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This Is Why Losing a Real Housewife Feels Like a Breakup, a Bravo Executive Explains

But sometimes, like when Meghan King Edmonds announced she wasn't returning for Season 13, it's "the right thing."

This past summer, Bravo executive Ryan Flynn stopped by The Daily Dish podcast and explained what actually happens when a Housewife departs from the franchise. Most of the time, it's a mutual decision made by both parties. However, Bravo's Senior Vice President of Current Production Kathleen French revealed it can still feel sad. “[It can feel] exactly like a breakup," French told hosts Megan Segura and Rachael Roberts during a recent visit to The Daily Dish podcast

French began her Bravo journey with the production company Evolution Media, which many Bravo fans recognize as the group that works on some of their favorite Bravo shows, including Vanderpump Rules and The Real Housewives of Orange County, the latter of which French has worked on since the show's second season. Since that time, French has seen a lot of women come and go from the show. Even though it's the right thing at that time, there are difficult conversations to be had. "Sometimes when cast members don't come back, it's terrible," she shared. "Usually those exits are painful." 

So far this year, three Season 12 RHOC cast members announced they would not be back for Season 13, but they may be the exception to the painful separation that French said typically happens. "Meghan [King Edmonds], it's different in Orange County. It's the right thing; she feels good about it. We feel good about it," French explained. "That's not usually the case, so those are always awful conversations; you feel bad."

Hear more insider intel about Housewives breakups and exits from Megan and Rachael's interview with Kathleen French in the full episode of The Daily Dish podcast above. 

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