Lydia McLaughlin: Leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County

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Lydia McLaughlin is exiting The Real Housewives of Orange County after one season of the flagship Bravo franchise, the reality star herself confirms.

"It's bittersweet," McLaughlin told Us Weekly of her departure.

"I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you're not going to end up with. It's hard, but overall you know you're doing the right thing."

Lydia McLaughlin on The Real Housewives of Orange County

The quirky, Canadian-born magazine entrepreneur and married mother of two is just the latest reported casualty of the long-running reality smash.

Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi were l, leaving Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Heather Dubrow as the only holdovers still appearing.

Typically chill and laid back during her short tenure on the show, McLaughlin says there is "no epic story" or feud behind her decision to leave the show.

"I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife. That's never really been a dream of mine," says the mother of sons Stirling, 4, and Maverick, 2.

"I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives. I've always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it"

"I definitely don't have any regrets," she says. "I got to be kind of a different voice, and I think that my fans love the love and positivity that I brought."

As for keeping in touch with her now ex-costars? "I still see Alexis and Gretchen," she says, adding that "Ironically they're not on the show anymore!"

Tell us, THGers and Bravo fans: When the show returns for a ninth season, will you miss Lydia McLaughlin on The Real Housewives of Orange County?

 

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Lydia was such an instigating shit stirrer. I could not stand her, everything about her pissed me off. Two faced, acting so godly and above everyone then she was always someone who talked shit or started shit. What an idiot. uuugh, so glad she is not coming back!!

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I didn't like Lydia from the start. She is not nearly as gorgeous or ornate as the other ladies on the show. Her husband is ugly, she is NOT attractive and there was nothing interesting about watching her on this show. I'm glad she's leaving.

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Theres somthing not right with this one i liked her till she attaced slade like she did cant call yourself godly then act the way .condoning mothers who bring up their kids stoned then beliving a drug addict wont use around your kids . Or do you just pray thst all is right

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She's a beautiful, down to earth girl - she doesn't belong on a show like the Real Housewives, good for her!

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ONLY ISSUE I EVER HAD WITH LYDIA WAS WHEN SHE WENT SO BERSERK OVER THE CHEESEBURGER STATEMENT MADE BY SLADE. I REALLY DON'T THINK HE MEANT ANYTHING BAD BY IT AND SHE BLEW IT TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT THUS CALLING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE. I WILL MISS GRETCHEN THO.

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I can't stand a person who can't close their mouth. There is nothing attractive about Lydia. She has a whinny voice, eyes look perpetually startled, looks anorexic, dresses funny, should I continue?

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WHAT HOUSE WOULD MARRY HER ???

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Thank God. She was a total bore and did not fit in with the other ladies.

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.......damn.

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Man this chick has some big ole choppers . Cross between a woodchuck and a white devil . Her ego is far beyond her slimy net worth . Nom nom nom ! Eat them wood chucks gurl!

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