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Meet RHOC's New 'Wife Katie Ginella: Former Golf Reporter, Mom of 4 & "In the Drama"

Get details on Katie Ginella's life and discover her connection to the friend group before her RHOC Season 18 debut.

By Jamontae Hickman

Things are about to get a lot juicier in the OC!

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This summer, viewers will be reunited with their favorite Southern California girls as Season 18 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premieres in July to bring endless laughs, epic cast trips, and lots of drama. But that’s not all! The returning ‘Wives will welcome Katie Ginella to the mix… and as you can see from the trailer above, she’s not afraid of calling anyone out.

Who is The Real Housewives of Orange County's New 'Wife, Katie Ginella?

While we won’t get to meet Katie officially until the new season kicks off in July, you can learn a little bit more about her professional and personal life now.

According to a press release for Season 18 of RHOC, “New to the season is Housewife and former golf reporter Katie Ginella, a friend of Gina [Kirschenheiter] who instantly wedges herself into the group along with her opinions. Born in South Korea and adopted into a Catholic family in Georgia, Katie is a busy mom of four with children ages 6 to 19.”

The release adds, “After meeting the ladies, Katie immediately finds herself smack dab in the middle of the drama and gets a quick lesson in how loyalty works in the OC.”

Katie Ginella wearing a silver dress in front of a sunset.

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Who is in The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 18 cast?

Tamra Judge, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, and Jennifer Pedranti are all back for Season 18 of RHOC. As mentioned, the ladies will be joined by new cast member Katie Ginella.

Also joining the Season 18 cast but in a friend role is RHOC alum Alexis Bellino, who appeared on the series from Seasons 5-8.   

What to expect from Season 18 of The Real Housewives of Orange County?

The Season 18 trailer teases a “whirlpool of emotions” as the wives address lies, betrayal, and blackmail within their inner circle. What’s more, appearances are made by RHOC alum Vicki GunvalsonThe Real Housewives of Beverly HillsSutton Stracke, and alum Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave. This season will also dive into Alexis’ new romance with Shannon’s ex-boyfriend, John Janssen.

When does Season 18 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premiere?

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 18 premieres with a 75-minute supersized episode on Thursday, July 11 at 9/8c on Bravo. Episodes will be available to stream the next day on Peacock.

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