Tamra Judge returns to The Real Housewives of Orange County after a three-year absence. Former Judge co-star Kelly Dodd mentioned her return for the show’s upcoming season during a YouTube video from July 2022.
While filming the video, Dodd’s husband, former Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal, read a comment from a fan who said they wanted her to “star in the new season of ‘OC'” as Judge.
“Yes, well, Tamra is with Andy Cohen. Andy Cohen obviously hates me. I do not know why. I didn’t like stealing from people. Maybe I should. Maybe I should be a thief,” Dodd replied.
As Leventhal shared, another fan commented that Cohen “should get [Dodd] back on any show,” she suggested that she didn’t think the Bravo producer would ask her to star in a series.
“He hates me,” claimed the mother-of-one.
On July 20, Judge performed “See What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” to confirm her “RHOC” return. During the interview, she shared that she appreciates being released from the show after the fourteenth season. She explained that she had a “completely different perspective” while filming season 17 of RHOC.
“I think taking two years off is probably the best thing you could ever do to me, even though I didn’t like it,” Judge said. “Because I’ve been on the show for 12 years and I feel like if you’re on it that long you become a professional ‘housewife’ and then when you’re gone you’re like oh, ow. I did this? Yeah you live your life and you move on and live a normal life and you’re like I’m some kind of asshole. So you come back with a different perspective. I saw that while filming Ultimate Girls Trip. I totally felt it.”
While taping a July 2022 episode of her podcast Two Ts In A Pod, co-hosted by former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Judge shared that Cohen wanted her to announce that that she is returning to RHOC. during her “WWHL” performance on July 19, along with her former co-star Vicki Gunvalson. As fans are aware, Gunvalson also left RHOC after season 14. Judge explained that they shared the news about the July 20 episode of WWHL “out of respect” for the 60-year-old’s feelings. She also noted that she called Gunvalson after Cohen confirmed her return.
“I called her, told her she was nice but she was sad. sad sad sad. And I said, ‘Listen, I’d love if you filmed with me, I know that sounds like oh dear, thanks, but I’d love for you to come along as much as possible. I know they want it, so who knows what’s going to happen next year.” Hung up and before I hung up I said, ‘Please don’t tell anyone,’” Judge said.
The mother-of-four revealed she believed Gunvalson told former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin that she was returning to RHOC.
“She’s going to the Hamptons to this big fundraiser that Jill Zarin threw and the next thing I know, Jill Zarin is announcing I’m back on ‘Housewives,'” explained Judge.
July 21 Gunvalson went to Instagram to congratulate Judge on her return to RHOC. The post included several photos of the couple posing together.
“My friend, my soulmate, my sister is back on #rhoc 🍊🎥🧡 I loved reclaiming your orange with @bravoandy on #wwhl @tamrajudge last night. Go give ’em H***, girl! #memories #bravotv #fun #rhoc #shesback🍊,” the post captioned.
Judge commentted on the post and wrote, “Ahhh cutie thanks so much! You are next!!!!!”
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