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Kelly Dodd’s Husband Rick Leventhal Leaving Fox News After 20 Years!

Rick Leventhal, the husband of Real Housewives of Orange County alum Kelly Dodd, is leaving his job at Fox News after more than 20 years at the network.

A spokesperson for Fox News confirmed Leventhal’s imminent departure.

“Rick Leventhal’s work as a senior correspondent for Fox News Channel has been remarkable — from being one of the first reporters at the scene on 9/11, to covering the Iraq War, the War on Terror in Afghanistan, decades of major hurricanes, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, and a prisoner manhunt at Dannemora — he delivered vivid and powerful journalism that became a signature part of the network’s history,” the spokesperson told Page Six in a statement.

“When Rick came to us and asked to cease reporting breaking news nationally and remain in Los Angeles where we relocated him at his request in 2020, we understood and respected his decision to spend more time with his wife building a new life in California,” the statement from Fox News continued. “We wish him much luck and happiness in all of his future endeavors and thank him for his incredible contributions to Fox News Media over the last 24 years.”

Meanwhile, a source told Page Six that the 61-year-old reporter no longer wanted to report on breaking news and preferred to remain in California instead of traveling across the country — while still commanding his high salary — which didn’t jibe with his job description.

Leventhal’s last day at Fox News will reportedly be on June 28, 2021.

Leventhal’s Fox News departure comes days after his wife Dodd along with fellow co-stars Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas 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 adds that one or two new women will also join the cast.


Photo Credit: Courtesy via Kelly Dodd/Instagram