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AllAboutTRH Exclusive: What Goes Into Casting Shakeups On the Real Housewives?

Casting the Real Housewives shows can be a fickle job. Who’s in and who’s out isn’t as easy of a task as one may think.

With many franchises ending their season’s soon, the age-old question of who’s making the cut for the next season begins.

So, what exactly goes into casting shakeups on the Real Housewives?

Well, AllAboutTRH reached out to several of our sources who gave us the 411 on how Bravo decides who stays and who goes.

While many believe that Bravo knows who’s staying and who’s going by the time the reunion films that’s not always the case.

Sources tell us that Bravo takes at least 1-2 months after the reunion to decided who they are keeping and who’s getting kicked to the curb.

“Bravo doesn’t make any decisions until well after the reunion airs,” a source reveals.

This happens mostly in part to all the research that goes into keeping or firing a Housewife. We are told that fans opinions play a big role in casting.

“Bravo has to do market research to see who stays and who goes,” a second source explains, adding that Bravo does listen to what fans have to say about which Housewives they like and which ones they don’t.

Back in June, Ryan Flynn, a Bravo executive for RHONY and RHOBH talked to The Daily Dish Podcast about the process of letting Housewives go.

“Most often than not it is a mutual understanding and a decision and it’s not even so much of a we’re telling someone to leave,” Ryan explained. “Everyone knows the time is just right.” What defines that “right time” could be a myriad of things, according to the exec. “Whether it’s a first season Housewife that just didn’t click or never sort of found the rhythm, or whether it’s someone who’s been on many seasons who is just a very different person from when we started with them, and their life is in a place now where it just maybe doesn’t make sense for us to be sort of in their lives every day.”

“It’s a process, and it’s a discussion…you know, not everyone goes quietly into the night,” Ryan added. “Sometimes, understandably, there’s some hurt feelings or some confusion. I think when we all think, ‘Oh my God, we could never move on without fill in the blank,’ somehow we do. We find new lives and new stories and new challenges with a new cast, with current Housewives that you know it’s just kind of everyone keeps trudging along.”

Currently, the Real Housewives of Orange County are facing some major casting rumors about the upcoming thirteenth season.

Sources claim that Lydia McLaughlin, Meghan King Edmonds, and Peggy Sulahian are not returning for season 13.

However, our RHOC sources tell us that no decisions will be made until “around December,” adding that “one can speculate” though.

Do you think Bravo knows who they are keeping and firing by the time the reunions roll around? Do you believe that Bravo listens to fans about who stays and who goes?

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