The 'Real Housewives' Steep Divorce Rates May Make You Rethink The Franchise's Name
Having a successful marriage in the world of reality television is certainly no easy task. And some of the more recent splits have made it increasingly evident that keeping a reality union in tact is nearly impossible. Tying into this idea, E! News recently conducted an interesting study examining the divorce rate of Real Housewives marriages — and the results will make you totally re-evaluate the franchise's title.
Since the inception of Bravo's inaugural 'Wives series, Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006, fans have become engulfed by the privileged lifestyles of the housewives and their wealthy, often successful husbands. However, what was initially perceived to be a platform to showcase the lavish relationships of these couples would somehow wind up becoming the demise of many Housewives marriages — all of which played out while cameras were rolling. It was an initially shocking circumstance that RH fans would quickly recognize as a commonplace factor in the realm of reality television.
Fast-forwarding some 11 years and nine franchises into the Real Housewives saga, it seems that the snowball effect of divorce continues to amass at an enormous rate for every single thriving city of the series. According to E!'s recent calculations, which analyzed each branch of the conglomeration as well as the franchise as a whole, the overall failure rate of RH marriages currently stands at a whopping 35 percent, indicating that over a third of Real Housewives unions ends in divorce.
In terms of the breakdown for each respective show under the umbrella, the numbers are astonishing, to say the least.
Real Housewives Of Orange County
While E! noted that both of Tamra Judge's marriages were included in their tally, the overall divorce rate of RHOC currently stands at 23.5 percent.
Real Housewives Of New York
With both of Luann de Lesseps' marriages now a contributing factor, the big apple franchise bears a whopping 50 percent rate.
Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills
The ladies of RHOBH register a 30.7 percent deficit in the marriage department.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta
Although E! explained that NeNe Leakes' divorce and remarriage to longtime love Gregg Leakes has been counted as two marriages, RHOA clocks in at the number one spot with a divorce rate of 60 percent.
Real Housewives Of New Jersey
Despite the drama that takes place every season, RHONJ comes in relatively low at 11.1 percent.
Real Housewives Of Potomac
With Ashley Darby's announcement that she and husband Michael were separating and Charrisse Jackson-Jordan's impending divorce from hubby Eddie, RHOP tallies up a 50 percent divorce rate.
Real Housewives Of Dallas
The youngest of the franchise's spin-offs RHOD, with only one season under its belt, boasts an unprecedented zero percent on the splitsville scale.
Divorce has sadly become a huge reality for many Real Housewives cast members across the board. Could it be the showbiz limelight that looms in to cast a shadow on the once happy couples? Or has the old wives tale notion that there's some sort of curse on reality TV marriages become a Real Housewives tale?