Andy Cohen is hoping to see Tamra Judge reconsider her recently confirmed exit from The Real Housewives of Orange County cast.
During the January 27 episode of his podcast series, Andy Cohen Live, via People, Cohen told listeners that he wanted Judge to come back to the Bravo series, either in a few episodes of its upcoming 15th season or in one of the show’s future seasons.
According to Cohen, he wants to continue to work with Judge on the series because he finds her to be someone he is continuously interested in catching up with.
“[Tamra] has been an incredible Housewife, she really has,” Cohen said of Judge. “She’s been dramatic, she’s vulnerable… she has been great.”
Throughout her 12 seasons on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Judge went through a number of challenging moments, including a divorce from ex-husband Simon Barney and years of estrangement from her oldest daughter, Sidney Barney. She also went through plenty of highs, the opening of her gym, CUT Fitness, and her marriage to Eddie Judge.
In 2013, after tying the knot with Eddie that June, Judge was featured in a three-part wedding special on Bravo titled Tamra’s OC Wedding, that aired in September of that year.
During the past couple of seasons, Judge has been seen tending to her husband’s heart condition, which has landed in him the hospital on a number of occasions and resulted in several surgeries.
Although Judge did recently say that she was hopeful that one of Eddie’s latest surgeries would be his last, she has since revealed that he will be going under the knife yet again in hopes of correcting his aFib, a quivering or irregular heartbeat, once and for all.
Judge confirmed she was leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Gunvalson confirmed she would not be participating in the show’s 15th season.
On Instagram, Gunvalson told her fans she was leaving the show because it was time to move on and focus on other things, including her upcoming podcast series, which doesn’t seem to have a name quite yet.
Prior to her exit, Gunvalson was the longest-running cast member of the show, having appeared on the series since it began airing in 2006.
On Monday’s episode of Andy Cohen Live, Cohen confirmed reports claiming Judge was offered a chance to appear in just three seasons of the series’ upcoming season, explaining that he wanted to give Judge a chance to “wrap out her story. However, as he also shared, Judge wasn’t interested in any such thing.
“Look, she’s been on the show for 12 years. We wanted to give her a send-off,” Cohen said.
Around this time last year, Gunvalson was faced with a similar situation when she was demoted from full-time to part-time.
When it comes to the season 15 cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County, an official announcement has not yet been made in regard to who will and won’t be returning for the new episodes. That said, both Kelly Dodd and Windham-Burke have reportedly been spotted filming with a camera crew in recent weeks.