Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Judge has been very vocal this week about her opinions on current cast members of the Bravo reality franchise. After calling for the firing of Kelly Dodd over past racist remarks, Judge went after Emily Simpson while appearing on the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” podcast.
Judge called Simpson “dead weight” and said she just doesn’t bring much entertainment value to the show.
“I think Emily [is] dead weight on the cast,” she said. “Two years, usually your first year you get a break, but I don’t know. I think Gina [Kirschenheiter] speaks her mind, she’ll be honest and speak her mind. She’s not gonna play these little games and she’s not afraid of anybody. Emily was always really nice to our face, but then she’d get in her confessionals and say things. It’s like, well, wait a minute … a good housewife says it to your face, not just behind a camera.”
Judge said that she “loves” Kirschenheiter “to death,” but think Simpson just doesn’t fit in with the current cast.
She went on to explain that just because she doesn’t think Simpson is good for the show doesn’t mean she’s not a good person in real life. Judge thinks Simpson may be a little “too normal” to be on a reality show that thrives on drama and infighting.
“I just don’t think there’s a whole lot of interesting stuff going on there,” Judge explained. “That doesn’t mean she’s a bad person at all, I just feel like some people are made to be on TV and some people are not, you know? Sometimes saying like, ‘She’s not good for reality’ might mean she’s just a little too normal.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Judge revealed that she would be interested in joining the “Real Housewives of New York” cast. She said that the show could use a “shake up” and that she would have a lot of fun with new cast member Leah McSweeney.
As for her opinions on Dodd, Judge made it clear that Bravo is making a mistake by keeping her on the show.
“That TMZ video is disgusting! Bravo shouldn’t just single certain people out like Stassi [Schroeder] & Kristen [Doute]. There should be zero tolerance at this point,” Judge said, referencing a video from 2016 in which Dodd said she doesn’t like black people.
Bravo cut ties last week with four “Vanderpump Rules” cast members after racist actions and comments from the past resurfaced.