In an interview released late last night, rookie Housewife Lydia McLaughlin revealed she will not be back for Season 9 of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." It's not that she was fired. Bravo invited her back and although she was "flattered," she declined.
"I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife. That's never really been a dream of mine," .says Lydia. "I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives -- I've always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it that I probably wasn't going to be doing it again."
She also reveals that she wants to have her own reality show about her magazine someday, but there are currently no known plans underway to make that happen.
Then, when asked if she's still in touch with any of her co-stars, Lydia dropped a real bombshell. "I still see Alexis and Gretchen," she said. "Ironically they're not on the show anymore!"
According to reports in September, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino were fired by Bravo, but up until now, no one willing to give their name has went on record to confirm that the two former friends will not be returning to RHOC next season.
So, there you have it folks. Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Lydia McLaughlin will not be back for RHOC - Season 9.