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‘Real Housewives’ stars accuse Bravo of ‘exploiting’ people for ratings.

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Two former Real Housewives stars spoke out about Bravo’s decision to keep people on shows despite facing major and sometimes troubling legal troubles.

For example, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice hasn’t been fired from the network, although according to E! was found guilty of fraud in 2014! News. Also, Jen Shah is still on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” despite pleading guilty to wire fraud in July 2022, according to NBC News.

In an interview on the show Up and Adam, former Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd and her husband Rick Leventhal spoke to host Adam Newell about the network’s decision to include the likes of Giudice and Shah on their respective ” Real Housewives “to keep” franchise.

Here’s what you need to know:

Dodd and Leventhal were asked a question sent in by an Up and Adam subscriber.

“How do you reconcile the nature and extent of Bravo’s support for housewives with actual felony convictions to keep you on the show versus your firing?” How much public opinion vs. favoritism do you think goes into this decision?” Newell asked, reading the question.

Both Dodd and Levethal thought the question was great.

“They talk all the time about all these women having a criminal record or criminal record and they’re still on the show,” Leventhal told Dodd.

“Well, that’s because Bravo is a business. They do not care. Do you think they’re interested in any of us? They don’t. And it’s… they take advantage of it. That’s it. … And it’s driving ratings. You are a business. And if you don’t have their agenda or aren’t on board, they call you off or fire you because they don’t like what you have to say,” Dodd said.

“I think they hold on to controversial numbers for as long as they think they can in order to boost the odds. And certain things they find less egregious than others,” Leventhal added.

Dodd was fired from Bravo after she made some controversial comments about the coronavirus, according to Us Weekly.

“Listen, I ended up getting fired because of myself, I’m the one who fired me. I have caused them much grief. I caused them a lot of trouble. And you know, I’m sorry. I feel bad,” she told Jeff Lewis on his SiriusXM radio show.

Both Dodd and Leventhal said Bravo let Dodd go for things she said, but the network ultimately chose to let other stars continue despite committing crimes.

“So certain crimes are apparently fine,” Leventhal said when Newell brought up Giudice, who returned to RHONJ after spending time behind bars. “Certain words aren’t,” he added.

“Yes. Words aren’t,” repeated Dodd.

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