‘The Real Housewives’: The Reason Some Women Only Appeared on One Season

The Real Housewives franchise loves to shake it up. Every season or so, the show brings on at least one or two new women in each city. This helps create new drama and move things along.

While some women go on to become staples in their cities, like Kandi Burruss did after joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta in its second season, some just fade into the background, barely recognizable as cast members.

So, what’s the difference? Why do some women thrive and some women ultimately leave the franchise?

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Why don’t some women last on ‘The Real Housewives’ for more than one season?

Women are brought onto the show for different reasons. Sometimes that reason is to fill a spot from a previous member who left.

When Bethenny Frankel left The Real Housewives of New York City in 2010, casting had a huge role to fill. Frankel was the backbone of the show. She was the comedic relief, often the voice of reason, and the favorite housewife for several viewers.

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So when they brought Cindy Barshop in to replace her on season four of the show, it proved to just be too much for Barship to handle and she left the show after just one season.

Another reason that a housewife may not return may be that she simply wasn’t a good fit. This is what happened with DeShawn Snow who only appeared on the first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

In a 2009 interview with Essence, Snow revealed why she didn’t return for season two of the popular show.

“[One of the producers] called and said that I was ‘too human for a circus show’ and that because the show did so well, they are about to pump up the drama and they didn’t think that I would fit in.”

“He gave me an example, saying that during the reunion when I found out what a few of the other ladies said about me, they were expecting me to say more, but I’m not the type to go ‘television’ and start acting crazy because somebody’s talking about me.”

Other women claim to leave for the sake of their mental health.

Peggy Tanous, who was on season six of The Real Housewives of Orange Country, was one of those women.

“I am happy with my decision to leave the show,” she told Wetpaint at the time. “I think leaving the show did alleviate a lot of my anxiety and prevent even stronger anxiety if I continued on with Season 7.”

What does Andy Cohen have to say about cast changes?

Executive producer and Real Housewives reunion host Andy Cohen shed some light on how he decides who comes back at the end of each season.

“It’s a simple answer, actually,” he once said at Tribeca TV Festival’s Tribeca Talks: Ten Years with The Real Housewives of New York City. “At the end of every season, we talk to the women about what they have coming up, whether they want to come back, what they see for the future.”

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