Andy Cohen is explaining why it was time to say goodbye to Tamra Judge on Real Housewives of Orange County after a twelve-year run as he also reacted to the news that she unfollowed him. Plus, see how Tamra responded to Andy’s recent “goodbye” tweet.
As fans have likely heard, Tamra will no longer be appearing on RHOC, a show she has been a part of since its third season. The Bravo star told PEOPLE in a previous report that she was offered a smaller role on the show but decided to walk away altogether. And earlier today, Andy explained the decision behind Tamra’s departure, admitting that while Bravo decided to let Tamra go, the network still wanted to give her a chance to say goodbye to the cast on camera.
“She told PEOPLE magazine that we had offered her three episodes to come back and kinda wrap up her story. That is true. She didn’t want to do that,” Andy explained of Bravo’s offer on his Sirius XM show Andy Cohen Live on Monday. “Listen, she’s been on the show for twelve years. We wanted to give her a send-off.”
Tamra initially denied having left the show earlier this month after firing rumors surfaced. It wasn’t until Saturday, one day after longtime RHOC castmember Vicki Gunvalson announced her own exit from the show, that Tamra confirmed her exit. According to Andy, it wasn’t anything against Tamra personally but rather a wish for the producers to ‘shake up’ the longest-running Real Housewives franchise.
“She has been an incredible housewife, she really has. She’s been dramatic, she has been great,” continued Andy of why they ultimately decided to let Tamra go. “And we have been wanting to kind of re — God, what’s the word — not reinvent, but shake it up a little bit.”
However, Andy isn’t ready to completely say goodbye to Orange County’s resident pot-stirrer, and he even admitted he’d like to see her on camera again someday.
“I’m hoping — and this is not lip service — I’m hoping that she will come back in some form either this season or the next couple,” Andy admitted on the radio show. “I think she’s someone who I’m always interested in, I always want to check in with her on.”
“She unfollowed me? This I didn’t know,” said Andy. “I didn’t know about the unfollowing thing.”
When asked if he had any plans of returning the favor by unfollowing Tamra, an amused Andy responded: “No. I follow everyone on Twitter. I don’t follow anyone on Instagram… No. I will not unfollow her. No.”
Tamra was reportedly humiliated by Bravo’s offer to drastically limit her appearance in season 15, which included a deep pay cut. According to the Radar Online report, the reality star would pocket $60,000 for her final three-episode deal, which is a big step down from the whopping $900,000 she allegedly earned for season 14.
Despite this harsh reality and the fact that she unfollowed a number of former cast members including Shannon Beador and Andy himself, Tamra appears to be taking the news somewhat in stride as she displayed some love for the famous Bravo exec in an Instagram Story Monday afternoon.
In response to Andy’s reply to Tamra’s initial exit announcement where he coined her the “Queen of CBD,” Tamra wrote, “Thanks @bravoandy for always being so kind to me. I love you to the moon and back.”
Tamra also added the “@Venacbd” tag, using the post to promote her line of CBD wellness products.
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