Earlier this year, Tamra Judge shocked fans when she announced her exit from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Her leaving the show was more complicated than fans previously assumed. Most of them thought it had something to do with Vicki Gunvalson.
The RHOC OG star was the first to make the announcement. Within 24 hours later, Tamra announced her exit. She previously revealed that it had to do with money. The network demoted her to a housewife friend. And, she got less money. So, does Tamra have any regrets about her exit?
RHOC alum shares her regret from her exit
Per Reality Blurb, Tamra Judge appeared on the Getting Real with the Real Housewives podcast. She did not leave. The network fired her. This came after Tamra turned down the demoted role. She also discussed whether she would ever return to the show.
“So I had gotten a call and I was camping and the producers said, ‘The network has decided to go in a different direction,'” Tamra Judge revealed on the podcast. “And I’m like, ‘What?! Okay, well, I thought we start filming in like a couple day, right?’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah, we’re completely shocked at this. But they know you [had] said that you’ve never become a friend, so they want to give you a limited role.’ And I’m like, ‘No thank you.'”
Well, of course that’s not how Tamra said it. As TV Shows Ace previously reported, she said it in a very Tamra way. She told the producer to “F*** off!” which led to her firing. The CUT Fitness owner was upset when she received the news. Suddenly, Tamra found herself wondering what she was going to do next.
“I just took like a week or so and I just absorbed it.” Tamra said. “I went through this whole like, ‘Oh my God, this is the end of an era for me, this is it, like I’m done.’ I cried and was scared and I was like, ‘What do I do next?’ and ‘Who am I?’ you know, what’s my future like, 12 years is a long time.'”
Tamra regretted her choice of words. She also regrets the entire process. The reality star would have rather left on her “own terms” instead of receiving that phone call. But she’s remaining optimistic. Tamra still feels that “everything happens for a reason.”
Tamra Judge is unsure if she’ll return to Bravo series
Returning to the show may not be something she wants. She even thought about leaving reality TV altogether during her ex-husband Simon Barney’s cancer diagnosis. Tamra realizes returning would not be easy. She noted Southern Charm’s Cameran Eubanks and The Real Housewives of Dallas’ LeeAnne Locken leaving their own respective shows.
Tamra feels that reality TV can become addicting, almost “like a drug.” She feels that being on television and receiving a regular paycheck provides that high. But overtime, it doesn’t lead to eternal happiness.
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“I think that reality TV’s getting really hard for the cast.” Tamra explained. “I think that people are [not] happy, people are hurting people purposefully, going after their family, their businesses. It gets to a point where it gets so stressful that I’m like, this is hard, I don’t want to be a part of it.”
The podcast host asked Tamra if she would be open to “leaving the door open” to return to RHOC. She responded with a resounding “Yeah!” The entrepreneur has no idea where her life will take her. She doesn’t even know what she’ll be doing in a year from now. It’s clear that Tamra misses the show.
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