‘RHOC’: Kelly Dodd Makes Controversial Coronavirus Comment and Apologizes After Backlash

Kelly Dodd from The Real Housewives of Orange County is used to being the center of controversy. The Bravo star often finds herself saying outrageous things that she later has to backtrack. After clapping back at fans on Instagram, she made a claim about the deaths from coronavirus. Her words did not go over well and a major backlash ensued. Dodd later erased her comments and apologized publicly.

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What did Kelly Dodd say?

Dodd had been in New York City with her fiancé Rick Leventhal. On numerous occasions, her fans asked why she wasn’t with her daughter back in California. Dodd said that the lockdown had caught her while she was traveling, but her daughter was fine as she was staying with her father.

It seems like there was a feud between Dodd and her ex-husband. On one of her Instagram Stories, the Bravo star mentioned that her ex did not allow her daughter to travel across the country. So Dodd had to return to Southern California to be reunited with her daughter again.

Upon her return, Dodd shared a video of her getting tested for COVID-19. The reason for this is because her ex wanted to know she didn’t have to virus and transmit it to her daughter since she had just traveled.

“I have an a**hole ex-husband that wants to see my results so I can be with my kid,” Dodd replied to a fan on Instagram.

Another fan questioned why she was putting people in danger and that’s when Dodd made outrageous claims that landed her in hot water.

“That many that die anyway, they would’ve died this year, they were compromised,” Dodd wrote. “Do you know how many people died from the H1N1, the Swine Flu or Sars? It’s 25%, get your facts straight. You are only hearing numbers, not the reality. It’s God’s way of thinning the herd. If you are vulnerable or compromised, stay inside. If you don’t protect others by wearing masks and gloves, keep your distance and don’t go out if you are ill. It’s common sense.”

Kelly Dodd reacts to backlash

Her comments made people furious as people have lost loved ones during the pandemic. Things got out of control that Dodd took to Instagram Stories to apologize for her words and the people she hurt.

“I want to give a public apology,” she started. “What I meant was, do these pandemics happen because it’s God’s way? I’m not God, I’m not insensitive. I feel bad for all the families who have lost loved ones. And I do think we should all stay home and protect everybody. That’s not what I meant, and I want to apologize to anybody who got offended. I’m sorry.”

“I just feel bad,” she continued. “My choice of words were stupid and I hope you guys can all forgive me for saying something so ridiculous and so stupid. Please accept my apology. And I feel bad for everybody out there that has lost loved ones. I hope everybody is safe and protects themselves against this pandemic.”

Dodd, later on, shared a video of her getting an antibody test to make sure she had not contracted the virus before.