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Real Housewives of Orange County is welcoming two new housewives when the show returns for Season 9. With longtime cast members Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi leaving, along with one-season wonder Lydia McLaughlin, Bravo has enlistedLizzie Rovsek and Shannon Beador to replace them, Us Weekly reports.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney says this season's reunion show severed her on-again, off-again friendship with former bestie Gretchen Rossi. "We were friends until we shot the reunion show," Barney told TVGuide.com. "It stirred up a lot. They talked about the past and Andy [Cohen] went deep, so it brought back a bunch of nonsense that didn't need to be brought up."
"No more friendship... I'm done." If those words sound familiar to Real Housewives fans, that's because they are. Only two days after the longtime bond between Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice's was shattered on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the close friendship between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney came crumbling down on Tuesday's Orange County season finale. And these are only two of the many platonic break-ups the Bravo franchise has endured in recent years. If The Bachelor has a horrible track record with romantic break-ups, The Real Housewives franchise is the queen bee when it comes to ending friendships. Need proof? Look no further than the five worst spats in Housewives history:
Our top moments of the week: 13. Best Wigging Out: The Real Housewives of Orange County get together for an '80s party and — surprise! — there's drama when Slade stops by, just days after ripping Vicki and calling her ugly in his stand-up act. Vicki, complete with big hair, gets up to leave, telling Slade that her parents think she's beautiful and that she has never been mean to him. When Gretchen brings up Vicki's "deadbeat dad" comments about Slade, as well as Vicki's new boyfriend's own problems with paying child support in the past, a full-blown argument breaks out. Neon colors have never made us more depressed. 12. Best Reality Check: On Life's Too Short, Ricky Gervais calls up his Office pal Steve Carell to see if he'll do a guest spot on Gervais' new project. Carell only agrees to "consider" the role, which...
If The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra had to be stuck on a deserted island with one of her castmates, who would she choose? Not her BFF Vicki or new bestie Gretchen. "Heather!" Tamra tells TVGuide.com. "She's a ton of fun and I know she'd have champagne packed somewhere."