Tamra Judge Hints at ‘RHOC’ Season 16 Cast Return

Tamra Judge is one of the most iconic cast members of The Real Housewives of Orange County. The reality star was with the Bravo franchise for 12 seasons and recently left ahead of season 15. Despite not being on the show anymore, her name continues to drive storylines on the series. Judge recently hinted that she would be back for season 16.

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Why did Tamra Judge leave ‘RHOC?’

At the end of January and when rumors started swirling that RHOC was starting filming for season 15, Judge confirmed her exit. The veteran housewife announced she wasn’t coming back to the franchise despite being one of the most recognizable stars of the show.

“It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People back in January. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.”

Judge was offered to do three episodes of the new season to wrap up her storyline. However, the fitness enthusiast ultimately declined the offer by Bravo and walked away. Although she didn’t reveal it at the time, weeks later she confirmed her ex-husband Simon Barney had been diagnosed with cancer.

“In my mind, I knew there was going to be a phone call during filming where someone needed me — where Simon was in the hospital, or one of my kids were upset — and I’d need to handle all that stuff, away from the cameras,” Judge told People.

Judge has always been transparent on the show and did not want to come back and not be honest about what was really going on in her life.

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Is Tamra Judge returning for ‘RHOC’ Season 16?

As Judge continues to be a prominent part of the RHOC drama, it would not surprise viewers that she would return. When the former star answered questions from fans on Instagram, she hinted that she was set to return.

“Good chance of that happening,” she answered.

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This is not the first time that Judge says she was to return for season 16. Back in February she was a guest star on the Jeff Lewis Live SiriusXM show and revealed her talk with Andy Cohen.

“It was a job to me and when this job ended, I never thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to get another show,’ because I don’t have agents,” Judge said about doing another reality show. “Well, I’ve been approached. Andy told me to hold off on signing any kind of contract, run it past him first cause he says that I’ll be back next year.”

As of now, nothing has been confirmed as season 15 continues to air. However, if Judge does come back it would not be difficult for her to slip right into the action. Season over season Judge has delivered and is one of the ultimate Real Housewives stars in the Bravo-verse.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 15 is currently airing on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.