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'RHOC' Star Kelly Dodd Speaks Out About Vicki and Tamra Leaving the Show

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By Natalie Hunter

Kelly Dodd was excited to start filming for season 15 of 'Real Housewives of Orange County.' She was even more ecstatic when she learned that her frenemies Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge would not be returning. Kelly quarreled with the Three Amigas throughout the entirety of the season. Despite attending anger management and trying to work on herself, she wasn't able to repair her relationships with them. Luckily, she doesn't have to worry about two of those three relationships anymore.

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Kelly has admitted that she is happy to film without them.

"Kelly Dodd is thrilled Tamra and Vicki are gone from the show," a source told HollywoodLife. “She feels like it’s going to make it more exciting and a little less stressful. She felt they attacked her all season and it backfired on them and they dug their own grave with the drama.”

“Kelly knows that she and Shannon will have to sit down at some point to chat,” the source added.

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“She feels with Tamra and Vicki gone that she’ll have a better shot at starting over with Shannon.”

Repairing one relationship is easier than three.

The insider continued, “She’s definitely more open to it than Shannon at this point and could see them being in a better place, maybe even friends again, all in thanks to Tamra and Vicki’s departure. Kelly is in a totally different place being engaged to Rick (Leventhal) and in a good way. She’s a little calmer and patient because of him.”

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A separate source told HollywoodLife that Shannon is a little more uneasy about seeing Kelly again.

"Shannon is a bit nervous to not have Vicki and Tamra there," the source revealed. "She’s sad about it, but she knows she’ll find her own groove and new storyline. She’s happier and more in love than she’s ever been, her business is doing well, so she has a lot going on. It seems like she will have no choice but to talk to Kelly about moving past everything at some point."


Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge both announced that they would not be returning for 'RHOC' season 15 on Instagram.

"I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County," Vicki wrote in a post. "It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way."

Tamra made a post the next day.

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