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Tamra Judge Returning To 'Real Housewives Of Orange County' As Friend Of Cast After Bravo Fires Kelly Dodd

Jun. 17 2021, Published 11:08 a.m. ET

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Real Housewives of Orange County producers have decided to bring back fan-favorite Tamra Judge to spice up next season.

Bravo recently announced they will not be renewing contracts for Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke & Elizabeth Vargas.

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Fans of the show aren’t shocked by the decision especially since the last couple of seasons have been criticized for being boring.

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Separately, many had issues with Dodd for her controversial statements on the pandemic and racism. She was even accused of mocking Black Lives Matter, which she denied.

Dodd had been on the show since 2016. Windham-Burke had two seasons under her belt and Vargas was a freshman.

The decision to fire Vargas is no shocker. Many felt her storylines were forced and she never really meshed with the other cast members. Despite revealing she was raised in a cult, the viewers never seemed to care about her life.

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The producers did renew deals for Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson. The Bravo fans seem to be excited for the return of the three.

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They will also be bringing back former Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow who starred on the show from 2012 to 2016. The cast shakeup has yet another twist.

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Reporter Anthony Dominic revealed on Twitter, “I’m told Tamra will be a friend of the cast in some capacity. Which explains her recently saying she wouldn’t return full time. #RHOC.”

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Tamra is an RHOC icon and appeared on the show from season 3 until being let go after season 14. Bravo’s decision not to renew Tamra’s contract was controversial at the time.

Many people felt the show needed an OG cast member to keep it interesting. Season 16 of Real Housewives of Orange County will begin production next month.

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After the story broke, Dodd took to Twitter thanking her fans. She didn't appear bitter by the decision writing, "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."

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