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

Two former “Real Housewives” stars spoke out about Bravo’s decision to keep people on shows, despite having major and sometimes legal problems.

For example, Teresa Giudice, the star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” was not fired by the network, although she was found guilty of fraud charges in 2014, according to E! News. Jen Shah is also still seen in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” despite pleading guilty to wire transfer 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 chatted with host Adam Newell about the network’s decision to put people like Giudice and Shah on their respective “Real Housewives”. franchisees.

Here’s what you need to know:

Dodd and Leventhal got a question sent in by an “Up and Adam” subscriber.

“How do you reconcile the nature and magnitude of Bravo’s support for Housewives with actual felony convictions to stay on the show compared to getting fired? How much do you think public opinion versus favoritism weighs in that decision?” Newell asked as he read the question.

Both Dodd and Levethal loved the question.

“You talk all the time about that all these women have criminal convictions or criminal charges and they’re still on the show,” Leventhal told Dodd.

“Well, that’s because Bravo is a company. They don’t care. Do you think they care about any of us? They do not. And it’s… they exploit. This is what it is. … And it encourages reviews. They are a business. And if you don’t have their agenda or you’re not on board, they’ll cancel or fire you because they don’t like what you have to say,” Dodd said.

“I think they’re holding on to controversial numbers for as long as they think they can, in order to increase the ratings. And certain things are, I think, less blatant in their opinion 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 got myself fired. I hurt them a lot. I caused them a lot of trouble. And you know, I’m sorry. Like, 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 eventually decided to keep other stars in despite committing crimes.

“So certain crimes are apparently okay,” Leventhal said when Newell raised Giudice who returned to RHONJ after being behind bars for a while. “Certain words are not,” he added.

“Yes. Words aren’t,” Dodd echoed.

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