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‘RHOC’ stars Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn and Elizabeth address their exits

Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas spoke out after information broke that they won’t be returning to “The Actual Housewives of Orange County” for Season 16.

Dodd — who has been a part of the present since 2016 however sparked fan outrage in current occasions after a myriad of controversial strikes — informed her Twitter followers that her 5 years on the collection have been “wonderful.”

“The following 5 years will probably be even higher,” she tweeted. “I’m so grateful for all of the love and assist and so excited in regards to the future.”

Bravo followers had been calling for Dodd’s departure following her much-maligned feedback in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, together with a quip that it was “God’s means of thinning the herd” — for which she later apologized. She additionally drew the ire of Bravo fandom after carrying a hat with the slogan “Drunk Wives Matter,” which many believed poked enjoyable on the Black Lives Matter motion.

Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd
Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd are usually not returning to “RHOC.”Bravo; Getty Photos; Getty Picture

Newcomer Vargas additionally thanked followers for their assist as she mirrored on her first and solely season on “RHOC,” which aired this previous yr.

“COVID 2020 was a really unlucky and robust yr for all of us throughout filming however we made it occur and I’m very pleased with what we completed as a staff,” Vargas wrote on Instagram. “Regardless of filming throughout COVID and not likely attending to know all the women absolutely, this previous yr has been probably the most extraordinary, wonderful and lovely expertise of my life. I’m so pleased with the work we now have executed and the friendships we had been in a position to construct.”

the cast of "rhoc"
Final yr’s Season 15 forged of “RHOC” featured (from left) Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas.
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Windham-Burke, who had been a part of the Bravo franchise since 2019, informed Those who whereas she is “extremely unhappy” to depart the present, she is targeted on the subsequent chapter of her life.

“I’m extremely unhappy to not have the ability to come again to ‘The Actual Housewives of Orange County’ subsequent yr. I liked each second of being a ‘Housewife,’ and am so pleased with my time on the present — the nice, the dangerous, and the in-between. It feels revolutionary to say, however I used to be in a position to get sober and keep sober on actuality TV,” she shared.

Windham-Burke celebrated one yr of sobriety in January. Through the Season 15 premiere, which aired in October, the mom of seven revealed that she is an alcoholic.

In late 2020, Windham-Burke additionally opened up about one other chapter of her story, telling the world that she is homosexual.

“And I got here out, changing into the primary homosexual Housewife within the franchise’s historical past,” Windham-Burke informed Individuals. “What an unimaginable honor to look again upon, particularly throughout Delight Month.”

Heather Dubrow in NYC in January 2019
Heather Dubrow is stepping again into the highlight on “RHOC” for Season 16.
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For the upcoming “RHOC” season, Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter are all slated to return. Former star Heather Dubrow, who hasn’t been on the Bravo present in just a few years, can be slated to make a comeback.

Sources informed Web page Six that two newcomers will spherical out the forged, considered one of whom is an “unknown” rich black girl.

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