Producers of the Real Housewives of Orange County have decided not to invite Lydia McLaughlin and Peggy Sulahian back for season 13, but apparently, they were the last to know.
Rumors have swirled for months about a cast shakeup after the end of season 12, and Bravo ended up proving them true by firing McLaughlin, a devout Christian, and Sulahian, an unpopular and somewhat boring rookie.
What an exciting experience it was to be part of The Real Housewives of Orange County! It was an honor to be the 100th housewife and to be part of the Bravo family. I am extremely proud of being the 1st Armenian-American Housewife and sharing my culture with the world. While I faced and conquered many challenges, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story and spread awareness of breast cancer. Dealing with the disease and the passing of my father challenged me to reassess and reflect on my life, and I’ve realized what’s most important is leading a healthy and happy life, surrounded by people who care and love you. At this point, moving on seemed like the right thing to do. A few new ventures have availed themselves, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!💋 @PeggySulahian 100th Housewife
Sulahian wanted to make certain that her time on RHOC was over before saying anything on social media, so when she made the announcement on Instagram yesterday, that confirmed the not-so-secret news.
The 44-year-old wrote that she was proud to be the 100th housewife and the first Armenian-American on the show. She added that it was an exciting experience, and she was grateful for the opportunity to share her story and spread awareness about breast cancer.
As for McLaughlin, last week she wrote on her personal website that she had quit the popular reality series for the second time in five years, but multiple sources say that she only made that announcement after producers told her she wouldn’t be part of next season.
In a post titled Hanging Up the Orange, she claimed that she could only handle the show one season at a time, and now she needs a break. She says that a lot of good comes from the show, but there is also a lot of negativity. The 36-year-old then revealed that a unanimous family vote was the deciding factor in her decision to leave.
But inside sources say that filming for season 13 has already begun, and both women were severely disappointed to find out that it had started without them.
Another cast member that turned in her orange after last season’s reunion was Meghan King-Edmonds, who announced last month that she decided to leave after three seasons because it was too difficult to film while taking care of a toddler and being pregnant with twins.
Bravo has not yet announced who will be replacing the three women. But, Shannon Beador will be back since she posted a photo on Instagram last week to let her fans know that filming had begun.
The network has not yet revealed next season’s RHOC premiere date, but if previous seasons are any indication, it is likely to be in late spring or early summer.
Lydia McLaughlin hinted that this might not be the last we see of her on the RHOC, but we will have to see if producers agree with that statement.