The Real Housewives of Orange County is currently filming it’s ninth season and has made some huge changes. Like firing Gretchen Rossi AND Alexis Bellino. We were introduced to Alexis’ friend Lydia McLaughlin last season and she was immediately a fan favorite but decide to shockingly quit after being on just one season of the hit show!
Lydia confirmed the news to US Weekly saying that it’s bittersweet adding, “I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you’re not going to end up with, it’s hard, but overall you know you’re doing the right thing. I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife. That’s never really been a dream of mine.”
Lydia reveals that she was flattered to be asked to return but explains that she wanted to do other things saying, “I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives. I’ve always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it that I probably wasn’t going to be doing it again.”
But does Lydia have any regrets for appearing on the show? She says, “I definitely don’t have any regrets. I got to be kind of a different voice. I think that my fans love the love and positivity that I brought. I definitely have plans to continue to sparkle fairy dust and be a light! I want to develop our own reality show about our magazine and all the glitz and glamour involved with publishing it.”
And does she keep in touch with fired co-stars Alexis and Gretchen? Lydia says, “I still see Alexis and Gretchen. Ironically they’re not on the show anymore!”
But will Lydia tune in and watch with the rest of us next season? She adds, “I feel like because I did have such a great experience with it, I would be sad to watch it. It’d be like seeing your ex-boyfriend with a new girl! I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”
Bravo made no comment about Lydia’s departure. I’m really bummed to hear this news because I really started liking Lydia. It is refreshing to see Lydia leave on her own and she will be missed. Are you surprised Lydia quit the show?