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Peggy Sulahian: Also Ousted from The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Calling all rich and spoiled women who want to be sort of famous on television:

Bravo has a couple of opening for you!

Fresh off the news that Lydia McLaughlin would not be returning for a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo has now announced another cast departure... 

Peggy Sulahian Pic

We hardly even knew ya, Peggy Sulahian.

Following just one year on this cable network franchise, Sulahian has been let go by producers, who apparently weren't pleased with Peggy's role on Season 12.

Over the course of her brief run on the series, which culminated in Sulahian basically hiding out alone in her Iceland hotel room, the Z-Lister bonded with Vicki Gunvalson...

... while fighting with basically every other cast member.

"What an exciting experience it was to be part of The Real Housewives of Orange County! It was an honor to be the 100th housewife and to be part of the Bravo family," wrote on BravoTV.com in response to this news.

She added:

"I am extremely proud of being the 1st Armenian-American Housewife and sharing my culture with the world.

"While I faced and conquered many challenges, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story and spread awareness of breast cancer."

Peggy Sulahian Selfie

Sulahian went on to say that this breast cancer diagnosis is what prompted her to resign from the show, claiming she is leaving on her own terms.

"Dealing with the disease and the passing of my father challenged me to reassess and reflect on my life, and I’ve realized what’s most important is leading a healthy and happy life, surrounded by people who care and love you.

"At this point, moving on seemed like the right thing to do.

"A few new ventures have availed themselves, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!"

Radar Online, however, counters that both Sulahian and McLaughlin (pictured below) were fired by executives - and that both women were among the last to even learn their fate.

According to this report, Peggy was told by her friends and by the network simultaneously that she was on her way out.

Similarly, McLaughlin released a statement last Friday that made it sound as if she quit.

In reality, though, she only said these words to save face after being told that she wasn't wanted back.

Lydia McLaughlin on a Red Carpet

Peggy is looking forward to focusing on her family and her own opportunities. She is a very positive person and wants to be away from the negativity of the women," an insider tells E! News, adding:

"Peggy is big on positive energy and wants that around her and her family."

Sulahian and McLaughlin's departures come on the heels of Meghan King Edmonds also leaving the show.

This means the only ladies set to return right now are Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd.

Prepare for a few casting announcements to be made by Bravo in the near future as a result.

Have anyone in mind you think should join the team?

David Beador: I Have a Young, Hot Girlfriend Now! Take That, Shannon!

Just because Shannon Beador is divorcing David and plans to take everything doesn't mean that David's life is over. Much to Shannon's chagrin.

In fact, it looks like David has found a new lady love.

And these two don't seem to care anymore who knows.

David Beador, Lesley Cook

We know that David Beador more or less looks the same in every photo, but that is definitely not Shannon Beador by his side.

This woman, who RadarOnline reports is named Lesley Cook, is a 34-year-old mother of two very young children.

Lesley is a DIY blogger and a native of Orange County and has been posting about how much she loves Laguna (in between photos of her two precious children, of course).

She's also been spotted at The Montage, which was a favored restaurant for David and Shannon during their marriage.

RadarOnline reports that multiple sources confirm that Lesley and David are indeed dating. It would appear that this relationship started some time during December.

Lesley Cook

Now, David and Lesley haven't been posting photos of themselves locking lips, but we have more than just reports to point to these two being in a relationship.

In the captions of the photo of the two of them, which was posted on January 14th, Lesley simply wrote:

"Bumped into this guy ..."

Lesley said that the photo was at 2am in Las Vegas when speaking to her aunt.

It was only when someone called David hot and Lesley "lucky" that David chimed in, insisting that he is the lucky one.

Lesley Cook and David Beador "lucky" comments

That's not the only instance.

Honestly, we don't know if it was an inside joke or if someone pranked David Beador by telling him that using the "#discreet" hashtag would somehow make his comments invisible to everyone but the recipient.

(He and Lesley have both used "#discrete" which is also a word but not with their intended meaning)

Because he's used that hashtag multiple times in comments and ... absolutely everyone can see them.

Lesley Cook shared on Instagram that she really wore herself out exercising, and David revealed in the captions that he had been helping her along.

Lesley Cook and David Beador comments

David also added another comment, teasing:

"Was this before or after we 'bumped' into one another? Looks like an amazing fun night! I don't remember meeting your date though, strangely enough ... maybe he was holding your shoes in back as you said your feet hurt." 

That's the way that people talk when they want the whole world to know that they're dating an attractive younger woman but promised, like, an attorney or maybe their children that they'd keep things on the down-low for a while.

There have been others photos -- not showing David but showing that she's been working out, with David implying in the comments that he was there with her.

We suppose that, since David Beador stopped loving Shannon when she got "fat," David's pretty focused on making sure that his new lady love is in good shape.

Lesley Cook Photo

David was reportedly seeing multiple women pretty much as things ended with Shannon Beador, but it looks like he and Lesley have been pretty exclusive since before Christmas.

Reportedly, Shannon Beador knows and, um, isn't super thrilled that her ex has immediately moved on with a younger woman.

This may shed some light on Shannon Beador's desire to boot David off of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Maybe she could swallow her pride enough to film necessary conflict scenes for her divorce storyline. But imagine if Lesley becomes a Real Housewife?

No offense to Lesley, who has surely done nothing wrong, but that might be too much to bear for poor Shannon.

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?

Shannon Beador: I Want David Beador OFF The Real Housewives of Orange County!

It's been about two months since Shannon Beador filed for divorce on December 1st.

Since then, things have gone from somewhat amicable to no-holds-barred hostilities between Shannon and David Beador.

Now, Shannon is taking things a step further -- and reportedly trying to get David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

A little before Halloween, Shannon and David Beador decided to split after 17 years.

It had been reported that the two of them were basically living separate lives in the same household anyway, so the separation was not a huge surprise.

Still, the two of them had resolved to maintain some semblance of normality for the sake of their daughters.

For starters, even though David stopped loving Shannon when she became "fat," they had resolved to keep things friendly.

They even scheduled regular weekend activities for the whole family.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

But it's really hard to go from loving your partner in life to feeling neutral-yet-friendly towards them. It is so much easier to hate them.

Things no longer appear to be amicable between the exes.

For starters, Shannon Beador apparently does not make the kind of money that David does, so she's wanting a good deal when it comes to division of property and when it comes to alimony.

That's pretty standard for divorce, but so are contentious debates about money.

In fact, it's been reported that Shannon Beador accuses David of hiding money. If true, that sort of sneaky move to make it appear that he has less than he does could mean that a court might not have him pay Shannon her fair share.

And now it sounds like Shannon can't even stand the sight of David.

Shannon Beador and David Beador Picture

RadarOnline reports that Shannon Beador wants David fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

She's getting divorced, so that's a huge thing that they'd need to cover, but Shannon believes that there's enough unused footage of David from previous seasons.

"Shannon wants producers to use old footage to tell her story next season."

That's a hefty demand, especially from someone who's reportedly negotiating more money from the show in order to spill secrets for the cameras.

"At this moment, she doesn’t want anything to do with him and filming with him would make this whole process so much harder on her."

So this sounds less like a calculated financial sabotage and more like a lack of desire to show up to work with a man she can't stand to be around.

Shannon Beador and David Beador

"It is already really hard on her and the kids and there is just no reason to bring him on-camera if they already have what they need."

For Shannon, this is a deep and emotional pain. They only split a few months ago and it will take a lot of time for these fresh wounds to heal.

"She is still hurting inside a lot."

Imagine getting a divorce but showing up to work and your spouse is there and the two of you are supposed to spend a lot of time together. That's what she's facing.

"Shannon is in a better place than she was but she still does not want to have to face him, on-camera or in real life, because it is very hard."

Shannon Beador Smiles

Shannon's desire to go without David is very understandable.

And obviously, if one of them is to leave the show, we can't imagine why it would be the Housewife. Not all of the Real Housewives are actually wives, but Shannon still makes more sense than David.

But we can't help but wonder if this effort could come back to bite her.

Were he so inclined, couldn't David try to sue her for "ruining his reality career" as Blac Chyna has been attempting with the Kardashians?

This is a fight over money, ultimately, and there's no reason to believe that David will just go quietly.

Meghan King Edmonds: OUT of The Real Housewives of Orange County!

So, remember how Meghan King Edmonds was initially on a list of women rumored to be fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County?

But then we all learned that Meghan King Edmonds was pregnant again so it looked like she was safe?

Meghan King Edmonds holds Aspen

It turns out that the speculation may have been for naught, because she's announced that she's quitting.

But one report claims that her lengthy farewell post is just a cover -- that she ended up getting fired. Hmmm. ...

Writing on her blog, Meghan King Edmonds announced that she's leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"Today is a bittersweet day for me.  After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat."

We like to imagine that such a hat would resemble a giant orange.

Meghan King Edmonds 'The Real Housewives of Orange County Premiere Party

"I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more."

Sure.

"As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I’m literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious."

Oh, of that we have no doubt. The filming hours alone must be brutal, not to mention juggling your other responsibilities. And then the episodes air.

"Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public’s reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer."

Meghan King Edmonds Image

"But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!"

Especially, we imagine, if you're a parent. Or pregnant.

"After my first season I knew what to expect for round two, but even still, filming during IVF and then the beginning of pregnancy during my second season was difficult. I was hormonal and tired all the time."

IVF presents its own challenges, folks.

"But my third season takes the cake: I had a newborn and had to hire a full time live-in nanny (my cousin) so as to allow me the flexibility to meet my obligations of continuous days and long hours of filming, traveling, etc."

Even with a nanny, parenting was still a full-time job.

Meghan King Edmonds, Reunion Special 2017

"When I was home I was a full time hands-on mom (you didn’t get to see this) doing all the regular mom stuff including waking up at all hours to breast feed my baby – all while my husband worked his crazy baseball schedule around the US while I was learning how to be a first time mom."

"Again, I was hormonal and EXHAUSTED.  My mind was often foggy as I filmed but I put on a great face and did it because I loved being a Housewife and was so grateful for my opportunity."

It's a big opportunity that comes with an even bigger paycheck.

"It was only after the season was filmed that I felt I was finally out of the newborn fog and I could look back on the past few months of season 12 with clarity.  I had no idea how exhausted I actually was until I wasn’t exhausted anymore!  Season 12 was a real challenge for me."

It sure sounds like it.

Meghan King Edmonds, Husband, Aspen

She then talks about happy, behind-the-scenes filming memories, showing that she bares no ill will towards the production staff.

"And lastly but not least importantly, I wanted to spend more time with my husband during baseball season and more time with my two young step kids who live full-time in St Louis."

Oh, those are some good priorities.

"So Jimmy and I have decided to dig our roots into the midwest as we begin to build our dream home for our rapidly expanding family."

Well, voluntarily living in the midwest sure is a choice.

"I must focus on my family and my pregnancy.   I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week’s episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion."

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan Edmonds

She says that she forged some powerful bonds during her time as a Real Housewife.

"I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can’t be lost."

Well ... Shannon Beador, at least, seems like a good friend.

"They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me – what a gift to have found that on RHOC!"

She ends her post with a joke.

"But I guess it’s time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts.  Oh, the irony!"

Meghan King Edmonds 'The Real Housewives of Orange County Premiere Party

That's all well and good, but there's this other claim that Meghan King Edmonds is just putting on a good face after getting fired from RHOC.

In fact, Radar Online reports that their source claims that what got Meghan fired was, at least in part, her attempt to leverage her pregnancy (with twins!) for more money.

"She did the same thing with her first pregnancy and it worked. But producers weren’t biting this time around."

"They felt that she didn’t bring anything to the table and everyone was sick of her manufactured fake drama!"

Their insider clearly doesn't think much of her, because this is how they responded to her long, bittersweet announcement:

"The truth is that Meghan wouldn’t have written all that on her blog if she did in fact quit the show. She would have just quit!"

Wow.

"Instead, she is trying to pretend that she doesn’t care and putting the blame on others when she knows that it is her own fault."

Whatever the truth is, we wish Meghan King Edmonds and her family the best!

Shannon Beador Accuses Husband of Hiding Money in Divorce

After 17 years, Shannon Beador and David are divorcing.

At first, it seemed that the divorce for this Real Housewives of Orange County couple would remain amicable, for the sake of their three daughters. But that's changed, and now Shannon aims to take everything from David. Get it, girl.

Now, a report about the couple's court battle shows that she's making good on her vow to go after his finances.

Shannon Beador and David Beador

At the beginning of October of last year, we reported that Shannon Beador was ready to leave David. A few weeks leader, the two made their split official.

Two years after David confessed to cheating on her with a married friend, their marriage was on thin ice.

It seemed that they were basically living in the same house as neighbors, not partners. It sounded like some serious alienation.

Though David is the known cheater, it seems that problems really arose because David stopped loving Shannon when she gained weight.

That is heartbreaking, and now the couple is divorcing.

Shannon Beador and David Beador Picture

RadarOnline reports that Shannon is fighting David in court for money. Their source says:

"David is trying to be a cheapskate and Shannon isn’t having any of it."

And at the divorce hearing scheduled for January 25th, she's going to seek more cash.

"She demanded that he submit his current income to the judge because she believes he is grossly underestimating his net worth."

That sounds like a very, very standard divorce.

"She knows that David has more money than he is claiming to have and isn’t going to let him get away easy."

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

After the divorce announcement, the couple spent a few weeks playing nice for the sake of their children.

But even that polite facade has fallen apart.

And, from court filings, it looks like Shannon believes that David is trying to cling to every last penny that he owns.

"David has far greater access to funds to pay attorney fees, and the amount of the award for which request is made is modest relative to David’s income."

If that's all true, David will probably end up paying Shannon more than he'd like.

But Shannon isn't just seeking payments for herself, folks.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

"Shannon believes that David should pay for all three of their daughters’ college tuition in full."

Well, hopefully he won't fight Shannon on that issue.

He's their father, and a college education is often a necessity, not a luxury.

It's not his daughters' "fault" that they were born, so their parents owe them the best start at life that they can provide.

And it sounds like David can provide quite a lot.

Shannon Beador Smiles

As we mentioned, this sort of financial wrangling is typical of divorce.

It's so typical, in fact, that we'd almost be shocked if this weren't happening.

The Beadors are rich, but not so rich that they'd each prefer to ignore a few million in order to avoid conflict. That's for Hollywood A-listers, if anyone.

But the Beadors also aren't so poor that their means are insignificant. So there's a lot for them to contest.

More significantly, though, they are both dealing with complex emotions, including anger and grief. Love can turn to hate in an instant, and a lot of divorce battles have more to do with spite than anything else.

Vicki Gunvalson and Meghan King Edmonds: FEUDING Between Season!

In a shocking twist, Vicki Gunvalson recently mended fences with both Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador. But ... that doesn't mean that she's just going to be nice to everyone.

Recently, Vicki made some less-than-flattering comments about her RHOC costar, Meghan King Edmonds, who is pregnant and also returning next season.

And Meghan King Edmonds isn't taking that lying down.

Vicki Gunvalson at the Reunion Special

Previously, Vicki Gunvalson told Us Weekly that Meghan King Edmonds simply doesn't belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"No desire, truly no desire to see her. She lives in St. Louis, I don’t even know what she was doing on our show anyway."

Wow. That's not subtle at all.

"She lives in St. Louis, she’s pregnant, she has her husband, they’re going to have six kids, she’s not friends with anybody."

That's so mean! Like, the St. Louis thing is one thing, and we don't know why her husband is a factor, but saying that she has no friends is just unkind.

"I don’t know what the correlation with her is."

That's ... some interesting word choice. Maybe she means that she doesn't see Meghan King Edmonds' appeal, or what makes her a fit for the show?

"She’s socially friends with people, but we don’t all hang out together."

Just because not everyone hangs out doesn't mean that Meghan doesn't hang out with some costars.

"I think it’s time for her to turn the chapter to something else and maybe not be our show, we’ll see."

That's ... not nice.

Meghan King Edmonds, Reunion Special 2017

Vicki sure had a lot to say about Meghan King Edmonds, who responded by telling Us Weekly exactly why Vicki Gunvalson is wrong ... and maybe a little pathetic.

"She’s so desperate."

Sounds like Meghan King Edmonds isn't holding back, either.

"She says she doesn’t care about me, yet she’s one of my top engagers on Instagram."

Oh dang, she came with receipts! 

"I don’t even follow her."

Vicious. We're living for this.

"And she’s talking about me. It’s laughable."

Also, showing that you can come back for somebody just as hard they came for you is a great way to show that you absolutely belong on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"Additionally, I’m really close with Tamra [Judge] and Shannon [Beador], so goes to show how little she knows them."

So, yes, Meghan has friends, Vicki.

Vicki Gunvalson is Not Impressed

In late November, rumor had it that Bravo was looking to fire three Real Housewives of Orange County stars.

It wasn't surprising for anyone to see Peggy Sulahian's name on that list of ... what's the opposite of hopefuls? Nopefuls?

Peggy is a huge bigot and got slammed by a number of other Housewives, past and present. This a woman who allegedly tried to ban her own gay brother from their father's funeral.

But what really sealed her fate was that she wasn't interesting. Her "dumb foreigner" act didn't fool anyone, and she was transparently getting into fights with costars because cameras were rolling. The report that she was then fired was not a surprise.

When we heard that Lydia McLaughlin was fired, it wasn't a huge shock -- she played her part this season, but she didn't grab anyone's attention.

Meghan King Edmonds had been on the list of Housewives expected to get the axe, but she's reportedly staying on the show next season.

Why?

Because Meghan King Edmonds is pregnant with her second child. Pregnancy drama will hook some folks.

The knowledge that Meghan almost didn't make it back on the show was probably part of where Vicki was coming from with her dismissal of Meghan.

Meghan King Edmonds Image

Of course, Meghan King Edmonds is widely regarded to be the prettiest of the Real Housewives of Orange County, which could potentially also be a factor.

Jealousy is real. And Meghan is only 33 -- which means that she was barely in her 20s when the series, on which Vicki has been a member since day one, launched.

So there could be a lot of resentment there. But we don't know for sure if that's a factor in Vicki's mind.

Either way, next season sure is going to be interesting, since these two are already exchanging heated words.

Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge: Both Leaving RHOC?!

At the reunion special, when Vicki Gunvalson warned castmates that she was leaving ... it might have been more than just drama.

A new report claims that Vicki may leave The Real Housewives of Orange County, which would be a real shock to the series.

What's more is that Tamra Judge might also quit the series.

Real Housewives of Orange County in Iceland

We've heard a lot about cast shakeups, and we'll get to what we already know.

But first, let's talk about why Vicki might disappear from our televisions.

Page Six reports that Vicki Gunvalson doesn't like how the series is changing:

"The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion was extremely emotional because Vicki warned the girls that she is stepping down next season."

Most people assumed that it was all, you know, typical reunion special theatrics.

What could have Vicki so bent out of shape that she'd turn down a hefty salary (something in the neighborhood of $750,000 a year, it's said) and fame?

"There have been quiet castings for new women."

Not public but not so quiet, actually.

A couple of women have been fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County, and reports always said that they were looking to hire several new castmembers.

"The Housewives franchise is thinking of new girls for the show and is asking around for new women for the next season."

And it sounds like Vicki isn't handling the proposed changes well.

"Vicki threatened to not come back at all if there’s a new cast."

The Real Housewives of Orange County with some new faces would be different. 

The Real Housewives of Orange County without Vicki Gunvalson would be virtually unrecognizable.

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan Edmonds

But what about Tamra Judge?

She wasn't part of the series from the start, and though she has friends among her costars, it's not like she's the face of the franchise.

Still, what could drive her to leave The Real Housewives of Orange County?

Especially when she and Vicki just made peace with each other after years of feuding?

Page Six reports that their insiders says that Tamra Judge "is also thinking of not coming back."

Why?

Well, because of Tamra Judge's estrangement from her daughter, Sidney Barney.

Even at the reunion, Tamra Judge was still addressing Sidney's post that slammed her after Tamra violated her wishes and privacy by posting photos of her graduation.

Sidney Barney has been estranged from her mother for years, and on top of accusing her mother of neglect and emotional abuse, Sidney laments that Tamra continues to mention her.

Sidney resents being used by her mother as a storyline.

If Tamra is really considering stepping down from the series, it may be that she's decided to start respecting her daughter's wishes.

Vicki Gunvalson is Not Impressed

Vicki Gunvalson is the OG Housewife, folks.

While no one will miss the unlikable Peggy Sulahian, Vicki has been a mainstay on The Real Housewives of Orange County since the series debuted at what now feels like the dawn of time.

Vicki just settled things with longstanding friend-turned-enemy Tamra Judge, even after things seemed to worsen this season as she continued to bring up rumors that Tamra's husband is gay.

(Both women got flack for that -- Vicki for spreading a rumor with homophobic undertones, and Tamra for responding so negatively)

And Vicki even made nice with Shannon Beador, realizing that she might have played some role in Shannon Beador's impending divorce.

Will Vicki decide that this is a good place to leave things? That would be a disappointment to many fans.

Tamra Judge Shows Off Her New Haircut

Tamra Judge's feud with Vicki Gunvalson is over.

It was a storyline that spanned years. In fact, Tamra Judge screaming at Vicki became a meme.

(There are people in this world who have never watched a minute of The Real Housewives of Orange County who are very familiar with the gif of Tamra Judge yelling "that's my OPINION!")

And it's not like Tamra is now out of storylines.

Gretchen Rossi may be returning to ruin Tamra's life. If the price is right.

Finally, though we would of course encourage Tamra to never mention Sidney on the series or social media, we don't know that quitting the series would help.

When you screw up as a parent, sometimes there's nothing that you can do. You can stop doing bad things, but you can't undo the past. You can't give somebody the happy childhood that you stole from them.

Gretchen Rossi: Returning to RHOC to Ruin Tamra Judge’s Life?!

We've heard that one of the priorities that producers had for this past season was to try to reunite Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge.

That goal was apparently why they brought back Lydia McLaughlin. And, mission more or less accomplished, they've now fired Lydia McLaughlin. Make of that what you will.

But that doesn't mean that Tamra is headed for a drama-free life. Because it looks like Gretchen Rossi is going to make an epic return to The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Gretchen Rossi, Instagram Photo

Tamra Judge and Gretchen Rossi aren't exactly what you'd call friends.

You might think that, with Gretchen no longer on The Real Housewives of Orange County, the ongoing dislike between the two of them might have cooled off during the past season.

Out of sight, out of mind, you know?

Instead, things actually reached a boiling point -- no, they more or less exploded -- between Gretchen and Tamra.

See, back in August, Sidney Barney slammed Tamra Judge as a bad mother, accusing neglect and emotional abuse.

Sidney, not an adult, alleged that her estranged mother continued to use her as a storyline despite her repeated requests to not be mentioned, that Tamra misrepresented her relationship with Sidney to gain sympathy from followers, and that Tamra basically just sucks.

Sidney said that a little more eloquently, but you get the idea.

Gretchen Rossi Pic

How did Gretchen respond to Sidney's post?

With sympathy and support. Gretchen wrote in a publicly visible reply to Sidney's post:

"You have no idea how your brave words are helping so many who have been wronged by your mother's manipulation and lies as well ... "

We honestly doubt that this was Sidney's intention, but Gretchen was clearly making this about her.

"So thank you for being brave enough to speak the truth."

"I am so sorry your mother and your family is going through any of this, especially publicly, but continue to stay strong."

"Your morals and strength are commendable and inspiring."

That is classic the enemy of my enemy is my friend, right there.

Gretchen Rossi Red Carpet Pose

Well, it looks like Tamra's life is about to get a whole lot more stressful.

RadarOnline reports that Gretchen Rossi is being courted to return to The Real Housewives of Orange County.

For a price.

"Gretchen is willing to return, but producers know she will only sign if they offer the kind of money she can’t refuse."

According to their source, Gretchen wants the kind of salary that Vicki Gunvalson is making.

Reportedly, Vicki is pulling in about $750,000 a year. But apparently producers think that Gretchen might be worth it.

"Producers for RHOC know that they need someone who is going to bring the drama, and Gretchen will certainly do just that."

She'll certainly do that.

After Vicki and Tamra ever-so-slightly mended fences in Iceland, producers will want new, fresh drama that doesn't threaten to derail the entire series.

They'll also need it to be a source of reliable drama, too.

"Gretchen will never, ever make up with Tamra."

That sounds much better than the random fights that the now-fired Peggy Sulahian used to engage in for no reason other than the fact that cameras were rolling.

"The two hate each other so much and it does not matter to Gretchen whether or not Vicki let it go because she will not."

Gretchen and Vicki, of course, are still friends. But it sounds like Gretchen won't hold back.

Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley Pic

You know that Vine (who else is excited about Vine 2?!) where the kid does his impression of Real Housewives by stuffing his shirt hilariously and then saying "I won't hesitate, bitch" while pointing a toy gun?

That, it sounds like, is what we can look forward to from the next season of The Real Housewvies of Orange County.

Assuming that producers cough up the requisite dough, that is.

With Meghan King Edmonds remaining on the show because she's pregnant and Gretchen a likely castmate, we're reportedly still looking at at least three new castmates being added to the roster for next season.

It'll be interesting to see what sort of dynamic the producers cook up.

Shannon Beador: I’m Divorcing David and Taking EVERYTHING!

Star of The Real Housewives of Orange County Shannon Beador and her husband David have split, separating after 17 years together.

We've described what was an amicable separation, in which the couple was putting their children first. That was so admirable.

In the space of just one month, however, that arrangement has devolved into a very contentious divorce.

Shannon Beador and David Beador Picture

Shannon Beador has been having a rough go of it in recent years.

Back in 2015, David Beador cheated on Shannon. That's not speculation -- they've both spoken about it. David admitted to it.

(As we say every time, folks, if you don't want to live monogamously, either don't enter a committed relationship or enter a relationship with one or more people who don't demand monogamy. Otherwise, you're just being a jerk)

But what should have been the low point that led to an end to their problems wasn't the end of their marriage's troubles.

The Real Housewives of Orange County costar Vicki Gunvalson spread nasty rumors about Shannon Beador's marriage.

Shannon then blamed Vicki for her weight gain, as she responded to the situation by stress-eating.

(Yes, Shannon later apologized, admitting that Vicki was not in fact some sort of witch who had cursed her to grow a softer tummy)

Other costars' reactions to Shannon's weight gain ranged from sympathy to fitness guru Tamra Judge's fear that Shannon might die.

The biggest reaction to Shannon's weight wasn't a costar or her fans, though.

To hear her tell it, David Beador stopped loving Shannon when she got "fat." He wouldn't touch her and apparently couldn't stand to look at her.

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

But, as we've described, Shannon and David have been keeping things amicable since their separation in October.

Though David moved out and began dating other women, the two have continued to to do regular family gatherings for the sake of their children.

Going out to dinner or to sportsball games, they've been smiling and making it clear that their children come first.

Some wondered if their separation would continue until their children were all a few years older and could grow accustomed to the idea.

RadarOnline reports that this has now changed.

Apparently, Shannon Beador has filed court documents of "dissolution with child."

(That, to be clear, means that she wants to dissolve the marriage, not their three children)

Shannon also filed a custody declaration, an income declaration, and an expense declaration.

(RadarOnline's sources tell them that Shannon's seeking full custody, and "generous" spousal support and child support. But that's usually how divorces go)

She filed these documents last Friday, which just so happened to be the first of December.

As it turns out, that was not a coincidence. ...

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

According to another RadarOnline report, Shannon Beador is done playing nice with David.

Their insider explains why Shannon filed these documents on December first:

"Shannon wanted to give David an early Christmas present, so she waited until December to drop the bomb on him."

Dang. That sounds intense.

"She's going after full custody and hopes to take him for everything he's got."

Are those war drums that we hear in the distance?

"She has so much support right now from all of her cast members and friends."

That makes sense.

"They all hated David so much and are just beyond thrilled that she finally got rid of him."

Shannon Beador and David Beador

While we don't expect for The Real Housewives of Orange County cameras to actually follow their divorce proceedings, we're sure that it will be a big part of Shannon Beador's future storyline.

But we don't imagine that we'll see David. The series is about housewives, not ex-husbands.

While we don't know yet who will triumph in the divorce battle, we know who's losing out when the parents begin a no-holds-barred war:

The couple's three children.

To be clear, we're not suggesting that they stay together or stay married for the sake of their kids. That's a recipe for a toxic home environment and children who blame themselves for the misery of their parents.

But an amicable divorce is good for everyone involved. As satisfying as this upcoming court drama might be for fans and viewers, it's going to take its toll on the Beador kids.

That said ... sometimes, there's just no choice.

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.

Meghan King Edmonds: Pregnant with Second Child!

Though rumors continue to swirl that she could be one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Orange County getting fired, Meghan King Edmonds continues to have plenty of fans who are happy tor updates on her life.

And, well, she has a pretty major life update:

She's pregnant! And she's expecting a ...

Meghan King Edmonds holds Aspen

Meghan King Edmonds posted a very lengthy announcement on her blog, writing:

"So we’ve made it to the announcement: Aspen is going to be a big sister!"

That's exciting! Though we'd point out that this announcement came on Aspen's first birthday (yesterday), so she won't be much older than her younger sibling.

"It was so hard for us to keep it a secret from everyone especially since we shared our entire IVF journey with Aspen on RHOC from the very beginning."

And there's a lot of detail about her latest IVF journey in this post, as well.

"Tonight on the RHOC reunion you’ll see that I’m only one month pregnant, but that was filmed five weeks ago: we are now ten weeks pregnant (and I’m feeling every bit of it)!"

Awww, that's wonderful news!

"Because you won’t see any of our current journey on RHOC, I’ll share our beautiful journey with you here!"

Maybe she just means because, you know, the show doesn't quite film back-to-back, but some are reading that line as confirmation that Meghan King Edmonds won't return to RHOC next year.

Meghan King Edmonds, Husband, Aspen

Her post continues:

"When Aspen was only a few months old, Jimmy and I knew we wanted to add another baby to the mix."

Wow. Most parents of infants are too tired to tie their shoes properly, let alone make major life decisions.

"Yes, Aspen has half-siblings but we wanted her to be able to share in the joy of waking up to a sibling every day of her life."

It's good that she reassures readers that she's not pretending that Aspen's an only child. And then some:

"Plus her half-siblings are completely enamored by Aspen and they LOVED the idea of expanding our family even more."

Little siblings are very exciting.

"I had reliable companionship this time around with Jimmy by my side, my trusty furry companion Girly Girl and of course, baby Aspen."

She mentions them for a great reason.

"It may seem silly to mention Aspen and Girly Girl but this support system was everything to me during round 2 of IVF."

There's nothing silly about a support system!

Aspen Photo

In case anyone had forgotten, she recapped her previous struggles with IVF.

"Side note: If you remember from RHOC, during my first round of IVF I entered the worst depression of my life, probably due to the erratic hormones combined with loneliness."

Guys, if you know anyone who's had hormone treatments, you know that it can have devastating effects on mental and emotional health.

Remember when you were 14 and had all of these feelings and they all seemed so important? Well, imagine suddenly being plunged into that again as an adult, but magnified.

Meghan King Edmonds talked about how she was able to cope:

"I was able to wean off my depression meds halfway through my pregnancy with Aspen which directly corresponded with when I got Girly Girl, and I haven’t been on a lick of antidepressants since then."

We hope that all of this weaning was done under a doctor's supervision.

"Dogs are truly woman’s best friend and medicine for the soul… and apparently clinical depression!"

Not all depression can be cured with a pet, of course -- but some specific issues can totally be addressed with a pet.

Meghan King Edmonds Image

Now, she goes into great detail into the IVF process ... which is great for anyone wondering what that's like.

And then she talks about where she is now:

"Fast forward to today and I am pregnant! I’m not feeling the greatest but we know that it will all be worth it in the end."

Surrogates are always an option to a couple of means. Just saying.

"Aspen will make a fabulous big sister at only a year-and-a-half old in June 2018!"

So we already know the (very approximate) due date! Though we could have puzzled it out with the knowledge that she's 10 weeks pregnant.

"Oh, what about the biggest question: Boy or girl? Think blue this time around!"

Ah, yes, the ever-important arbitrary gendering of colors.

But still, Aspen's going to love having a younger brother!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 21: Mending Fences

The second part of the reunion spectacular was filled with tonnes of crazy moments for the big personalities on the show. 

With the news that Shannon and David's relationship had come to a close, it was time for the women to chat about something fresh. 

When The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 21 got underway, it became clear that Shannon had an agenda. She thought her revelation would get her off for her comments. 

Shannon wasted no time in turning the tables by claiming that Lydia was the one who was trying to cause all the drama, thus, she was part of the reason for all of the drama. 

Tamra emerged from the shadows of doubt and claimed that Shannon had a rough time of it all season long and the ladies should cut her some slack. 

Andy did ask Shannon if she felt like she needed to apologize to anyone, and she did so to Tamra. 

Not one to keep the peace, Peggy chimed in, claiming that Shannon owed her an apology. Meghan then got involved, saying she was due an apology from Peggy.

Peggy Sulahian on Date Night

Peggy said that her shushing of Meghan was warranted because she needed to keep her mouth shut more often. Peggy was defiant and did not apologize. 

Meghan then revealed she was pregnant and the penny dropped that her time was probably up on the show. Her storyline this season has been awful. 

Meghan then went on the defense about her argument with Kelly over text. Meghan said that her messages were no malicious, but Kelly was the one who was the troublemaker.

Kelly then had to reach down and pick her jaw up from the floor because she thought all of the bickerings was over with. Kelly was then accused of being damaged, and that's when she decided to shut up. 

Kelly Dodd Is Hot

We then found out that someone gave Vicki NyQuil after Kelly gave her Xanax in Iceland and that caused her medical issues. The rest of the women admitted to being drunk for the trip. 

Peggy said that everyone was laughing at her and she was not impressed with them. It culminated in another shouting match that was difficult to keep up with. 

These women need to get a grip and stop arguing over nothing. 

Tamra and Vicki's fractured friendship was brought to the forefront, and Tamra felt like Vicki was trying to destroy her marriage. Both women accused each other of being the spreader of rumors. 

Tamra Judge in Culver City

Tamra admitted that Vicki chose Brooks over her because she was the one to tell her friend, but she did not seem to take notice of it. Tamra was open about being apart from Vicki because of the persistent rumors that Eddie is gay. 

When Vicki is called homophobic, she is done. She made the jump from her chair and screamed that she was done with the entire show. Ultimately, Vicki apologized and swore to shut up about the Eddie thing. 

Tamra said she would shut up about the whole Brooks thing if Bicki stops talking about Eddie. How long will this unity?

Sound off below. 

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 21: Mending Fences

The second part of the reunion spectacular was filled with tonnes of crazy moments for the big personalities on the show. 

With the news that Shannon and David's relationship had come to a close, it was time for the women to chat about something fresh. 

When The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 21 got underway, it became clear that Shannon had an agenda. She thought her revelation would get her off for her comments. 

Shannon wasted no time in turning the tables by claiming that Lydia was the one who was trying to cause all the drama, thus, she was part of the reason for all of the drama. 

Tamra emerged from the shadows of doubt and claimed that Shannon had a rough time of it all season long and the ladies should cut her some slack. 

Andy did ask Shannon if she felt like she needed to apologize to anyone, and she did so to Tamra. 

Not one to keep the peace, Peggy chimed in, claiming that Shannon owed her an apology. Meghan then got involved, saying she was due an apology from Peggy.

Peggy Sulahian on Date Night

Peggy said that her shushing of Meghan was warranted because she needed to keep her mouth shut more often. Peggy was defiant and did not apologize. 

Meghan then revealed she was pregnant and the penny dropped that her time was probably up on the show. Her storyline this season has been awful. 

Meghan then went on the defense about her argument with Kelly over text. Meghan said that her messages were no malicious, but Kelly was the one who was the troublemaker.

Kelly then had to reach down and pick her jaw up from the floor because she thought all of the bickerings was over with. Kelly was then accused of being damaged, and that's when she decided to shut up. 

Kelly Dodd Is Hot

We then found out that someone gave Vicki NyQuil after Kelly gave her Xanax in Iceland and that caused her medical issues. The rest of the women admitted to being drunk for the trip. 

Peggy said that everyone was laughing at her and she was not impressed with them. It culminated in another shouting match that was difficult to keep up with. 

These women need to get a grip and stop arguing over nothing. 

Tamra and Vicki's fractured friendship was brought to the forefront, and Tamra felt like Vicki was trying to destroy her marriage. Both women accused each other of being the spreader of rumors. 

Tamra Judge in Culver City

Tamra admitted that Vicki chose Brooks over her because she was the one to tell her friend, but she did not seem to take notice of it. Tamra was open about being apart from Vicki because of the persistent rumors that Eddie is gay. 

When Vicki is called homophobic, she is done. She made the jump from her chair and screamed that she was done with the entire show. Ultimately, Vicki apologized and swore to shut up about the Eddie thing. 

Tamra said she would shut up about the whole Brooks thing if Bicki stops talking about Eddie. How long will this unity?

Sound off below. 

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.