If you think things have settled down in Orange County after the last nasty RHOOC Reunion, you’d be wrong. There’s a whole lot of bitching going on. A WHOLE LOT.
Let’s start with Heather Dubrow. Today she made it official that she is out for next season in an announcement that Bravo posted at 3 a.m. today.
“After a lot of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided not to return to RHOC this season. These past 5 years have been an incredible journey and I’m so proud to have been a part of such an iconic piece of pop culture. I am so grateful to Evolution Media, Bravo and the whole NBCU family for all of the incredible experiences and the opportunities RHOC has afforded me and my family. However, at this point in my life, I have decided to go in another direction and do what’s best for my family and career. Should I change my mind, I thank Andy Cohen, Evolution and Bravo for telling me that the door is always open.”
This is Heather saying, ” I didn’t get fired.” I don’t think that Heather got fired, but I do think she made some demands for more money and tried to control her storyline. She probably also refused to work with Vicki. That last part is never going to fly. Vicki is the OG and will be there as long as the franchise exists. I think Heather really thought she could call the shots and found out differently. She probably Nened herself right out of a paycheck. I do think she will show up in a Camille Grammar sort of way. Not sad to see you go, Heather. Two down, two to go in my book,
I’ve been saying since the last season ended that Meghan Edmonds would not come back. Not because I have a source, but because I have eyes on my face and brains in my head. It was clear to me that Meagan moved back to St. Louis to have her baby and raise the baby with her mother. She designed a gorgeous nursery there, and that is where she wants to live. Meghan said two days ago that decisions had not been made. I’ll check again before posting this to see if maybe she has updated her social media.
Vicki Gunvalson is still arguing with trolls on the Internet. She has been on social media long enough to know not to argue with trolls. Just block them or mute them and move on. She’s been in Puerto Vallarta with her man and her family having a ball. Maybe she has someone maintaining her social media who is an idiot.
As for Tamra Judge, she opted to post on Instagram in a #HOUSEWIFE hat while contract negotiations were going on. Much like Vicki, Tamra is not going anywhere. Shannon will lose her mind when Tamra makes up with Vicki for the millionth time. This will likely be the primary story arc for next season. These two can literally brawl on the ground one season and then make up the next. Because, paycheck.
Tamra has been thick as thieves with Shannon Beador in the off-season. Tamra has a super tacky looking NYE party at her house and Shannon appeared to be the only RHOOC that was there Of course her emasculated husband was in tow. I fear she will be back. I’d be fine with her coming back if we got first season Shannon, but I think that ship has passed.
Which brings me to my girl Kelly Dodd. I am one of the few who really want her back. She is mightily celebrating the fact that Heather is gone. She posted the video of the Wicked Witch of the West dying on Twitter. Unfortunately, while contracts were being negotiated earlier this week, Kelly said it was “highly unlikely” she will be back. She also retweeted everything anyone tweeted about wanting her back. I think part of Heather’s demands probably included not working with Kelly. So now that Heather is gone, Kelly might have a chance to stay. She did run into Luann in the Bahamas when Luann was honeymooning. Kelly has gotten a lot of travel in during the OC off season. She seems the most up in the air at the moment. But Vicki does need an ally coming off last season, and that was Kelly’s role after Vicki’s disastrous season with Brooks.
UNLESS. Gretchen Rossi has been elbowing her way back on RHOOC. She was at Marysol’s birthday party recently along with Nene, Reza and MJ. She has become close friends with Golnesa from Shahs of Sunset and invited to the taping of GG’s engagement party which taped recently for their upcoming season. She has spent a lot of time with Vicki and Kelly, particularly (off camera) during filming last season of RHOOC. It would not shock me for Gretchen to finally get her orange back. Or at least be a friend. Andy seems to really like the whole Slade situation. Perhaps they want to go old school. We could even see Jeana Keough at least as a friend.
Whatever happens, if we lose Heather and Meghan as I expect, the two replacements will be people who will stand by Vicki.
Are you glad to see Heather go?