to who said “vile things.”
Lizzie admitted, “It makes me mad thinking about it. I was really fed up at that time.” It is very rare that anyone on this show would be vocally against Tamra. Maybe it’s time for Lizzie to make a comeback and switching things up in the OC.
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