‘The View’: Andy Cohen Teases ‘Real Housewives’ Drama in Orange County and Filming During Pandemic
Andy Cohen made an appearance on The View and spilled the tea on The Real Housewives. The Bravo personality was asked about producing the show in the middle of a pandemic and how it has affected filming. Although the Watch What Happens Live host didn’t go into too many details, he did hint at the drama the coronavirus provokes in Orange County.
What did Andy Cohen say about ‘RHOC?’
The Real Housewives of Orange County started filming season 15 of the show in February. Production shut down in the middle of march when California ordered the state to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the ladies of the O.C. have returned to filming and Cohen hinted at drama.
“We’re in production in Dallas and Atlanta right now,” Cohen revealed. “As you can imagine, it’s incredibly challenging. I think specifically what people are going to be interested in is seeing how this plays out in Orange County.”
It was recently shared that Shannon Beador tested positive for COVID-19 along with all of her daughters. Cohen didn’t mention this specifically but did allude to the issue.
“It touches the women very… I don’t want to give anything away but… It touches some of the women personally and there’s a lot of conversation about it,” he added. “We did have to shut down production during the middle of shooting, then we resumed… [coronavirus] is very much a part of it and it’s fascinating and it mirrors what’s happening in the country.”
Shannon Beador confirms being COVID-19 positive
Beador, who is returning for season 15 of the franchise, confirmed on Instagram that she had tested positive for COVID-19 along with her girls. Before this statement, there were rumors someone in the cast had the coronavirus and was sitting out of the cast trip.
“This photo was taken pre-pandemic,” Beador posted. “Today, we are Covid positive times 4. The girls and I are blessed to be quarantining in the same home (but isolating in separate rooms). A huge thank you to all of the medical personnel that have been patiently guiding us through this illness. Sending prayers to all of those affected.”
Kelly Dodd gets controversial
Orange County, especially the coastal cities where the RHOC stars live, is a community where many Republican conservative voters live. Throughout the pandemic, this county has stood out for its controversial inactions during the pandemic. Wearing facial masks has been a point of dispute among its citizens and Kelly Dodd has been one to make outlandish statements.
Dodd was called out by fans for not staying home and still traveling during the pandemic as number of deaths rose.
“That many that die anyway, they would’ve died this year, they were compromised,” Dodd wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Dodd received major backlash for her comments and issued an apology soon after.
“I want to give a public apology,” Dodd stated. “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.”
Bravo has not confirmed when RHOC will return to the airwaves but it looks to be another season of controversy.