Two Orange County Stars’ Real-Life Housewives Announce They Won’t Be Returning In Season 17

If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives series, you’ve probably seen The Real Housewives of Orange County. The long-running show that originally spawned the expansive franchise has featured a cast of women who have delivered racy drama and memorable storylines. From Vicki Gunvalson and Tamera Judge to Heather Dubrow and Shannon Beador, the ladies of the OC have never been described as “boring”.

For the show’s 16th season, Dr. Jen Montgomery and Noella Bergener join the cast of (per People). Their introduction led to a lot of drama as they kept bumping into each other. However, along with the duo’s tumultuous friendship, the show also shone a spotlight on their complicated marital woes.

Back in August 2021, TMZ reported that Bergener’s husband, James, filed for divorce in Puerto Rico. According to the outlet, Bergener took to Instagram to issue a statement, “I was just as shocked and disgusted to find out a week before filming … and not by my husband.” Throughout the season, Bergener investigated the aftermath of their divorce. The cracks in Armstrong’s marriage to her husband Ryne Holliday were also highlighted by the series. In a February interview with Us Weekly, the dermatologist spoke about how her marriage was portrayed on the show, saying, “We had a challenging relationship, and people can be very judgmental.” Though Bergener and Armstrong end the drama in Season 16 it looks like the two stars are taking a break from reality TV to focus on their personal lives.

Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener are leaving Real Housewives after one season

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With The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 16 officially over, fans have already started preparing for Season 17. However, it looks like the OC ladies will lose two housewives in the new season. On July 8th, Dr. Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener announced their departure from the long-running franchise. The two reality stars thanked them for the series in long statements on their Instagram pages.

“I loved opening up as a working mom to the Real Housewives of Orange County,” Armstrong wrote (via People). “I’m so grateful that I’ve had the privilege of speaking on national television about my father, my children, and a truly modern relationship.” Towards the end of her testimony, Armstrong revealed that she took the time to reach out to her family focus. Bergener echoed similar sentiments in her own statement. “After a wild season of ups and downs, I will not be returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County,” she wrote (via Instagram). “…Thank you to all the fans for all the love and support during what has probably been the toughest year of my life.”

Shortly after the news broke, fans took to social media to share their thoughts on Armstrong and Bergener’s departure. One fan tweeted: “#RHOC had 3 housewives in one season in a row. Elizabeth, Noella and Jen. This is embarrassing.” Another fan wrote, “I understand Jen not coming back but Noella not. I’m lost #RHOC.” Only Bravo knows what’s in store for the rest of the OC cast next season!