rhocAnother one bites the dust. Just weeks after learning that Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino were fired, we hear another cast member is leaving the show. After just one season, Lydia McLaughlin is calling it quits -- and once you hear the reason why, you won't blame her for getting the hell out of there.

It's the only way to escape unscathed. Usually when a Real Housewife leaves after just one season, it's not by choice. They get the boot because they are just too dull. Basically, they don't generate enough eye rolls, anger, or hair-pulling. That certainly wasn't the case with Lydia. She was actually one of the most compelling new housewives in recent years. I mean, her whole fairy dust obsession was cray cray. I couldn't believe she was serious. And you couldn't help but giggle with her whole wide-eyed disbelief at the childish antics she got a front row seat for.

But she decided to bow out of the show for the most logical reason imaginable: she has no desire to make a career out of being a Real Housewife. Even though producers asked her to come back, she turned them down. And it's a good thing too. It was only a matter of time before producers turned her into one of the series' classic housewife archetypes: the boozed-out head case, the evil bitch, the ditsy bitch, the secret slut, or the one in constant denial.

Not that Lydia wouldn't mind being on reality TV again sometime in the future. But instead of being among of hoard of mean moms, she's hoping it would focus on what it's like to put together her magazine Beverly Hills Lifestyle. Sadly, that isn't likely to be nearly as interesting as the backstabbing we have grown to love on these Bravo shows. But I am sure her life will be a heckuva lot happier without it.

Do you think Lydia should leave the show? What kind of personality type should replace her?

 

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