Tamra Judge does not return to Real housewives… at least not yet!
Bravo fan and watcher accounts went wild on Thursday after the Real Housewives of Orange County The student shared a TikTok video on her social accounts, lip syncing to a line from Nicki Minaj: “I had a couple, you know, I took some time off to rest and now it’s game time bitches.”
In the video, the 53-year-old reality star could be seen sitting in a director’s chair and looking glamorous by a hair and makeup team, a pretty standard process for Housewives cast members during filming. Tamra’s followers seemed to take the cheeky post as an announcement that she was back to snatch her orange, but ET learned that she was simply preparing for an unrelated interview.
Tamra came out RHOC in early 2020 after 12 seasons as a full-time cast member. The network offered her a limited role to come back and, according to Tamra, “finish” her story, but she declined the offer and was left out of season 15, which turned out to be controversial.
Filmed before and then amid the coronavirus pandemic, fans criticized the kind of test case for doing reality TV in a COVID-19 world. When the season ended, the viewers asked for a change, and that they change Will go into season 16, which has just started production. Fan favorite wife Heather Dubrow returns to the series five years after delivering her orange at the end of season 11. She joins returning cast members Shannon Storms Beador, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. The network released Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas in what Housewives Chief Andy Cohen has called a “reboot” for the franchise.
More casting to be announced sooner The Real Housewives of Orange CountySeason 16 premieres on Bravo (probably early 2022), and a source tells ET: “Don’t discount Tamra for a comeback. some time in season 16. “There is a chance that she could return to the show as a ‘friend of’ or make a guest appearance later in the shoot after Heather, the rookies, and the rest of the cast are on their feet. Bravo does not comment on casting series in production.