Bravo fans have no tears left to cry.
In 2018, the Real Housewives franchise saw the exit of a lot of stars from some of the biggest cities, including The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In fact, RHOA watchers said goodbye to two of the show’s biggest stars, as well as its most controversial “friend” of the women, while The Real Housewives of Orange County saw three of its ladies drop their oranges after season 12.
But possibly the biggest Real Housewives shocker was learning one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ original stars, Lisa Vanderpump, may be leaving the show after its upcoming season. 9021-Oh no!
Fortunately, some cities seem to have found some stability within their casts, as The Real Housewives of Dallas, The Real Housewives of Potomac, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey haven’t experienced any major shake-up this year. Yet.
Here’s a rundown of all of the Housewives who decided to leave the franchise in 2018 for various reasons, including salary disputes and feuds so bitter that even Andy Cohen couldn’t mediate the situation…
“Next.” That is how The Real Housewives of New York City star ended her statement about her exit from the show after six seasons. “I have decided to return to what I do best–journalism and producing. I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind,” she said in a statement to E! News. “My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament.” Carole’s final season became a war of the titans between her and former BFF Bethenny Frankel, and a source close to the show told E! News that “Carole was completely over filming and being a part of the show and Bethenny definitely had a huge part of her decision.”
The pack leader is leaving the wolves. A source confirmed to E! News that the ninth season will likely be the last for one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ original Housewives. “Lisa will appear in the majority of episodes this season,” a production source told E! News. “She has not been filming at every event, but fans can expect to see her throughout. The show will return to Bravo in early 2019.”
So why is the fan-favorite leaving?
“The rest of the cast is over her,” another source said. And it seems LVP is over the rest of the cast, as a source told us she “has been refusing to film and…her interactions with the ladies have been solely negative.”
But the reality star has also been going through a lot off-camera after the death of her only sibling, her brother Mark.
In October, LVP told E! News she has been “more emotional” since her brother’s death and hinted that her TV job as felt different since the loss. “I think a lot of people who follow me and know me know that this year has been much more challenging for me than a normal year,” she said. “I have done 320 episodes of reality television. This year, there were certain things that felt very different to me. I’m not having a go at anybody, I never do, because it’s not who I want to be, it’s not who I want to be. I want to focus on things for the greater good and carry on doing what we’re doing and try to enjoy my life.”
And in December, she offered up another RHOBH status update to E! News: “Nothing’s been decided yet. The next season is so far away…we’ve got to get through this season first, but I didn’t have a great season.” When asked if she still wants to be a part of the show, she admitted, “I don’t know, I’ve been doing it for nine years, there’s going to be a time…” At least we still have Vanderpump Rules to get our LVP fix.
MEGHAN KING EDMONDS
The Real Housewives of Orange County star announced in January she was leaving the franchise after three seasons. “Today is a bittersweet day for me. After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat,” she wrote on her blog. She continued, “As I was filming the season 12 reunion I knew in my heart I was done: this wasn’t my place anymore.”
During that reunion, Meghan announced she was pregnant with twins, and she and husband Jim Edmonds welcomed their sons, Hayes and Hart, in June. The couple welcomed their first child, Aspen, in 2016, with Meghan’s IVF journey documented on RHOC.