I was recently talking with y’all about who is coming back and who is not on Season 12 of Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki, Tamra and Shannon had supposedly signed and Kelly was in the final stages of her contract negotiation. I mentioned that the two empty slots were to be filled by one of Kelly’s rich friends and one returning housewife.
Since that post I’ve been told by two separate sources who the two new housewives will be. They are adamant that Lydia McLaughlin is back. This blows my mind. I’m starting to wonder if Lydia was willing to come back because Heather is gone. When Lydia was last on the show I remember some drama# about Heather and her house being on her magazine. Also, Lydia has more money than Heather and that always seemed to bug Heather. I am told she is definitely in. So in true Tamara fashion I shot back with, “You don’t know! They are still testing people! It might not be the final answer!” Both sources patted me on my pointy little head and said, “I do know.”
It’s not that I mind a burst of pixie dust and kind behavior. I’m fine with Lydia coming back. I just don’t believe it. I mean I believe it, but I am just shocked. I mean she QUIT!
The other person is a name that has been discussed for a couple of months. I didn’t believe it. The new wife slot is apparently going to an Atlanta lady named Brianna Stanko. Not only will we have a housewife with the last name Stanko, her husband’s name is Brian. Brianna and Brian sell makeup online. It’s not their product, it’s just an online makeup store that sells high end makeup and high end anti-aging products. Apparently, they make plenty of money doing that. The Stanko family moved from a $575,000 house in East Cobb to a $1,130,200 house in Cumming in May of 2015 and put it on the market for a short time in September of 2016 but quickly removed the listing only to relist it that November. It is currently on the market for $1.350 million. It looks like they built the house to their specifications. Certainly not something someone planning to move to Orange County would do.
But last July the family spent a lot of time in the Los Angeles area. It seems that is when Brianna’s quest to be on RHOOC began. And apparently, it has been successful. It appears that the family moved to Orange County over the first semester holiday break. The Stankos have two young sons currently in the third and fourth grade a few fancy dogs and a cat. The boys are close in age to Lydia’s
It appears that Brianna will be brought in as Kelly’s friend. As you can see she is already palling around with Vicki, her man, and Gretchen going to dinner at Maestros. So it is very clear she will be on Vicki and Kelly’s alliance.
Lydia may end up being brought in to be a calming Christian mentor for Tamra. That mean Shannon will have to grab a prayer cloth and go church. Do they still have that giant drive in church out there in California? That would be great because they could pack a Thermos of Bloody Marys and some brunch items to eat in the car.
Oh and one more thing. Gretchen is pictured above eating out with Vicki and Brianna (Who we will be calling Stanko if Vicki’s daughter is on). This leaves the door open for Gretchen and maybe even Jeana to do some friend of housewives kind of scenes. So we could still get Gretchen without Slade.
I knew Lizzie was probably a pipe dream.
I still say it is too early to know that this is the final cast for Real Housewives of Orange County season 12, but apparently production is pretty happy with it.