FORMER Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke is probably having the best and worst week of her life, considering all the attention she’s getting. She and Kelly Dodd were (finally) fired from the show alongside Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. And Kelly is putting Boringwyn on blast, blaming her for their exit. Typical Kelly, not seeing how her horrible behavior turned the fans all the way off, especially after last season. And while Braunwyn is definitely NOT taking the news well, she knows better than anyone that any press is good press.
Braunwyn, in the meantime, has been saying yes to any and every interview she’s asked to do, to milk the end of her RHOC 15-minutes of fame. She was upset to get the boot after she wanted to show herself as a “different person” next year. Sounds like she had plenty of plans to continue to turn her life upside down for TV. And to make matters worse for her, it’s rumored that Brauny’s old BFF is taking her spot on the show. That’s gotta hurt the paparazzi-loving mom of seven.
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.
Who even knows what the future holds for the Real Housewives of Orange County, the show that started it all. The OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson and her messy sidekick Tamra Judge were out. And, to even my surprise, their absence was glaringly obvious as there was no whooping it up in sight. Shannon Beador was the wannabe ring leader of the rag-tag crew whose antics ranged from painfully boring to nauseatingly nasty. And let’s be honest, why does Kelly Dodd still have an orange in her hand after all of the controversial statements she’s made.
And arguably the most polarizing figure on RHOC these days is Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Many of us viewers can agree that Kelly is truly THE WORST, but Braunwyn is just an anomaly who loves the spotlight on her at all times. She’s gotten sober during her time on the show and came out as a lesbian who wanted to remain married to Sean Burke. Braunwyn’s tendency to lie and attempt to control the narrative backfired last season when the extent of her bad behavior and seemingly narcissistic personality were exposed.
It’s clear after Season 15 of the Real Housewives of Orange County that some major shake-ups need to happen in the OC. Whether it was Kelly Dodd’s utter lack of self-awareness or Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s habit of causing complete chaos in the lives of anyone in her orbit, the show has taken a turn for the toxic. No wonder Bravo execs have been taking their time to figure out the direction of the show for Season 16, which hopefully will come with a return of Fancy Pants Heather Dubrow and the ultimate pot-stirrer Tamra Judge. They’re the only two who can fix this mess.
In my humble opinion, RHOC started going downhill once Kelly came in hot with her explosive and aggressive behavior. And the addition of BoringWin only made it worse. Season 15 really was the Braunwyn show, which is probably exactly how she liked it. She continued to talk about her sobriety any chance she got, even though she has no problem accusing her co-stars of being alcoholics. She came to terms with her sexuality, sort of, by announcing she was a lesbian who wanted to stay married to her
meal ticket baby daddy Sean Burke while having a girlfriend on the side. Things only escalated as the season went on, culminating with a reunion that exposed Braunwyn’s bad behavior, self-absorption and tendency to tell lies as often as she breathes air.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke is not a conventional woman. It’s not a matter of judgement, just a general observation. First of all, she’s on a show depicting how the top one-percent live. I sure as hell am never going to buy an apartment in Miami for the sole purpose of romantic liaisons. Her upbringing was lax and unstructured. Braunwyn has struggled with alcoholism and drug use, even allegedly offering coke to Shannon Beador’s daughter. Despite all that, the facade of a perfect marriage and family was well maintained. At least until she joined the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Her love life is also unconventional, not a comment on her sexual preference, but because of the support she gets from her husband. By the end of Season 15, Braunwyn admitted to having an open marriage and came out as a lesbian in December. She started a sobriety journey, and made celebrity news by exploring her sexual preferences openly and being linked to multiple women. The mother of seven dated a woman named Kris between the new year and early April. There was speculation that Kris would appear on RHOC, but it looks like neither Braunwyn nor Bravo was ready to commit to Kris. However, there is someone that could potentially appear on screen as Braunwyn’s new love interest.
Getting nips and tucks is apparently all the rage. Instead of the old phrase, “smoke ’em if you got ’em”, we evolved into the more current, “cut it out or suck it out“. Over the past few years, Bravo viewers have received quite an education on elective surgeries. I no longer need Dr. Paul Nassif to determine repairing a deviated septum is often code for “give me a better profile“. Sometimes celebrities go for a full face overhaul, and sometimes they do a little maintenance.
Last year, Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke did more than cause a stir on her show. Braunie chose to undergo two non-surgical procedures to keep her looking fresh as the proverbial daisy. Plastic surgery is definitely a personal decision and the general train of thought is, if it makes you feel better about yourself, you do you. In keeping with that trend, Braunwyn has ventured back into her doctor’s office for yet another tune up.