RHOC fans slam fired Elizabeth Vargas as 'worst casting choice' as Kelly Dodd & Braunwyn Windham-Burke also get axed

FANS of Real Housewives of Orange County are taking Twitter to lambast Elizabeth Vargas after she was fired from the show along with Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

"Elizabeth Vargas was one of the worst casting choices in Housewives history, I am so glad her lying ass is gone #RHOC," wrote one fan of the show.

"Not a huge fan of Heather but reallllllllly hated Kelly, Braunwyn and Elizabeth so I'm here for this recast. SHAKE IT UP #RHOC," another echoed.

Another replied to a story announcing the news, "Omg I'm so glad that she was thinned from the RHOC herd…. And then Elizabeth and Bronwyn? An excellent bonus!"

"I honestly think that elizabeth lyn vargas repeatedly saying she’s coming back to #RHOC with her whole chest only to get fired is the funniest thing to happen in housewives in the past year," read another tweet.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd were also ousted from the hit Bravo show ahead of Season 16.

Please read our Real Housewives of Orange County live blog for news and the latest updates…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NOELLA HIRED AS NEW CAST MEMBER

    A source exclusively told The Sun that Noella, 36, is set to join the RHOC cast in the upcoming season.

    "Noella is coming on board as a cast member for the new season, though Braunwyn will not be returning," the source told us.

    "They tested her out before the firing decisions were made. She has good chemistry with other potential new cast members."

    Fans first met socialite Noella, 36, during season 15, when she and Braunwyn got together to talk about the former RHOC star's relationship with her husband, Sean Burke.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY DENIED FIRING RUMORS

    Kelly previously denied rumors that she would be axed from the show in February 2021.

    She said: “It’s actually kinda funny… I’ve heard these rumors every year for the last five years.

    “Looking forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16 !”

    Current stars Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will return for the upcoming season.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN DID BRAUNWYN COME OUT AS GAY?

    The 43-year-old, who came out as gay in December, split from her girlfriend Kris in March.

    Braunwyn's girlfriend Fernanda Rocha was married when they began their relationship, leaving the wife's family "really hurt."

    Tessa Rocha filed for divorce from personal trainer Fernanda on January 13th, 2021, after over six years spent together.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY'S ATTACK POODLE

    According to Radar Online, the RHOC star's poodle, Chloe, has been accused of attacking multiple strangers on the beach.

    The Bravo star and Michael were recently hit with legal papers by the City of Newport Beach, according to documents obtained by the outlet.

    The city filed a petition on September 8, 2020 to determine if Chloe was “potentially dangerous.”

    The case comes after the small white Poodle mix was accused of biting multiple strangers.

    According to the filing, Chloe- who was unprovoked- was involved in more than two different occasions over the past three years that “required a defensive action by a person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog were off the property of the owner.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY'S CONTROVERSIAL COVID CLAIMS

    Back in April 2020, Kelly claimed people who died from Covid would have "died anyway" with or without the virus.

    The TV personality made the insensitive remarks in her Instagram comments after fans called her out for flying from New York to California despite quarantine guidelines.

    She said: "If it's dangerous why are the airlines still flying. You think I want to fly? I had to get back how is that elitist??

    "People are so judgmental it's sick!! That many die anyway!! They would've died this year they were compromised !!

    "Do you know how many people died from the swine flu or SARS??"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY 'CAN'T FILM' WITH BRAUNWYN

    Kelly herself has expressed doubts about her place on RHOC, saying she would not come back to RHOC if her co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke remained on the show.

    Kelly, who married Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal in October 2020, explained: "I know I cannot film with Braunwyn, I know for a fact I cannot. There's just no way.

    "If she comes back then I'm out because I know for a fact I cannot. She's dangerous. Calling people and saying they're racists and homophobes, and saying I'm a bad mom running around traveling."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    KELLY AND HUSBAND DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE

    Dodd told fans while out shoppping: "So, we tested positive for Lyme disease," before protesting she had "never had contact with a tick in her life".

    Meanwhile, Rick explained that he had battled the disease on two occasions before, and knew they would have to take medication to be cured.

    While Kelly was still filming, her husband ingested a tablet as he told viewers that the "pulls cure you", having cured his two previous battles.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BRAUNWYN 'STOLE MARRIED GIRLFRIEND'

    After 43-year-old Braunwyn revealed there was trouble in paradise with her husband Sean, she came out as gay.

    After breaking up with her girlfriend Kris in April, The Sun exclusively reported that the RHOC star "stole her married girlfriend Fernanda Rocha from her wife."

    Tessa Rocha filed for divorce from personal trainer Fernanda on January 13th, 2021, after over six years spent together.

    In the divorce filing exclusively obtained by The Sun, Tessa initiated the case and is seeking "dissolution without child."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY WAS KELLY DROPPED?

    The decision to drop Kelly, 45, from the show may not surprise fans, as she has been slammed multiple times for her controversial views and comments.

    She previously sparked outrage when she made a toast to “super spreaders” while partying in a crowded restaurant with her husband, Rick Leventhal, and friends. 

    There were people cheering “no masks” at the party, along with cries of "screw Covid."

    Kelly later defended their actions, saying: “I’m getting a lot of hate because we're at a restaurant we’re allowed to be at. We’re allowed to be at a restaurant!”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BRAUWYN SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER FIRING

    Following her axing, Braunwyn told People: "I'm incredibly sad to not be able to come back to The Real Housewives of Orange County next year. I loved every moment of being a Housewife, and am so proud of my time on the show – the good, the bad, and the in-between,"

    "It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV. That is something for which I will forever be grateful. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise's history. What an incredible honor to look back upon, especially during Pride Month.

    "I know I may have been too much for some, and that's okay. I am real, and I am happy being me. I'm so grateful to those who have stood by me. There is a lot more to my life, and I hope you'll stick with me on this journey as I move forward in my next chapter."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS KELLY DODD'S DEPARTURE ANNOUNCED?

    A Bravo spokesperson confirmed the departure of Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas to Variety on Tuesday.

    The RHOC stars’ contracts were not renewed for next season, which is set to start filming next month.

    Current stars Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson will return for the upcoming season, while RHOC is expected to add one or two new women to the cast.

    Heather, 52, previously starred on the Bravo show from seasons seven through 11.

  • Katie Balevic

    BRAUNWYN STOLE GIRLFRIEND FROM WIFE

    In the divorce filing exclusively obtained by The Sun, Tessa initiated the case and is seeking "dissolution without child."

    A source close to the ex-couple spoke exclusively to The Sun about the separation, and the insider claimed the Real Housewives alum initiated a friendship with Braunwyn, 43, in October of 2020.

    The insider alleged that the new couple "became friends through Tamra [Judge]" in the Fall before they "escalated into a sexual relationship" shortly after, while Fernanda was still married to Tessa.

    The insider explained that Tessa and Fernanda are currently in "divorce proceedings," though the fitness instructor has not yet responded to the filing.

    The source claimed the couple's separation has "been really hard because it's been really public, and it's been shameless on their part."

  • Katie Balevic

    RUMORS THAT TAMRA JUDGE MIGHT COME BACK

    Sources close to the Bravo show have got fans talking about former cast members Tamra and Heather signing up for the reality series when it returns for its new season.

    One tweeted: "So apparently Heather and Tamra will be returning to RHOC."

    When asked about their sources, the fan replied they were: "Very close to RHOC."

    The rumors for Heather turned out true.

  • Katie Balevic

    ELIZABETH VARGAS SPEAKS OUT AFTER BEING FIRED FROM RHOC

    Elizabeth Vargas, who only lasted one season and had shocked fans when she admitted to growing up in a cult, took to Instagram to confirm the news of her departure.

    "I would like to thank NBCUniversal and Evolution Media as well as all of the producers, film crew, staff & my manager @sirdavidweintraub for the opportunity to participate in season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

    "COVID 2020 was a very unfortunate and tough year for all of us during filming but we made it happen and I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team.

    "Despite filming during COVID and not really getting to know all the ladies fully, this past year has been the most extraordinary, amazing and beautiful experience of my life. I am so proud of the work we have done and the friendships we were able to build.

    "To the Fans …I can never ever thank you enough for the outpouring of love, support and the kindness you have shown to me. Thank you for a memorable season and helping me to launch my new Vargas Vodka in which a percentage of every bottle sold goes to help save the animals!"

  • Katie Balevic

    FANS ANGRY KELLY DODD IS NOT RETURNING

    After Kelly addressed that she was not returning to RHOC, fans were angry that she had to leave while other problematic housewives got to stay.

    One fan said: "So let me get this straight convicted felons can be on a show, being a recipient of funds stolen from victims is okay, regular racist comments are ignored but Kelly is out? She was the only reason to watch OC for the last few seasons. She said many inappropriate things but c’mon."

    A second one commented: "I’m so pissed that you’re not coming back. But they’re keeping boring Emily and shrieking screamer drama Queen Shannon. Not happy. Good luck in everything. Going to miss watching you. You brought fun and life to the show. Sorry people didn’t get your sense of humor. I loved it."

    And a third even threatened to boycott Bravo, saying: "I said at the end of last season if they don’t bring you back I’m done with ALL housewives! It’s called freedom of speech. Not freedom to believe only my way or the highway!"

  • Katie Balevic

    KELLY DODD DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE BEFORE BEING FIRED

    Kelly told fans on Instagram: "So, we tested positive for Lyme disease," before protesting she had "never had contact with a tick in her life."

    Meanwhile, Rick explained that he had battled the disease on two occasions before, and knew they would have to take medication to be cured.

    While Kelly was still filming, her husband ingested a tablet as he told viewers that the "pulls cure you", having cured his two previous battles.

  • Sophia Caraballo Pineiro

    ANDY COHEN THANKED KELLY DODD

    During his Sirius XM segment, Andy Cohen talked about the RHOC shake-up and thanked Kelly for "her service."

    He said: "I have to say wildly funny and entertaining for many years on the show.

    "And just, you know, really had people talking for many, many years. Thank you to Kelly for her service, honestly."

  • Sophia Caraballo Pineiro

    ANDY COHEN SAYS BRAUNWYN'S FAMILY ISSUES WERE REASON TO FIRE HER

    During his Sirius XM segment, Andy Cohen talked about the RHOC shake-up and gave insight as to why Braunwyn was let go.

    "I will say regarding Braunwyn, I really, I really give it up to her and commend her for being so open and letting us in, especially relating to her journey with sobriety," the Bravo boss said.

    "She was going through some really serious life stuff on the show and she didn't shy away from sharing it with us, which I always appreciate.

    "You know, that being said, I listening to her at the reunion, uh, made me and I think, and the other producers feel like, you know what, maybe at this moment in time being on TV, wasn't the healthiest spot for she and her family.

    "So, um, especially if you're going through the, she was just, I, I think she was dealing with some real, real stuff with her own with herself, with her marriage, with her children. It was a lot."

  • Katie Balevic

    BRAUNWYN SHARES SADNESS ON LEAVING RHOC

    Braunwyn Windham-Burke shared a statement to PEOPLE on her departure from the show.

    "I'm incredibly sad to not be able to come back to The Real Housewives of Orange County next year.

    "I loved every moment of being a Housewife, and am so proud of my time on the show – the good, the bad, and the in-between.

    "It feels revolutionary to say, but I was able to get sober and stay sober on reality TV. That is something for which I will forever be grateful. And I came out, becoming the first gay Housewife in the franchise's history. What an incredible honor to look back upon, especially during Pride Month.

    "I know I may have been too much for some, and that's okay. I am real, and I am happy being me. I'm so grateful to those who have stood by me."

    "There is a lot more to my life, and I hope you'll stick with me on this journey as I move forward in my next chapter."

  • Katie Balevic

    HEATHER DUBROW ALSO RETURNING TO RHOC

    Heather confirmed the rumors on her podcast, Heather Dubrow's World.

    Boss Andy Cohen told her listeners: "Well, Heather, you are coming back for season 16 of Real Housewives of Orange County!"

    She agreed and added: "Is that crazy?"

    Andy told her: "I'm so excited because it's a testament of everything at the right time because the viewers wanted, the show is at a cross-roads, we have some rebuilding to do and I think it's interesting."

  • Katie Balevic

    BRAUNWYN SAYS NOELLA IS THE 'LIFE OF THE PARTY'

    On Noella's guest appearance last season, Braunwyn described her as "the life of the party."

    "She doesn't hold anything back. She is unapologetically herself," the mother of seven said during a confessional last year.

    Noella is married to accident attorney James Bergener, and they live in Pelican Crest in Newport, California.

    They share an 8-month-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, while James has a son from a previous relationship.

    Noella, who has made several cameos on Braunwyn's Instagram page, will be joining Heather Dubrow, who will return after a four-year absence from the show.

  • Katie Balevic

    RHOC HIRES SOCIALITE NOELLA BERGENER FOR SEASON 16

    REAL Housewives of Orange County has hired Noella Bergener as a cast member for season 16- despite her best friend Braunwyn Windham-Burke's recent firing, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

    Fans first met socialite Noella, 36, during season 15, when she and Braunwyn got together to talk about the former RHOC star's relationship with her husband, Sean Burke.

    A source exclusively told The Sun that Noella, 36, is set to join the RHOC cast in the upcoming season.

    "Noella is coming on board as a cast member for the new season, though Braunwyn will not be returning," the source told us.

    "They tested her out before the firing decisions were made. She has good chemistry with other potential new cast members."

    Braunwyn Windham-Burke's best friend, Noella, is joining RHOCCredit: Instagram
  • Katie Balevic

    POSITIVE BEVERAGE CUTS TIES WITH KELLY ON INSTAGRAM

    Positive Beverage revealed that they learned a lot from 2020, including the importance of words and of listening to their customers.

    As such, they revealed they had an “action to share” in an announcement on their Instagram story.

    Head of Brand Zach Muchnick said: "Our core values of wellness, community, diversity and inclusion should be reflected by our brand and anyone associated with it. It has become clear over the past few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our primary objectives, so effective today, we are no longer affiliated with Kelly Dodd-Leventhal."

    The statement continued with comments from CEO Shannon Argyros: "We welcome all people — however they are and whatever they are passionate about — to Positive Beverage, but there must always be an underlying layer of respect. Unfortunately, we feel Kelly’s stance is no longer congruent with our core values. We appreciate her contributions during our affiliation, and she will always be a part of Positive Beverage’s history, but we do not align with her opinions or global views while we uphold our own values."

  • Katie Balevic

    KELLY PREVIOUSLY FIRED BY POSITIVE BEVERAGE

    DRINK company Positive Beverage announced in January that the brand will no longer be affiliated with Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd.

    The 45-year-old TV personality has been fired from the company because of her “controversial views and opinions,” just after she hinted that she's also been fired from RHOC.

    Over the past year, Kelly has come under fire for her views on the coronavirus pandemic, calling it "God's way of thinning the herd” at one point.

    Just over the weekend, she made a cheers to “super spreaders” and “no masks” while out partying in a crowded New Port Beach restaurant with her husband, Rick Leventhal, and friends.

    In October, she also faced backlash for wearing a hat that read "Drunk Wives Matter," as many thought it was insensitive toward the Black Lives Matter movement, at her bridal shower.

  • Sophia Caraballo Pineiro

    KELLY SUED OVER DOG

    According to Radar Online, the RHOC star's poodle, Chloe, has been accused of attacking multiple strangers on the beach.

    The Bravo star and Michael were recently hit with legal papers by the City of Newport Beach, according to documents obtained by the outlet.

    The city filed a petition on September 8, 2020 to determine if Chloe was “potentially dangerous.”

    The case comes after the small white Poodle mix was accused of biting multiple strangers.

    According to the filing, Chloe- who was unprovoked- was involved in more than two different occasions over the past three years that “required a defensive action by a person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog were off the property of the owner.”

    Additionally, the city claimed Chloe “bit a person causing” injury.

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