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Bravo heard fans’ calls.
Much-maligned Kelly Dodd won’t be returning to “Real Housewives of Orange County” and neither will Elizabeth Lyn Vargas and Braunwyn Windham-Burke, a Bravo rep confirmed to Page Six.
The network declined to renew their contracts.
Former star Heather Dubrow, who appeared on seasons 7 through 11, is also confirmed to return to the reality show. Recurring “Housewives” Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson are also returning.
Sources tell Page Six that there will also be two newcomers, one of whom is an “unknown” wealthy black woman.
Vargas appeared on “RHOC” for two seasons while Windham-Burke only appeared on the most recent season. But it was Dodd who people have been calling to be removed from the series because of her controversial opinions and comments about the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, Dodd described the pandemic as “God’s way of thinning the herd.” She later apologized for her remarks, but didn’t appear to grow from her mistakes as she came under fire again in 2021 for mocking the novel coronavirus in a video filmed when she returned to indoor dining.
In one now-deleted video, she was heard yelling, “Cheers!” as someone yelled out, “To super spreaders.” One of her friends then fake coughed after shouting, “Spread that s–t.”
Positive Beverage—a company Dodd helped get off the ground—fired her shortly after the videos went viral.
The fury against Dodd only worsened after she wore a hat with the slogan “Drunk Wives Matter,” which many felt poked fun at the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It was not intended to offend or make any kind of statement,” she said in a statement after the controversy. “Of course I support black lives and racial equality! Thank you all Love, Kelly.”
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