‘RHOC’ Alum Tamra Judge Explains the 1 Thing She Has in Common With Kelly Dodd

Tamra Judge left The Real Housewives of Orange County after 12 years on the show. Season 15, which just ended its run on Bravo, was the first one without the entrepreneur. Since leaving the franchise, Kelly Dodd has taken center stage on the series but her comments on COVID-19 have sparked a backlash. However, even with so much controversy, Judge says she has something in common with Dodd.

Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd
Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd | Casey Durkin/Phillip Faraone/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge feud on social media

At the end of RHOC Season 14, the friendship between Judge and Dodd was inexistent. The latter had been very critical of Judge and Vicki Gunvalson, saying their storylines had been stale. Even recently, Dodd celebrating the ratings success of the show despite not having two of the mainstays.

“I’m so happy about our ratings,” Dodd tweeted. “Who needs Tamra [Judge] or Vicki [Gunvalson]. Thanks everyone for watching. The best is yet to come.”

The Bravo series had reached a season-high that week and Dodd made sure to plug in Judge and Gunvalson’s name to rub it in. Dodd also recently called out Judge as a “liar.”

“Tamra shut up,” Dodd wrote on Instagram. “You got fired because you are a liar. Stop obsessing about the show, you are acting like Gretchen [Rossi]. You don’t even have cable and will work on the show for half price, you told Jeff Lewis. Concentrate on your Pyramid scheme CBD line… you are washed up.”

Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge
Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge | Phillip Faraone/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Judge threatened Dodd with legal action in a response on Instagram Stories captioning, “Attorney notified. Please forward anything else she says about my business.”

Days later, Judge gave an interview where she analyzed Dodd.

“I personally don’t understand that girl, I don’t get it. It’s just, such an evil heart and I don’t understand it,” Judge said on The Weekly Scoop with CJ. “I’ve talked about it with some of the cast members and I’m like, ‘That girl has got to be damaged inside, you have to feel sorry for her, because why is she so evil?’”

Kelly Dodd wouldn’t mind Tamra Judge return

Despite their differences, Dodd recently acknowledged that Judge is not too bad. In an interview, the former Positive Beverage promoter said that she would rather have Judge return to RHOC over Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

“If she wants to come back — Tamra and I, we used to talk every single day on the phone and then she did some pretty crappy things to me, but if she wants to come back and they want to bring her back, bring her back,” Dodd told Hollywood Life. “I’m happy to have her back if she wants to come back and they want to bring her. I don’t have any ill will feelings about Tamra at all.”

Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge
Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge | Trae Patton/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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Dodd said that she has a “soft spot” for Judge, even though they don’t see eye-to-eye on many things. Judge also shared a similar sentiment, explaining that if she would’ve stayed on the show, they would’ve already resolved their issues.

“There’s a very sweet, nice side [to Kelly] that I really like that I think sometimes she just lets her mouth move too much,” Judge told Us Weekly. “We don’t hang in the same circle, we don’t talk. … If I was on [the show], we probably would’ve made up. The one thing about Kelly and myself is we move on fairly easy. It’s not like we harbor bad feelings and hate and things like that.”

Although they have different ways of approaching conflict, Judge has confirmed that what they do have in common is that they can forgive and forget.