Rumors have been floating around the Bravosphere since fall that Tinsley Mortimer had quit The Real Housewives of New York City in the midst of filming Season 12. And, now, it looks like we finally have an answer to the It Girl’s status as a Housewife.
Tinsley‘s castmate Luann de Lesseps opened up during a recent performance of her (never-ending) Countess and Friends cabaret show about the socialite’s future on RHONY, her engagement to Scott Kluth and more.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Jeana Keough is undeniably an OG of the OC. No matter how much Vicki Gunvalson claims she is responsible for the entire Housewives franchise, Jeana was right there with Queen Vicki in the beginning. Jeana left the show after five seasons and has popped up on occasion since then. It is difficult to imagine Jeana fitting in with today’s cast, like dramatic Shannon Beador, out-of-control Kelly Dodd and exhibitionist Braunwyn Windham-Burke. And we all know how much Jeana loves Tamra Judge!
When Jeana was a Housewife, much of her storyline centered around her children, sons Shane Keough and Colton Keough and daughter Kara Keough. Her marriage to Matt Keough was a bit of a mystery and their marital status was confusing. The couple was separated and Jeana dated a bit while filming. Over the years, there have been rumors that Jeana and Matt were divorced. Now, Jeana is clearing up her marital status once and for all.
Jeana Keough has been wearing the same hairstyle since the eighties, but that doesn’t mean her head isn’t full of great ideas! Jeana was, of course, present at Bravo Con this past weekend. People who couldn’t attend the way overpriced convention were able to catch Jeana on the Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen stage for a hot second this past Sunday. I mean it when I say that I admire Jeana for amping her face up a bit, and keeping that hair. Hot roller bangs forever!
Was anyone else beyond excited to catch WWHL last Sunday? You could feel Andy’s excitement and it was like he read my mind by closing out the show with Kim Zolciak Biermann’s Don’t Be Tardy. Anyways, for those who watched, you know we really didn’t get to hear much from the Real Housewives of Orange County on stage. There were so many people in attendance, so many Bravolebrities, that the interviews had little info. That doesn’t mean that Jeana was quiet. In fact, she shared some amazing ideas in interviews at the convention.
When you think back to the beginnings of the Real Housewives of Orange County, many things about the show were very different than they are now. Who imagined during season 1 we would be treated in the future to intoxicated middle-aged women, bitter divorces, drug use allegations and a married mother of seven boasting about threesomes? When RHOC premiered, things seemed much more real and the cast relationships more genuine. One aspect of the show that appeared more natural in the early days were the interactions between family members.
Who can forget Briana Culberson trying–and often failing–to set boundaries with her overbearing mother Vicki Gunvalson? Or Lauri Peterson’s sad real-life struggles with her son Josh Waring? One of my favorite OC families was Jeana Keough’s brood. Her three children often back-talked, fought with each other and were sarcastic as hell. You know, like real families! Jeana’s daughter Kara Keough always seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, however. She eventually graduated from college, moved out of the OC and got married. Kara recently gave an exciting update about her family.
Watching the Real Housewives of Orange County this week made me a little nostalgic for Housewives days gone by. You remember–when the show was focused on women who lived in beautiful homes, drove fancy cars, took dream trips and shopped for high end clothing and jewelry. Sure, some of it was all smoke and mirrors and a few of the ladies were one credit card transaction ahead of financial disaster, but the show usually delivered as promised.
Somehow, in the intervening years, everything changed. Fights became routine. Screaming came to be the preferred method of communication. Damaging gossip had the potential to ruin lives. Some cast members like Heather Dubrow managed to mostly stay above the fray, but many ladies were only too happy to wallow in the mud. Which leads us to this week’s episode. Married Housewives Tamra Judge and Braunwyn Windham-Burke in a disturbing public make out session. Usually prudish Shannon Beador exchanging spit with a random stranger. How did this all come to be?
Tamra Judge has not survived 12 seasons of the Real Housewives of Orange County by being the nice girl. Housewife fans know that being agreeable often results in contracts not being renewed. As we have seen over the years, being “nice” is not always second nature to conflict veteran Tamra. We have watched her be shady with Gretchen Rossi, mock Alexis Bellino and throw wine in Jeana Keough’s face. And allegedly running her mouth got Tamra slapped with a million dollar lawsuit courtesy of Jim Bellino.
More recently, Tamra gaslighted Shannon Beador by playing up to her hypochondria following a bizarre mallet gonging by Kelly Dodd. So, where does Tamra’s pot-stirring nature end? For some Housewives, distasteful behavior stops when the cameras are turned off. For Tamra, the lines are a little more blurred.
I wonder what was most shocking to Vicki Gunvalson: finding out Brooks Ayers didn’t have cancer or getting the news that she got demoted to a part-time Housewife. Sadly, my instincts tell me that it was probably the latter. Vicki still isn’t over the humiliation of her demotion. And she’s talking about it with anyone who will listen.
During a recent Watch What Happens Live episode, a fan called in to ask, “If you could bring back any other OG Housewife, besides yourself, who would you choose and why?” I love how he had to emphasize “besides yourself” when he asked that question. We all know Vicki’s genuine answer to that question.