Erika Jayne is putting on quite the show. Possibly the biggest show of her life. On the latest episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika continued to weave a tall tale about how her life has unraveled. A car crash, dementia, hidden cash. Her story has all the makings of a Lifetime movie. Or a documentary on Hulu.
But as wild as her tales are, she has plenty of people in her corner. As in, all of her castmates. Only Sutton Stracke seemed a little put off by Erika’s stories. And we know from the midseason trailer that Sutton only gets more suspicious. Now, it looks like Erika has another housewife in her corner.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke isn’t coming back to Real Housewives of Orange County, but that doesn’t mean we are rid of her just yet.
I would count Braunwyn as one of those housewives who flamed out pretty fast. Much faster than she expected, I’m sure. As a newbie, she was the constant underdog being kicked by a threatened Vicki Gunvalson. But when she came back for her second season, she was guns blazing with a whole new attitude. Which including throwing drinks in pools when she got really heated. Off camera she was quite the showman as well, being accused of regularly calling the press on herself. She tried hard to work that 15 minutes and when they were up, all that was left was an eviction notice. No amount of press could bring her back for another season and it doesn’t seem like any fans were really upset about it either.
Everyone who watched last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County knew it was the disappointment of all disappointments. We lost OGs Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson, and it was glaringly obvious the show couldn’t go on without them. Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s outrageous antics only alienated fans more. And Shannon Beador showed she’s not the best leader, or friend, for that matter.
So RHOC had to do a huge shake-up before Season 16. And that included bringing back Heather Dubrow (Hallejuah). Braunwyn and Kelly both got the boot, to no surprise, and have not been handling the news well at all. And Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was taken down with them after just one season.
But Elizabeth’s cut wasn’t a total shocker. She spent most of the season being vague and acting a little bizarre. And even though she told the women not to ask about it, she brought up her divorce at every turn. Her biggest moment was when she unveiled a truth about her childhood, which included growing up in a religious cult, but that was about it. But unlike her fellow fired co-stars, Elizabeth is actually being diplomatic about her exit. Kelly and Boringwyn could learn a thing or two.
The success of a Real Housewives season is based on several factors, one of the biggest being the cast. The Real Housewives of Potomac has been so successful because the cast is truly an ensemble and they all bring their A-game year after year. And we saw last year on the Real Housewives of Orange County that no matter how hard you try, some ladies will just NOT work well together to make good TV. The rumblings around the current grandma-filled season of the Real Housewives of New York is also evidence of that, especially considering they’re a teeny tiny cast of 5 this year. And that’s clearly why Bravo is taking its time to figure out the next move for the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Last season of RHOA was a bit all over the place. The Bolo hype was real, but aside from that, the season felt disconnected and a little stale. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will obviously never resolve their issues, and that as a storyline is played out. Newbie Drew Sidora and her bad wig was a bit of a bust. And Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey essentially brought NOTHING to the season, and 50 Cynt even had a whole ass wedding. And again I’m pleading, WHY IS Marlo Hampton STILL PEACHLESS? Make it make sense.
Lala Kent has been a firecracker since she first stepped off her PJ and onto the scene of Vanderpump Rules. She’s always been a little eccentric — whether it’s showing a little (or a lot) of skin or drinking a literal baby bottle in her bed at night. Lala had a rough start at the beginning of VPR, with her other ousted co-star James Kennedy the only one on her side. But now they’re both sober, engaged and wayyyy more palatable to watch as people when they’re not fat-shaming anyone or being the textbook definition of a hot mess. And I’m actually excited to watch them both in the new, and maybe improved, VPR. My how the tables have turned.
Lala is also a bonafide Bravo lover just like the rest of us. She loves to binge Real Housewives and share her opinions online, despite being a Bravolebrity herself. And while she’s always ride or die for her boss/friend Lisa Vanderpump, she’s not afraid to give her unfiltered opinions about other Bravolebrities who aren’t her favorite. Namely, the always controversial Kelly Dodd. Excuse me, FORMER Bravolebrity in this case.
Real Housewives don’t always leave quietly. Even less so for veterans with big egos like Vicki Gunvalson. She’s the OG of the OC, and probably feels a sense of entitlement in sharing her opinion about anything Real Housewives of Orange County.
And certainly there’s a lot to talk about. RHOC just had a big cast shakeup. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Kelly Dodd Leventhal were all axed after completing Season 15. Tamra Judge is hinting at a return to the series, and alum Heather Dubrow’s comeback has been confirmed.
There’s no doubt that Vicki Gunvalson has always been an unusual character since the dawn of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Her life revolves around selling insurance, embarrassing her kids, and drinking martinis with blue cheese olives, in that order. It is literally her onus to be a pot-stirrer that cannot help but spread rumors. And she doesn’t care who it affects — whether it’s her BFF Tamra Judge or her fellow fired frenemy Kelly Dodd. Even if she put her foot in her mouth, the gossip would find a way to escape her.
While Vicki has definitely made questionable decisions throughout her time on RHOC, she’s the OG of the OC. Well, before she left after being demoted in Season 14 and having a major meltdown aimed at Bravo producers. And she’s just so goofy. She’s prone to screaming and being clumsy as hell. She’s always been desperate to keep her love tank full, even if she prioritized work over everything else. Vicki is a legend in her own right, despite her ungraceful downfall.
What’s a more polarizing topic these days than Coronavirus? It’s 2021 and still we are divided over personal responsibility, mask-wearing, and mandatory vaccines. Is anybody not over it at this point? And if you’re one of those people that enjoys a little escapism by following reality TV, unfortunately these issues have long ago found their way into the lives of our favorite Bravo-lebrities.
Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd Leventhal, for one, was playing loose and fast with the pandemic since March 2020 when she flew to New York just before lock down to shack up with then-fiance Rick Leventhal. She and the former FOX News anchor seemed to take the pandemic lightly since…..March 2020. From the need to wear masks, the severity of COVID-19, and a celebratory “super spreader” event. It’s a true feat that she and Rick did not catch the virus until New Years Eve 2021. And even in that situation, Kelly managed to infuse some drama.