Breaking their silence!
Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd have been kicked to the curb by Bravo. The two OC Housewives were not asked back for season 16 of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Now, the two departing Housewives are commenting on their exits and reminiscing about their time on the Orange County Housewives franchise.
“I’m incredibly sad to not be able to come back to The Real Housewives of Orange County next year. I loved every moment of being a Housewife and am so proud of my time on the show – the good, the bad, and the in-between,” Braunwyn told PEOPLE in a statement.
“It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV. That is something for which I will forever be grateful. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise’s history. What an incredible honor to look back upon, especially during Pride Month,” she continued.
“I know I may have been too much for some, and that’s okay. I am real, and I am happy being me. I’m so grateful to those who have stood by me,” she added. “There is a lot more to my life, and I hope you’ll stick with me on this journey as I move forward in my next chapter.”
Kelly, on the other hand, posted a short and sweet message on Twitter.
“The last five years have been an amazing experience. The next five years will be even better. I am so grateful for all the love and support and so excited about the future,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, Kelly “celebrated” her departure with friend and now-former co-star Shannon Beador on Tuesday night. Shannon and boyfriend, John Jansen, bought Kelly over a parting gift as news of her exit broke in the press.
Check out the clip from Kelly’s Instagram stories below!
Season 16 of RHOC will star returning Housewife Heather Dubrow as well as current Housewives Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson. The franchise will also add one or two new Housewives into the mix.
RHOC is expected to return for season 16 in late 2021 or early 2022.