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Lydia McLaughlin: I Quit The Real Housewives of Orange County! Again!

Lydia McLaughlin has an announcement to make.

And it's an announcement you may have heard her make before.

Lydia McLaughlin for Bravo

The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member took to her official blog on Friday and confirmed that she will no longer be a Real Housewives of Orange County cast member

“RHOC has given me a great platform and I’m grateful for that. However, I feel like I can only handle this show one season at a time,” McLaughlin wrote online, adding:

“I need a break! There is a lot of good that comes from the show, but also a lot of negativity.

"After a family vote, it was unanimous that I should take a break. Sometimes the people who love us the most see things even we don’t see.

"I trust my path and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Indeed, McLaughlin initially joined this Bravo franchise in season 8.

She departed the cable network hit just before season 9, yet returned last year as a full-time cast member for season 12.

Lydia McLaughlin on a Red Carpet

Earlier this year, it was also reported that Meghan King Edmonds would not return to Orange County for next season.

She swears this was her decision.

And McLaughlin insists the same.

“Bravo and Evolution have been amazing to me and I have made great friendships," she continued on her blog, expounding:

"I treasure all my fans and appreciate all the love and support.

"I’ve been honored to be a source of entertainment and inspiration to all of you and I hope to continue spreading light and love.

"Being a full time mom to THREE little boys, publisher of NOBLEMAN Magazine, blogger, jewelry designer, author, and wife, I have a lot going on!

"I will continue to share my life and faith and use this platform to be a lightworker.”

Lydia McLaughlin in Newport Beach

In other words: we haven't heard the last from Lydia McLaughlin.

We've just seen the last of her on Bravo.

McLaughlin and her husband, Doug, have three kids:

  1. Stirling, 8.
  2. Maverick, 6.
  3. Roman, 2.

These children, Doug and even McLaughlin's mother have been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County at various points.

We don't know just when when season 13 will air, but it's clear the cast will look a bit different whenever that date arrives.

Any suggestions for women who should fill these two open slots?

Lydia McLaughlin: FIRED From The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Last month, we told you that it was reported that three stars were getting fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

We have some heartwarming news: the production had a last-minute change of heart about one of those stars.

But the other two were not so lucky. ...

Real Housewives Cast

Without them knowing about any reports, if you had to ask anyone who their pick to get fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County this season would be, the surest bet would be Peggy Sulahian.

Like, if you and your friends were doing a Real Housewives castmember turnaround league or whatever, she would be your pick.

Why?

Because she doesn't make for good television. She doesn't feud, she just starts pointless fights -- or jumps into other people's. And her "clueless foreigner" act wasn't doing her any favors.

Also, she's a notorious homophobe who banned her own brother from their father's funeral for being gay.

So, yeah. Nobody likes a bigot.

We already told you on Friday that Peggy Sulahian has been fired.

Bye, girl, bye.

Peggy Sulahian on Date Night

But Peggy Sulahian isn't leaving alone.

RadarOnline reports that Lydia McLaughlin has also been fired.

She left the series in 2013 to raise her kids -- filming reality television can take up a lot of your time, and most Real Housewives who aren't Tamra Judge care about their children and don't want to neglect them.

Lydia's big stink this season was mostly her conflict with Meghan King Edmonds.

See, Meghan had invited a psychic to her party. Lydia refused to participate, which is fine, even though it reminds us a little of the "God Warrior" episode of Wife Swap.

And then, at the reunion, Lydia suggested that Meghan couldn't understand Lydia's hesitation because Meghan isn't a Christian.

(Which ... is not true, incidentally, though even if it were, the accusatory manner in which Lydia said it would not have been okay)

Also, Lydia McLaughlin was too close to Peggy Sulahian, and Peggy was a toxic mess who dragged people down with her.

As RadarOnline's insider puts it:

"Lydia came back, but she wasn’t interesting. Producers mainly wanted her to bring Tamra and Vicki back together, and it was mission accomplished."

Bye, Lydia!

Lydia McLaughlin at the Reunion Special

Well, that's two stars who are parting ways with the Real Housewives franchise.

But we'd been hearing that Meghan King Edmonds was going to get the axe, too. So ... what happened?

Well ... Meghan King Edmonds is pregnant, you guys.

She's expecting a boy (she and her husband did IVF, and she went into it at length on her blog).

RadarOnline reports that this is what saved her:

"They were not planning on bringing Meghan back."

That's a shame. She might not be the most entertaining, but she doesn't seem terrible. And, not for nothing, but she's definitely the prettiest castmate. (Television's a visual medium, folks!)

"But she sprung the pregnancy news on them at the reunion," their insider says. "So she’s kind of forcing them to bring her back even though they didn’t want to."

Meghan King Edmonds Image

To be clear, we don't think that anyone is suggesting that Meghan King Edmonds got pregnant just to stay on TV.

(Which is funny, because the world is full of actresses who have been fired from scripted shows or had their roles minimized because they became pregnant)

But she may have realized exactly what she was doing when she told producers about it.

One, nobody wants to be accused of firing a woman for getting pregnant (do they, Joss Whedon?), even when, in this case, it would merely have been a coincidence.

Two, and more to the point, Meghan's pregnancy could make for good television. Cameras can follow Meghan on her journey, through all of her ups and downs (hormones can be unpleasant, folks, particularly if you did IVF).

And childbirth is the sort of drama that appeals to humanity's social instincts.

No matter how it happened, though, we're glad that she's getting a second chance and we hope that we'll see her for more seasons than simply this next one.

The Real Housewives of Orange County: Who’s Getting FIRED?!

This season of The Real Houswives of Orange County has been an absolute whirlwind, but ... things haven't gone so well for a few of the Housewives.

In fact, the network is reportedly looking to really shake things up with the cast before next season.

So which familiar faces are getting the axe?

Real Housewives Cast

Normally, the feud between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge is good for ratings.

And, you know, maybe it still is.

But both of these reality stars pushed some boundaries and even crossed some lines this season.

Vicki Gunvalson blindsided Tamra Judge on screen with a diss track that included further assertions that Tamra's husband, Eddie, is gay.

We know that Vicki only brings it up because it gets under Tamra's skin, but a lot of viewers feel that the accusations imply that Vicki Gunvalson thinks that a man being gay or bi is an insult.

To further compound things, the Eddie Judge gay rumors kept coming up this season.

Tamra Judge seems inordinately upset by them -- which seems homophobic on her part, too.

To top it all off, Tamra has continued to talk about her daughter, even though Sidney Barney has publicly slammed Tamra as a bad mother and wants nothing to do with her and has repeatedly asked that she keep her name out of her mouth on camera.

There's a difference between drama that makes good television and off-putting drama that leaves a bad taste in the mouths of viewers.

Real Housewives of Orange County in Iceland

Fortunately for them both -- and for their respective fans -- it doesn't look like either Vicki or Tamra will be fired from the series.

However, All About The Real Housewives reports that Vicki may face demotion next season.

We've all heard Vicki Gunvalson threaten to quit The Real Housewives of Orange County, so it's no secret that she's not entirely happy with things.

Vicki is the only star who's been on the series since season one, episode one.

Sometimes stars get fatigued ... but sometimes, fans get fatigued with the same stars doing the same things over and over again.

If the rumor that Vicki's getting demoted are true, it's possible that the network wants to focus on other people and other storylines.

But, honestly, Vicki's demotion is a far cry from an outright firing ... and we're hearing about three of those.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion Shot

According to what an inside source reportedly told All About The Real Housewives, the network is making three cuts from the main cast.

That source claims that Lydia McLaughlin, Peggy Sulahian, and Meghan King Edmonds will not be returning for season 13.

Honestly, in each of those cases, we understand it.

And we're starting to wonder if the conflict between Lydia McLaughlin and Meghan King Edmonds that we saw on the reunion special was an attempt on both of their parts to be interesting enough to stay.

(In case it slipped your mind, Meghan King Edmonds was hurt that Lydia McLaughlin refused to participate in part of her party because a psychic was invited, and Meghan got controversial when she told Lydia that she wished that Lydia's Christian beliefs didn't hold her back)

Maybe their argument worked and the source is working with outdated information.

Or maybe it didn't work.

Honestly, the show could take or leave them, even though there are things about them both that we'd miss.

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan Edmonds

Nobody's going to miss unapologetic homophobe Peggy Sulahian.

Reality television can forgive bigotry up to a point, but as we all saw with Derick Dillard's firing from Counting On, that's only true up to a point.

But the biggest crime that a reality star can make is being a totally uninteresting bore, which is why we've been expecting Peggy to be sent packing all season long.

Despite being a bad person, she's just not interesting. Even when she gets into arguments, she's boring, and that's basically a jailable offense in the world of reality stars.

If you're feeling bummed about the looming departures, know that we should probably hear an announcement of some sort in December.

And also know that the same rumors that say that we're bidding farewell to these three say that The Real Housewives of Orange County is looking to add five new stars.

That's a lot of new people to meet.