Buckle up because a major casting shakeup is coming to Orange County!
Variety reports that Bravo is shaking things up for season 16 of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Kelly Dodd will be departing the franchise after six seasons on the show.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who was on the show for two seasons, and newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas will also not return for season 16.
A Bravo spokesperson confirms that their contracts were not renewed for season 16, which is set to begin filming next month.
Their exits open the door for some new Housewife blood and the return of former cast member Heather Dubrow. The actress and mother of four starred on RHOC from season 7 to season 11.
It has long been rumored that Heather would be returning to the franchise. Just last week, rumors popped back up again. Former star Tamra Judge and Heather’s good friend kept her lips zipped about Heather’s possible return to RHOC. However, she hinted that IF Heather returned to RHOC, she’d love to appear as Heather’s friend.
Current OC Housewives Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will also be returning for another season of drama.
One or two new Housewives will also be joining the mix.
Fans have long called for a major casting shakeup on RHOC, and it seems that Bravo has finally answered their prayers.
In January, Bravo superfans Evan Ross Katz and Meghan McCain called for Bravo to cancel RHOC. Andy Cohen clapped, saying, “I think you mean reBOOT.”
And a full re-boot is just what the network has done. Bravo, Bravo!
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RHOC is expected to return for season 16 in late 2021 or early 2022.
Thoughts on this news? Are you happy or sad that Kelly, Braunwyn, and Elizabeth are out for season 16? Are you excited about Heather’s return? Sound off below!