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The Real Reason Why Some ‘Real Housewives’ Decide Not To Return To The Series Revealed!

There's nothing quite as thrilling as finding out who will be returning next season. From Bethenny Frankel's departure from The Real Housewives of New York City in Season 4 to NeNe Leakes' depature from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in Season 9 and Heather Dubrow's recent exit from The Real Housewives of Orange County, there have been some major cast shakeups that have rocked the Bravo world.

Ryan Flynn, Bravo Executive Producer of both RHONY and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, revealed when it's time for a certain cast member to say goodbye to the show.

"Most often than not it is a mutual understanding and a decision and it’s not even so much of a we’re telling someone to leave," he told Meghan and Rachel, hosts of The Daily Dish podcast. "Everyone knows the time is just right." What defines that "right time" could be a myriad of things, according to the exec. "Whether it's a first season Housewife that just didn't click or never sort of found the rhythm, or whether it's someone who's been on many seasons who is just a very different person from when we started with them and their life is in a place now where it just maybe doesn't make sense for us to be sort of in their lives every day."

Regardless of the reason, these decisions are never made lightly. "It's a process and it's a know, not everyone goes quietly into the night," Ryan added. "Sometimes, understandably, there's some hurt feelings or some confusion. I think when we all think, 'Oh my God, we could never move on without fill in the blank,' somehow we do. We find new lives and new stories and new challenges with new cast, with current Housewives that you know it's just kind of everyone keeps trudging along."

"I think we've learned lessons, we don't get rid of too many at one time," Ryan said. "I forgot what season it was on [The Real Housewives of] New York [City], we let go of three at once. That's a lot of change. And I think almost too much change sometimes for the audience to accept...but hey, in a season if it's one out, one in you make it work and I think fans are also excited about new [Housewives]."

When asked which Housewife he was most sad to see leave, Ryan touched down on the O.C. "I think Lydia McLaughlin was someone who I was sad to see go," said Ryan, who was EP for RHOC at the time. "When she didn't come back the first time, we all wanted her back. And it just didn't work for a lot of reasons. I think it was family. I think it was kids. I think it's a lot of things. But as a fan, even though I don't oversee Orange County anymore, I'm so excited that she's back because I always loved that sort of that spunky, sparkly energy. She's the kind of woman who would step foot in a pit of fire and somehow dance through it all and smile. And I think that's so great about her."

You can listen to the entire episode now.

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