‘Real Housewives of OC's’ Lydia McLaughlin Exiting Series

'Real Housewives of OC's' Lydia McLaughlin Exiting Series

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The magazine owner announces she won't return for the Bravo series’ ninth season

Lydia McLaughlin is one and done.

The married mother of two and co-owner of Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine says she won't be back for the upcoming ninth season of Bravo's “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

“It's bittersweet,” McLaughlin told US. “I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you're not going to end up with — it's hard, but overall you know you're doing the right thing.”

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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, McLaughlin joined during Season 8 and quickly became a peacemaker among the women. She'll probably be best remembered for the Christian lifestyle she leads currently, which contrasted with her hippie upbringing.

“I definitely don't have any regrets,” the 32-year-old said. “I got to be kind of a different voice — I think that my fans love the love and positivity that I brought.”

A Bravo spokesperson had no comment on McLaughlin's departure.

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McLaughlin's exit follows the reported firings of Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi, leaving Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Heather Dubrow as the remaining castmembers.

“Orange County” is the franchise's longest-running series, but the fourth most-watched after Atlanta, New Jersey and Beverly Hills. Season 8 averaged 1.6 million viewers per episode.

  • NewsJunkie

    I won't miss her. She was boring and fugly!

  • RobinG

    I was saddened by how mean and unnecessarily nasty she was. Poor representation of Christian.

  • cal cal

    So HWOC is keeping the ugly broads with psyche issues, Vickie, Heather and Tamara huh? I will not be watching that's for sure.

    • dmcdowell

      I couldn't agree more!! This show has really gone to h$#%!….between Vicki's screaming, Tamra's constant lying, and Heather's just plain “snootiness”, I think we've all had enough!! You would think Bravo would listen to the viewers and replace them, they're too arrogant to leave on their own. No more RHOC for me either.

  • billiejean

    Need to take Heather with her as she exits! Heather does nothing for that show

  • momznuts

    Seriously, what is “positivity?” Does she mean “positive attitude?” Geezus you're part owner in a magazine, learn to spell, read and don't make up words!

    • Lisa

      Positivity is not a ‘made up’ word. It means the degree to which something is positive. Buy a dictionary, you illiterate loser!

  • Nan

    I think they should have fired Vicki… (she is non crazy broad!) but then how much boring would the show be?

  • Jc Cranford

    I've had enough of Vicki G. to last 5 lifetimes. She is mean and crazy (along with her daughter and psycho son-in-law). I've just stayed with it as long as I can. Stick a fork in me, ‘cuz I'm DONE!

  • shawkitty1939

    Personally, I've had enough of Bravo, period. They have nothing but trash to offer and I'm not partaking in it. Haven't watched that channel in months and don't intend to come back to the nastiness. Come on Andy, you are better than that or could it be, no, I won't go there.