AceShowbiz - Upcoming season 15 of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will lose another one of its cast members. According to a new report, Tamra Judge is walking away from the Bravo reality series, and her decision was prompted by the salary pittance that's offered to her.
"Bravo bosses wanted Tamra to be bridge from the old cast to the new in season 15 and she refused," a source spilled to Radar Online. "Tamra got her pick up contract letter last, after the other ladies, and it had major conditions in it."
The source added that Tamra "was even more than demoted to a friend role" which meant that "she'd have very little camera time. And it meant she would earn next to nothing in reality TV terms."
"She would go from $900,000 a season to $20,000 an episode for just three show appearances, which would add up to $60,000 total. It was humiliating," so the insider went on sharing. "So Tamra walked away."
Tamra announced her departure on Saturday, January 25. Speaking to PEOPLE, Tamra, who had been on the show for 12 seasons, said, "It's been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras. I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms."
Another source told the site that the TV star was "asked back for three episodes, so producers could close out her storyline."
Tamra revealed that her husband Eddie Judge and her children, sons Ryan Vieth, 34, and Spencer Barney 19, and daughter Sydney Barney, 21, and Sophia Barney, 14, "are very excited for her new chapter. "I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years. It's meant a lot. I'm sad to go but I’m very excited about my future," the Vena Wellness owner added.
Prior to his, co-star Vicki Gulvalson shared that she left the show on Friday, January 24. "I will always be the OG of the OC, but it's time to say goodbye to 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'," the 57-year-old wrote on Instagram, before referencing her famous party catchphrase. "It's been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want to thank all of you for your support, for your love and for 'whooping it up!' "
"My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop It Up with Vicki," she wrote. "I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience, which my family and I have will never forget."
"We have shared so many great and not so great times together and it has been the ride of our lives. Thelma and Louise …. now where do you want to go?!" she added.