We’ve mentioned more than once that all of Bravo’s “Housewives” could do with a cast shakeup. Most of them seem to just be going through the motions now. It seems executives at Bravo have begun to feel the same way. US Weekly has the exclusive info on the veterans leaving the “Orange County” edition of the show, and the new faces replacing them. “Real Housewives of Orange County” was the original Housewives hit, and because of that it needs to remain fresh and relevant. Here’s the skinny on the shakeup from US Weekly.
Can these ladies handle the heat? Real Housewives of Orange County had a typically major shakeup following season 8, with longtime castmembers Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi leaving the cast, alongside with first-season newbie Lydia McLaughlin. Filling their high-heeled shoes? Elizabeth Rovsek and Shannon Beador, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. The twosome will join returning women Vicki Gunvalson (the Bravo smash’s only original star), Tamra Barney and Heather Dubrow. Bravo has no comment on the casting news.
In her early thirties, Rovsek (who goes by “Lizzie”) has a background tailor-made for the Housewives universe. The former model was crowned Miss Kentucky USA back in 2002, and wed OC real estate executive Christian Rovsek in September 2009. She parlayed her Fashion Design and Merchandising Degree into her own business: Sun Kitten Swimwear by Lizzie, which creates “high-end, special occasion designer swimsuits” featuring jewel embellishments, according to the company website. She and Christian share sons Preston and Kingston.
It makes perfect sense for the show to lose Alexis, Gretchen and Lydia. Alexis has spent much of her time on the show pretending her unsuccessful husband is Bill Gates, and honors her love of Jesus by getting breast implants and leasing luxury cars. Gretchen has been around the show so long that she turned into a caricature of herself. Her last straw was falling in love with Slade, the perennial Housewives lover. She’s got nothing left in the tank. And while I enjoyed Lydia, mainly because of her pot smoking Mom, losing her isn’t going to be a problem for the show. The new women will add much needed sex appeal to a show that was becoming increasingly botoxed and pulled.