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Andy Cohen Addresses Tamra Judge’s RHOC Departure; Says He Hopes “She Will Come Back In Some Form, Either This Season Or In The Next Couple”

Andy Cohen sounds off on Tamra Judge's departure from The Real Housewives of Orange County. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen opened up about Tamra's "entertaining, surprising, and dramatic" time on the Bravo hit reality series.

“I’m hoping, and this is not lip service, that she will come back in some form, either this season or in the next couple. Because I just think she is someone that I am always interested in, I always want to check in with her on,” he said on Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show Andy Cohen Live, according to PEOPLE.

“She has been an incredible Housewife, she really has,” he continued. “She’s been dramatic, she’s vulnerable… she has been great.”

Tamra joined RHOC back in 2007 during the show's third season and has appeared on a total of 12 seasons. A source revealed that she was “asked back for three episodes, so producers could close out her storyline.”

Cohen confirmed that on his radio show. “We had offered her three episodes to come back and kind of wrap out her story. … That is true,” he said. “She didn’t want to do that.”

“Look, she’s been on the show for 12 years. We wanted to give her a send-off,” Cohen said.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Judge, who was the longest remaining full-time cast member in the franchise, confirmed that she will not be returning to RHOC for Season 15.

“It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told PEOPLE. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.”

“Eddie and the my kids are very excited,” Judge adds of husband and her four children — sons Ryan Vieth (34), and Spencer Barney (19), and daughter Sydney Barney (21), and Sophia Barney (14).

“I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she added. “It’s meant a lot.”

Judge also announced her exit from the series. “I’m sad to go but I’m very excited about my future,” she wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Eddie.

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