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Last month, we told you that it was reported that three stars were getting fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.
We have some heartwarming news: the production had a last-minute change of heart about one of those stars.
But the other two were not so lucky. …
Without them knowing about any reports, if you had to ask anyone who their pick to get fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County this season would be, the surest bet would be Peggy Sulahian.
Like, if you and your friends were doing a Real Housewives castmember turnaround league or whatever, she would be your pick.
Because she doesn’t make for good television. She doesn’t feud, she just starts pointless fights — or jumps into other people’s. And her “clueless foreigner” act wasn’t doing her any favors.
Also, she’s a notorious homophobe who banned her own brother from their father’s funeral for being gay.
So, yeah. Nobody likes a bigot.
We already told you on Friday that Peggy Sulahian has been fired.
Bye, girl, bye.
But Peggy Sulahian isn’t leaving alone.
RadarOnline reports that Lydia McLaughlin has also been fired.
She left the series in 2013 to raise her kids — filming reality television can take up a lot of your time, and most Real Housewives who aren’t Tamra Judge care about their children and don’t want to neglect them.
Lydia’s big stink this season was mostly her conflict with Meghan King Edmonds.
See, Meghan had invited a psychic to her party. Lydia refused to participate, which is fine, even though it reminds us a little of the “God Warrior” episode of Wife Swap.
And then, at the reunion, Lydia suggested that Meghan couldn’t understand Lydia’s hesitation because Meghan isn’t a Christian.
(Which … is not true, incidentally, though even if it were, the accusatory manner in which Lydia said it would not have been okay)
Also, Lydia McLaughlin was too close to Peggy Sulahian, and Peggy was a toxic mess who dragged people down with her.
As RadarOnline‘s insider puts it:
“Lydia came back, but she wasn’t interesting. Producers mainly wanted her to bring Tamra and Vicki back together, and it was mission accomplished.”
Well, that’s two stars who are parting ways with the Real Housewives franchise.
But we’d been hearing that Meghan King Edmonds was going to get the axe, too. So … what happened?
Well … Meghan King Edmonds is pregnant, you guys.
She’s expecting a boy (she and her husband did IVF, and she went into it at length on her blog).
RadarOnline reports that this is what saved her:
“They were not planning on bringing Meghan back.”
That’s a shame. She might not be the most entertaining, but she doesn’t seem terrible. And, not for nothing, but she’s definitely the prettiest castmate. (Television’s a visual medium, folks!)
“But she sprung the pregnancy news on them at the reunion,” their insider says. “So she’s kind of forcing them to bring her back even though they didn’t want to.”
To be clear, we don’t think that anyone is suggesting that Meghan King Edmonds got pregnant just to stay on TV.
(Which is funny, because the world is full of actresses who have been fired from scripted shows or had their roles minimized because they became pregnant)
But she may have realized exactly what she was doing when she told producers about it.
One, nobody wants to be accused of firing a woman for getting pregnant (do they, Joss Whedon?), even when, in this case, it would merely have been a coincidence.
Two, and more to the point, Meghan’s pregnancy could make for good television. Cameras can follow Meghan on her journey, through all of her ups and downs (hormones can be unpleasant, folks, particularly if you did IVF).
And childbirth is the sort of drama that appeals to humanity’s social instincts.
No matter how it happened, though, we’re glad that she’s getting a second chance and we hope that we’ll see her for more seasons than simply this next one.
Bye girl, bye!
Peggy Sulahian is a newcomer to The Real Housewives of Orange County, but though she was definitely in her share of unnecessary fights with costars, she didn’t make that big of a splash.
Now it’s reported that Peggy has been fired from the series.
We had already told you that, reportedly, three women will be fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Peggy Sulahian was one of the names that we gave you.
Not everybody has what it takes to be a Real Housewife.
You need to be affluent enough, interesting enough, dramatic enough.
At the same time, you need to be somehow relatable, you have to have normal elements to your life, and you have to get along well enough with your costars that you can all make the series together.
Well … she’s definitely not in the poor-house. But she failed to be interesting enough to grasp the attention of most viewers.
She also failed to be likable.
RadarOnline reports that their sources (plural) say that Peggy Sulahian has been fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“None of the ladies wanted to work with her anymore,” one source reports.
When your much more established costars can’t stand you, it’s not an entertaining feud — it’s potentially toxic to the series.
“After the reunion they were just done with her,” the source continued.
Another source tidily summarized what made Peggy such an undesirable Real Housewife.
“She didn’t bring anything to the table.”
Peggy’s erstwhile costars had a lot of reasons to dislike her, too.
For starters, there’s that time when Meghan King Edmonds and Vicki Gunvalson were talking and Peggy just … pinched Meghan’s lips shut.
As if that were a normal thing to do.
But there’s more.
Peggy, a mother of three, bashed Meghan King Edmonds’ parenting.
Unlike the conflict between Meghan and costar Lydia McLaughlin over Meghan having a psychic at her party and Lydia being weirded out for religious reasons, Peggy’s criticisms were deeply personal.
And they rubbed people the wrong way — costars and viewers alike.
Peggy also seemed to be paranoid that Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge were making fun of her.
Whether she was really worried about it or was just playing up some paranoia for the cameras, we don’t know for sure. Either way, it wasn’t a great look.
Also, Peggy left early during this season’s girls’ trip to Iceland. To put it plainly: nobody likes a quitter.
But there’s something else:
Fans have pointed out that she gets offended at every little thing and that she tries to pass herself off as a dumb foreigner even though, well, she’s lived in the US for most of her life.
But what really gets under people’s skin is that Peggy Sulahian is a raging homophobe.
We’ve heard Vicki accused of homophobia for negging Tamra about rumors about her husband, Eddie Judge. We’ve heard Tamra accused of homophobia for being bothered by the rumors.
This is on another level. Peggy Sulahian reportedly banned her own brother, designer Pol’ Atteu (he was, like, BFFs with the late, great Anna Nicole Smith), from their father’s funeral.
It’s been reported that she even tried to have him removed from his father’s services by security.
Reality television can put up with a lot of bigotry — just look at the Duggars. But, if you look at Derick Dillard getting fired, you know that there’s a limit.
Peggy’s views were so bad that she got bashed by other Housewives and received public condemnation from Lisa Vanderpump.
All of these factors combine to making Peggy Sulahian a toxic castmember.
The question is: When will they announce this officially?
And who will be the next to get the axe?
The second part of the reunion spectacular was filled with tonnes of crazy moments for the big personalities on the show.
With the news that Shannon and David’s relationship had come to a close, it was time for the women to chat about something fresh.
When The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 21 got underway, it became clear that Shannon had an agenda. She thought her revelation would get her off for her comments.
Shannon wasted no time in turning the tables by claiming that Lydia was the one who was trying to cause all the drama, thus, she was part of the reason for all of the drama.
Tamra emerged from the shadows of doubt and claimed that Shannon had a rough time of it all season long and the ladies should cut her some slack.
Andy did ask Shannon if she felt like she needed to apologize to anyone, and she did so to Tamra.
Not one to keep the peace, Peggy chimed in, claiming that Shannon owed her an apology. Meghan then got involved, saying she was due an apology from Peggy.
Peggy said that her shushing of Meghan was warranted because she needed to keep her mouth shut more often. Peggy was defiant and did not apologize.
Meghan then revealed she was pregnant and the penny dropped that her time was probably up on the show. Her storyline this season has been awful.
Meghan then went on the defense about her argument with Kelly over text. Meghan said that her messages were no malicious, but Kelly was the one who was the troublemaker.
Kelly then had to reach down and pick her jaw up from the floor because she thought all of the bickerings was over with. Kelly was then accused of being damaged, and that’s when she decided to shut up.
We then found out that someone gave Vicki NyQuil after Kelly gave her Xanax in Iceland and that caused her medical issues. The rest of the women admitted to being drunk for the trip.
Peggy said that everyone was laughing at her and she was not impressed with them. It culminated in another shouting match that was difficult to keep up with.
These women need to get a grip and stop arguing over nothing.
Tamra and Vicki’s fractured friendship was brought to the forefront, and Tamra felt like Vicki was trying to destroy her marriage. Both women accused each other of being the spreader of rumors.
Tamra admitted that Vicki chose Brooks over her because she was the one to tell her friend, but she did not seem to take notice of it. Tamra was open about being apart from Vicki because of the persistent rumors that Eddie is gay.
When Vicki is called homophobic, she is done. She made the jump from her chair and screamed that she was done with the entire show. Ultimately, Vicki apologized and swore to shut up about the Eddie thing.
Tamra said she would shut up about the whole Brooks thing if Bicki stops talking about Eddie. How long will this unity?
Sound off below.
This season of The Real Houswives of Orange County has been an absolute whirlwind, but … things haven’t gone so well for a few of the Housewives.
In fact, the network is reportedly looking to really shake things up with the cast before next season.
So which familiar faces are getting the axe?
Normally, the feud between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge is good for ratings.
And, you know, maybe it still is.
But both of these reality stars pushed some boundaries and even crossed some lines this season.
Vicki Gunvalson blindsided Tamra Judge on screen with a diss track that included further assertions that Tamra’s husband, Eddie, is gay.
We know that Vicki only brings it up because it gets under Tamra’s skin, but a lot of viewers feel that the accusations imply that Vicki Gunvalson thinks that a man being gay or bi is an insult.
To further compound things, the Eddie Judge gay rumors kept coming up this season.
Tamra Judge seems inordinately upset by them — which seems homophobic on her part, too.
To top it all off, Tamra has continued to talk about her daughter, even though Sidney Barney has publicly slammed Tamra as a bad mother and wants nothing to do with her and has repeatedly asked that she keep her name out of her mouth on camera.
There’s a difference between drama that makes good television and off-putting drama that leaves a bad taste in the mouths of viewers.
Fortunately for them both — and for their respective fans — it doesn’t look like either Vicki or Tamra will be fired from the series.
However, All About The Real Housewives reports that Vicki may face demotion next season.
We’ve all heard Vicki Gunvalson threaten to quit The Real Housewives of Orange County, so it’s no secret that she’s not entirely happy with things.
Vicki is the only star who’s been on the series since season one, episode one.
Sometimes stars get fatigued … but sometimes, fans get fatigued with the same stars doing the same things over and over again.
If the rumor that Vicki’s getting demoted are true, it’s possible that the network wants to focus on other people and other storylines.
But, honestly, Vicki’s demotion is a far cry from an outright firing … and we’re hearing about three of those.
According to what an inside source reportedly told All About The Real Housewives, the network is making three cuts from the main cast.
That source claims that Lydia McLaughlin, Peggy Sulahian, and Meghan King Edmonds will not be returning for season 13.
Honestly, in each of those cases, we understand it.
And we’re starting to wonder if the conflict between Lydia McLaughlin and Meghan King Edmonds that we saw on the reunion special was an attempt on both of their parts to be interesting enough to stay.
(In case it slipped your mind, Meghan King Edmonds was hurt that Lydia McLaughlin refused to participate in part of her party because a psychic was invited, and Meghan got controversial when she told Lydia that she wished that Lydia’s Christian beliefs didn’t hold her back)
Maybe their argument worked and the source is working with outdated information.
Or maybe it didn’t work.
Honestly, the show could take or leave them, even though there are things about them both that we’d miss.
Nobody’s going to miss unapologetic homophobe Peggy Sulahian.
Reality television can forgive bigotry up to a point, but as we all saw with Derick Dillard’s firing from Counting On, that’s only true up to a point.
But the biggest crime that a reality star can make is being a totally uninteresting bore, which is why we’ve been expecting Peggy to be sent packing all season long.
Despite being a bad person, she’s just not interesting. Even when she gets into arguments, she’s boring, and that’s basically a jailable offense in the world of reality stars.
If you’re feeling bummed about the looming departures, know that we should probably hear an announcement of some sort in December.
And also know that the same rumors that say that we’re bidding farewell to these three say that The Real Housewives of Orange County is looking to add five new stars.
That’s a lot of new people to meet.
The ladies continued to be at odds on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 19, and one of them had marital woes that were just too difficult not to confront.
When the episode got underway, Kelly Dodd decided her marriage was now a sham and talked to her mother about what she could do to salvage it.
Her main issue with Michael is that he can be the nicest man in the world one minute, and a jerk the next. She has never heard that it takes two to tango.
Kelly’s mother seemed actually to have a brain and noted that no marriage is perfect. Maybe she realized her daughter was part of the reason why it was failing.
Meghan decided it was time to get the ladies together to celebrate the launch of her candle collection, The King Collection. But Kelly’s husband refused to get in a car with David Beador.
Kelly wanted him to play nice so that everyone could just move on, but the man was having none of it. In his eyes, David was a villain and had to be dealt with as such.
When the ladies assemble, it emerges that Tamra had not said anything to Vicki since Iceland. As is always the case on this show, Tamra was blaming Vicki for the whole thing and wanted her to be the one to reach out.
Tamra then opened up about Vicki avoiding Eddie and planting a story to the tabloids. All of this only served to make everyone realize that there was no way Vicki was going to change.
Peggy then went on an apology tour and apologized to Meghan for what she said about her kid crying and not getting attention. After that, Lydia thought it would be a good idea for all of the women to make amends.
Kelly and Peggy had an in-depth conversation, and Kelly thought it would be a good time to apologize for what she said about her dad calling Peggy’s dad.
These two do make a good pairing, but they’re not really bringing enough drama to the table, and maybe it’s time to refresh the cast somewhat.
Tamra made up with Diko, and it became clear this episode was all about closure, which makes me think something drastic is in store for the next season.
Tamra tried to get Peggy and Shannon back in good graces, but Shannon sulked her way out of the situation. She’s over trying to play nice with people who are going to drag her down to the ground.
Shannon did not want to be put in the middle of the argument in the first place, so she felt like she was brought into it for no apparent reason.
The attention quickly turned to Kelly, who was officially finished with Michael. So, she decided to have Vicki dole out some marriage counseling to her.
It results in Michael departing the situation. Vicki wanted to know the truth about the extent of their marital woes. Kelly made it clear that the marriage was done with.
And that’s a wrap on another season of crazy drama.
What did you think of it? Was it a great ending?
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Peggy Sulahan loves to be the center of attention. That became crystal clear on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 18 when she flat-out refused to go to the final dinner in Iceland.
She felt like the women were laughing at her, so she went to see Lydia to dish all of the dirt. She told Lydia that the ladies were making fun of her.
When Lydia tried to say she was too paranoid, Peggy then said that Meghan was letting her kid cry for ten minutes unattended. Lydia was not impressed, but she knew Peggy was ready to flip the hell out.
She stressed to Peggy that filming the women is not good because they will see that as a personal attack. Peggy seemed deluded and claimed that Lydia was wrong.
Peggy then decided she was not going to the Viking dinner and that she would be staying in her hotel room. Lydia was conflicted because she did not want Peggy to be on her own.
Shannon and Vicki started bickering at dinner. Shannon hated the prospect of Tamra making back up with Vicki, but she knew it was probably happening.
Tamra opened up about Brooks being the one to ruin their friendship, and she wanted Vicki to confirm that was the case. Vicki still wanted Tamra to apologize to her.
Tamra managed to get Vicki to apologize to Shannon for everything she said about her husband. In a surprising turn of events, Vicki decided it was water under the bridge and apologized.
Shannon seemed happy with the apology, but was there hope for them to return to their former ways? Lydia and Peggy then showed up, and Kelly took it as an opportunity to apologize to Peggy for the way she acted.
Peggy then showed off the videotape claiming that all of them were laughing at her. This then turned into the biggest bust-up of the season because of what she said about Meghan.
Vicki, surprisingly, disappeared from the fight because she did not want to be anywhere near the drama. Vicki has turned a corner this season, and it was about time.
Back in the states, Peggy continued to be mad at Vicki because she felt like she should have joined her side and took down the other women during the squabble.
Maybe Vicki should have found a way to defend Peggy, but it would have been ill-timing to start another war when you consider the fact that Vicki only just got back in good graces with the other women.
Either way, Peggy, and Vicki are going to come to blows sooner rather than later, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.
What did you think of all the drama?
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Maybe Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador are not as close as they would like the world to think.
That thought crossed my mind several times during The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 15 when it became ever more apparent that they are just as toxic as the rest of the housewives.
When the episode got underway, David confirmed to Shannon that he questioned Diko about Peggy’s cancer diagnosis. Shannon did seem like she understood, but was probably only mad because it looked like her husband was doing her dirty work for her.
If you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County online, you will know that Peggy’s double mastectomy has been the topic of conversation all season long and it’s about time everyone stopped talking about it.
Tamra was very much against anything else being said about the whole cancer situation, but Shannon would not shut up about it, and it started to grate on Tamra’s nerves.
Like viewers, she was done with hearing these people bring down Peggy for her cancer diagnosis. Tamra wanted Diko and David to work their issues out and leave the women out of it.
Shannon got mad because Tamra was giving advice when she didn’t want it. Isn’t that what friends are for? Maybe these two have just outgrown each other.
Meanwhile, Vicki admitted that she needed to go to the cardiologist to make sure that all was right with her after some stressful times. Part of this stemmed from the phone call she received when her mother died, so it’s understandable that she would be worried.
The doctor confirmed Vicki’s worst fears and said there might be a blockage, and one of the chambers of her heart could be enlarged. This was worrying for the OG of the OC, but she claimed she was ready to live a little.
Meghan was still scarred by some of the fiery feuds this season, so she invited the ladies over to meet with her psychic, Mystic Michaela.
Peggy did not seem interested in speaking with Shannon because she just seemed so over all of the talks about her health, and she sat with a scowl on her face for the whole event.
When the ladies indulged in some fine dining, Lydia asked them all to accompany her to Iceland, and the ladies who attended the event seemed happy enough.
Vicki and Kelly ditched the event at Meghan’s and had some wine, but Vicki wanted to let her pal know about her diagnosis. Vicki said that she was convinced a murmur is what killed her mother.
So, her big idea was to work less and be around positive people. It’s good on paper, but if she wants to stay out of the drama, the producers will fire her, so there’s that.
Lydia called the pair to invite them to Iceland, and they agreed to go. Vicki did not want to, but she did so for Kelly.
After that, Peggy thought it was high time Shannon got a taste of her own medicine, so she confronted Shannon about the whole thing.
Shannon reiterated that David was asking the questions because he was worried about Peggy and wanted to know more. Shannon also said that Diko was the one in the wrong for jumping to conclusions.
Shannon flipped out when Peggy questioned whether Shannon trusted David. Shannon yelled about David’s infidelity, and all I could do was laugh.
Shannon is deluded these days and needs to get help. Peggy said she wanted everyone to shut up about her health and that if she wanted to talk about it, she would.
After Peggy left, Shannon cried wolf because nobody stuck up for her, and Tamra told her to stop being an asshole. Shannon admitted that the affair is coming back to haunt her, and it’s not a good feeling.
What do you think about all of this?
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Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge shared the screen on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 4, and it was as awkward as you all probably thought it would be.
The meeting did not go well. Instead, the ladies bickered about who said what about each other, and it proved one thing: There’s no going back for these ladies.
If you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County online, you will know that these two have thrown rumors around about each other for the better part of three years, and it’s tiring.
Vicki arrived with the wrong attitude. In her mind, Tamra was to stop trashing her, but Vicki seems to forget that she’s been the one sticking the knife in at every turn.
“I’m hoping that Vicki is going to apologize to me,” Tamra reveals to the audience as she sits down next to her sworn enemy.
“I want you to start being kind to me,” said Vicki like butter wouldn’t melt. It set the stage for an icy reunion that drove them further apart. Tamra claimed that she was nice to Vicki.
“In your mind, you’re kind to me,” barks Vicki. Tamra then dug into the rumors about Eddie’s sexuality, and Vicki was not having it.
“Maybe he’s using you,” she says.
Tamra got up to leave and said that she did not want to be there because of the sheer toxicity of the situation. Vicki then called Steve, and he tried to say that Tamra was just trying to win.
Are all of the boyfriends deluded on this show?
Later on, they met back up again but did not sit next to each other. Tamra, Shannon, and Meghan even took Kelly to sit with them, leaving Vicki like the person who does not have any friends.
Tamra claimed she was not doing this to get at Vicki. Apparently, it was because Kelly was fun and would help them enjoy the night.
It did not take long for Diko to open up about David calling to ask questions about Peggy’s cancer. Yes, that happened, and it was all glossed over like it was not important.
That’s what’s wrong with this season of the show. The drama is burning a little too fast, and the way people are reacting to it makes it feel like it’s all fake and contrived out of thin air.
What will become of the show? Will it get a major revamp?
Hit the comments below!