Real Housewives of Orange County will start filming their ninth season without two of the show’s former stars – Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino.

Rossi and Bellino’s absence at the start of production for the Bravo reality series has sparked rumors that the pair has been fired. Neither Rossi, who has been on the show since Season 4, nor Bellino, who has been a prominent fixture since Season 5, were asked to return after Season 8 wrapped.

No one’s sure what caused Rossi’s fall from grace, though Bellino’s doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Last year, Bellino’s relationships with the rest of the of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast deteriorated to the point where her returning to the show may have been deemed impossible.

Returning for Season 9 of Real Housewives of Orange County will be Heather Dubrow, Lydia McLaughlin, Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson.

– Chelsea Regan

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