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Bravo Officially Confirms Heather Dubrow’s ‘RHOC’ Return, Andy Cohen Admits He Didn’t Think Heather Would Return For Season 16!

Bravo has confirmed that Heather Dubrow is officially returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County for Season 16. 

The network shared the news via their official Instagram page. 

Bravo captioned the post, “SUPER SWEET 1️⃣6️⃣! The Real Housewives of Orange County is officially returning for Season 16 with the queen of champs, @HeatherDubrow 🥂. Link in bi🍊 for more details on this season's #RHOC cast!”

Meanwhile, Dubrow and Andy Cohen opened up about her RHOC return. “It just is a testament to kind of everything at the right time,” Cohen explained during the Wednesday, June 16, episode of the “Heather Dubrow’s World” podcast, according to Us Weekly. “I think the viewers want it, the show is at a crossroads right now, we have some rebuilding to do. … I think when you left the show you were at a place where you were really over it. You just weren’t into it.”

He added: “It just goes to show that you could, years later, just have the perspective to be like, ‘You know what? Maybe I can handle this in a different way.’ … I love your attitude about coming back.”

Cohen confessed that he didn’t believe Dubrow would return because of earlier conversations they had about the prospect.

“We had talked a couple of years ago about you maybe coming back, and we had all kind of said, ‘Well, maybe it is the right moment but maybe it’s actually not,’ and I personally felt that it was too soon from when you left,” Cohen recalled. “You want to come back when everybody is really, really hyped up and excited about it and I think that that’s the time now. But I just thought, ‘Oh, well, there’s been people on Twitter for a year being like, “Well, bring back Heather Dubrow, bring back Heather,”‘ and so, in my mind, I thought, ‘Well, you know what? She’s seeing all these tweets and she’s gonna say, “Well, eff you guys. Like, now you want me back?”‘ I was glad that you were like, ‘No, no, no, let’s talk about it, and I get it.’”

Dubrow revealed that producers reached out to her about the idea in December 2020, and her initial reaction was to laugh it off. However, she ultimately changed her mind. “Honestly, a year ago or two years ago, I might’ve said no ‘cause [of] what you’re talking about. Timing is a big deal, but at the time that I left, the culture of the show had changed a bit since when I joined the show. I think we could agree on that. I wasn’t happy, and I think it was a good mutual decision that maybe my time on the show was done,” she noted. “Now, things are a little bit different, right? My family’s in a different place, my kids are a little bit older, the [coronavirus] pandemic has sort of given me a different perspective on things. Then I started thinking about, ‘OK, how many times do you get to go back and try something again?’”

She continued, “You’re like, ‘If I went back and I could do it again, I think I would have a better time or I would be more successful if I did this,’” she detailed. “This isn’t really completely like a do-over, but there’s something about being able to kind of go back.”

Durbow reveals that her four children with husband Terry Dubrow — twins Nick and Max, 17, and daughters Kat, 14, and Coco, 10 — weighed in as well during a “family meeting.”

“They were 100 percent — all of them — all in,” she said, adding that her kids are one of the main reasons she wanted to return. “It’s our version of a normal family that I would like to show the world.”

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, and Kelly Dodd are not returning to RHOC for Season 16. According to reports, Bravo decided not to renew their contracts.

A spokesperson confirmed the news to Variety about Windhand-Burke, Lyn Vargas, and Dodd’s departures. 

Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson, however, are all returning to RHOC for Season 16. They will be joined by former Housewife Heather Dubrow, who originally left the series in 2017 after five seasons. Variety added that one or two new women will also join the cast.

A few days ago, it was reported that Braunwyn’s best friend Noella Bergener is joining the cast for Season 16. 

“Noella is coming on board as a cast member for the new season, though Braunwyn will not be returning,” a source told The Sun. “They tested her out before the firing decisions were made. She has good chemistry with other potential new cast members.”


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