Why Is Peggy Leaving 'Real Housewives Of Orange County'? The Cast May Be Getting A Major Overhaul

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It looks like a major overhaul may be taking place in the OC. Shortly after the announcement that both Lydia McLaughlin and Meghan King Edmonds are departing the series ahead of Season 13, Peggy Sulahian revealed she's leaving Real Housewives of Orange County after appearing on the show for just one season. Peggy opened up about her seemingly abrupt exit in a statement to the Daily Dish, explaining:

While citing her struggles with breast cancer, which were openly chronicled during her Season 12 stint, Peggy revealed that she's ready to move on to new opportunities. She continued,

Though the news may come as a bit of a shock to some, the departures of Lydia, Meghan, and now Peggy seem to align with circulating rumors that RHOC has been seeking out new talent to appear in its upcoming season.

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A source for Page Six claimed in December 2017 that Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge were also close to severing ties with the series. Page Six's insider added:

However, neither of those star's exits have been confirmed. As for her departure, Lydia made the announcement in a post titled "Hanging Up The Orange" on her personal blog on Feb. 9. She wrote:

Meghan, who also recently revealed that pregnant with twins, shared her news in a similar fashion, posting to her blog:

Last December, along with news that Lydia and Peggy would reportedly not be asked to come back, Radar Online reported that former OC Housewife Gretchen Rossi was “deep in negotiations to return to the show." The move to bring Gretchen back into the fold would certainly stir up the on-screen drama, given her longtime feud with Tamra. That is, if Tamra actually decides to sign on for another season in the OC. A source for Page Six claimed that she “is also thinking of not coming back."

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With Peggy, Meghan, and Lydia now officially out, Vicki, Tamra, Shannon Beador, and Kelly Dodd remain the last women standing on the long-running Bravo franchise. The recently announced vacancies open up plenty of room for new addiction to the Orange County crew. It goes without saying that RHOC showrunners will not disappoint when it comes to bringing a brand new cast of drama for Season 13.