The Real Housewives of Orange County: Season 9 So far…

The updated ladies of the OC. Orange you glad there's no more "Grelexis"?

The updated ladies of the OC. Orange you glad there’s no more “Grelexis”?

By Lesley Rousso


The original, one that got all this cray-crayness started, The Real Housewives of Orange County is a few episodes into its ninth season. Wow, can you believe it’s been almost a decade since the Real Housewives and Bravo changed the landscape of reality tv?  Some people remember where they were when Kennedy was shot, I remember where I was the first time I met the ladies of the the OC.

The only original cast member left is the cantankerous but still lovable Vicki Gunvalson.  Tamra Judge is back, as is Heather Dubrow.  Gone are Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, mercifully.  Debuting as new wives are Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek.  I think Lizzie seems nice, but we only met her last week.  One thing I liked about her though, was that she doesn’t seem to put up with shit from the other  girls.  She gave Vicki as good as she got and in the upcoming episodes it looks like she and Tamra are going to have some major issues. Lizzie is married with two boys and she’s also a bathing suit designer.  Tamra said she’s “a cross between Alexis and Gretchen, Grelexis.” She seems like a smart cookie though, and I think her bathing suit line is not along the lines of Alexis Couture, or She By Sheree for that matter.  Sometimes I like Shannon and other times she’s just odd.  Her relationship with her husband David is very awkward.  She’s also a bit of a nervous nilly who gets acupuncture several times a month, or is it a week.  She is the mom of three girls, and her family owned the I. Magnin chain of department stores.

Shannon isn’t clicking with Heather at all and Tamra and Vicki haven’t been very nice to Heather this season.  They complain about how judgemental and uptight she is.   Tamra and Eddie continue to run Cut Fitness, with Tamra’s eldest son Ryan working there too.  Heather and Terry prepare to break ground on their new hotel, I mean house and apparently do just that while throwing a Hoe Down. Yee Haw.  We found out that Vicki and Brooks (ugh) are again an item.  I honestly do not think they ever broke-up.  Brianna won’t have to worry about running into him though.  She and her equally charming husband Ryan Culberson are moving to Oklahoma.  Later in the season we will be treated to a  Mexican vacay, Heather’s hoe down, and Brooks talking about Vicki’s vagina (double ugh).

Upcoming tiffs include Tamra mistrusting Lizzie,  Terry calling David a “penis”, and   Tamra telling Heather she “acted out” their friendship.  Tamra accuses Lizzie of saying Eddie wanted to “F” her and Lizzie says Tamra is the most insecure woman she’s ever met.  Tamra runs, literally runs away hysterical.

There’s also a new “friend” of the housewives, Danielle Gregorio.  She hoted the  ugly Christmas sweater party at which Lizzie made her show debut.  She’s married to husband Joe and had three kids, one from a previous relationship.  That’s all I got.

So far, so good.  I’m really happy Alexis and Gretchen are gone.  We needed a little bit of a shake-up.  The whole Gretchen and Slade Smiley thing and Jesus Jugs bit was starting to get old.  The OC remains my second favorite housewives franchise, a super close second to Beverly Hills.  Hell, they could film anything in California and I’d watch it.

Reality Roundup: RHONY Premiere, Celebrity Apprentice Casting Rumors, and Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Housewife Guy and Kristen Taekman at the cast screening.

Housewife Guy and Kristen Taekman at the cast screening.

Adding to the downward spiral of LuAnn de Lesseps’ career on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, the Countess had to lower the listing price on her luxurious Hamptons farmhouse.

After over three months on the market, Luann cut the price of her estate by $255,000—bringing the listing price down to $8.995 million. Originally listed at $9.995 million back in December, the 2.2-acre lot boasts a 6,000-square-foot home with six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, an outdoor tennis court, heated pools, large outdoor patios, and a separate pool house.

Countess has been a star on The Real Housewives of New York City since its inauguration back in 2008. However, after a reported contract dispute, Luann has taken on a smaller recurring role on the new sixth season of the hit show.

“LuAnn isn’t considered an original,” RHONY co-star Ramona Singer boasted to Confidential at a premiere party last week. “She’s just a part-time Housewife, so really I’m the only standing original,” said Singer. “The reason is, I don’t play for the cameras, I play for me.”

Ramona’s unpleasant demeanor was more present than ever when I bumped into her on Tuesday evening at The Real Housewives of New York City premiere party. Ramona was sans wedding ring and wore a fitted red dress to the event which was hosted by the newest cast member Kristen Taekman. Ramona was escorted by a new mystery man—has she already moved on from Mario?! Perhaps!

The Pinot Grigio enthusiast filed for divorce from her husband, Mario, of 22 years this past January after years of cheating allegations proved true.

The new sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City airs Tuesday nights on Bravo.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice will be sentenced this summer after pleading guilty in federal court to multiple charges last week. Real Housewives guru Andy Cohen sat down with E! News to discuss how the Giudice’s legal issues will affect the show.

“We’re shooting next season right now,” Andy revealed. “So there’s going to be a lot in there that’s going to be quite dramatic and different than anything we’ve ever seen before.”

 When asked if Teresa would be able to film RHONJ if sentenced to house arrest, the Watch What Happens: Live host said he and Teresa will cross that bridge when they get to it. “I’m gonna let her get through the sentencing, and then we’ll all talk.”

For now, Andy’s primary focus is ensuring the couple’s four daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana are alright. “I don’t know much about the situation,” Andy says. “(but) I certainly am thinking about kids right now.”

 Is Adrienne Maloof returning to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for season 5? Recent reports claim that network executives are interested in bringing Adrienne back into the mix after season four’s low ratings.

Despite the several claims, an insider told Life & Style magazine that the reports are simply false.

The 52-year-old reality star was publicly booted from the series by Andy Cohen after she skipped out on the season three reunion show last year.

 “She knew if she didn’t show up to the reunion, she’d be cut,” an insider told Life & Style last year. “But she didn’t want to go and have to sit through all of the women attacking her.”

“I’m happier that I’m off the show,” the mother-of-two told the mag last year. “I don’t miss the cattiness or the below-the-belt cheap shots.”

Donald Trump better hold onto his weave! With more than one Real Housewife in the boardroom, season seven of Celebrity Apprentice is sure to be full of drama!

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore are packing their bags and heading to New York City to star on the hit reality show.

Brandi and Kenya are not the first Real Housewives stars to appear on the show. RHOA star NeNe Leakes appeared on the show and RHONJ cast-member Teresa Giudice made it to the final five back in 2012.

According to TMZ, the pair will be joined by Dancing with the Stars and mother of eight Kate Gosselin, rapper Ludacris, actress Vivica A. Fox, journalist Geraldo Rivera, Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam, and other celebrities.

Season 14 of Celebrity Apprentice will begin filming this spring and will air on NBC in the 2014-2015 season. The cast will be officially announced on Thursday, March 20th.

Season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County will be premiering on Bravo this spring! With a serious cast shake-up and tons of animosity, this is sure to be dramatic season!

Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi, and Lydia McLaughlin will not be appearing on season nine of the show.  While both Alexis and Gretchen got the ax by Bravo, Lydia announced she was leaving on her own accord.

Joining returning cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney-Judge and Heather Dubrow, are Lizzie Rovsek and Shannon Beador.

Lizzie, a friend of Tamra’s and a former Miss Kentucky, is married and has two children. Shannon, a native Californian and stay-at-home mom, has three daughters.

The cast will also be joined by “friend of the housewives” Danielle Gregorio.

Season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County will premiere April 14th at 9pm on Bravo. Catch a glimpse of what is to come below!

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