Variety broke the story, which Bravo confirmed, the three cast members are not being asked back for season 16. Dodd has been a controversial figure on the show since 2016.
Windham-Burke had two seasons under her belt while Vargas was a newbie. The decision to mix it up shouldn’t come as any surprise to Bravo fans.
The last couple of seasons have been criticized for being boring. Some took issue with remarks Dodd made about the pandemic and accused her of mocking Black Lives Matter.
At one point, a petition was being circulated demanding Bravo fire Dodd as fans said they had enough of her antics. The RHOC star seemed to live off the hate and never backed down from her opinion.
Windham-Burke was viewed by many fans as being too thirsty for the show. While many appreciated her coming out as a lesbian (while being married to her husband) was good for LGBTQ representation, many thought she was too obvious in her quest for fame.
Other cast members accused her of calling the paparazzi on herself and leaking stories to the media. The decision to ax Vargas won’t upset anyone.
She never connected with fans and her storylines were dull. The one-season reality star even confessed to being a part of a cult as a child, but it wasn’t enough for a contract renewal.
The outlet says the producers are bringing back Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson. Former RHOC star Heather Dubrow is also returning for another go on the show after leaving in season 11.
In Dubrow's last season she famously got into a nasty dinner fight with Dodd. While it would sure be fireworks to see the two together again, we're sure Dubrow wouldn't be coming back if her former enemy was still around.
Bravo confirmed the casting news. The network said the 16th season of Real Housewives of Orange County will begin production next month.