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Andy Cohen Confirms Tamra Judge Is Returning To Real Housewives Of Orange County

It’s no secret that Real Housewives of Orange County is undergoing a facelift (pun intended) for Season 15. Vicki Gunvalson, who had been with the show since day one, was demoted for Season 14.

When Vicki wasn’t offered an orange for Season 15, she walked. But she wasn’t the only RHOC star that was given a demotion and decided to leave.

Tamra Judge took to her Instagram just one day after Vicki’s announcement. (please bear with the grammar.) “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on. Im sad to go but very excited about my future. Love you guys.” It turns out that Tamra was offered a three-episode deal to close out her story, but Tamra refused to be a part-time pot-stirrer.

On a serious note, there was another reason that Tamra gave for leaving the show. In an interview with People on February 19, Tamra revealed that her ex-husband, Simon Barney, was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer. Tamra shared, “Simon had told me about his health back in November and I was completely destroyed.” In 2011, the couple went through a contentious divorce that caused a fracture in the family. “And we’re all our talking with our kids again, after the estrangement,” Tamra stated. We’ve all rallied together to be there for Simon and make sure he has the support he needs.”

 

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What did Tamra think about returning to RHOC someday?” Andy [Cohen] has said he thinks I’ll be back one day, but right now, I can’t even think about that,” Tamra said.

Well, that was fast! Andy must have upped her payday because Tamra is back! According to The Blast, Tamra appeared on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live to share the news. Tamra said that Andy told her she will be filming for Season 15. It sounds like Tamra will once again have an orange, since Andy told the polarizing star not to ink any new contracts. Wow! “It was a job to me. When this job ended, I never thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to get another show,’ because I don’t have agents,” Tamra revealed. I thought everyone had agents. Jeff Lewis put forth his theory that Tamra got the ax because RHOC needed to cut costs.

 

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We still don’t know exactly how big Tamra’s role will be on Season 15 , but it seems like it has to be more than a Friend of the Housewives. On January 27, Andy explained his position on Tamra during his SiriusXM show, Radio Andy. “I’m hoping, and this is not lip service, I’m hoping that she will come back in some form. Either this season or in the next couple because I just think she’s someone that I am always interested in,” Andy said.

TELL US- ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT TAMRA IS COMING BACK? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL BE BACK FULL-TIME? ARE YOU GLAD THAT SHE WILL BE PART OF SEASON 15?

[Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Bravo]