‘RHOP’ Alum Katie Rost’s Life Looks Utterly Different Now, and She’s Happier That Way

Elizabeth Randolph - Author

Feb. 10 2023, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

Content warning: This article mentions allegations of sexual abuse and discusses substance misuse.

With seven seasons on Bravo, The Real Housewives of Potomac has officially carved out its OG’s. Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Ashley Darby, and Charisse Jackson-Jordan have kept Potomac's roots alive since 2016. Over the years, several past cast members have returned from RHOP’s first run, including one of the first champagne flute holders, Katie Rost.

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Katie joined RHOP Season 1 as a socialite from the affluent DMV area. She was mostly known for stirring the pot among her cast members, including Gizelle, Robyn, Ashley, and Ashley’s estranged husband, Michael Darby. Fans will never forget Katie screaming to Gizelle, “You’re a stupid woman who says stupid things!” in Season 1.

Since Katie’s departure, the former model has been transparent about her life post-reality TV. So, where is Katie Rost now after RHOP? Here’s everything we know.

Katie Rost posing on the red carpet in February 2020.
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Katie Rost appeared on ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ Seasons 1–4.

Katie was a full-time housewife on RHOP Season 1. Unfortunately, by Season 2, Bravo demoted her as a “friend of,” before ultimately parting ways with her in Season 3.

The network might have been listening to fans who missed Katie’s antics on the show. By Season 4, she returned to RHOP as a friend, and fans became concerned about her behavior. She was also in the middle of a tumultuous divorce and custody battle with her ex-husband, Dr. James Orsini.

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Katie’s time at Bravo ended after she left a scathing Instagram message to Andy Cohen after reportedly being left out of the reunion. In the post, she also called out Ashley’s husband, calling him “Chester the Molester.” At the time, Michael was in the middle of a lawsuit for sexual assault accusations against an RHOP cameraman.

The Bravo alum admitted she “relapsed” on several substances, including “drugs, White Claw and Adderall, and sex."

After Katie left Housewives, she continued sharing her journey via her social media channels. In February 2023, Katie took to Twitter to open up about her battle with substance misuse. The former Bravolebrity told her followers she had relapsed after being physically dependent on multiple substances.

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“I relapsed; I had decided to abstain from drugs, White Claw and Adderall, and sex,” Katie tweeted. “Tonight, I failed in one of those.”

Although she was disappointed with the slip, Katie decided to take care of herself moving forward. After indulging, she said she “went immediately to a meeting.”

“But yup, starting over: Day 1 #recovery,” she ended her post.

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Following her reveal, Katie received questions from plenty of concerned fans. One follower asked if she had a sponsor in her recovery, and Katie confirmed she had one and replied that she was a “lucky girl.”

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Katie Rost said she makes “$14 an hour” and has said it makes her feel like "a real person."

In addition to posting about her recovery, Katie also uses her platforms to update fans on her daily life. On Feb. 4, 2023, the former reality star snapped a selfie while attending her first shift at her new job.

“Jesus Christ, I started working, like a real job,” Katie said on Instagram. “I just got off of an 8-hour shift working minimum wage. A guy who works at a restaurant next to where I work asked if he could give me a foot massage. I feel like a real person instead of a reality TV person; I made $14 an hour … Keepin' it real.”

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Despite the strenuous work, Katie said she feels more at peace than ever.

“Now I’m going to work, and I’m going to enjoy it,” Katie tweeted on Feb. 10. “Cause I’m happy to have a job. Happy to be alive. Happy. How you doin?”

And although fans probably won’t see her on RHOP in future seasons, Katie is still close with some of her day-one castmates. She tweeted in February that “Mrs. Robyn Dixon” was among the “amazing women [who] have, as usual, shown up for me” and added that neither she nor Robyn has “time for wack hoes. Nope.” Some things never change!

The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.

If you or someone you know needs help, use SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find support for mental health and substance use disorders in your area or call 1-800-662-4357 for 24-hour assistance.

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