Tamra Judge recently spoke about the way in which Heather Dubrow was let go from The Real Housewives of Orange County years ago.
According to a report from Hollywood Life on June 22, Tamra appeared on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast, where she said Heather took her supposed firing “bad” and added that her exit from the show was “hard for her.”
However, an insider said that — prior to her exit from the show — Heather was offered a reduced role for Season 12, a position she ultimately decided not to take.
“Heather was offered something by production and turned it down, so she wasn’t really fired,” the source explained.
Tamra told David that she believed Heather was let go from the show due to “personality clashes” she had with executives. She said she knew Heather had been offered a part-time role for Season 12 and speculated that it was a way for producers to “smack her around” before bringing her back into a full time position for Season 13.
As fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County well know, Tamra ultimately saw the same fate as Heather. In January of this year, the blonde announced she would not be participating in the series’ 15th season because she didn’t want to be featured in anything less than a “Housewife” position.
Vicki Gunvalson eventually made the same decision. Although she took up Bravo’s Season 14 offer for a part-time position on the series — after Heather refused to do the same — she eventually left the show completely in January of this year, just one day prior to Tamra announcing her own sudden departure.
“[Heather] reached out to me as soon as she found out about [me getting fired] and she’s like, ‘I can’t even believe this! What is going on in the world?’ She told me [it took her] a while. She goes, ‘It probably took me three years to follow people and talk about the Housewives again,'” Tamra recalled on David’s podcast.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Tamra felt that Bravo’s decision to let Heather go was their biggest casting mistake yet and noted that The Real Housewives of Orange County has not been the same since she left. The blonde then noted that, while Heather wanted things done a certain way on the show, other cast members of the series have been far worse and have actually yelled and screamed at their producers.