Heather Dubrow and her longtime assistant/podcast co-host Natalie Puche have parted ways.
And it seems like the split may have been less than amicable.
Natalie, who is currently out on maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter Piper in September, first announced the news in a post on Instagram.
“This is a tough one…For those who have followed my journey on the HDW Podcast / Heather’s Assistant for the past 4/8 years, my journey is sadly coming to an end. I’m sorry I won’t be able to say my proper goodbyes (as this was not by choice), but I hope to be able to still connect with you on my journey into motherhood, an unforeseen career adjustment and all of the beautiful, hideous and honest moments in between. I have so much love for you guys and have truly appreciated having you all on this crazy journey of mine! So with that, I won’t say goodbye, just see you soon!” Natalie explained.
The former Real Housewives of Orange County star later addressed Natalie’s departure in a statement to Page Six.
“It’s been a really great run together, but unfortunately, the position that Natalie was doing before has changed,” Heather said. “I love Natalie and offered her a full-time position with benefits in another capacity while she figured out what her next step is. She chose to decline it. It’s very sad it’s coming down in this way. I love her, and really hope our relationship will stay intact.”
Meanwhile, Natalie made it clear in the comments of her Instagram post that she was let go from her position with Heather.
Natalie then made similar claims in a private conversation with a fan on social media
A screenshot of the conversation was shared on Twitter by LoveAndyC.
Natalie tells the fan: Heather “isn’t having me come back to work.”
The fan seemed shocked by the news, replying, “She loved you. She said she was counting the weeks.”
Natalie’s response? “Welcome to my world.”
“She difficult,” the fan added to which Natalie seemingly agreed with but wouldn’t say. Instead, Natalie responded by sharing an emoji with its lips zippered shut.
According to the Bravosnarkside account on Instagram, Heather will address Natalie’s exit and comments on her podcast, Heather Dubrow’s World, this Friday.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story!
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Source: Page Six