When the last remaining OG Real Housewives of Orange County cast member, Vicki Gunvalson, got demoted to a "friend" ahead of the series’ 14th season, fans worried that Tamra Judge — who’s been on the show since Season 3 — might suffer a similar fate.
Though the 52-year-old is currently the longest-running "housewife" in the entire franchise with 12 seasons under her belt, Bravo likes to shake things up on viewers — meaning that no woman is ever safe from the chopping block.
So, is Tamra Judge leaving RHOC?
In a recent interview, the mother of four indicated that she has no plans to quit the series, but might walk away if she was ever demoted like Vicki.
"I feel like [if] there’s a point where I’m not that interesting, then I just might leave on a high note and just go, 'OK, I’m done.' I don’t know that I’d stay as a friend," she told Us Weekly.
During an appearance on E!’s Daily Pop, Tamra criticized Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel’s recent exit strategy, claiming that the Skinnygirl founder’s statement about her departure from the show was a load of BS.
"I hate when a housewife either gets fired or says she quits… When they go on record [and] say, 'I just need to spend time with my kids,'" Tamra admitted. "[I’m] just like, 'Really? Because you weren’t spending time because we work three hours a day?'" Sounds like a pretty cushy gig to us.
Tamra’s upcoming feud with Kelly Dodd will be one of the worst we’ve ever seen.
No wonder Tamra hasn’t been demoted yet… she never runs out of people to fight with! In a chat with Entertainment Tonight, the blonde beauty revealed that her friendship with co-star Kelly is officially over following an incident that takes place later this season.
"Kelly does something towards the end of the (season) that is very hurtful and very damaging," Tamra hinted. "I tried not to bring too much light to it, because I really didn’t want to talk about it, so I kind of kept those emotions in."
The California native elaborated on the situation a bit more following the Season 14 premiere in August. "There’s a fine line between damaged and evil, and I think she’s evil," Tamra explained to Us Weekly.
"She went on social media talking about my husband [Eddie Judge], talking about a prior business he [worked for], talking about my kids. She has no boundaries… I don’t think she has the ability to be a really good friend. She doesn’t have anybody’s back."
Kelly did refer to Tamra’s eldest son, Ryan Vieth, as "the worst" during an August 27 episode of the podcast Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino. The 43-year-old also complained about the 33-year-old’s continued guest appearances, claiming that "nobody wants to see" him on the series.
We can’t help but wonder if this conflict will jeopardize Kelly’s future as a Bravo star when it all plays out on television later this year.
Watch new episodes of RHOC on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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