‘RHOC’ Cast: Heather Dubrow Is ‘Mildly Terrified’ to Rejoin the Show and Hasn’t Even Told Her Family

The Real Housewives of Orange County is getting shaken up again. It’s out with the old and in with the new (sort of). It was recently announced that Heather Dubrow would be returning to the show and Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas were out. Though Dubrow has been on RHOC before, she recently revealed that she’s pretty scared to join the likes of Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson.

'RHOC' cast member Heather Dubrow sitting in black dress on 'Watch What Happens Live'
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How did Heather get back on ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’?

According to Dubrow, she hasn’t watched RHOC at all since she departed in 2017. So, it was a bit of a surprise when she got a call from production asking her to return.

“Production called me, I don’t know, December or something like that and I laughed,” she said on her podcast, Heather Dubrow’s World. “My first reaction was, like, I kinda laughed. But then I thought about it and … timing is a big deal. Now, things are a little bit different. My family’s in a different place, my kids are a little bit older, the pandemic has sort of given me a different perspective on things. I started thinking about, ‘OK, how many times do you get to go back and try something again?’ This isn’t really completely like a do-over, but there’s something about being able to kind of go back.”

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Heather is scared to rejoin the ‘RHOC’ cast

Though Dubrow knows the ropes of RHOC, she hasn’t been on the show in four years and didn’t watch the show during that time, so she doesn’t know anyone’s storylines. Because of all this, she has mixed feelings about joining RHOC again.

“I will tell you that I am excited,” she continued. “I’m mildly terrified and I don’t know. It just seems so surreal. I’ve told no one … my mother still doesn’t know.”

Why did Heather leave ‘RHOC’?

Some housewives are forced to leave RHOC and some leave on their own accord. Dubrow fell into the latter group.

“Part of the reason when I left the show, it was that the kids, at a certain age, when they’re little, no one cares about them on these shows,” she said on the podcast. “But there is that awkward tweener time where, I mean, I know I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be on TV at that time. But now, yeah, they’re a little bit older. I sort of came to the realization that, wait a minute, this might be that kind of space-time continuum moment where it’s like a good idea to go back, we sat down, we had a family meeting about it. We had a serious talk about it.”

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Now, her kids are onboard with the RHOC cameras coming back.

“I thought at least one of them was going to say, ‘I don’t know,’ but they were one hundred percent, all of them, all in,” she said. “My four kids are all very different and in very interesting places in their lives. They’re figuring out their sexuality, where they are in their world, their place in the world and what they want to be. It’s our version of a normal family that I would like to show the world.”