I still can’t believe that Heather Dubrow will be back for Season 16 of Real Housewives of Orange County. My biggest Bravo wish came true! I can’t wait to see “Fancy Pants” and her $21 million dollar mansion. I’ll bet it has a champagne fountain.
Of course, three RHOC stars were let go from the franchise. Braunwyn Windham-Burke was handed her walking papers after two tumultuous seasons. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was also fired. Kelly Dodd’s ouster wasn’t really a shock.
Well, well, well, what do we have here? What happens when a Housewives season falls flat on it’s face and thoughts, prayers, or medical science can’t bring it back from the dead? When this unusual phenomena occurs, someone at Bravo makes a phone call and calls in the big guns – or as my father would say, “the cleaners”. Real Housewives of Orange County is a mess, a big mess. Viewers are saying good-bye to dead weight and Heather Dubrow is coming in hot with the Windex.
Buh-bye Kelly Dodd, good luck Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, eh. RHOC suffered in the wake of Covid filming and cast members competing to see who could be the biggest asshole. We know who won that contest and the prize was walking papers. Fancy Pants is coming back but could another old school vet also materialize in an attempt to return RHOC to the glory days of yore? If that isn’t the case, Tamra Judge sure as hell wants you to think it is.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke is now able to relax. She no longer has to showboat relationships outside of her marriage, will never have to see Kelly Dodd in person again, and can continue her journey to sobriety without being ridiculed by co-workers or strangers. Bravo did Real Housewives of Orange County and the viewing audience a solid by not renewing Braunie’s contract, but it might be Sean Burke who beats the final boss.
Braunwyn was almost certainly guaranteed another season to test the boundaries of traditional marriage and fight with everyone. In her quest to have 19 storylines at once, the facade cracked and Bravo pulled the plug because, liability. It’s one thing to have someone going to AA meetings on the show, but it’s quite another to have them detox on camera. So Braunwyn was let go and the facade went ahead and fell apart. If cameras aren’t following you, are you really married? For Braunwyn and Sean, the answer appears to be no.
Shannon STORMS Beador is no stranger to courtrooms or controversy. The returning Real Housewives of Orange County star is mocked on a regular basis for overreacting to situations most humans would stop processing after blinking twice. But Shannon is a certified worrier and tends to… hold onto things. Hopefully Heather Dubrow remembers this little detail and doesn’t ask Shannon to leave her home at any point in the near future.
Shannon is also a bit of a health nut. She relies on New Age medicine and enjoys a crystal or two being buried beneath the foundation of her homes so the wood fairies will bless her with clear chakras and men who don’t cheat. Shannon uses these basic principles when deciding how to make money and what products to endorse but that doesn’t stop other companies from illegally using her image. Now Shan is worried about social media platforms allowing ads she didn’t clear on products she doesn’t want her name attached to. Mark Zuckerberg better lawyer up and watch out because Shannon finished off Jim Bellino and she’s coming for Facebook.
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.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson hasn’t been the best judge of character when it comes to men. Vicki ditched her sweet husband of 20 years, Donn Gunvalson. Who didn’t love Donn?
Then the RHOC star dated alleged cancer scammer, Brooks Ayers. Brooks was beyond shady. Finally the couple ended that dumpster fire of a relationship.
Well, I guess some things don’t run in the family and we’ll call that a win for Vicki Gunvalson’s long-suffering son, Michael Wolfsmith. Being the child of the Real Housewives of Orange County alum has been an exercise in both patience and futility for Michael and sister, Briana Culberson. Vicki made no secret about wanting to be in every aspect of her kids’ life, until she had to choose between a man and her daughter and basically picked the guy.
Michael and Briana are trying to live under the radar and have geographically moved as far away from Vicki as possible. Michael now resides in Hawaii where Vick can’t just show up in bootleg jeans and do inverted keg stands with no warning. He does keep up with her antics via social media and has some thoughts about mommy’s fiancé running for Governor of California. Now Mike joins the rest of us in hoping much like Brooks Ayers’ teeth, Steve
Chavez Lodge’s gubernatorial bid isn’t funded by the Bank of Vicki.
Three cast members were recently fired on Real Housewives of Orange County, but only one is being classy about it. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was let go after just one season, but she was mature about it. Then we have Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd.
Kelly blamed Braunwyn for her lack of a RHOC paycheck. Kelly stated that Braunwyn “single-handedly ruined last season.” Kelly deserves some credit. She added that her former co-star is “an awful, insincere and fame-hungry phony.” Once again, pot meet kettle.