The Real Housewives of Orange County has undergone a dramatic change from its first seasons that put Real Housewives on the map. Vicki Gunvalson, the OG of the OC, is out, and left kicking and screaming along the way. Can you really blame Bravo after her involvement in the Brooks Ayers cancer scam? Her best amiga Tamra Judge left with her, even though they both seem like they’d pick up their oranges in a heartbeat if production asked. Long gone are the days of fancy pants Heather Dubrow and getting naked wasted with Gretchen Rossi. And after the mess of Season 15, it’s obvious the show needs to make a change for it to be as good as the old days.
Even though Vicki is gone, she’s never forgotten. Or maybe, she doesn’t let us forget her. That’s why the OG kid of the Real Housewives Briana Culberson recently appeared on a special kids version of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Briana is all grown up, a mommy of three and continues to be Vicki’s voice of reason.
You guys know that I love Meghan King Edmonds. She hasn’t been on Real Housewives of Orange County in years but for some reason, I just can’t let go.
While she’s kept busy with her messy divorce, finding love, un-finding love, then re-finding love (yes, I know those aren’t real words but roll with me here), I still think that Meghan isn’t too busy to come back to RHOC. Even if you don’t like her, you have to admit that she brought something to the table. And getting under Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson’s skin was probably my favorite part about her time on the show.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City only recently finished their first season. And truthfully, it was one of the strongest first seasons from a franchise that we’ve seen in well, forever. Bravo really nailed the casting, right down to their heroes (Heather Gay) and villains (Jen Shah).
But as we have recently come to learn, Jen isn’t just a villain on screen. She might also be one off screen, having been busted by the feds for alleged shady business practices. It’s true, throughout the season, her castmates had questions about what exactly it is that Jen does. Her husband is a college coach but we all know that’s not bringing in chalet money. Even if it was a rental. Nah, Jen was always dressed to the nines in designer clothes and had multiple assistants, plus a glam squad. And everyone was wondering for what. We never got our answer on the show. But now we think we might have an idea.
It’s hardly a novelty for a housewife in Orange County to get plastic surgery, whether she is cast in the original Real Housewives franchise or not. Plastic surgery was widespread even when the first season of Real Housewives Of Orange County premiered. It was part of the allure of the show, the sparkling mirage of youth, wealth, success, and glamour.
If a new housewife hasn’t gone under the knife in awhile, it’s just a matter of time before she does. Take Emily Simpson. There’s been a lull in her participation in elective surgeries, but she had more important health issues to attend to. A bad hip limited her mobility and quality of life. After a much needed hip-replacement, Emily lost weight. She kept up with her kids and exude a more cheerful personality overall. And after a rough year dealing with coronavirus in her family, a battle that saw her husband Shane Simpson in the hospital, Emily seems ready to treat herself.
It sounds like the Battle of the Brain Cells is going down during a break in filming Real Housewives of Orange County. It certainly isn’t rare for women no longer appearing on a show to comment needlessly about their former gig. It’s also the #3 rule in a non-existent handbook that former stars must not speak well of the current cast in any manner. This is most likely because they didn’t leave they show voluntarily and instead found themselves the victim of being #firedbybravo.
So it makes sense that Gretchen Rossi’s name dusted off the dirt and decided to come out and play. Recently Gretch was on a podcast, god bless the podcast host who remembered her, and decided to speak on Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Yes, Braunwyn has done the most and a lot of viewers found her distasteful, but the one thing Braunwyn has going for her is at least she isn’t… Gretchen. After calling Braunwyn inauthentic and claiming not to “understand her sexuality”, Braunwyn has a response. This would be a good time for Gretchen to pack for Bass Lake.
What can we say about Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County? It was boring. Braunwyn Windham-Burke was the center of the show. She revealed that she was an alcoholic, and RHOC viewers watched her begin her sobriety journey.
Then she announced that she was a lesbian and began dating a woman. She was still married to her husband, Sean Burke, and the couple planned to stay hitched. They have seven children together, but this situation is complicated. And Braunwyn stated that she would “be heartbroken” if Sean began dating other women.
The Real Housewives All Stars show is the worst kept secret at this point. We all know that Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Cynthia Bailey, Kyle Richards, Kenya Moore, Luann de Lesseps, and Ramona Singer are a part of the cast.
There are no Housewives from Orange County, Dallas, or the two shows that are currently filming: Salt Lake City and Potomac in the cast. Then, rumors swirled that there was an additional Real Housewife that was set to join the cast mid-filming to add some drama, in a Jill Zarin crashing Ramona’s trip sort of way. Not long after, Jill herself shared that she was packing for a trip, most likely diminishing any chance at the comeback she’s been begging for. After that, Tamra Judge was rumored to join the group. And now, Tamra is addressing the speculation, of course.
It’s far from a secret now that some of our favorite Real Housewives OGs from different cities are currently filming a spin-off show in Turks and Caicos. Kyle Richards snapped a shot of her on a plane ready to represent the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It’s no doubt that Ramona Singer has argued with somebody about the room situation or something just as petty. And if I had to guess, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s worst hostess ever Kenya Moore is probably already sick of the Ramonacoaster. The Real Housewives of New Jersey sisters from different misters Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga have made their grand entrance. And like many of the ladies, Luann de Lesseps and Cynthia Bailey have been posting fabulous beach shots letting everyone know that they really do just get better with age. No word on whether or not Lu has fallen in a bush or slept with a pirate yet, that’s TBD.
The seven ladies are the core cast for the “All-Stars” spinoff, which Bravo has alluded is a “vacation series.” However, rumors have been swirling about a surprise 8th guest who might show up halfway to stir up even more drama. And the word on the street is it’s an old star who fans have been eager to see back on Bravo.