The Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow says that the show’s upcoming 17th season was “difficult” for her to film — especially following the return of Tamra Judge, who rejoined the cast after a two-year hiatus.
The trailer for the new season dropped on Tuesday, April 25, and it did not hold back when teasing the drama. This is especially true for Heather, who’s still a little worried as she reflects on filming.
“It was a difficult season for me,” Heather told Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast. “I really hope it’s the way I remember it and I hope by the end there can be some resolve for everyone.”
Rumors have swirled since cameras began rolling on the show last year that Heather and Tamra consistently “butted heads.” Insiders told the outlet previously that Tamra went “nuclear” on Heather, and she allegedly attempted to orchestrate a “gang up” on her during a cast trip to Mexico, ending in a “nasty confrontation.”
In the past, Tamra alleged that an unnamed cast member was problematic and caused problems with production, and she seemingly insinuated she was referring to Heather. She also has alleged that Heather tried blocking her Real Housewives return, sparking continual trading of social media jabs.
Still, Heather states that she was initially excited to have Tamra rejoin RHOC and bring some of her flair back to the show.
“I was excited that Tamra was coming back,” Heather stated on the podcast. “Tamra is … ‘Orange County.’ She really is and she’s been on the show for so long and she’s added so much to the show. And I think will continue to do so for as long as she’s on.”
However, the twosome’s dynamic gets tempestuous, and it took its toll on Heather, who ultimately finds comfort in her husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, and their children.
“These shows are hard to do, they really are,” Heather explained. “But any time I was having a difficult moment, I was very cognizant of the fact that … I get to go home to my husband [Dr. Terry Dubrow] and my children.”
Knowing that, Heather concluded, “When things are upsetting and challenging, I can handle it.”
Season 17 of The Real Housewives of Orange County is set to premiere on Wednesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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