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Being a Real Housewife means fame and one hell of a paycheck, but there’s a high turnover rate between seasons.
We’ve already reported who’s out in The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s latest cast shakeups — but who’s in?
Take a look!
We have new information about the RHOC cast, and it’s not about Shannon Beador’s divorce.
RadarOnline reports that Emily Moore Simpson is one of the new additions to the cast for this new season.
Emily Moore Simpson has actually been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County before — or, at least, her company has.
She and her sister-in-law run a party-planning business, and they have a little “as featured on” banner on their site.
Emily is also a licensed attorney.
Apparently this erstwhile Ohio girl is a hit with some of her new costars, as RadarOnline reports that “Shannon and Kelly get along with Emily marvelously.”
Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd are, of course, part of the returning cast.
Gina Kirschenheiter is another new name.
She’s a little enigmatic, even for a newcomer.
But RadarOnline reports that she’s no stranger to the cast.
“Gina and Tamra have been friends for a very long time, and Tamra recruited her on the show.”
It’s also been whispered that Gina’s friend, Tatiana Beene, will also be joining the cast, but that isn’t even a little bit confirmed.
Lydia McLaughlin has quit the show … again. That’s her version, anyway.
She says that she quit because she can only handle one season at a time without feeling overwhelmed. Which is interesting, since rumor had suggested that her name was on Bravo’s chopping block.
She said that it’s because she’s pregnant and because IVF has really done a number on her. That may be so.
But there was a report that she got fired for trying to use her pregnancy to leverage more money out of producers. That would appear to have backfired.
Finally, Peggy Sulahian was ousted from the series.
It turns out that being an infamous homophobe who allegedly tried to have her own (gay) brother dragged out of their father’s funeral didn’t win her a lot of fans.
Also, she just did not make for good television.
We have to wonder how these new additions will shake up the dynamics on the show.
Shannon and Kelly are apparently really hitting things off with Emily.
And Tamra is already close to Gina.
Given the reports that Shannon and Tamra are feuding as part of the fallout of Shannon’s divorce, we could be seeing new Real Housewife factions forming already.
And how will Vicki Gunvalson, who is definitely returning, fit into all of this?
Technically, these new additions to the cast have yet to be officially confirmed.
Bravo has declined to comment on casting “rumors.”
But we should mention that Gina Kirschenheiter’s Instagram, which only goes back a few days — which you might expect from someone who created her Instagram in anticipation of becoming a reality star — features a hint.
Beside a makeup-free selfie, she wrote:
“First post as the ‘real gina kirschenheiter.'”
That strikes many as a major clue, if not an outright confirmation.
Calling all rich and spoiled women who want to be sort of famous on television:
Bravo has a couple of opening for you!
Fresh off the news that Lydia McLaughlin would not be returning for a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo has now announced another cast departure…
We hardly even knew ya, Peggy Sulahian.
Following just one year on this cable network franchise, Sulahian has been let go by producers, who apparently weren’t pleased with Peggy’s role on Season 12.
Over the course of her brief run on the series, which culminated in Sulahian basically hiding out alone in her Iceland hotel room, the Z-Lister bonded with Vicki Gunvalson…
… while fighting with basically every other cast member.
“What an exciting experience it was to be part of The Real Housewives of Orange County! It was an honor to be the 100th housewife and to be part of the Bravo family,” wrote on BravoTV.com in response to this news.
“I am extremely proud of being the 1st Armenian-American Housewife and sharing my culture with the world.
“While I faced and conquered many challenges, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story and spread awareness of breast cancer.”
Sulahian went on to say that this breast cancer diagnosis is what prompted her to resign from the show, claiming she is leaving on her own terms.
“Dealing with the disease and the passing of my father challenged me to reassess and reflect on my life, and I’ve realized what’s most important is leading a healthy and happy life, surrounded by people who care and love you.
“At this point, moving on seemed like the right thing to do.
“A few new ventures have availed themselves, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!”
Radar Online, however, counters that both Sulahian and McLaughlin (pictured below) were fired by executives – and that both women were among the last to even learn their fate.
According to this report, Peggy was told by her friends and by the network simultaneously that she was on her way out.
Similarly, McLaughlin released a statement last Friday that made it sound as if she quit.
In reality, though, she only said these words to save face after being told that she wasn’t wanted back.
Peggy is looking forward to focusing on her family and her own opportunities. She is a very positive person and wants to be away from the negativity of the women,” an insider tells E! News, adding:
“Peggy is big on positive energy and wants that around her and her family.”
Sulahian and McLaughlin’s departures come on the heels of Meghan King Edmonds also leaving the show.
This means the only ladies set to return right now are Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd.
Prepare for a few casting announcements to be made by Bravo in the near future as a result.
Have anyone in mind you think should join the team?
Lydia McLaughlin has an announcement to make.
And it’s an announcement you may have heard her make before.
The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member took to her official blog on Friday and confirmed that she will no longer be a Real Housewives of Orange County cast member
“RHOC has given me a great platform and I’m grateful for that. However, I feel like I can only handle this show one season at a time,” McLaughlin wrote online, adding:
“I need a break! There is a lot of good that comes from the show, but also a lot of negativity.
“After a family vote, it was unanimous that I should take a break. Sometimes the people who love us the most see things even we don’t see.
“I trust my path and I’m excited for what the future holds.”
Indeed, McLaughlin initially joined this Bravo franchise in season 8.
She departed the cable network hit just before season 9, yet returned last year as a full-time cast member for season 12.
Earlier this year, it was also reported that Meghan King Edmonds would not return to Orange County for next season.
She swears this was her decision.
And McLaughlin insists the same.
“Bravo and Evolution have been amazing to me and I have made great friendships,” she continued on her blog, expounding:
“I treasure all my fans and appreciate all the love and support.
“I’ve been honored to be a source of entertainment and inspiration to all of you and I hope to continue spreading light and love.
“Being a full time mom to THREE little boys, publisher of NOBLEMAN Magazine, blogger, jewelry designer, author, and wife, I have a lot going on!
“I will continue to share my life and faith and use this platform to be a lightworker.”
In other words: we haven’t heard the last from Lydia McLaughlin.
We’ve just seen the last of her on Bravo.
McLaughlin and her husband, Doug, have three kids:
- Stirling, 8.
- Maverick, 6.
- Roman, 2.
These children, Doug and even McLaughlin’s mother have been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County at various points.
We don’t know just when when season 13 will air, but it’s clear the cast will look a bit different whenever that date arrives.
Any suggestions for women who should fill these two open slots?
It’s been about two months since Shannon Beador filed for divorce on December 1st.
Since then, things have gone from somewhat amicable to no-holds-barred hostilities between Shannon and David Beador.
Now, Shannon is taking things a step further — and reportedly trying to get David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.
A little before Halloween, Shannon and David Beador decided to split after 17 years.
It had been reported that the two of them were basically living separate lives in the same household anyway, so the separation was not a huge surprise.
Still, the two of them had resolved to maintain some semblance of normality for the sake of their daughters.
For starters, even though David stopped loving Shannon when she became “fat,” they had resolved to keep things friendly.
They even scheduled regular weekend activities for the whole family.
But it’s really hard to go from loving your partner in life to feeling neutral-yet-friendly towards them. It is so much easier to hate them.
Things no longer appear to be amicable between the exes.
For starters, Shannon Beador apparently does not make the kind of money that David does, so she’s wanting a good deal when it comes to division of property and when it comes to alimony.
That’s pretty standard for divorce, but so are contentious debates about money.
In fact, it’s been reported that Shannon Beador accuses David of hiding money. If true, that sort of sneaky move to make it appear that he has less than he does could mean that a court might not have him pay Shannon her fair share.
And now it sounds like Shannon can’t even stand the sight of David.
RadarOnline reports that Shannon Beador wants David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.
She’s getting divorced, so that’s a huge thing that they’d need to cover, but Shannon believes that there’s enough unused footage of David from previous seasons.
“Shannon wants producers to use old footage to tell her story next season.”
That’s a hefty demand, especially from someone who’s reportedly negotiating more money from the show in order to spill secrets for the cameras.
“At this moment, she doesn’t want anything to do with him and filming with him would make this whole process so much harder on her.”
So this sounds less like a calculated financial sabotage and more like a lack of desire to show up to work with a man she can’t stand to be around.
“It is already really hard on her and the kids and there is just no reason to bring him on-camera if they already have what they need.”
For Shannon, this is a deep and emotional pain. They only split a few months ago and it will take a lot of time for these fresh wounds to heal.
“She is still hurting inside a lot.”
Imagine getting a divorce but showing up to work and your spouse is there and the two of you are supposed to spend a lot of time together. That’s what she’s facing.
“Shannon is in a better place than she was but she still does not want to have to face him, on-camera or in real life, because it is very hard.”
Shannon’s desire to go without David is very understandable.
And obviously, if one of them is to leave the show, we can’t imagine why it would be the Housewife. Not all of the Real Housewives are actually wives, but Shannon still makes more sense than David.
But we can’t help but wonder if this effort could come back to bite her.
Were he so inclined, couldn’t David try to sue her for “ruining his reality career” as Blac Chyna has been attempting with the Kardashians?
This is a fight over money, ultimately, and there’s no reason to believe that David will just go quietly.
So, remember how Meghan King Edmonds was initially on a list of women rumored to be fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County? But then we all learned that Meghan King Edmonds was pregnant again so it looked like she was safe?
It turns out that the speculation may have been for naught, because she’s announced that she’s quitting.
But one report claims that her lengthy farewell post is just a cover — that she ended up getting fired. Hmmm. …
Writing on her blog, Meghan King Edmonds announced that she’s leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“Today is a bittersweet day for me. After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat.”
We like to imagine that such a hat would resemble a giant orange.
“I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more.”
“As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I’m literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious.”
Oh, of that we have no doubt. The filming hours alone must be brutal, not to mention juggling your other responsibilities. And then the episodes air.
“Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public’s reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer.”
“But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!”
Especially, we imagine, if you’re a parent. Or pregnant.
“After my first season I knew what to expect for round two, but even still, filming during IVF and then the beginning of pregnancy during my second season was difficult. I was hormonal and tired all the time.”
IVF presents its own challenges, folks.
“But my third season takes the cake: I had a newborn and had to hire a full time live-in nanny (my cousin) so as to allow me the flexibility to meet my obligations of continuous days and long hours of filming, traveling, etc.”
Even with a nanny, parenting was still a full-time job.
“When I was home I was a full time hands-on mom (you didn’t get to see this) doing all the regular mom stuff including waking up at all hours to breast feed my baby – all while my husband worked his crazy baseball schedule around the US while I was learning how to be a first time mom.”
“Again, I was hormonal and EXHAUSTED. My mind was often foggy as I filmed but I put on a great face and did it because I loved being a Housewife and was so grateful for my opportunity.”
It’s a big opportunity that comes with an even bigger paycheck.
“It was only after the season was filmed that I felt I was finally out of the newborn fog and I could look back on the past few months of season 12 with clarity. I had no idea how exhausted I actually was until I wasn’t exhausted anymore! Season 12 was a real challenge for me.”
It sure sounds like it.
She then talks about happy, behind-the-scenes filming memories, showing that she bares no ill will towards the production staff.
“And lastly but not least importantly, I wanted to spend more time with my husband during baseball season and more time with my two young step kids who live full-time in St Louis.”
Oh, those are some good priorities.
“So Jimmy and I have decided to dig our roots into the midwest as we begin to build our dream home for our rapidly expanding family.”
Well, voluntarily living in the midwest sure is a choice.
“I must focus on my family and my pregnancy. I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week’s episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion.”
She says that she forged some powerful bonds during her time as a Real Housewife.
“I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can’t be lost.”
Well … Shannon Beador, at least, seems like a good friend.
“They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me – what a gift to have found that on RHOC!”
She ends her post with a joke.
“But I guess it’s time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts. Oh, the irony!”
That’s all well and good, but there’s this other claim that Meghan King Edmonds is just putting on a good face after getting fired from RHOC.
In fact, RadarOnline reports that their source claims that what got Meghan fired was, at least in part, her attempt to leverage her pregnancy (with twins!) for more money.
“She did the same thing with her first pregnancy and it worked. But producers weren’t biting this time around. They felt that she didn’t bring anything to the table and everyone was sick of her manufactured fake drama!”
Their insider clearly doesn’t think much of her, because this is how they responded to her long, bittersweet announcement:
“The truth is that Meghan wouldn’t have written all that on her blog if she did in fact quit the show. She would have just quit!”
“Instead, she is trying to pretend that she doesn’t care and putting the blame on others when she knows that it is her own fault.”
Whatever the truth is, we wish Meghan King Edmonds and her family the best!
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.