A former “Real Housewives” star revealed that she felt “attacked” by both Bravo and Andy Cohen before being fired.
“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Kelly Dodd joined the cast of the franchise in Season 11 and was fired after Season 15.
In an interview on the show “Up and Adam,” the former reality star opened up a bit about her time on the show, particularly towards the end. She also weighed in on how she feels the show is doing without her.
Here’s what you need to know:
During her interview, Dodd was asked about RHOC and how she thinks the show has been doing since she left.
“What do you think of the show since you left?” Dodd was asked.
“I felt like I was being attacked, okay, by Bravo and Andy Cohen. He said we’re going to renew, we’re going to do a reboot. And he was like, ‘You’re losing followers,'” Dodd replied. I mean, I am now, but then I didn’t lose any followers. And he said, ‘People write to me and say you’re this and this and this and this’,” recalls Dodd. “Absolutely, you know… …they tried to blame me…,” said Dodd, as her husband filled in the blank.
“They tried to blame her for all the problems the show had,” said Rick Leventhal. “They were still getting more than a million viewers every week,” he added.
Dodd went on to say that her final season was filmed over a five-week period due to COVID.
“I thought I did that pretty well because everyone had COVID and I wasn’t scared of it,” Dodd said. “They thought I was irresponsible. They thought I was leaving my child when that wasn’t the case at all. Not at all. They kind of painted me like I was bad,” Dodd said.
Leventhal realized that Dodd had gone a bit off track and asked her again.
“Andy Cohen said to me, and he called me too, and he said, ‘Your time on the show in front of the camera was good, it’s your social media that made you look bad,'” Dodd said. She kind of joked that she “should have” hired a person on social media to manage her accounts, but ended up not going that way.
Dodd went on to say it wasn’t a good idea to take Heather DuBrow back.
As for RHOC, however, Dodd finds the show “boring.”
“I’d rather see paint dry,” she said. “And you know what? I don’t care what Andy Cohen says, it’s the ‘delayed numbers.’ It’s not just the delayed numbers,” she continued.
Leventhal weighed in that the show has had the lowest ratings after Dodd left.
“They’ve only had more than a million once, I think. The show sucked without Kelly,” he said.
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