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Kelly Dodd Says She's Dating Fox News' Rick Leventhal Following Her Recent Breakup

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom split from Dr. Brian Reagan earlier this month.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Rick Leventhal and Kelly Dodd

Following the news of her breakup with Dr. Brian Reagan, Kelly Dodd revealed that she has a new man in her life.

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Kelly recently told PEOPLE that she is now dating Fox News senior correspondent Rick Leventhal. “We met in the Hamptons,” she said. “It’s new, we haven’t even had sex. But he’s already treated me with more respect than Brian ever did.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom confirmed that she and Brian had split after he shared the news of their breakup on Instagram on Thursday, August 15. "[Dr. Brian Reagan] posted that we broke up .. I’m deeply saddened and I only wish him the best!!" she wrote. "Good Luck, you are a talented surgeon!! I loved you deeply."

Kelly also tagged Leventhal in that post: "See [Rick Leventhal] we broke up."

The OC Housewife told PEOPLE that she and Brian had actually broken up on August 3. “We’ve been on and off for 9 months and I couldn’t take it anymore," she said.

Though Kelly often gushed about how in love she was with Brian, she alleged that he was "using me for publicity."

“He wanted his business on the show. I was just a means to get there," Kelly claimed. "And I only realized that after I caught him cheating on me and realized he’s been seeing someone else all along."

Brian did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment about Kelly's claims.

The plastic surgeon appeared in the RHOC Season 14 premiere when Kelly visited him at his practice. He gifted her with a pair of diamond earrings before she and Shannon Storms Beador, on whom Brian performed a "scalpel-less facelift," had a consultation at his office.

Kelly is no stranger to high-profile relationships. She revealed in March that she had once dated Michael Avenatti, the high-powered attorney who rose to prominence last year while representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump. "I can’t believe I dated [Michael Avenatti]. I dodged a bullet on that one," Kelly said after Avenatti was arrested and charged with attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike. That case is currently in litigation.

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