RHOC fans slam fired Elizabeth Vargas as 'worst casting choice' as Kelly Dodd & Braunwyn Windham-Burke also get axed

FANS of Real Housewives of Orange County are taking Twitter to lambast Elizabeth Vargas after she was fired from the show along with Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

"Elizabeth Vargas was one of the worst casting choices in Housewives history, I am so glad her lying ass is gone #RHOC," wrote one fan of the show.

"Not a huge fan of Heather but reallllllllly hated Kelly, Braunwyn and Elizabeth so I'm here for this recast. SHAKE IT UP #RHOC," another echoed.

Another replied to a story announcing the news, "Omg I'm so glad that she was thinned from the RHOC herd…. And then Elizabeth and Bronwyn? An excellent bonus!"

"I honestly think that elizabeth lyn vargas repeatedly saying she’s coming back to #RHOC with her whole chest only to get fired is the funniest thing to happen in housewives in the past year," read another tweet.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd were also ousted from the hit Bravo show ahead of Season 16.

Please read our Real Housewives of Orange County live blog for news and the latest updates…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY WAS KELLY DROPPED FROM RHOC?

    The decision to drop Kelly, 45, from the show may not surprise fans, as she has been slammed multiple times for her controversial views and comments.

    She previously sparked outrage when she made a toast to “super spreaders” while partying in a crowded restaurant with her husband, Rick Leventhal, and friends. 

    There were people cheering “no masks” at the party, along with cries of "screw Covid."

    Kelly later defended their actions, saying: “I’m getting a lot of hate because we're at a restaurant we’re allowed to be at. We’re allowed to be at a restaurant!”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    ELIZABETH THANKS FANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

    Elizabeth shared a picture of her RHOC portrait on Instagram, writing: "I would like to thank NBCUniversal and Evolution Media as well as all of the producers, film crew, staff & my manager @sirdavidweintraub for the opportunity to participate in season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

    "COVID 2020 was a very unfortunate and tough year for all of us during filming but we made it happen and I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team.

    "Despite filming during COVID and not really getting to know all the ladies fully, this past year has been the most extraordinary, amazing and beautiful experience of my life. I am so proud of the work we have done and the friendships we were able to build.

    "To the Fans …I can never ever thank you enough for the outpouring of love, support and the kindness you have shown to me. Thank you for a memorable season and helping me to launch my new Vargas Vodka in which a percentage of every bottle sold goes to help save the animals!"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY SHARES GOODBYE POST AFTER FIRING

    Kelly wrote on Twitter: "The last five years have been an amazing experience.

    "The next five years will be even better. I am so grateful for all the love and support and so excited about the future #RHOC."

    A Bravo spokesperson confirmed the departure of Kelly, Braunwyn and Elizabeth to Variety on Tuesday.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HEATHER CONFIRMED HER RETURN ON HER PODCAST

    Heather confirmed the rumors on her podcast, Heather Dubrow's World.

    Boss Andy Cohen told her listeners: "Well, Heather, you are coming back for season 16 of Real Housewives of Orange County!"

    She agreed and added: "Is that crazy?"

    Andy told her: "I'm so excited because it's a testament of everything at the right time because the viewers wanted, the show is at a cross-roads, we have some rebuilding to do and I think it's interesting."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    RHOC’S GINA KIRSCHENHEITER'S EX PLED GUILTY

    Gina's ex Matt, 37, pled guilty to one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury of a spouse, as well as to one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud or deceit.

    Us Weekly reported that the RHOC star gave an emotional victim impact statement during Matt's case where he pleaded guilty to domestic battery on April 20.

    Both Matt and Gina appeared in front of a judge in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY DID FANS WANT KELLY REMOVED?

    Fans called for Kelly's removal from the show when she made the comments about the effect of the virus after she was blasted for flying to visit her fiancé Rick Leventhal despite restrictions due to the global health crisis.

    She was then accused of “mocking” the Black Lives Matter movement by posting a selfie sporting a black cap that read “Drunk Wives Matter” in gold font.

    One commenter called the hat “incredibly tone deaf,” while the RHOC star responded: “lady it’s a joke! It’s a play on words… get a sense of humor!”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WILL TAMRA AND HEATHER BE BACK?

    Sources close to the Bravo show have got fans talking about former cast members Tamra and Heather signing up for the reality series when it returns for its new season.

    One tweeted: "So apparently Heather and Tamra will be returning to RHOC."

    When asked about their sources, the fan replied they were: "Very close to RHOC."

    Another wrote: "Here’s to hoping Heather Dubrow graciously saves #RHOC by returning next season."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    YOLANDA HADID SPREADS AWARENESS ABOUT LYME DISEASE

    The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Yolanda Hadid spread awareness about Lyme disease and revealed her journey to recovery.

    She was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and five years later, penned her book Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.

    Yolanda opened up earlier this year that she was doing better than ever in her fight against the disease and was living well with the condition.

    She told People: "I'm better than I've been in a long time. But as I've learned, there is no cure for chronic Lyme disease.

    "Being in remission is a blessing everyday and I pinch myself every morning."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY DID TESSA ROCHA DIVORCE FERNANDA?

    Tessa Rocha filed for divorce from personal trainer Fernanda on January 13th, 2021, after over six years spent together.

    A source close to the ex-couple spoke exclusively to The Sun about the separation, and the insider claimed the Real Housewives alum initiated a friendship with Braunwyn, 43, in October of 2020.

    The insider alleged that the new couple "became friends through Tamra [Judge]" in the Fall before they "escalated into a sexual relationship" shortly after, while Fernanda was still married to Tessa.

    The insider explained that Tessa and Fernanda are currently in "divorce proceedings," though the fitness instructor has not yet responded to the filing.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BRAUNWYN CELEBRATES SOBRIETY

    In January Braunwyn celebrated one year of sobriety after publicly battling alcoholism.

    The Bravo star marked the milestone with a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling cider, along with fresh fruit and macarons in front of the ocean in Laguna Beach.

    She captioned the picture: "#1YearSober #today @montagelaguna."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    RHOC FANS CALLED FOR KELLY'S FIRING

    In January, RHOC fans called for Kelly to be fired from the Bravo franchise after she called Andy Cohen "anti-American" for not supporting Donald Trump.

    Her controversial comments date back to October, when she faced backlash for wearing a novelty hat that read "Drunk Wives Matter" – a play on the Black Lives Matter movement – to a bridal shower.

    "It's really sad to see you in that hat, so insensitive," shared one critic.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHICH MEMBERS WILL RETURN TO RHOC?

    Current stars Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will return for the upcoming season, while RHOC is expected to add one or two new women to the cast.

    Heather, 52, previously starred on the Bravo show from Season 7 through 11.

    She was best known by the show’s fans for her sharp wit, confrontational style and marriage to plastic surgeon and Botched star Terry Dubrow. 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHO IS NEW RHOC MEMBER NOELLA?

    Noella is married to accident attorney James Bergener, and they live in Pelican Crest in Newport, California.

    They share an 8-month-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, while James has a son from a previous relationship.

    Noella, who has made several cameos on Braunwyn's Instagram page, will be joining Heather Dubrow, who will return after a four-year absence from the show.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NOELLA HIRED AS NEW CAST MEMBER

    A source exclusively told The Sun that Noella, 36, is set to join the RHOC cast in the upcoming season.

    "Noella is coming on board as a cast member for the new season, though Braunwyn will not be returning," the source told us.

    "They tested her out before the firing decisions were made. She has good chemistry with other potential new cast members."

    Fans first met socialite Noella, 36, during season 15, when she and Braunwyn got together to talk about the former RHOC star's relationship with her husband, Sean Burke.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY DENIED FIRING RUMORS

    Kelly previously denied rumors that she would be axed from the show in February 2021.

    She said: “It’s actually kinda funny… I’ve heard these rumors every year for the last five years.

    “Looking forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16 !”

    Current stars Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will return for the upcoming season.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN DID BRAUNWYN COME OUT AS GAY?

    The 43-year-old, who came out as gay in December, split from her girlfriend Kris in March.

    Braunwyn's girlfriend Fernanda Rocha was married when they began their relationship, leaving the wife's family "really hurt."

    Tessa Rocha filed for divorce from personal trainer Fernanda on January 13th, 2021, after over six years spent together.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY'S ATTACK POODLE

    According to Radar Online, the RHOC star's poodle, Chloe, has been accused of attacking multiple strangers on the beach.

    The Bravo star and Michael were recently hit with legal papers by the City of Newport Beach, according to documents obtained by the outlet.

    The city filed a petition on September 8, 2020 to determine if Chloe was “potentially dangerous.”

    The case comes after the small white Poodle mix was accused of biting multiple strangers.

    According to the filing, Chloe- who was unprovoked- was involved in more than two different occasions over the past three years that “required a defensive action by a person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog were off the property of the owner.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY'S CONTROVERSIAL COVID CLAIMS

    Back in April 2020, Kelly claimed people who died from Covid would have "died anyway" with or without the virus.

    The TV personality made the insensitive remarks in her Instagram comments after fans called her out for flying from New York to California despite quarantine guidelines.

    She said: "If it's dangerous why are the airlines still flying. You think I want to fly? I had to get back how is that elitist??

    "People are so judgmental it's sick!! That many die anyway!! They would've died this year they were compromised !!

    "Do you know how many people died from the swine flu or SARS??"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY 'CAN'T FILM' WITH BRAUNWYN

    Kelly herself has expressed doubts about her place on RHOC, saying she would not come back to RHOC if her co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke remained on the show.

    Kelly, who married Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal in October 2020, explained: "I know I cannot film with Braunwyn, I know for a fact I cannot. There's just no way.

    "If she comes back then I'm out because I know for a fact I cannot. She's dangerous. Calling people and saying they're racists and homophobes, and saying I'm a bad mom running around traveling."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY AND HUSBAND DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE

    Dodd told fans while out shoppping: "So, we tested positive for Lyme disease," before protesting she had "never had contact with a tick in her life".

    Meanwhile, Rick explained that he had battled the disease on two occasions before, and knew they would have to take medication to be cured.

    While Kelly was still filming, her husband ingested a tablet as he told viewers that the "pulls cure you", having cured his two previous battles.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BRAUNWYN 'STOLE MARRIED GIRLFRIEND'

    After 43-year-old Braunwyn revealed there was trouble in paradise with her husband Sean, she came out as gay.

    After breaking up with her girlfriend Kris in April, The Sun exclusively reported that the RHOC star "stole her married girlfriend Fernanda Rocha from her wife."

    Tessa Rocha filed for divorce from personal trainer Fernanda on January 13th, 2021, after over six years spent together.

    In the divorce filing exclusively obtained by The Sun, Tessa initiated the case and is seeking "dissolution without child."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY WAS KELLY DROPPED?

    The decision to drop Kelly, 45, from the show may not surprise fans, as she has been slammed multiple times for her controversial views and comments.

    She previously sparked outrage when she made a toast to “super spreaders” while partying in a crowded restaurant with her husband, Rick Leventhal, and friends. 

    There were people cheering “no masks” at the party, along with cries of "screw Covid."

    Kelly later defended their actions, saying: “I’m getting a lot of hate because we're at a restaurant we’re allowed to be at. We’re allowed to be at a restaurant!”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BRAUWYN SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER FIRING

    Following her axing, Braunwyn told People: "I'm incredibly sad to not be able to come back to The Real Housewives of Orange County next year. I loved every moment of being a Housewife, and am so proud of my time on the show – the good, the bad, and the in-between,"

    "It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV. That is something for which I will forever be grateful. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise's history. What an incredible honor to look back upon, especially during Pride Month.

    "I know I may have been too much for some, and that's okay. I am real, and I am happy being me. I'm so grateful to those who have stood by me. There is a lot more to my life, and I hope you'll stick with me on this journey as I move forward in my next chapter."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS KELLY DODD'S DEPARTURE ANNOUNCED?

    A Bravo spokesperson confirmed the departure of Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas to Variety on Tuesday.

    The RHOC stars’ contracts were not renewed for next season, which is set to start filming next month.

    Current stars Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will return for the upcoming season, while RHOC is expected to add one or two new women to the cast.

    Heather, 52, previously starred on the Bravo show from seasons seven through 11.

  • Katie Balevic

    BRAUNWYN STOLE GIRLFRIEND FROM WIFE

    In the divorce filing exclusively obtained by The Sun, Tessa initiated the case and is seeking "dissolution without child."

    A source close to the ex-couple spoke exclusively to The Sun about the separation, and the insider claimed the Real Housewives alum initiated a friendship with Braunwyn, 43, in October of 2020.

    The insider alleged that the new couple "became friends through Tamra [Judge]" in the Fall before they "escalated into a sexual relationship" shortly after, while Fernanda was still married to Tessa.

    The insider explained that Tessa and Fernanda are currently in "divorce proceedings," though the fitness instructor has not yet responded to the filing.

    The source claimed the couple's separation has "been really hard because it's been really public, and it's been shameless on their part."

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