Is every Real Housewives of Orange County fan just feeling lighter this week now that Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke officially got the boot? It feels like an actual weight has been lifted and the show isn’t doomed for good, mostly thanks to Heather Dubrow’s Season 16 comeback. Kelly and Braunwyn both brought RHOC down to a new level of nastiness, whether it was Covid Kelly’s insensitive comments or Boringwyn horrible actions including, but not limited to, offering drugs to Shannon Beador’s 14-year-old daughter.
Both Kelly and Braunwyn recently spoke about wanting to return next season, but it really wasn’t a surprise Bravo made a major shakeup in the cast. Many fans boycotted last season thanks to Kelly’s outrageous behavior. And the show lost its spark from the good old days of Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson whooping it up at Andales. But Kelly really put the final nail in her coffin when she posted screenshots of a text exchange with Braunwyn after the casting news broke. B was seemingly reaching out to support Kelly. But Kelly lashed back at her and blamed her for them losing their oranges in the first place. Typical Kelly.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd is known for her bad behavior. She called former co-star Vicki Gunvalson a “pig,” and added that she had a “gross, funky body.”
Kelly spent a lot of time on social media spreading false information about the pandemic. She even said that Covid-19 was “God’s way of thinning the herd.”
It’s a big week, all! First, Hulu dropped The Housewife and The Hustler, which gave us more on Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi than Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week. Then, the news dropped that Heather “Fancy Pants” Dubrow will be back on Real Housewives of Orange County. I seriously cannot wait to see her crazy, expensive home. Speaking of which, do you remember why we never got to see it completed? It’s because they fired her season 11 and decided to keep Kelly Dodd instead. Never forget.
I did a full RHOC re-watch months ago and can literally pinpoint the downfall of OC to the moment they chose Kelly over Heather. The good news, however, is that none of it matters anymore because Kelly is gone!! Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas (who?) followed her out the exit too. The news couldn’t be better. Needless to say, Kelly’s been having a week. She’s been fighting with Braunwyn online about who sucks more (spoiler: it’s a tie!), and it looks like it’s only getting worse for Kelly.
I honestly am still in shock from all the casting news involving the Real Housewives of Orange County that broke this week. Heather Dubrow is headed back after a four-year hiatus, and Bravo kicked off Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd. The problematic duo might be polar opposites on paper, but they share a lot of similarities. Both have exhibited outrageous and downright toxic behavior throughout their time on the show. Both were reallllly banking on a comeback for Season 16. And both have the ability to bring feuding Bravo fans together in their mutual dislike for the pair.
The RHOC casting news was a long time coming. Bravo took its time to figure out the next steps. The network decided to keep Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson on, while Elizabeth Vargas, Kelly and Boringwyn got the boot. And it’s a blessing considering all of the dark moments from last season, ranging from Braunwyn hitting her husband and offering Shannon’s daughter drugs to Kelly making controversial statements about the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Fancy Pants will not stand for this foolishness, so they both had to go.
I’m still screaming from the rooftops about Bravo righting their wrongs with the majorly necessary casting changes to the Real Housewives of Orange County. Heather Dubrow is BACK and I can’t celebrate it enough. I’ll need my own champagne room like Charrisse Jackson-Jordan to make it through Season 16. Kelly
Fraud Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT and I’ve never seen so much communal rejoice from the Bravo community. They were both toxic and insufferable in their own ways, and both were begging for a return after a season full of bad behavior. Elizabeth Vargas also peaced out after one season and it’s still unclear if Tamra Judge will make a triumphant return.
Boringwyn has not been taking the news of her RHOC firing well. But is anyone surprised? No narcissist would really be happy that the cameras don’t want to follow them and their convoluted life around 24/7. It’s obvious she and Sean Burke have a lot to work out off-camera, particularly the rules around Braunwyn having girlfriends on the side. Kelly and Braunwyn truly brought RHOC down to the lowest level of inauthenticity and toxicity while claiming to be the stars of the show. But their long-awaited demise has come, and the OG Real Housewives show has prevailed (Vicki Gunvalson aside).
Real Housewives of Orange County fans knew that a cast shake-up was coming, and Bravo did not disappoint. On June 15, 2021, viewers found out that Kelly Dodd was fired. And Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was one and done. Get ready to toast with some champs, because RHOC alum Heather Dubrow is returning for Season 16. I love me some Heather, so I am here for it!
Braunwyn Windham-Burke was also let go, even though she recently expressed her desire to appear on another season of the show. “I’m incredibly sad to not be able to come back to The Real Housewives of Orange County next year,” Braunwyn said. “It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise’s history,” she stated.
The Bravo gods have answered our (my) prayers — Heather Dubrow is returning to the Real Housewives of Orange County. The news of Fancy Pant’s long-awaited return comes along with some arguably even better news — Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT for good. No more Kelly Fraud’s nasty comments and total ignorance. Or Braunwyn’s over-the-top narcissism. Both ladies were eyeing for a return, but the fans have spoken. And Boringwin really uprooted her entire life as she knew it for a TV show that doesn’t want her back. What a shame. Oh, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas is out after one season, but we hardly got to know her anyway.
The Fancy Pants news is just too much to bear. We’ll finally see the completed Dubrow family mansion. Terry Dubrow, despite duping fans about Heather’s return, will be back on our screens to provide plastic surgery advice and corny dad jokes. And this could lead to a potential Tamra Judge return, but no news has been announced yet. CHAMPS FOR EVERYONE, except maybe Shannon Beador.
The most recent, and frankly most disappointing, season of the Real Housewives of Orange County really made me miss the good old days. I miss Vicki Gunvalson’s screaming outbursts and self-comparisons to Jesus Chris. I miss Tamra Judge stirring the pot and always finding a hot tub to get naked wasted in. I miss Heather Dubrow the most and her endless fountain of champs. And when I think back to my favorite moments of RHOC, I cannot overlook the Brooks Ayers cancer scam and expert sleuthing skills by Meghan King.
Detective Meghan has gone through a whole lot of life events since leaving RHOC. She’s a mom of three, newly divorced and has been on the dating circuit kissing a lot of frogs. But good for her — the divorce from Jim Edmonds was messy, with custody battles and cheating allegations left and right. There was a sexting scandal. A threesome scandal. A nanny scandal. It had it all, and the cameras weren’t even there to film it.