Real Housewives fans were shocked this week when not one but two long standing, key cast members of the Orange Country franchise announced their departure from the show. First up was Vicki Gunvalson who has been the topic of firing rumors since the end of the season. Gunvalson’s behavior during the entire season and especially on the reunion was unacceptable. She screamed, acted like she was better than the rest of the cast and she even tried to insinuate that she can get people fired and hired. All this went down right before creator Andy Cohen’s eye and even he was shocked.
One day after Gunvalson announced on her exit from the show, bestie, fellow troublemaker, and 1/3 of the tres amigas Tamra Judge also called it quits. The mom of 4 took to Instagram with a very short message about her leaving the show. “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on. I’m sad to go but I’m very excited about my future.” Judge and her husband Eddie own CUT fitness together so chances are she will be sticking around the OC and might even make a few “friend” appearances on the show. She loves the attention too much to fully leave.
Judge was quickly supported in the comments by fellow cast mates and some fans of the show. “You will always be my ride or die, soul sister and friend for life. Love you!” wrote castmate Shannon Beador. Gunvalson also showed her support for Judge. “We have shared so many great and not so great times together and it has been the ride of our lives. Thelma and Louise …. now where do you want to go?!” Something tells us this friendship won’t last too long now that they don’t have the catalyst of being on a TV show that forces them to breakup and makeup.
Judge has had a hard time on the show since the beginning she always put her foot in her mouth and her mean girl antics caused a lot of fights and problems in her friendships. Since she posted the announcement, Judge has gone on to purge her Instagram account of most things RHOC. A few weeks ago, fans noticed that the significant housewife’s orange was no longer on her profile page. In addition, she announced that she and Eddie would be jumping in their RV and going wherever it leads them. this doesn’t sound like the mindset of someone who planned on returning to filming.
Now she has unfollowed cast members Shannon, Andy Cohen, Gina Kirschenheiter, newcomer Brauwyn Windham-Burke and the shows official Instagram account. She did, however, continue to follow Gunvalson and old cast mate Heather Dubrow. We aren’t sure if Tamra’s exit was planned with Gunvalson but it sure is coming off like a pact. Why Tamra unfollowed Beador is a mystery to all of us. The two seemed even tighter than Gunvalson and Tamra’s relationship. Maybe they wanted Beador to quit with them and she refused? Seems like a tres amigas move.