The Real Housewives franchise is officially down another housewife, as Lydia McLaughlin has announced that she will not return for the upcoming 13th season of Real Housewives of Orange County. Her co-star, Meghan King Edmonds, revealed her own departure from the show late last month.
According to a new blog post, McLaughlin’s family took a vote and decided it was time for her to leave the show, though she does leave the door open for a future return.
“…I can only handle the show one season at a time,” said McLaughlin. “There is a lot of good that comes from this show, but also a lot of negativity.”
McLaughlin first joined Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 8 back in 2013, but she left the series after only one season.
During her time away, she gave birth to her third child and wrote a book titled Beyond Orange County: A Housewife’s Guide to Faith and Happiness.
In her blog, McLaughlin reveals she returned to the show for Season 12 to help promote her new luxury men’s magazine, NOBLEMAN.
With that mission now accomplished, McLaughlin felt it was a good time to step away from the drama of reality television once again.
Of course, she still has plenty of other activities to keep her busy; in addition to the magazine, McLaughlin has her own jewelry line, her writing career, and her family.
“In no way do I want to make a career out of being a housewife,” said McLaughlin in her blog post. “That just isn’t me.”
In fact, it seems pretty clear that McLaughlin, like several others in the Real Housewives franchise, has always seen the show as nothing more than a promotional tool for her personal brand.
No replacements have been named for either McLaughlin or King, but Season 13 is slated to begin production this year.