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Braunwyn Windham-Burke Says She Was 'Hurt' By Something Andy Cohen Said About Her 'RHOC' Exit

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Says She Was 'Hurt' By Something Andy Cohen Said About Her 'RHOC' Exit

Braunwyn Windham-Burke is getting candid about her Real Housewives of Orange County exit.

It was announced on Tuesday (June 15) that there would be a major cast shake up for the upcoming 16th season, with former cast member Heather DuBrow set to rejoin the cast while both Kelly Dodd, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas and Braunwyn would not be returning.

The 43-year-old reality tv star spoke with Us Weekly on Friday (June 19) about her departure from the franchise.

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“It still sucks. I was really looking forward to showing the other side,” Braunwyn told the outlet. “You know, I got very raw this last year with sobriety and I think everyone could tell I was struggling and how hard it was.”

She also added that she was six months sober when they stopped filming season 15.

“So, I was really looking forward to showing the other side of it. You know, the light at the end of the tunnel. Sobriety is fun. Sobriety is beautiful,” she explained. “It’s very hard getting sober and that’s all you saw last year was the getting, not the being. I really do wish that people could see, ‘Yes, it takes work. Yes, it’s hard.’ But once you get to the other side, it’s beautiful.”

Andy Cohen addressed the reasoning behind the decision to let Braunwyn go on an episode of the podcast Heather DuBrow’s World a day after the news was announced.

“Listening to [Braunwyn] at the reunion made [us] feel like, maybe at this moment in time, being on TV wasn’t the healthiest spot for she and her family,” he revealed. “I think she was dealing with some real stuff with herself, with her marriage, with her children. It was a lot.”

Braunwyn shared that she was hit hard by Andy‘s comments.

“I haven’t spoken to him. I think that’s what hurt me so much,” she said. “I was not in the healthiest place at the reunion. I was less than a year sober. I was still struggling a lot. There was a lot of tension with my cast. I knew what I was getting into and it wasn’t hard.”

She added that she wished “someone had reached out” to her about how she was doing.

“Although I wasn’t in a great place [then], I’ve gotten so much better by doing the work. And I think we all go through moments in our life that are tough. We’ve all had, you know, mental breakdowns or times in our life where we’re not OK, but we get better,” she continued. “We do the work. And then we heal. And I wish someone had just said, ‘Hey, what’s going on now? How are you healing? How are you doing?’ Because where I was six months ago and where I am now are so different. So that did hurt just because no one took the time to call.”

Kelly slammed Braunwyn in a series of texts she shared on social media after the news of their ousting went public. Check it out

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