“The Real Housewives of Orange County” season nine ended last week and already, there are several rumors and reports regarding which of the women are coming back for next year’s season.
Although an official announcement about the cast won’t be made until next year, CableTV is sharing our hunches.
Vicki Gunvalson is the only remaining housewife from the series debut season, but after nine seasons on the show, she may be saying “goodbye.”
On Tuesday, the day after the season nine finale, Gunvalson hinted at her exit on Facebook.
“All things come to an end,” she said.
In May, when asked about a season 10 return, Gunvalson told E! News, “I have no idea. That’s up to Bravo…I’m having a blast.”
She also joked about using a “walker” at some point on the show.
As season nine came to a close, Tamra Barney caused a stir on social media when she called Bravo out for manipulating story lines on the show. According to Barney, Bravo made her wait until the last minute to tell her co-star, Lizzie Rovsek, she wouldn’t be attending her birthday party. She also claimed the network forced Shannon Beador to attend the party, despite her being ill.
Days later, Radar Online reported Bravo was fed up with Barney’s “diva behavior” and outraged over the comments.
“She sealed her fate by publicly stating that Bravo edited scenes to make her look bad,” a source said. “This is a very big no-no, and Tamra’s contract won’t be picked up for another season.”
While it makes sense that Bravo wouldn’t want its stars dissing the series, a second report by Rumorfix‘s Mr. Real Housewife claimed the network wasn’t letting Barney go.
“Tamra has not been fired,” the source said. ”She is being begged back for next season. The rumor she is fired is a lie.”
Heather Dubrow’s husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, claimed he didn’t want to return for season 10 during an interview with Wetpaint Entertainment in August.
“It was a weird season,” he said. “As of right now, I don’t want to go back next season. No way.”
Instead, Dr. Dubrow is focused on season two of his E! reality show, “Botched.”
According to an August 1 report by Radar Online, Shannon Beador is a hit, and producers want her back.
“Fans love Shannon because she is a bit of an airhead, likes to drink and party, and is a hot mess,” an insider said. “She doesn’t care what others think about her, and producers want to cast women with similar personality traits.”
In the same Radar Online report, a source said Lizzie Rovsek wouldn’t be back.
“Lizzie just didn’t bring anything to the show, and was super boring,” the source said.
The “Real Housewives” franchise appears to have a revolving door and although it may be hard saying goodbye to certain women, the network knows what they are doing with casting. If they didn’t, the shows wouldn’t be so successful.
That being said, the ratings for “The Real Housewives of Orange County” dropped from season eight, which captured an average of 1.88 million viewers per episode, to season nine, which got 1.75 million per episode. So, perhaps something does need to change.
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