Being a Real Housewife means fame and one hell of a paycheck, but there’s a high turnover rate between seasons.
We’ve already reported who’s out in The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s latest cast shakeups — but who’s in?
Take a look!
We have new information about the RHOC cast, and it’s not about Shannon Beador’s divorce.
RadarOnline reports that Emily Moore Simpson is one of the new additions to the cast for this new season.
Emily Moore Simpson has actually been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County before — or, at least, her company has.
She and her sister-in-law run a party-planning business, and they have a little "as featured on" banner on their site.
Emily is also a licensed attorney.
Apparently this erstwhile Ohio girl is a hit with some of her new costars, as RadarOnline reports that "Shannon and Kelly get along with Emily marvelously."
Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd are, of course, part of the returning cast.
Gina Kirschenheiter is another new name.
She’s a little enigmatic, even for a newcomer.
But RadarOnline reports that she’s no stranger to the cast.
"Gina and Tamra have been friends for a very long time, and Tamra recruited her on the show."
It’s also been whispered that Gina’s friend, Tatiana Beene, will also be joining the cast, but that isn’t even a little bit confirmed.
Lydia McLaughlin has quit the show … again. That’s her version, anyway.
She says that she quit because she can only handle one season at a time without feeling overwhelmed. Which is interesting, since rumor had suggested that her name was on Bravo’s chopping block.
Meghan King Edmonds quit RHOC, too.
She said that it’s because she’s pregnant and because IVF has really done a number on her. That may be so.
But there was a report that she got fired for trying to use her pregnancy to leverage more money out of producers. That would appear to have backfired.
Finally, Peggy Sulahian was ousted from the series.
It turns out that being an infamous homophobe who allegedly tried to have her own (gay) brother dragged out of their father’s funeral didn’t win her a lot of fans.
Also, she just did not make for good television.
We have to wonder how these new additions will shake up the dynamics on the show.
Shannon and Kelly are apparently really hitting things off with Emily.
And Tamra is already close to Gina.
Given the reports that Shannon and Tamra are feuding as part of the fallout of Shannon’s divorce, we could be seeing new Real Housewife factions forming already.
And how will Vicki Gunvalson, who is definitely returning, fit into all of this?
Technically, these new additions to the cast have yet to be officially confirmed.
Bravo has declined to comment on casting "rumors."
But we should mention that Gina Kirschenheiter’s Instagram, which only goes back a few days — which you might expect from someone who created her Instagram in anticipation of becoming a reality star — features a hint.
Beside a makeup-free selfie, she wrote:
"First post as the ‘real gina kirschenheiter.’"
That strikes many as a major clue, if not an outright confirmation.