Still feeling the sting! Braunwyn Windham-Burke opened about her Real Housewives of Orange County exit after being reduce from the Bravo franchise earlier this month — and why Andy Cohen‘s response “hurt the most.”
“It still sucks. I was really looking forward to showing the other side,” Windham-Burke, 43, solely advised Us Weekly on Friday, June 18, after revealing she was “fired” from RHOC three days prior. “You know, I got very raw this last year with sobriety and I think everyone could tell I was struggling and how hard it was.”
The Laguna Beach native, who joined the cast in 2019, famous that she was six months sober once they stopped filming season 15.
“So, I was really looking forward to showing the other side of it. You know, the light at the end of the tunnel. Sobriety is fun. Sobriety is beautiful,” she continued. “It’s very hard getting sober and that’s all you saw last year was the getting, not the being. I really do wish that people could see, ‘Yes, it takes work. Yes, it’s hard.’ But once you get to the other side, it’s beautiful.”
News broke on Tuesday, June 15, that Windham-Burke, who additionally publicly got here out as a lesbian in December 2020, wouldn’t be part of the cast transferring ahead. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas and Kelly Dodd had been additionally named as cast members who had been axed. Heather Dubrow, nevertheless, can be returning to the franchise after her 2016 exit.
Longtime Bravo host Cohen, 53, addressed the choice behind the community strolling away from Windham-Burke for season 16 throughout an look on the “Heather Dubrow’s World” podcast in the future later.
“Listening to [Braunwyn] at the reunion made [us] feel like, maybe at this moment in time, being on TV wasn’t the healthiest spot for she and her family,” he defined on Wednesday, June 16. “I think she was dealing with some real stuff with herself, with her marriage, with her children. It was a lot.”
The mom of seven, who was vocal about her marital ups and downs with husband Sean Burke for years, advised Us on Friday that Cohen’s feedback struck her onerous.
“I haven’t spoken to him. I think that’s what hurt me so much,” she mentioned. “I was not in the healthiest place at the reunion. I was less than a year sober. I was still struggling a lot. There was a lot of tension with my cast. I knew what I was getting into and it wasn’t hard.”
Windham-Burke admitted that she needs “someone had reached out” to her a couple of months in the past in regard to her willingness to look on extra episodes of the present.
“Although I wasn’t in a great place [then], I’ve gotten so much better by doing the work. And I think we all go through moments in our life that are tough. We’ve all had, you know, mental breakdowns or times in our life where we’re not OK, but we get better,” she continued. “We do the work. And then we heal. And I wish someone had just said, ‘Hey, what’s going on now? How are you healing? How are you doing?’ Because where I was six months ago and where I am now are so different. So that did hurt just because no one took the time to call.”
With reporting by Joe Drake
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