RHOC’s Kelly Dodd is happy not to be ‘tied to Bravo Contract’

To the next one! Kelly dodd may not return for season 16 of The Real Housewives of Orange County, but she is still grateful to Bravo as she considers her future off the grid.

“I had a fantastic five years at RHOC. I will miss working with the ladies and teams at Evolution and I want to thank Bravo for all the opportunities they gave me, ”Dodd, 45, said in a statement to Us weekly Wednesday June 16. “If it weren’t for the show, I would never have met my husband Rick, the greatest love of my life and for that I am forever grateful. I am also very grateful for the thousands of fans who have shown me love and support since the news broke. “

HOC's Kelly Dodd admits she's happy she's not tied to the Bravo contract

Kelly Dodd. Jason Méndez / Invision / AP / Shutterstock

The reality star added: “Now it’s forward and up! I’m very excited to be a free agent, not tied to a Bravo contract, and can’t wait to work with Rick on new projects. I wish the show nothing but success. “

Cast members Elizabeth lyn vargas Y Braunwyn Windham-Burke They have also come off the reality series. Heather dubrow, who was originally on the show from 2012 to 2016, has confirmed his return.

After the news broke on Tuesday, June 15, Dubrow, 52, revealed to Andy Cohen why you changed your mind about going back to the franchise.

“Honestly, a year or two ago, I could have said no because [of] What are you talking about. Time is a big issue, but by the time I left, the culture of the show had changed a bit since I joined the show. I think we could agree on that. I wasn’t happy, and I think it was a good mutual decision that maybe my time on the show was over, “he clarified during Wednesday’s episode of the” Heather Dubrow’s World “podcast.

The This is life in 2000 alum continued, “Now, things are a bit different, right? My family is in a different place, my children are a little older, the [coronavirus] The pandemic has given me a different perspective on things. Then I started thinking, ‘Okay, how many times can you go back and try something again?’ ”.

Dodd, for his part, previously claimed he would quit the Bravo series if his 43-year-old co-star Windham-Burke returned.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 15 Cast: Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas Tommy Garcia / Yavir Ramawtar / Bravo

“I know I can’t film with Braunwyn,” Dodd said on an Instagram Live in January. “I know for a fact that I can’t film with her. There’s just no way, and if she comes back then I’ll go out because I know for sure I can’t. It’s dangerous and calls people racist and homophobic. “

Dodd explained that working alongside Windham-Burke would be the deciding factor for her.

“If I go back next year, I can’t go back next year filming with someone so reckless,” he shared at the time. “I just can not. If she’s on, I’m probably out. So it probably is. And by the way, he says he couldn’t film with me, so there you have it. “

A month later, Dodd teased that he was planning to return to the next season of RHOC, after rumors spread that she had been fired.

“It’s actually kind of funny … I’ve heard these rumors every year for the last five years,” he wrote via Twitter in February. “I look forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16!”

Shannon beador, Gina cherry cheer Y Emily simpson will return for the next season.

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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