'Real Housewives of Orange County' Alumni: Where Are They Now?
Viewers of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" have seen their share of beautiful ladies come and go. In fact, after Season 8 concluded, Bravo decided to part ways with not one but three cast members. You'll be missed, Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi, and Lydia McLaughlin.
This week, Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek will join the Bravo family when Season 9 premieres. In honor of the fresh new ladies, we decided to find out what our favorite past "O.C." Housewives have been up to. From engagements to reconciliations, you may be surprised at what’s happened in and around Orange County.
Quinn Fry, Season 3
After moving to Northern California for a year, Quinn is happily back in Orange County, thanks to her close friend and realtor Jeana Keough. Working as an Internet marketing manager for Cox Communications, the eligible Housewife says she's still trying to date despite some tough circumstances. "It's hard to do when you're past 40," she told Yahoo TV. "The men in Orange County are serial daters."
As to whether she would return to the show, Quinn has no hesitations. "I would, and I would definitely do it differently," she said. "I had too many filters on."
Lynne Curtain, Seasons 4-5
Since divorcing from her husband Frank Curtain, Lynne is hard at work expanding her Lynne Curtain Designs jewelry business. "It's been a great response, and I'm talking to shopping networks now," she revealed to Yahoo TV. Her two daughters are also excelling, with Raquel busy modeling and Alexa working as mom's assistant. After the show, Lynne was even able to make peace with some of her former co-stars. With the help of a few drinks, Lynne made amends with Gretchen Rossi at Tamra Barney's O.C. wedding. Love was really in the air that day!
Kimberly Bryant, Season 1
After sharing her health battles (including a case of melanoma) on camera, Kimberly decided to move her family to Chicago after Season 1 in hopes of escaping the constant Orange County sunshine. Rumors later circulated in the local newspaper that the real reason for Kimberly.s quick departure was because her husband, Scott Bryant, allegedly punched a female friend. Kimberly has not appeared on Bravo since 2005.
Gretchen Rossi, Seasons 4-8
Fans of Gretchen were shocked to hear she wouldn.t be coming back for Season 9. Luckily, the face of Gretchen Christine will be coming back to reality TV with fiancé Slade Smiley in the new season of WE tv's "Marriage Boot Camp," premiering May 30. The duo will join other famous couples, including "The Bachelorette's" Trista and Ryan Sutter, in a quest to prepare for a healthy and lasting relationship.
Jo De La Rosa, Seasons 1-2
Instead of focusing her energy in the entertainment industry, Jo decided to pursue a career in advertising. "Between taking out clients, pitching brands and agencies 'Mad Men'-style, and moving to New York City for work... it’s been a whirlwind,” she told us.
Now back in Los Angeles, Jo is blown away by the success of the "Real Housewives" franchise and is open to giving the show another chance. "When I first left, I think everything was so fresh. Between my breakup with Slade in front of all of America and then finding out he was now with Gretchen, I really tried distancing myself from everything," she explained. "Now that I'm in a different place in my life, all I can say is never say never."
Lauri Peterson, Seasons 1-4
With a happy marriage to George Peterson and seven children and stepchildren, Lauri still rightfully refers to her family as the "modern-day Brady Bunch." Since we last saw Lauri full-time on the show, her kids have been growing up fast. Josh has welcomed a baby girl, Sophie received her first car (a brand new Volkswagen), and Ashley has found success in modeling.
Peggy Tanous, Season 6
"RHOC" was only the beginning for Peggy. Since her season aired, the Housewife came out with a fitness DVD and sold her very own reality show. "I'm a producer and will be starring in it! We start filming this summer," Peggy teased to Yahoo TV. "It is five women around a business, and it has never before been seen on reality TV. It will be on a major network and probably air in the fall!"
Although life is busy, Peggy still keeps in touch with Lynne, Gretchen, and Lauri. And yes, she still thinks about coming back to Bravo. "I considered and spoke to producers about coming back for some appearances on Season 9, but decided to focus on my project instead."
Lydia McLaughlin, Season 8
Lydia has used the exposure from the show to pursue her true passions. Still managing Beverly Hills Magazine with her husband, Doug McLaughlin, Lydia is also working on her own jewelry line and a book aimed at Christian women. Most importantly, the mother of two just announced she is expecting baby No. 3 this November.
Alexis Bellino, Seasons 5-8
After leaving the show, Alexis focused on serious family time. "[It's] been six months of taking many much-needed family vacations to Oregon, Florida, Missouri, Puerto Vallarta, and Hawaii," Alexis told us of life post-"Housewives."
When not traveling with the kids, Alexis and her husband, Jim Bellino, have been expanding SkyZone, their Southern California trampoline parks. She’s also made time to stay in touch with Vicki Gunvalson and Lydia. "I have just grown so much, and enjoyed the past few months not being caught up in the TV drama," she said. "I'm really happy where I am now."
Tammy Knickerbocker, Seasons 2-3
Orange County's most down-to-earth Housewife has been enjoying her life on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. "Duff Evans and I live down the street from each other," she said to Yahoo TV. For the record, both admit to still being just friends. "We always surprise people when they realize we're not a couple still," Duff added. "I always kid with them and say the secret to our relationship is we date other people."
In fact, Tammy admitted to recently becoming engaged and disengaged, all in a matter of two weeks. A brighter point in Tammy's life has been watching her daughters succeed. Lindsey is going to school and riding horses, while Megan is engaged and working full-time breeding pit bulls and French bulldogs.
Jeana Keough, Seasons 1-5
Life hasn't slowed down one bit for Jeana. The active Realty One realtor helped plan daughter Kara Keough's wedding to NFL player Kyle Bosworth. More than 300 guests, including former Housewives Quinn, Jo, and Tammy, came to Jeana's Coto de Caza house to watch the couple say "I do."
As for her other kids, Colton Keough is in college, while Shane Keough is pursuing acting. Jeana insists she is still friendly with everyone on the show, but talks mostly to Gretchen, Slade, Vicki and her daughter Briana, and Simon Barney.
"Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.