Talk about a major Housewives shake up!
Life & Style can confirm that both Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino will not be returning to Season 9 of the Real Housewives of Orange County.
"Gretchen and Alexis are not going to be back next season," an insider tells Life & Style. "Every season they look at how to shake up the cast. They needed new women and in order to do that they had to say goodbye to some of the current cast."
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The source continues, "Alexis doesn't really have much going on and Gretchen has reached the end of her story on the show — she's happily engaged and starting a new life with Slade [Smiley]."
But neither of the ladies were expecting the crushing news. Adds the insider, "They both wanted to come back."
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During the last reunion, the RHOC ladies accused Gretchen of staging her engagement on the show. But producers still didn't think it was enough to keep her on.
Last week, Alexis talked about next season, admitting she had no idea what was going to happen.
"Everything is still in the air. [Jim] and I haven't addressed it; we're just enjoying the time off. I don't even want to think about it. Right now I'm very undecided and I don't want to think about what we're doing," she said. "Supposedly, we only have a month, month and a half before everything starts up again. So it's not a very long hiatus. That's basically getting the kids ready for school. Halloween and that's it. That's the end of it."
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Gretchen, 35, and Alexis, 36, have been on the series since Season 4 and Season 5, respectively.
As for the ladies replacing them, that's still unknown.
By Chantal Waldholz / @blondieewood