EXCLUSIVE: Lydia McLaughlin on Leaving 'Real Housewives of Orange County': They Should Cast My Mom!

Lydia McLaughlin says they should replace her with her mom on the 'Real Housewives of Orange County'.

Lydia McLaughlin says they should replace her with her mom on the 'Real Housewives of Orange County'.


Lydia McLaughlin is all Housewives-ed out, so she decided to leave Real Housewives of Orange County after just one season.

Life & Style caught up with the former reality star, 32, at TV Guide magazine’s Hot List party in Hollywood on Monday, and she dished on her exit.

“I’ve gotten such an outpouring of love from my fans and I know deep down that I’m doing the right thing, so hopefully I can be an advocate for pursuing your dreams even if it’s what mainstream media thinks is weird and crazy,” she told Life & Style.

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Though she wouldn’t reveal why she’s leaving, Lydia did tell the mag that she thinks someone like her mom should join the series!

“I feel like everybody loved my mother [Judy], so I think that they should cast her,” she said. “She would make a great housewife. She would do it in a second. They should call her.”

Lydia confirms that executives have not reached out.

The Canadian-born magazine entrepreneur, who’s married to Doug McLaughlin, 33, isn’t the only woman exiting the original show this season. As Life & Style reported, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino are not returning for season nine.

So will the married mother of two miss being on Bravo weekly?

“You become really close with the crew. You really allow them to come into your home. Metaphorically and literally they are in your home, so I’ll miss that,” she told Life & Style. “My little boys [ages 2 and 4] are like, ‘Mommy, when are our friends coming over to film the show?’ Even at such a young age, they know that there is a change at our household.”

Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino are Not Returning to Real Housewives of Orange County

But Lydia’s plate remains full. Along with founding and managing Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, a high-end luxury publication, with her husband, she also recently launched her own handcrafted jewelry line: LYDIA M Jewelry.

The only women still signed on for the series are Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge and Heather Dubrow. Production for the upcoming season began on Oct. 23.

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