Where Are They Now: All 42 Former “Real Housewives”


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2. Kimberly Bryant, Orange County

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Tenure: One season, guest appearances
Tagline: “Eighty-five percent of the women around here have had breast implants.”

Remember Kimberly? Probably not. She spent just one season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. After the first season’s 2006 run, Kimberly moved from the O.C. to the suburbs of Chicago, fleeing the California sun after a skin cancer scare. She made a brief appearance on the show’s fourth season, when O.C. O.G. Vicki Gunvalson visited Chicago.

Kimberly still lives in Chicago with her husband and two kids and uses her “Bravolebrity” status to help out Chicagoland charities. She has a Twitter account, but hasn’t posted since August 2013. It’s mostly #TBTs of the Season 1 cast.

3. Jo De La Rosa, Orange County

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Tenure: Two seasons, spin-off
Tagline: “I deserve only the best… I’m worth it!”

The first housewife who wasn’t actually a housewife, Jo De La Rosa left the show after Season 2, when she broke up with her fiancé Slade Smiley and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career (yes, she was the ORIGINAL singing housewife!). The former couple reunited in 2008 for a spin-off for Bravo, the aptly titled Date My Ex.

The show wasn’t a hit, and Jo gave up singing for a more practical career in marketing and advertising. After a stint in New York, Jo is back in L.A. as the national accounts director for Empire Digital. She’s also been dating marketing executive Mark Lovette for more than two years. You can follow her life now on Twitter and Instagram. Just don’t ask her about Slade and Gretchen.

4. Lauri Waring Peterson, Orange County

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Tenure: Four seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “I was poor, I was rich, I was poor again, and you know what? Having money is easier.”

The Cinderella story of the Real Housewives world, Lauri went from broke single mom to happily married to a millionaire over her four-season run. Lauri left the show to deal with her son’s personal and legal troubles, but returned in 2013 as a “friend” of the wives, which gave us an amazing Vicki Gunvalson-screaming-on-a-mountain-about-threesomes scene. Shockingly, she wasn’t asked back for Season 9.

Lauri is still married to George, still lives in the O.C., is now a grandmother, and is very active on Twitter.

5. Jeana Keough, Orange County

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Tenure: Five seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “Money is a girl’s best friend, and I love friends.”

The former Playboy playmate survived five years, and a historic wine-throwing moment, as an O.C. star. After leaving the show, Jeana joined Bravo’s weight-loss series, Thintervention, and returned to her real estate career.

These days, Jeana is still selling homes and taking care of her three kids. Shane is acting and in the real estate biz, Kara got married to an NFL player, and Colton’s in college. You can catch up with Jeana – who appears to still be separated, not divorced, from her former MLB player husband Matt – on Twitter, where she pretends she’s still on TV.

6. Tammy Knickerbocker, Orange County

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Tenure: Two seasons
Tagline: “I don’t let my kids or my exes drive me crazy.”

Tammy was one of the first “replacement” wives, joining the O.C. cast in Season 2 to fill Kimberly Bryant’s void. We saw her fight with her teen daughters Megan and Lindsey, and with the father of her toddler-aged son, but Tammy never brought the drama with the other women. She left the series after two seasons and returned to her quiet life on Balboa Island.

As for what she’s up to, that’s a mystery. Tammy launched the lifestyle magazine/marketing website Veriya while on the show, but it’s no longer a thing. The last time she did something in the public eye was a 2010 ad campaign for weight-loss company Final Inches. She sporadically tweets, though most of them appear to be responses to people she forgot to @reply.

7. Quinn Fry, Orange County

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Tenure: One season, guest appearances
Tagline: “I love having a younger man in my life.”

Oh, Quinn. Jeana Keough’s friend joined the cast for Season 3 (and only Season 3), where she was known as the “Christian cougar.” The mother of two never really seemed to mesh with the cast and is seemingly the first woman not asked back by Bravo. She has been spotted in the background of later seasons… wearing a wig.

According to her website, Quinn splits her time between Orange County and Northern California and works as a marketing manager for Cox Communications. She’s still on the prowl for younger men and tweets a lot with Jeana.

8. Lynne Curtin, Orange County

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Tenure: Two seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “It’s not about how much money you have; it’s about how good you look spending it.”

Arguably the ditziest housewife in Housewives history, Lynne’s life fell apart on camera. Remember watching her teenage daughters get an eviction notice for the family’s home? Well, it doesn’t look like Lynne’s life has gotten much better since leaving the show. She and her husband of 22 years, Frank, divorced in 2013.

It appears Lynne is still trying to go global with her cuffs, but she may be struggling to make ends meet – reports surfaced in late 2013 that the former reality star had less than $100 to her name. She hasn’t tweeted since 2012, but sometimes pops up on her daughter’s Instagram feed. She also made a brief appearance on Tamra’s O.C. Wedding in 2013.

9. Gretchen Rossi, Orange County

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Tenure: Five seasons
Tagline: “I’m smart, I’m sexy, and I’m confident. Of course people are gonna talk about me.”

Gretchen went from fan favorite to kind of hated over her five-year run, exiting the show after Season 8. We saw her mourn the death of her fiancé Jeff, then move on with serial Housewives boyfriend Slade Smiley. The pair got engaged on Gretchen’s final season.

Gretchen and Slade extended their 15 minutes on the WEtv series Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, alongside Trista and Ryan from The Bachelorette. Gretchen is also working on expanding her beauty and fashion “empire,” Gretchen Christine. Gretchen and Slade recently dropped by Watch What Happens Live, where they announced they’re getting married next May and plugged an appearance on The Doctors.

10. Alexis Bellino, Orange County

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Tenure: Four seasons
Tagline: “Am I high maintenance? Of course I am, look at me.”

The woman we came to know as “Jesus Jugs” joined the show in Season 5 and fought with pretty much everyone before exiting after Season 8.

She hasn’t updated her website since 2013, and her clothing line looks to be defunct, but Alexis continues to keep in touch with fans on Twitter and Instagram. Alexis and her husband, Jim, renewed their vows on an episode of WEtv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations over the summer, and they still run that trampoline park in Anaheim. She is no longer a correspondent for Fox 5 San Diego.

11. Peggy Tanous, Orange County

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Tenure: One season, guest appearances
Tagline: “Soccer moms drive minivans, but this girl drives a Bentley.”

Peggy was a one-season wonder, appearing as a main cast member only in Season 6. She spoke openly about postpartum depression and was all about holistic living way before Shannon Beador hit the O.C. scene.

Since leaving the show, Peggy has dabbled in a bunch of different ventures. She launched a YouTube channel that hasn’t been updated in almost a year, released a workout DVD, reportedly wrote a book, and allegedly sold a new reality show. Actually make that two shows, which apparently are keeping her from returning to RHOC. Keep an eye on Peggy’s very active Twitter feed to see if any of those projects see the light of day.

12. Lydia McLaughlin, Orange County

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Tenure: One season
Tagline: “You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”

Another one and done, Lydia joined the ladies for just Season 8, but her storyline was overshadowed by her slightly wackadoo mother, who liked to smoke pot and throw “fairy dust” (read: glitter) at strangers.

Despite not living in the 90210, Lydia and her husband, Doug, continue to run Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine. Lydia also launched a jewelry line, wrote a book aimed at Christian women, and is expecting her third child. She chronicles her mommy adventures on Twitter.

13. Bethenny Frankel, New York

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Tenure: Three seasons, spin-off
Tagline: “New York City is my playground.”

If you don’t know Bethenny, what are you doing with your life? The most successful Housewives star spent three years snarking in confessional interviews before landing her own spin-off, Bethenny Getting Married? (later retitled Bethenny Ever After).

Bethenny sold her Skinnygirl Cocktails brand for a reported $120 million in 2011 but continues to oversee the brand’s expansion. She’s also written eight books – six self-help/diet guides, one novel, one cocktail recipe book, and, most recently, a children’s book. Her post-Bravo life hasn’t been totally wonderful, though. She and husband Jason Hoppy are in the middle of a messy divorce/custody battle over their 4-year-old daughter, Brynn, and her self-titled talk show was canceled after one season. The reality star is currently seeing financier Michael Cerussi III and may be plotting a return to Bravo. Reports surfaced in September that Frankel was returning to The Real Housewives of New York for Season 7. The star confirmed the news a few weeks later. ” It finally feels right to go home again,” she wrote on her blog.

14. Alex McCord, New York

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Tenure: Four seasons
Tagline: “To a certain group of people in New York, status is everything.”

Alex was the black sheep of the original New York crew – all because she lived in Brooklyn! OK, it also had something to do with her eccentric Australian husband, Simon, and their two ill-behaved kids, Francois and Johan.

Of course, Alex was a casualty of the Season 5 overhaul in 2012. After being let go, Alex started vlogging for RumorFix about RHONY (sad), then moved on to blogging at The Stir… about RHONY. She and Simon also appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy in 2012, ironically to work out all the issues in their marriage that surfaced because of reality TV. The pair is still together – and recently made a big change. They announced a move to Simon’s native Australia in September.

15. Jill Zarin, New York

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Tenure: Four seasons
Tagline: “I run with a fabulous circle of people.”

Jill Zarin was arguably the original star of New York, the brash Jewish socialite who palled around the Hamptons wth BFF Bethenny. The duo had a blowout fight in Season 3 that was never resolved, and Jill only lasted one more season.

Another casualty of the Season 5 revamp, Jill told Oprah’s Where Are They Now? she was let go because producers thought she had taken the show to a “dark place.” Jill has popped up on TV from time to time since her 2011 exit, grilling Andy Cohen about her firing during a heated one-on-one Watch What Happens Live in 2012, and appearing on a 2014 episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, where she made fun of Blossom star Jenna von Oy for living a simple life in Nashville.

Despite becoming a bit of a TV villain, Jill was able to launch a bunch of businesses. She has a shapewear line, a jewelry line, and a bedding collection – though the state of all three lines seems to be up in the air – and still runs Zarin Fabrics with her husband, Bobby. When she’s not making TV appearances or working, Jill hangs out with Lindsay Lohan.

16. Kelly Killoren Bensimon, New York

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Tenure: Three seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “I’m living the American Dream, one mistake at a time.”

The former model joined the cast in Season 2 and really brought the crazy. She ran in traffic, made little sense and gave us one of the greatest Real Housewives episodes of all time: Scary Island!

But like Jill and Alex, Kelly was also let go after Season 4 – though she did make a cameo on RHONY’s most recent season in a Sleep No More mask. Since leaving the show, Kelly has written two books – she wrote two before joining the show – and hosted a web series for iVillage. She sometimes writes a column for amNewYork, posts bizarre videos on YouTube, and tweets out a lot of pictures of herself.

17. Cindy Barshop, New York

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Tenure: One season
Tagline: “I have everything I’ve ever wanted, and it’s all on my own terms.”

Cindy joined RHONY as Bethenny Frankel’s replacement, but the businesswoman and single mom failed to fill Bethenny’s stilettos and was let go after just one year.

Cindy ran into financial troubles after her Bravo exit. The vajazzling pioneer reportedly had to shut down several of her Completely Bare waxing salons in 2011. The business is back to only New York locations, but has expanded with a line of at-home waxing kits. Still single, Cindy spends her free time with her daughters, sharing family snapshots on Twitter.

18. Danielle Staub, New Jersey

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Tenure: Two seasons
Tagline: “You’re either gonna love me or hate me. There is no in between with me.”

Danielle was Bravo’s first true villainess, ending her first season on RHONJ on the business end of Teresa Giudice’s infamous table flip. Seemingly a glutton for punishment, Danielle returned for Season 2 – but chose to leave before Season 3.

Danielle went straight from Housewives to VH1, where she starred alongside Heidi Montag on the short-lived competition show Famous Food. After that show flopped, Danielle signed up for Dial-A-Star, a chat line that connected fans with D-list personalities (i.e. Dina Lohan, Octomom) for $18 a minute. Shockingly, Dial-A-Star didn’t take off. Danielle returned to Bravo for a 2013 interview on Watch What Happens Live, and recently showed up on Oprah: Where Are They Now? She still lives in New Jersey and is very active on Twitter, where she regularly says she would love to return to the show.

19. Caroline Manzo, New Jersey

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Tenure: Five seasons, spin-off
Tagline: “If you’re gonna mess with my family, you’re messing with me.”

The matriarch of New Jersey played peacekeeper for five seasons before landing her own spin-off, Manzo’d With Children. The show premiered in October, so if you want to check in with Caroline and co., all you gotta do is turn on the TV.

20. DeShawn Snow, Atlanta

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Tenure: One season
Tagline: “I always knew I was destined for greatness.”

DeShawn didn’t bring the drama to RHOA’s inaugural season, and because of that, she wasn’t asked back to the franchise’s most successful city. As a producer put it, DeShawn was “too human for a circus show.”

Today, DeShawn isn’t a Bravo housewife, nor a real one. DeShawn divorced her husband of 12 years, NBA player Eric Snow, in 2010. She turned to fitness after the split, dropping an amazing 30 pounds. The slimmed-down mom of three is now a children’s book author, having penned the Lil Shawnee series for tween girls. DeShawn is active on social media, regularly posting inspirational quotes.

21. Lisa Wu Hartwell, Atlanta

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Tenure: Two seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “If it doesn’t make me money, I don’t do it.”

Lisa was the straight-talking real estate agent who dabbled in jewelry, clothing, and acting, but was forced to leave the world of Housewives behind when she and her NFL husband, Ed Hartwell, moved away from Atlanta.

Five years later, Lisa’s life is very different. She’s now just Lisa Wu, no Hartwell – Lisa and Ed divorced in 2011. All the businesses she had on the show are also no more. Lisa is focusing full-time on acting, landing bit parts on TV and in movies. She also co-authored a book, and recently returned to TV as one of the stars of the Housewives-esque Hollywood Divas, which is executive produced by current Housewives star Kandi Burruss’ husband, Todd.

22. Sheree Whitfield, Atlanta

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Tenure: Four seasons
Tagline: “People are intimidated by my success.”

Sheree “Who Gonna Check Me Boo?” Whitfield battled it out with NeNe and Kim (remember the great wig snatching of 2009?), before handing in her peach for good in 2012.

Since leaving the show, Sheree has not been able to launch her much-talked-about clothing line, She by Sheree, nor complete construction on her McMansion, Chateau Sheree. Both failures were chronicled on a 2013 episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life. However, there is now a She by Sheree jewelry line. A 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live sparked rumors that Sheree would return to RHOA, but she’s nowhere to be seen in the Season 7 trailer. Sheree is currently dealing with a massive tax lien.

23. Kim Zolciak, Atlanta

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Tenure: Five seasons, spin-off
Tagline: “People call me a gold digger, but they just want what I have.”

Kim Zolciak was Atlanta’s resident wig-wearing single mom before departing the show halfway through Season 5.

Since leaving the Housewives, Kim has had four kids with her husband, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Kroy Biermann. The family of eight’s misadventures are chronicled on the spin-off series Don’t Be Tardy, named after Kim’s “hit” single. Sadly(?), Kim gave up her singing career to focus on being a mommy full-time. She recently googled herself, and has a line of fake eyelashes.

24. Taylor Armstrong, Beverly Hills

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Tenure: Three seasons, guest appearances
Tagline: “I fought too hard for this zip code to go home now.”

Taylor and her plumped-up pout brought us laughs – who can forget her sitting in a suitcase? – and tears – her husband, Russell, tragically committed suicide in the middle of filming Season 2 – for three seasons, before sliding into a recurring role.

Taylor found love again with lawyer John Bluher – he’s the reason why Taylor and her daughter, Kennedy, now split the year between California and Colorado. The couple appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy in early 2014 to work out Taylor’s trust issues before their wedding. After leaving Couples Therapy, John adopted Kennedy. The couple tied the knot in May and documented the experience for WEtv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations – screaming fits included. Taylor is an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and wrote about her own experiences in her 2012 memoir, Hiding From Reality.

25. Adrienne Maloof, Beverly Hills

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