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Meghan King Edmonds

Meghan King Edmonds is gone but not forgotten. You all know how I loved her on Real Housewives of Orange County and I stand by that opinion. *Insert Tamra Judge yelling “It’s my opinion!” gif*. Anyway, aside from a quick appearance, Meghan has been off RHOC for years now. But she stays in the news just like any current housewife would.

After the never-ending nasty divorce from ex-husband Jim Edmonds, a/k/a, Jimmy Dad Jeans, she found love again. Seems like she was getting her chaotic life back in order but she got coronavirus and split with her man. All in a matter of a few months. But she did find someone new (again) and said she might be relocating back to her hometown of St. Louis. That doesn’t mean the former housewife doesn’t miss her old life, minus a few ex-castmates.

Shannon opens up about her divorce

Who would you rather be friends with, Tamra Judge or Shannon Beador? Tamra has no problem stirring the pot and throwing anyone under the bus for a storyline. And, then there’s Shannon, who seems overwhelming, clingy, and demanding.

With those two choices for a friend, who would even want one?

Emily Simpson Tamra Judge

Technically speaking, Emily Simpson was introduced to Real Housewives of Orange County fans as a friend of Tamra Judge. In reality, we all know a casting department chose her and she had some very loose connection to Tamra. They were not friends and it doesn’t seem like that’s ever gonna happen.

Ever since Tamra got fired “left” the show, she’s been running her mouth left and right in her quest to get back on the show (that she shouldn’t have been fired on…. evidenced by my many yawns in her absence). And, she also has a lot to say about Emily not “making good TV.” But, hey, at least Emily is on TV. Unlike Tamra…

Tamra Judge Real Housewives Of Orange County

Is anyone still enjoying Kelly Dodd these days? While the Real Housewives of Orange County star still has some diehard stans coming to her defense on social media, it’s getting harder to find people who will stand behind her. And while she might have been previously known as a spunky shit-stirrer, she has definitely crossed over into territory that she can’t come back from.

Maybe it was all the controversial comments about the coronavirus. Sure, she tried to apologize. But in true Kelly form, those apologies felt forced, empty and fell flat. Maybe it was wearing a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat to her bridal shower. She apologized for that too but it was more of a justification for doing it in the first place. Then there was the epic declaration at the reunion that she’s Black. Her stunned castmates quickly found out that revelation was from a 23 and Me test and hardly qualified her as Black. Let alone able to claim that she understands or has experienced life as a Black woman.

Real Housewives Of Orange County Braunwyn Windham-Burke Jacob Windham-Burke

Braunwyn Windham-Burke somehow went from a misunderstood, tepid freshman housewife to….well, this. The Real Housewives of Orange County star suddenly found herself as less of a victim of Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson and more of a villain. She came under fire for supposedly lying about Shannon Beador’s assessment of Gina Kirschenheiter’s house. Newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas caught her investigating her financial situation. And Kelly Dodd outright accused her of being a fan alcoholic for a story line.

Despite the fact that she has a lot to be cheered on about, it seemed like everyone was over her this season, including fans. Braunwyn not only came out and got sober, but she was heavily involved in activism too. But some are finding it disingenuous. I don’t think it helps that she’s already floating the idea of bringing her new girlfriend, Kris, onto the next season of RHOC. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. 

Real Housewives of Orange County reunion Kelly Dodd

Kelly Dodd has had quite the year, and not for the best. The Real Housewives of Orange County alum has found herself in hot water time and time again. Both on the show and on social media. Even getting married was a hot topic since it was during a global pandemic. She’s made controversial comments on the coronavirus. She’s also doubling down on her choice to wear a “Drunk Wives Matter Hat.” So it’s not a surprise that Kelly has become a number one target for fans to be mad at.

In response, Kelly has lashed out time and time again. She even defending the hat fiasco by claiming on the reunion that she’s Black. Yep, Kelly got a 23 and Me and apparently being 2% Black means you can speak for the Black community. And wear an offensive hat. Big eye rolls on that one. No doubt that Kelly is in a horrible position and it’s one she put herself in.

Real Housewives of Orange County reunion Kelly Dodd

It seems Kelly Dodd’s orange might have gone stale, but never say never! Kelly had a rough season on Real Housewives of Orange County, but honestly, she has no one to blame but herself. She had really become a force the last few years. She participated in drama, she fed the drama, she was the drama. Kelly had actually developed a pretty decent fanbase because the Tres Amigas became an unholy trinity no one wanted. So Vicki Gunvalson was fired left, Tamra Judge was also fired departed, and Kelly had a big opportunity to reinforce her slot on the show.

She might have gotten a little cocky and felt she was made of Teflon, but Andy Cohen’s opinion is stronger in the Bravo world. Kelly definitely got some dings in her armor, but her own mouth was the source of her downfall. Kelly took an apathetic approach to Covid, and despite her lack of medical education, felt okay about spreading false information. She also managed to stick her foot in her mouth several times on the subject of racism. Kelly appears to have learned her lesson regarding her Rona comments. Now her stepdaughter Veronica Leventhal would like to educate her on bigotry.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Kelly Dodd

Real Housewives of Orange County had a crap year and it’s difficult who to blame the most. Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter were reduced to being the condiments in a giant, useless sandwich between two pieces of unfortunate bread named Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Poor Shannon STORMS Beador is kind of a discarded piece of lettuce clinging to the plate. There really is no prettying up this season, no matter how you slice it.

Kelly and Braunwyn were…something. Braunwyn managed to reveal numerous issues that negatively impacted both her well-being and her family. She managed to insult as many people as possible by shaming those who protect themselves from diseases and spent the remainder of her camera time unleashing her 23&Me results to prove she isn’t racist. Now Kelly is chomping at the bit and saying she refuses to film with Braunwyn going forward, and we all know how much Bravo loves an ultimatum…