After a bumpy fourth season, Locken announced that she would be departing the reality show in an exclusive with People. She was one of the most popular housewives in the RHOD cast, so her exit comes as a shock.
“The last four years have been a trolley-slapping good time but after much consideration, I have made the personal decision to step away from ‘RHOD,’” Locken said in a statement to People.
Last season, she married her fiancé, Rich Emberlin. According to the former housewife, getting to share her wedding and happiness with fans of the show was a joy for her. However, she wants to move on and refocus on her philanthropy, which she mentioned was a big reason why she joined the show in the first place. She also thanked her many fans for their enthusiasm and support throughout her time on the series.
“It’s been an amazing journey, and yes my pantyliner is still exhausted. There are so many exciting things on my horizon that I can’t wait to share with you.”
She also announced the news herself on her Twitter page last night.
“With all the love in heart thank you for the years of laughter and love!” Locken tweeted.
In response to the tweet officially announcing her departure, dozens of the star’s fans flocked to her comments section to tell her how upset they were that she wasn’t returning. Several people said the show wouldn’t be the same without her and that they would no longer be watching if she wasn’t on it.
Despite her popularity, Locken was easily one of the most controversial cast members on RHOD. She repeatedly butted heads with almost every one of her co-stars, particularly Brandi Redmond and newcomer Kary Brittingham. In Season 4, she came under fire for making racially insensitive remarks about Kary, who is Mexican. She was labeled “racist” by some of her fellow housewives and many people on social media.
Redmond also courted controversy when a video resurfaced of her making fun of Asian people. The Inquisitr recently reported that Locken shared her two cents on Redmond’s recent stint in a wellness center, claiming she was playing the victim. Many people believed that Locken was responsible for leaking the video, but her wedding planner, Steve Kemble, came forward to admit to posting it.