It may be cold in most parts of the country, but Bravo’s Summer House is sure to heat up our screens when the third season premieres on March 4.
However, the series — which follows a group of "young professionals" as they share a pad in the Hamptons for the summer — will look a little different due to the departure of some fan-favorite cast members. Sadly, the Wirkus twins, as well as Stephen McGee, won’t be returning for Season 3 following last year’s volatile reunion show. Here’s what we know about the sisters’ surprising exit.
What happened to the Wirkus twins on Summer House?
Lauren and Ashley announced in June that they would not be involved with Summer House’s upcoming season. "Much has been speculated about the Summer House cast over the last few days. Regretfully, we can confirm that we will not be full-time cast members for the third season," the duo shared in a statement to Us Weekly. "We depart Summer House with nothing but good wishes to those at Bravo, and to the cast and crew for helping to create life-lasting memories over the last two years."
They added, "Although our time on Summer House is over, the Wirkus Circus is not. We’re currently in active discussions about the future and can assure everyone that exciting things are on the horizon for our 2018 summer and beyond!"
The casting change-up took place after Season 2’s reunion highlighted a massive divide in the house. On one side was the Wirkus twins, Stephen, and Lindsay Hubbard, and on the other was Kyle Cooke, Carl Radke, and Amanda Batula — all of whom are returning this year.
After losing her closest allies, Lindsay admitted she was "torn" about going into the summer with three new castmates.
"Friendships are developing, and there's drama and tears and laughter and parties, but ultimately what happened this season — and [what] is different than past seasons — is the drama is a little bit different," she explained during an appearance on AOL’s BUILD Series. "It's more about drama of friendship, as opposed to half of the house separated from the other half of the house and fighting about that."
What are the Wirkus twins up to now?
When the siblings assured fans that "exciting things" were on the horizon for them, we didn’t expect a pregnancy announcement!
In November, Ashley announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Brad McAtee. "Baby Boy McAtee coming May 2019," the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram from sunny California.
The blonde beauty also shared a video from the couple’s gender reveal, captioning the post, "Thank you ALL so much for the outpouring of love on our baby announcement! We are so grateful. Our reactions in this video say it all!"
Lauren offered up congratulations by photoshopping herself into an image of the duo. "Guys in case you missed @ashleynmcatee @bradmcatee big news WE’RE HAVING A BABY!! #itsaboy," she cheekily wrote. Sadly, Ashley’s pregnancy has been far from easy. On March 3, the mom-to-be revealed that she was hospitalized for a severe case of shingles. Though she has not fully recovered, the former Bravo star, who is in her third trimester, was able to return home.
And Lauren moved back to California, too.
The aunt-to-be announced the exciting news on Instagram, writing, "I’m going going, back to back, to Cali Cali. After 8+ years of living in NYC I can officially say now I’m freakin’ BI-COASTAL and basically going to live the dream splitting my time between both San Diego and NYC (with an emphasis on Southern California until it warms up on the east coast)."
The Wirkus sisters will definitely be missed. Watch the Season 3 premiere of Summer House tonight, March 4, at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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