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Everything To Know About RHOC Season 17

A cast member makes history as the first to jump between Real Housewives franchises.

by Brad Witter and Sophia Moore
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The 'RHOC' Season 17 cast photo includes: Emily Simpson, Gina Gina Kirschenheiter, Heather Dubrow, T...

To give Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County a “reboot” for Season 16, executive producer Andy Cohen recruited Fancy Pants herself, Heather Dubrow, to make a comeback. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of her return, Heather explained that Andy told her the network wanted to “bring back some glory of previous seasons” and take RHOC “in a different direction,” following the exits of Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas.

Well, pop the champs because she — along with some other familiar faces — will be bringing more glory-day vibes when Bravo’s OG Housewives series returns in summer 2023. Here’s all the tea on what drama fans can expect from RHOC Season 17.

The RHOC Season 17 Cast

Joining Heather in Season 17 are fellow returning cast members Emily Simpson, Shannon Storms Beador, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Season 16 newcomers Dr. Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener both exited the series after one season.) RHOC alum Tamra Judge, who appeared in Peacock’s The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club, confirmed her RHOC return during a July 2022 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. In the style of a Housewife tagline, Tamra reclaimed her orange and quipped, “All rise! The Judge is back and drama’s in session.”

On August 1, People reported that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong joined the cast of RHOC for Season 17. The announcement of Taylor’s casting makes her the first full-time cast member to switch from one franchise to another in Real Housewives’ history. Taylor was an original member of the RHOBH cast when the show premiered in 2010 and left after three seasons. The addition of Taylor to the RHOC cast comes on the heels of her return to reality TV as a member of the cast of Peacock’s RHUGT Season 2, where she starred alongside Tamra and RHOBH co-star/nemesis Brandi Glanville.

RHOC Season 17 will also welcome new Housewife Jennifer Pedranti, a yoga studio owner and mom of five, who’s introduced to the group by Tamra. While navigating a divorce from her husband of 18-plus years, Jennifer’s alleged affair with her new boyfriend (and CUT Fitness member), Ryan, puts her at the center of cast gossip and puts a strain on her friendship with Tamra.

The RHOC Season 17 Trailer

On April 25, Bravo dropped the RHOC Season 17 first look, teasing a mix of laughs and explosive drama within the group. Fans can expect to see such storylines as Tamra “coming in hot” and sparring with Shannon and Heather, and several difficult conversations between the ladies and their significant others. The trailer, which you can check out below, also teased guest appearances from RHOC alum Vicki Gunvalson, who joined a cast trip to Mexico, and Shark Tank businessman Mark Cuban.

The RHOC Season 17 Premiere Date

Along with the trailer, Bravo announced that RHOC Season 17 will premiere on Wednesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

This post will be updated as more details about RHOC Season 17 become available.

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