You can stop your speculating, because The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9 cast was finally confirmed by Bravo. (Sadly, Heather McDonald is not a Housewife.) So who made the Orange County roster? Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, and Heather Dubrow are still in. Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi, and Lydia McLaughlin are OUT. And yes, that means Lydia McLaughlin's mom is gone, too. BUMMER.
Who scooped up their slots? Drumroll, please! Your new Housewives are... Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek (as suspected)! Oh, and Danielle Gregorio will also be a part of the drama.
What do we know about the new Housewives? Lizzie was Miss Kentucky and is now a swimwear designer, Danielle co-founded a charity, and Shannon’s kids have never eaten cheddar cheese.
Okay yes, there's more to Shannon than that. However, cheddar cheese is my reason for waking up in the morning, so I can't help but glom onto that particular fact about the new Housewife. Sure, if you're allergic to dairy, I get why you'd be anti-cheddar. Keep the cheese away. But if you aren't lactose intolerant, why would you ban ched-chee?!?! It's just so delicious.
As much as I want to zero in on that one piece of her life, Shannon's backstory goes beyond "no cheddar cheese." Let's take a peek at Shannon's Bravo.com bio:
Born and raised in Southern California, Shannon Beador joins the cast this season bringing her unflinching honesty and unconventional ways. She adheres to a holistic lifestyle, keeping her house a toxic free zone with a hospital grade air filtration system and no wi-fi.
I would not be mad if my apartment had a hospital grade air filtration system. My allergies are the WORST. How much would a hospital grade air filtration system set me back? Eh, I'll look into that later.
On the flip side, I would be very mad if my apartment was without wi-fi. You mean I have to leave my home to use the Internet? No, thank you.
Her three daughters, 12-year-old Sophie and 9-year-old twins, Stella and Adeline have never eaten cheddar cheese because of the orange dyes.
Aha! She's probably not wrong to be wary of the orange dyes. I wouldn't be surprised if a doctor told me my intestines were permanently orange from all of the cheese I've consumed.I'm going to assume foods/beverages with red dye in 'em aren't cool, either. No Hawaiian Punch, no Gatorade. (Yes, I'm taking notes. Why? Well, on the off chance she invites me to a dinner party one day, I want to be prepared. I want to know what I should and should not bring.)
Shannon spends her free time with her energy specialist and a Feng Shui advisor trying to rid herself of any built up anger and resentment.
I'm all about Feng Shui. My apartment isn't Feng Shui'd or anything (sharp corners EVERYWHERE), but I'm confident my life would be better if it was.
Her 13-year marriage has recently hit a rough patch as she and her husband David struggle to find balance between work, the kids and each other.
Hm. I hope being on a reality show doesn't make the rough patch even rougher.
Here are are some more deets about Shannon (from StoopidHousewives.com):
- Shannon's husband is the President of Beador Construction, Inc. (David’s father founded the company).
- Shannon grew up in La Jolla, went to USC, and now lives in Newport.
- She and her family live in “Bonita Canyon’s Largest Home.”
Here's Shannon (and the other Housewives) doing her thing in the season 9 trailer:
- “There needs to be nine lemons in there at all times. That’s why the Feng Shui is off.”
- “I’ve had it with her," Shannon yells about Heather as she storms out of a party. "You guys will all see the truth.” WHAAAAT!?!?! Ugh. I can't wait.
RHOOC season 9 premieres April 14. So soon! You know what this news calls for?
Ah, yes. Thank you, Vicki. Never change.
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