Lydia McLaughlin brought glitter, fairy dust, and the word of god to the Real Housewives of Orange County. I’m not sure anyone was really asking for mixing those elements in with the drama, dysfunction, and delusion that keeps viewers tuning in for more. Just look at the demise Alexis Bellino, aka “Jesus Jugs.” And after quitting not once, but twice, it’s clear Lydia was not meant to be in the RHOC group.
At the time that Lydia returned for round two, the Tres Amigas of Orange County formed. The hell-raising trio of Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, and Shannon Beador dominated the entire cast. Lydia became more of a rainbow unicorn filler, while Tamra took over the role of reformed sinner on the side.
Does anyone ever miss Alexis Bellino? Yeah, me neither. I can’t exactly say she was a housewife I enjoyed and I feel like outside of providing some unintentional comic relief on Real Housewives of Orange County, she is kind of easy to forget.
Her ex, Jim Bellino, is proving to be a little harder to get rid of after worming his way into last season’s drama in the OC. He made a money and relevance grab when he decided to sue Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge for talking shit about him. Which if you ask me, was well deserved. But despite what I think about Alexis, I’m glad she’s rid of her narcissist, pompous ex. And now she’s moved on to greener pastures in the relationship department.
Remember Lydia McLaughlin from Real Housewives of Orange County? Don’t worry, barely anyone else does either. Lydia tried, you guys. She tried to be interesting. She tried to be compelling. Hell, she even tried to make a comeback. Unfortunately for Lydia, the only thing vaguely interesting about her was her hair.
In 2018, Lydia quit the show in hopes of building her brand and starting her own reality television vehicle. Now in 2020, we’re still waiting. Glitter Town was to be Lydia’s new gig on Bravo with her glitter-flinging mother. The digital show was created in an effort to display Lydia and her mom “spreading joy”. Unfortunately the show might not take off. See, Lydia believes in God. She believes in spreading happiness. But she apparently also believes in spreading disease.
Since Lynn Curtin’s daughter was served eviction papers on season three of Real Housewives of Orange County, who even owns their home on these shows has been a topic of conversation. On RHOC particularly, these women seem to exist on one of two extremes – they’re like Heather Dubrow and Shannon Beador (circa her first season) and have homes that could be described as compounds. Then there are the Lydia McLaughlin’s who rent.
This season is no different. Newbie, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas has a huge beach-front mansion that gives Shannon pangs of jealousy and nostalgia for days past. Then there’s the ridiculous feud about who called Gina Kirschenheiter’s townhome “sad.” Braunwyn Windham-Burke has admitted she wanted to hurt Gina with that comment. Now she’s clarifying why she doesn’t actually own the new McMansion she’s been filming in.
I hope you’re all mentally preparing for the new season of Real Housewives of Orange County that’s about to drop. Our first blessed season without deplorable Vicki Gunvalson and wretched Tamra Judge. Of course that wouldn’t stop these thirst traps from bashing the series that made them famous. Unsurprisingly Kelly Dodd has been snapping back at the since-dropped dos amigas.
I mean, Kelly bashing pretty much anyone is hardly news. She’s been called out for racist statements as well as scientifically ignorant COVID statements. (Scientific ignorance is a new term I’m coining especially for Kelly, btw). Lately, however, one of the most complacent and down right boring ex-Housewives has directed lot of snark Tamra’s way. That’s right. Lydia McLaughlin has entered the chat.
Can I get an inflatable tube man dance and a wooooowwieeee!?! BAM! There’s some glitter in your face for good measure. Apparently, Lydia McLaughlin and her mother Judy Stirling from Real Housewives of Orange County are baaaAAAaack. Lydia was a total one season wonder…but TWICE. In season 8 Lydia boasted about her connection with her lord, Jesus. Meanwhile, her mom grappled with quitting “the pot” and keeping her feet off Vicki Gunvalson’s couch. In season 12 Lydia gave this show temporary new life when she rolled in looking like Charlie Chaplin. You know the scene. Never forget. I don’t even remember her mom in season 12. Must have been riveting.
Tamra Judge has even admitted she doesn’t think these recent seasons of RHOC have been their best. Can’t say I disagree. I miss the drama from Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, and even Heather Dubrow. Call me crazy, but the TV was good. Lydia, on the other hand, already misses Vicki on her screen. Well with taste like that…
Even though Real Housewives of Orange County Season 14 just wrapped, rumors are already circulating about Season 15. I’m not even talking about the storylines. I’m referring to the long-awaited casting shakeup. Andy Cohen recently hinted that some major cast changes are on the horizon. We all know production isn’t afraid to make power moves after they demoted the OG of the OC herself, Vicki Gunvalson. She claims that she’s done with the show if she doesn’t get a full-time offer. And, of course,
Vicki someone planted rumors that Vicki secured her orange for Season 15.
In the past couple days, social media snoops noticed that Tamra Judge *reportedly* removed all mentions of “RHOC” from her social media bios. To be fair, no one shared a screenshot of what her social media bios looked like before. It’s not completely certain that she even mentioned the show in the first place. Nevertheless,
most of the some viewers are tired of Tamra’s snake-like ways.
Just a few years ago, the Real Housewives of Orange County was one of the crown jewels in Bravo’s sprawling franchise. However, even the most diehard OC apologists can admit the show has suffered a major fall from grace in the last few years from its glory days of fake cancer and Irish bus rides from hell.
And in a new interview with HollywoodLife, Tamra Judge is finally acknowledging the rough years, and promising fans a major course correction during Season 14.