‘RHOC’: Kelly Dodd Fires Back at TMZ After Being Called Out for Mocking COVID

Kelly Dodd of The Real Housewives of Orange County is facing consequences for her controversial opinions on social media. The Bravo star has made reckless comments in the past, and even though she has apologized for them, some feel she continues to make a mockery of the pandemic. Dodd was recently called out for a video she shared where she is heard cheering on people yelling “Super Spreader!”

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What did Kelly Dodd do now?

As the pandemic rages on all over the world, the state of California lifted its stay-at-home order. What this meant was that restaurants would be able to open up again for outdoor dining. Dodd lives in conservative town Newport Beach where many restaurants defied orders and continued to remain open.

Over the weekend and as restrictions eased, Dodd shared she was dining with some close friends. Dodd cheered with everyone at the restaurant and in the background someone is heard yelling out, “Super Spreader!” The RHOC star echoed the words and cackled as they celebrated no one was wearing a mask.

Although Dodd didn’t initially make the comment, she seemingly endorsed it by cheering it on and laughing about it. According to the latest numbers from The New York Times, California reported 502 deaths due to COVID-19 on Saturday, January 30th.

Many saw the video as Dodd being insensitive and mocking families that have suffered a loss due to the pandemic. When TMZ published their report, Dodd fired back trying to clarify what happened.

“Hey TMZ, my goal [Saturday] was to promote the reopening of a local [business] closed since March,” Dodd wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “The crowd was celebrating finally enjoying food [and] drink in a bar. I don’t know the person who yelled ‘super spreader.’ There was never an intent to harm, only to appreciate a slice of normal.”

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Kelly Dodd | Casey Durkin/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

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Kelly Dodd walked back her apology?

When the pandemic hit the United States and the country went into lockdown, Dodd made some hideous comments. She referred to COVID-19 as God’s way of “thinning the herd,” which immediately received backlash online. When Dodd made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen gave her an opportunity to apologize for making that statement.

“Of course I regret saying that,” Dodd said 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.”

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When Dodd apologized, she seemed to understand that masks aided people in mitigating the rate of infection of COVID-19. She added that she was misinformed at the beginning and had changed her view since then.

“At first I was misinformed. I didn’t realize not wearing a mask… I hate it, I’m claustrophobic, I can’t stand wearing a mask. Now I understand the science behind it and I am ready, willing, and able to wear a mask. And I know it’s important because I don’t want to get sick and I don’t want to get other’s sick.”

However, after Dodd is heard laughing at some random person yelling “super spreader” because no one was wearing a mask, this apology doesn’t seem genuine now.