Was Kelly Dodd fired from ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’?
Despite fans calling for her firing, Kelly Dodd is not leaving Real Housewives of Orange County anytime soon. Dodd has come under fire for current and past controversies, especially from comments on social media. Fans have been fed up with her for a while, and Dodd’s confirmation has pushed fans over the edge.
The situation isn’t on the level of Gian Carano’s where she was fired from The Mandalorian. The two controversial actresses post comments about the pandemic. However, Dodd has not eclipsed Carano’s post over comparing the treatment of conservative viewpoints to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
Here is everything that’s going on with Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County and Kelly Dodd.
Social media controversies
Kelly Dodd has been controversial during her tenure on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Recently however, she’s been called out for her antics on social media.
In a now-deleted post, she was filmed mocking the pandemic with friends while dining in Newport Beach. The group was cheering “to super spreaders” in the video, and Dodd proclaimed she couldn’t be a super spreader because she got the vaccine.
However, being vaccinated does not mean you can’t spread the virus. According to Dr. Kate O’Brian at the World Health Organization, the medical community still doesn’t know if getting the vaccine “protects against transmitting [covid] to somebody else.”
This isn’t Kelly Dodd’s first brush with controversy about coronavirus. Last April, she called the pandemic “God’s way of thinning the herd.” She took to social media, explaining, “[she] was by no means minimizing deaths that have been caused by this virus, and I feel for their loved ones. However, Orange County has 133 deaths out of 3 million people — much lower than most.”
During the season 15 reunion special in January, Kelly Dodd yelled “I’m black” at fellow cast members who were accusing her of racist and homophobic comments. She explained in an interview with E! News the accusations irritated her, explaining:
“I did a 23andMe, and I don’t identify myself as a Black person; that was not my point. My point was I’m Black, Asian, Mexican, Spanish, I’m 30% Native American, and I’m one percent Jewish. And I’m all races.”
Despite Dodd’s Mexican descent claiming to be Black is odd, and according to her 23&Me test results she posted on Instagram, she’s barely 3% African.
Other recent racial controversies spring around her recent bridal show. She received a hat with the phrase “drunk brides matter,” a play on “Black Lives Matter.” Many called the hat insensitive, while Dodd defends it as a joke gift as she flaunted the hat on social media. Then a 2016 clip from TMZ resurfaced of her claiming, “I don’t like Black guys. I don’t even know any black guys.”
Results from the controversies
Rumors were flying during the Real Housewives of Orange County offseason that Bravo has fired Kelly Dodd over her controversial social media posts. However, according to Dodd’s social media addressing the rumor, she’s been hearing the rumors for the last five years. According to the post, she’s excited for her sixth season.
However, a rep from Bravo told Page Six, “the network hasn’t made any casting decisions yet.” Season 16 of The Real Housewives of Orange County doesn’t premiere until October, meaning there is plenty of times for Bravo to pull the plug on Dodd’s involvement in the show.
Despite her continued involvement in The Real Housewives of Orange County, the beverage company Positive Beverage cut all ties with Dodd over her controversial social media posts. According to Page Six, Dodd even bought part of the company in 2019.
Positive Beverage CEO Shannon Argyros released a statement explaining, “Unfortunately, we feel Kelly’s stance is no longer congruent with our core values.” The company’s Head of Brand, Zach Muchnick, added, “It has become clear over the past few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our primary objectives.”
But what do you think? Should Bravo fire Kelly Dodd from The Real Housewives of Orange County? Let us know in the comments.