5 Housewives We Wish Would Return

Although their ships have sailed, we wish these 5 housewives would return to the show and we’re here to tell you who they are. 

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If you’re new to the housewives and have not been following along since the very beginning, you may not know who these women are or the marks they made on The Real Housewives, but we’ll do our best to catch you up and fill you in on what you need to know. If you’re an OG fanatic, then you’ve come to the right place.

Lisa Vanderpump

All hail the queen…the queen of Beverly Hills, that is. After nine seasons on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump, also known as LVP, decided to walk away from the series after a scandal with some of the other women on the cast. Her accusations led to a friendship-ending argument with longtime BFF, Kylie Richards, and quite a rift between a select few other housewives. We don’t see LVP film with anyone from the cast except Denise Richards and unofficial cast member Camille Grammer for the rest of the season, and she left us hanging by being a no-show at the Season 9 reunion…we never got the closure we needed. Although we miss her sense of humor, sarcasm, and, most importantly, her dogs, we can still keep up with LVP on her other three reality shows: Vanderpump Rules, Vanderpump Dogs, and Overserved.

Bethenny Frankel

The concrete jungle isn’t just where dreams are made of… it’s where Bethenny Frankel is! The Skinny Girl founder spent 13 seasons on The Real Housewives of New York City before calling it quits. In an interview with Variety, she explains that while her paycheck from the show was the only thing keeping her from leaving, she ultimately felt that it just wasn’t for her anymore and decided to part ways from The Real Housewives franchise. Although she added many laughs and kept it nothing but real on the show, we can’t blame her for wanting to do what feels right for herself. If you’re missing Bethenny like we are and desperately rooting for her to return to RHONY, don’t worry too much because you can still catch her on her new HBO Max series, The Big Shot with Bethenny.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann

Kim Zolciak-Biermann has entered the chat. After five seasons, this blond bombshell and mom of 6 threw in the towel on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. They then returned to the show in season 10 as a “friend” to dedicate her time and energy to her family’s own Bravo reality show, Don’t Be Tardy. After an explosive feud with cast member NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak-Biermann walked out of season 10 reunion and has never looked back. We would love to see her return back to the show because there’s nothing like her wittiness or upfront comebacks, but we can always rewatch old episodes of RHOA and Don’t Be Tardy.

Caroline Manzo

Best known for her honesty, loyalty, and righteousness, Caroline Manzo left The Real Housewives of New Jersey after being an original on the cast for five seasons. In a BravoTV.com blog post, she shared that her decision to depart stemmed from how her point of view on the show changed from something she would’ve wanted her future grandchildren to see to something she never wants them to see. And if you know Caroline Manzo, then her reasoning speaks volumes because she’s one of the most family-oriented housewives we’ve ever seen. Since so much time has passed and it doesn’t look like there is a return to RHONJ in her future, feel free to follow along with one of our favorite Jersey girls via Instagram.

Tamra Judge

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Last but not least, Tamra Judge! This iconic little blondie called it quits with The Real Housewives of Orange County after 12 seasons and shared with Andy Cohen in an Instagram Live conversation that she was dealing with some personal issues and needed privacy more than ever. Still, she also admits that she didn’t voluntarily throw in the towel…she was fired. Maybe she overstayed her welcome? According to Tamra, that wasn’t the case as she was just too expensive for Bravo’s liking. We learned throughout the series that Tamra’s husband Eddie was suffering from a heart condition, and we wish them nothing but health and happiness in their next chapter. We’re desperately hoping that she considers a return once things get better in her life because she always kept things real and eventful during RHOC. Still, it seems that she’s been keeping busy in the meantime with her and her husband’s new CBD company, Vena. Check out her Instagram if you require a little Tamra Judge as we do.

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Ali Mickiewicz

Ali Mickiewicz is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.