Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke may not return for RHOC season 15.
Producers are looking to make changes for the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County and if new reports are to be believed, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and first-season Housewife Braunwyn Windham-Burke are all on the chopping block.
According to a report from Radar Online, producers are seriously looking to make changes to the show and that may mean that the veterans actually survive. “The viewers don’t connect with the new ladies as much as the longer-existing ones,” a source explained. “A few new ones will return but the viewers are invested in the main four.”
Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, and Kelly Dodd are the women the article is referring to as the longer-lasting RHOC cast members. Vicki has been on the show since season 1, Tamra since season 3, Shannon since season 9, and even Kelly joined years ago for season 11. In the world of The Real Housewives, they would all be considered show veterans at this point.
While this may be good news for the veterans, it isn’t great for Emily, Gina, and Braunwyn. When Emily and Gina first joined RHOC last season, it was no surprise that they didn’t really connect with fans, or the other women. Viewers were really shocked by Emily’s relationship with her husband Shane, and we listened to an entire season of Gina talking about a marriage to someone we never even saw on the show.
On top of all of that, Emily and Gina’s alliance has always seemed forced and out of necessity and they have seemed to have their backs against the wall when it comes to Vicki, Tamra, Shannon, and Kelly. It wasn’t until their second season this year that they were able to stand up against the veterans, which may hurt their chances at being renewed for next year.
Braunwyn, for her part, hasn’t exactly connected with viewers, either. While she seems to have (rather conveniently) bonded well with almost all of the women aside from Vicki, RHOC fans aren’t necessarily sold on her story. Production-wise, however, some of that could have been avoided. In the earlier seasons, viewers would be introduced clearly to the new Housewife and the story would almost be told from her perspective as she entered the group. But while Braunwyn was thrown in and it could be argued that viewers just didn’t get the time necessary to get to know her, the consensus among fans seems clear that they could take her or leave her when it comes to season 15.
All of this talk about casting changes is actually based in reality, to boot. While rumours often fly about casting, it isn’t until after the reunion has aired that Bravo will take a good, hard look at the show before deciding to make changes and that appears to be happening with RHOC.
Recently, Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen opened up about what he thinks about the current cast and made it clear that Bravo would be making some changes for season 15. Plus, rumours have been swirling for weeks that Vicki has been promoted back to full-time, so hearing that Emily, Gina, and Braunwyn are on the chopping block does make sense.
Now that all parts of the reunion have aired and they’re able to gauge viewer reaction to the season as a whole, Bravo and the production company will be ready to make those changes. And while fans may be divided at the current moment, within a few months everyone will be eagerly anticipating the new season and quite possibly, a new cast.