It seems like Tamra Judge cannot get her story straight. One minute, she’s claiming she would have left Real Housewives of Orange County on her own because of her ex-husband Simon Barney’s cancer diagnosis. In some interviews, she’s admitting that she got fired. Other times, she’s saying she was insulted she was offered a reduced role. But, in different interviews she’s saying that didn’t happen.
Let’s be honest, Tamra would never just straight up leave this show. Yeah, she’s selling CBD and she owns CUT Fitness, but this show was a major contributor to her finances. Whether she outright fired or if she walked away after she was offered a 3-episode role, something that Andy Cohen confirmed, she did not make this decision on her own or on behalf of her family. This decision was made for her not by her, just like it has been for almost every other former Housewife. Well, except for Lisa Vanderpump and Bethenny Frankel, who are pretty much the only Housewives who actually left their shows completely of their own volition.
Tamra sure has a lot of time on her hands lately. She has been doing the most to stir up some buzz that she might be returning to the show. In a recent Us Weekly interview, “I had said that I was going to just retire. I was just going to be at the reunion [and] just say, ‘You know what? And people told me there … They’re like, ‘Listen. Don’t do that. You don’t know what the future holds. Just don’t make any rash decisions. You’re super emotional.’ So I didn’t say anything.” No one believes that. Tamra would never just walk away from this show. Absolutely no one believes that. Not for one second.
During that interview, Tamra recalled the moment when she heard that she was done with the show. She said, “I had gotten a call and I was camping and the producer said, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s up?’ And they’re like, ‘Well, the network has decided to go in a different direction.’ And I’m like, ‘What?! OK, well I thought we start filming in a couple days.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah.’ And they even said, ‘We’re shocked. We’re completely shocked at this.’”
Tamra said a producer told her, “They know that you said you’d never become a friend, so they want to give you a limited role.” That’s when Tamra told the producer, “And I’m like, ‘No, thank you.’ That’s not what I said. I said, ‘F off!’ And then I just took a week or so and I just absorbed it. … I cried and I was scared.”
Tamra, you did say that. You actually said it in many interviews in response to Vicki’s demotion.
Tamra has also claimed that Andy just told her to take some time off. Again, no one believes this. The more realistic scenario is that Tamra got the boot for her lack of storyline and expensive paycheck. In some conversation, Andy probably said something vague about how “the door is always open” for a return or that he would consider her to be a Real Housewife for life.
Tamra told Us Weekly, “He said, ‘Listen, just take a year off. Right now, everything’s so heavy. I don’t even think if you were on the show you’d be good TV. And he said, ‘Let’s revisit this the following season.’” Right.
In the one honest moment of the interview, Tamra said she is “absolutely” open to returning to the show. No kidding. She confessed, “I always wanted to go out on my terms, and yeah, I’m a little bummed about that, but whatever.” We all know she’s more than “a little bummed” about this.