Kelly Dodd of The Real Housewives of Orange County has been causing waves on social media due to her controversial views about COVID-19. The Bravo star shocked all her fans when it was confirmed that Positive Beverage was dropping her and distancing themselves from Dodd. Following the announcement, the reality TV personality has confirmed her new business venture.
Why did Kelly Dodd get fired?
Dodd has faced backlash throughout 2020 after she made insensitive claims about the coronavirus. At one point she said the pandemic was “God’s way of thinning the herd,” something she later apologized for.
“Of course I regret saying that,” Dodd said on Watch What Happens Live of her “thinning the herd” comment. “It was a stupid thing for me to say, it was insensitive and I apologize if I hurt or offended anybody. That wasn’t really my intention… I got really freaked out about it. In hindsight, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever said.”
When California lifted its stay-at-home orders and people would be free to do outdoor dining at restaurants, Dodd wasted no time in celebrating. The Bravo personality took to Instagram Stories to share the moment she and her friends were enjoying a drink at a restaurant.
As Dodd was recording there was a man heard saying no one had masks on and yelling, “super spreaders.” Dodd echoed the latter and cheered with the rest of her party. Many fans on social media felt this was insensitive, specially as deaths in California due to COVID-19 continue to rise.
Positive Beverage cuts ties with Kelly Dodd
It was after the video went viral that Positive Beverage seemingly made the decision to cut ties with Dodd. In a statement posted on their Instagram Stories, they communicated that Dodd’s values and opinions did not align with the company’s.
“Our core values of wellness, community, diversity, and inclusion should be reflected by our brand and anyone associated with it,” Head of Brand, Zack Muchnick, said in a statement. “It has become clear over the past few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our primary objectives, so effective today, we are no longer affiliated with Kelly Dodd-Leventhal.”
Kelly Dodd confirms new business venture
After the announcement was made, Dodd took to Twitter to react to the news she had just been dropped. Her message on social media seemed to convey the relationship had come to a natural end and there were no hard feelings.
“I’m glad I could help put Positive Beverage on the map and wish them well,” Dodd tweeted. “I’m also really excited about my next venture in the beauty industry, which is my real passion. Stay tuned!”
However, hours later she reposted a story on Instagram where a fan called to boycott Positive Beverage, a company Dodd claims to continue to own 5% of.
“A business to ban,” the Story read with an arrow pointing to Positive Beverage’s Instagram handle. “They cut ties with Kelly Dodd over personal opinions.”
On Monday, February 1, Dodd shared on her Instagram the new product she was going to be promoting in the beauty sector.
“So excited to announce my newest venture,” Dodd wrote in a now-deleted post. “I’m collaborating with @uvebeauty to bring the highest level of hygiene and sanitization to the beauty industry. You won’t believe how amazing these products are.”
Dodd was seen in a video promoting makeup brushes and teased the secret process into how they get sanitized. There’s no word as to why Dodd deleted the video.