Shutting down the rumor mill!
Heather Dubrow denies reports that she tried to get costars Noella Bergener and Nicole James fired from season 16 of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Fancy Pants chatted with Entertainment Tonight and shut down the gossip once and for all.
In the interview, Heather said she’d like RHOC fans to recognize that she’s not as powerful when it comes to the show as some want to make her out to be.
“There are these rumors that I tried to get Noella fired before the show started and that I called everyone to tell them not to film with her. That never happened,” Heather tells ET. “I love how powerful everyone thinks I am, though.”
As for Nicole James’ exit, Heather denies any involvement in Nicole’s decision to walk away from the show mid-season. a
“Let’s debunk this,” Heather quips. “So, I’ve seen rumors online that I had Nicole taken off the show, and nothing could be farther from the truth. Honestly, I brought her on the show, and I tried to get her to stay on the show. I thought she was great. And she’s an incredibly nice girl and beautiful and fun and great lifestyle. Like all of it. I tried to get her to stay on the show.”
Last month, we shared a report from Bravo_Boo that Heather allegedly tried to get Noella and Nicole fired from RHOC before the cameras even started rolling for season 16.
“I have it on good authority that Heather tried to get Noella off the Housewives of Orange County before filming even started,” a source told Bravo_Boo. “Allegedly, she single-handedly called and instructed each RHOC to tell producers that they did not want to film with Noella, including Nicole James Weiss.”
Meanwhile, Heather also admits she hopes to clear the air with Shannon Beador at the season 16 reunion.
“I would like to clear the air with Shannon and really discuss what happened and let us both tell our sides to it, and hopefully move on in a super constructive way, which I feel like we’ve done in real life,” she says.
“I feel like there are people that have said that I came off too harsh and that I blamed Shannon for something that I shouldn’t have, but I have other feelings about it, and other information that I want to talk about that might make things clear. Maybe people still won’t agree with me, but in my mind, it’s why I felt the way I did,” Heather explains.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on Bravo.