Production on Real Housewives of New York has shut down in response to a coronavirus diagnosis for the second time.
The first time around, a crew member contracted the virus. This time, a cast member has coronavirus.
Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County was a weird season. It was dark and disorienting watching the ladies deal with the Covid pandemic. But one special Housewife spent time bashing the science about the coronavirus, as well as her RHOC co-stars. Step right up, Kelly Dodd!
Kelly spent all her spare time spreading dangerous, and false, information about the coronavirus. In April of 2020, Dr. Kelly Dodd said of Covid, “It’s God’s way of thinning the herd!” Sigh.
I cannot wait for Season 11 of Real Housewives of New Jersey to return on February 17. Just like the rest of us, the RHONJ cast has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, some cast members have been behaving more responsibly than others.
Now that we are 10 whole months in the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing just how many people it has affected. I feel like everyone has been touched by it in some way.
Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to Bravo either. We’ve been reporting on all the stars who have fallen victim to the virus. Shannon Beador and her kids got it, which played out on this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. D’Andra Simmons of Real Housewives of Dallas was recently hospitalized for her experience with the virus. She has since been released and is doing better. Even Bravo Daddy Andy Cohen fought the virus in the early days of the pandemic hitting.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan Edmonds (now Meghan King) has had a tumultuous couple of years. In 2019, Meghan’s husband of five years, dad jeans enthusiast Jim Edmonds, was involved in a sexting scandal. Jim, it turns out, was also allegedly enthusiastic about nannies. RHOC alum Meghan accused him of cheating with their former nanny, Carly Wilson. Jim denied the accusations. Sure, Jim.
The couple split and embarked on a bitter custody battle over their three children: daughter Aspen and twin sons, Hart and Hayes. Meghan revealed that Hart was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in a blog post. Unfortunately, she forgot to tell Jim about the diagnosis first.
This season of Real Housewives of Orange County has been dominated by Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s chaotic life. Braunwyn has been going through a lot. Viewers learned in the Season 15 premiere that Braunwyn is an alcoholic and was grappling with becoming sober while raising her brood of seven kids.
During an episode of RHOC that was filmed during the coronavirus lockdown, Braunwyn revealed that she had hit her husband, Sean Burke. And, sadly, it wasn’t the first time that she had become physical with Sean. Three months earlier, Braunwyn hit him in front of one of their kids. Once again, violence is never okay.
Tonight on The Real Housewives of Orange County, we finally met the real Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. No more half-truths. No more gag orders. And no more hiding behind claims of being the “richest bitch in Newport.” No, this week, the newbie laid bare her past and a lifetime of hidden trauma for the Bravo cameras. And if I do say so myself, the whole thing was pretty dang riveting. (But maybe that’s just because I have a deep, deep fascination with cults?)
That’s right, Elizabeth grew up in a cult. Which she revealed to Braunwyn Windham-Burke last week on a walking path in Lake Arrowhead. All before promptly breaking down into a full-blown panic attack on said walking path. Which, can you blame her? Surely, sharing such a deep and painful secret was not exactly what she had in mind when joining a show about, well, being one of the richest bitches in Newport.
Tamra Judge ditched Real Housewives of Orange County before Season 15 began filming because she wasn’t offered an orange. Instead, she was offered a three-episode arc to conclude her story. Housewives producer Andy Cohen has floated the idea of Tamra one day returning.
Well, dear readers, sometime might be sooner than anyone thought. During this dark season of RHOC, it’s almost like Tamra never left. Oh, how I wish Tamra was at Lake Arrowhead with Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Gina Kirschenheiter, and newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. Watching everyone do outdoor activities isn’t exactly riveting television, although watching Gina is hilarious. We need someone to stir up some trouble, which happens to be Tamra’s specialty.