Buckle your seatbelts, everyone! Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County debuts later this summe…zzzzzzzzzzzz… Okay, just kidding, I’m awake. Can you believe we’ve been watching these women for fourteen years? Once upon a time the original Real Housewives series actually delivered. RHOC covered the women’s lowest of lows: i.e., death, divorce dramas, drinks in the face, a fake cancer scam. It’s also given us some of the most unintentionally funny moments on TV. Think Gretchen Rossi’s singing marriage proposal. The show needs more completely staged organic, real life moments like that. Then there’s Jesus Jugs and the women’s sky tops. We will never unsee those!
RHOC paved the way for women-centered reality shows. Each season post-Brooks Ayers, however, has been awful. Not because he’s gone though. The stories have been stale, overdone, and slow. The reunion of the tres amigas last season still wasn’t enough. For the first time, there were rumors that Bravo was demoted Vicki Gunvalson, OG of the OC, to shake things up. Rumors aside, for the show to continue, we need a revival. Tamra Judge agrees.
We have seen them come, go, and come back again. Some Housewives have left the fold to pursue bigger and better things. Or just fade into obscurity. Heather Dubrow departed Real Housewives of Orange County after five seasons and a volatile squabble with Kelly Dodd. It’s a shame, because while many viewers felt Heather was cold and unapproachable, she was at least legitimately rich. She had an effortlessly chic, New York flair about her, and didn’t fit in with the rest of the Orange County crew.
Fans of Heather have missed her champagne-filled quips and seeing her enormous home. Heather haters have found themselves in a quandary because who wants to see Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge fight for the 679th time? In the past, Heather has teased a comeback. She has remained friends with mostly everyone, except Kelly. Heather cited her reasons for leaving RHOC were due to spending more time with family and because she wasn’t being offered more serious roles in Hollywood. Now that we haven’t seen Fancy Pants show up on a sitcom or nighttime soap, does that mean she is considering a return to
a steady paycheck reality television?
During the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with the sad news that Lisa Vanderpump is leaving the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons. When word got out that Lisa had ditched the reunion, it seemed pretty clear her Housewife days were numbered.
Almost everyone has an opinion or theory on Lisa’s exit–from fans to co-stars to other Housewives. And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, of course, has her own views on Lisa’s departure, as she has an opinion on everything. And some of her thoughts may surprise you.
Watching all the family scenes on this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills makes me nostalgic for one of my all-time favorite Housewife hubbies–Paul Nassif. The scenes between Paul and then-wife Adrienne Maloof were often entertaining–and uncomfortable–as they bickered over everything from child-rearing to romance to how to order food in a restaurant. All that arguing eventually led to an acrimonious split, with the couple announcing their divorce in 2012.
Since that time, Paul and Adrienne have mended fences and are now on good terms. Paul, of course, has gone on to star on Botched, with former Real Housewives of Orange County hubby Terry Dubrow. And now Paul has some good news in the romance department to announce–he was recently engaged!
The Real Housewives of Orange County are the OG’s of using their notoriety to sell products. Vicki Gunvalson has shilled wine in the past–and last year even promoted a trip to Puerto Vallarta with fans. Darn, I missed that! Tamra Judge uses every opportunity she can to promote her fitness business. Real for Real Cuisine is peddled by Shannon Beador–again and again. And former Orange County Housewife Heather Dubrow launched a successful skin care line.
Why should Gina Kirschenheiter be any different? But what to sell…what to promote? I guess with her recent DUI arrest, promoting wine like Vicki is out. Ditto for driving schools as she was also cited for talking on her cell phone while driving earlier this year. Makeup is always a possibility as Gina loves blue eye shadow–but would anyone hire her–and her heavy-handed makeup skills? Such a conundrum–just what could Long Island Gina sell or promote? For better or worse, we now have an answer.
Some Real Housewives earn their pay more than others, in my opinion. There are ladies who deserve it for being clever and funny, like Shannon Beador. Others earn their dollars by living a fabulous life of extravagance, like former OC Housewife Heather Dubrow. But the biggest bang for the buck amongst Housewives comes from their ability to stir up drama. And few Housewives from any franchise have done it better (or worse!) than Tamra Judge of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Now going into her twelfth season as a Housewife, viewers have seen it all with Tamra. An ugly divorce and custody battle. Remarriage. Financial problems. Bitter feuds with the likes of Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino. Finding Jesus. Multiple cosmetic procedures. And throwing wine in Jeana Keough’s face. You get the picture! Now, Tamra has hinted that it might be time to turn in her orange and become a regular citizen again.
Social media shaming is not uncommon, as Heather Dubrow recently found out. And it is not limited to adults. For some reason, people feel very free to insult children as well. The former Real Housewives of Orange County mom was recently subjected to some derogatory comments regarding her youngest daughter’s choice of clothing.
Fortunately, Heather is rarely at a loss for words and decided to gift the trolls with some free online education. Class is in session with Champs Dubrow!
As another year approaches, it is time to reflect upon the past, and dream about the future. As a reality television
fanatic fan, my thoughts turn to which Housewives need to grace our television screens once again. Are you listening, Bravo?
Each Real Housewives franchise has seasons that are amazing and others that are
boring less exciting. Often, the key is having the right number of newbies and franchise favorites. But what really makes sparks fly is when a Housewife returns to a show, resuming prior relationships and interacting with newer castmates. Here is my dream team of who needs to be, and deserves to be, a Housewife again.