Season 16 of The Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) welcomed two newcomers last year — Noella Bergener and Dr. Jennifer Armstrong. The ladies recently announced on their social media handles that they have quit the show.
The season also saw OG star Heather Dubrow returning to the RHOC clan. Since Episode 1, she didn’t get along with Noella, and the two have passed snarky comments at each other throughout the season. Noella was also targeted by Jennifer, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Emily Simpson on the show.
From co-stars' hatred to struggling with her divorce, the new reality TV star faced a lot of challenges on the Bravo show. Viewers, however, enjoyed watching her and thus were disappointed when she announced her exit. They shared their opinions on Twitter stating that they wanted justice for Noella as she didn’t deserve to not be a part of the Bravo family.
One tweet read:
"JUSTICE FOR NOELLA."
Her post, shared on her Instagram story, read:
"After a wild season of ups and downs, I will not be returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
She has also changed her Instagram username from noellarhoc to noellabergener.
Fans want Noella back, but are fine with Jennifer’s exit
One of the major dramas in Season 16 revolved around Noella Bergener after her now-ex-husband James Bergener left her and their autistic son. He, later, filed for divorce, leaving her heartbroken. She also dealt with the loss of her estranged father before she had the chance to reconnect with him. Throughout the season, she was seen struggling to deal with her emotions, which included anger as well.
Noella didn’t get along with Heather Dubrow, which fans pointed out as one of the reasons behind her exit. They expressed their thoughts on Twitter, stating that Noella did not deserve to be excluded from the show. Take a look some of the fan reactions:
While viewers wanted Noella back, they were fine with Jennifer Armstrong’s exit. The latter was not as entertaining as her fellow housewives. She was seen far away in the corner in most of the major dramas. The only plotline that slightly worked for her was her marriage struggle with Ryne Holliday.
She announced her exit on Instagram with a photo of her RHOC poster look and a caption that mentioned:
“My family and my work are the most important aspects of my life, so I am stepping away from RHOC and focusing on them.”
Take a look at how fans reacted to her exit announcement:
RHOC Season 17 cast
While Jennifer Armstrong’s exit speculations have been doing the rounds for a long time, Noella’s news shocked fans. It is unknown whether the ladies voluntarily left the show or were fired. Earlier, rumors were milled that Gina Kirschenheiter was also asked to pack her bags, however, no confirmed reports have been released.
Meanwhile, the cast members who will return to Season 17 includes Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson and most probably Kirschenheiter. Only time will tell whether Bravo will hire new faces for the next season or bring back some old cast members.
The Real Housewives of Orange County is a reality TV show that captures the day-to-day drama happening in the lives of rich housewives from Orange County. The official synopsis of the show reads:
“A group of upper-class housewives residing in one of the wealthiest communities of Southern California lead a lavish lifestyle.”
RHOC Season 16 premiered on December 1, 2021, and ended on April 27, 2022. The release date and more details of the next season are yet to be announced.