The Real Housewives of Orange County is back to filming Season 16 with a totally revamped cast. Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas got pink-slipped after the blunder that was last season. Most fans, myself included, were overjoyed that toxic Kelly and Fraudwyn were fired, because they were truly both insufferable. Now we’re left with Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Shannon Beador with a TRIUMPHANT return from Heather Dubrow. Let’s go girls.
To no surprise, Braunwyn and Kelly have not been happy about getting the boot from RHOC. While Kelly is basking in her delusions, Braunwyn is pointing the finger at everybody. She’s mad Andy Cohen didn’t personally call her to tell her she wouldn’t be offered a contract. She believes it was messed up to fire her during Pride month. And, for some reason, thinks she’s the epitome of what makes good TV.
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.
Some Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers have strong opinions on how this particular cast conducts themselves in a hostile environment. Having disagreements is just part of the job, but it seems like events of an inorganic nature have invaded this franchise more often than not. Exhibit A: the ridiculous Puppygate saga or Exhibit B: the Brandi Glanville and Denise Richards alleged affair.
Playing a key role in both of these occasions was Lisa Rinna. Rinna identifies as more of a follower than a leader in that she’ll follow whatever Kyle Richards does, because worker bees have to stay close to their Queen. RHOBH lost two big players and rumor has it, one of them would consider coming back. On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Garcelle Beauvais intimated Denise might entertain a return if “someone” left. Now Denise sets the record straight and “someone” thinks it’s real knee-slapper.
Yes we’re still talking about it! Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke have been fired from Real Housewives of Orange County! We are making way for the return of the iconic Heather Dubrow and her massive new home. Let’s get out the ticker tape and roll out that orange carpet!
Of course, the news has not been well received by either Kelly or Braunwyn. Since it all broke, it’s been a full display of each of their coping mechanisms. Kelly has chosen the route of lashing out at anyone in sight. Meanwhile Braunwyn is over-sharing her personal journey and clamoring for camera time of any form. The usual.
Let’s discuss the Real Housewives of Dallas it’s precarious status after a frustrating season. Kary Brittingham dumped salsa on beds and spent the majority of the time with her new BFF tequila. Stephanie Hollman blinked a lot and defended her buddy after making a video mocking Asians, and a social media exercise in how to be a complete dick courtesy of Kameron Westcott’s family went down after the reunion. The whole thing was a mess.
Losing LeeAnne Locken to asshole comments about Kary’s heritage taught no lessons in sensitivity or owning mistakes and Season 5 fell apart after recently-tapped Tiffany Moon arrived as the first Asian cast member. Fans were appalled at how Tiffany was treated and Brandi Redmond’s self-imposed victimization of a tone deaf video no one forced her to make didn’t help. Viewers called for firings or cancelling the show completely and now rumors are swirling some ladies are out. If one door closes, another one opens, and Cary Deuber might be behind door number one.
Let’s just get one thing out of the way — the Real Housewives of Orange County was in desperate need of a revamp following its 2020 season. The void left by OGs Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge was glaringly obvious. Shannon Beador wasn’t capable of being a ring-leader. And Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke were competing for the title of worst Real Housewife of all time, whether it was due to their controversial statements or questionable actions. The drama wasn’t even fun to watch — cringe-worthy is a more appropriate description.
Bravo is attempting to bring RHOC back to the good old days (or as Vicki says, make it “classy” again). Heather Dubrow is headed back. And my fingers are crossed Tamra is coming with her. Boringwyn, Kelly Fraud and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas didn’t make the cut, leaving Shannon, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter in the cast. If it was me, I probably would’ve gotten rid of all the women from Season 15 to start fresh. But Bravo is taking the necessary baby steps.
In case you didn’t know, Braunwyn lives for attention. Just look at how she’s taking her firing — spouting off during any interview she can and finding any way possible to make a headline. She conveniently announced her relationship with Fernanda Rocha (yes, that Fernanda) around the time of her firing. She’s already trying to figure out a way back in front of the cameras if her old BFF officially takes her orange on the show. And she’s battling the always eloquent Kelly, who blames Braunwyn for losing her job. Like I’ve been saying, both women did a pretty good job of doing that on their own.
Dare I say we might be in for a treat with the newly restructured Real Housewives of Orange County? We could be since Evolution and Bravo finally gave in to fans and exiled Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. About. Time. Neither of them have taken the news well. In fact, they’re taking it out on each other, which isn’t surprising or out of character for both of them.
With those two out, that leaves Emily Simpson (unfortunately, for some of us), Gina Kirschenheiter, and Shannon Beador. Fortunately, however, Heather “fancy pants” Dubrow is BACK!! If you listen close enough you can hear the sound of plates smashing to the floor at the Quiet Woman, followed by Shannon’s screams. Oh, and I forgot to mention – Elizabeth Lyn Vargas got the axe as well. My brain must have blocked the news because I don’t remember her. It’s not that she was a bad person, it’s just that she wasn’t right for the show. Evidence of this can be seen in how she’s handled the news of her departure in contrast with Kelly and Braunwyn.