Just one month after revealing that she’s expecting twin boys, Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds has announced that she is leaving the show to focus on her family.
“Today is a bittersweet day for me,” a note on the reality star’s website reads. “After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is the Real Housewives of Orange County, I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat.”
She continued: “I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more. As you might suspect, filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I’m literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious. Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public’s reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer.”
Edmonds said that the show takes a physical toll on her too, including when she underwent IVF and became a new mom to her daughter, Aspen, which was documented in past seasons. When it came time to decide on another season while pregnant with her twins, Edmonds said she knew it “wasn’t the place” for her anymore.
“I knew that I was going to have a long pregnancy growing the twins and it would be next to impossible to film,” she explained. “I could do it, but did I really want to? Twin pregnancies must be treated more delicately than a singleton pregnancy and are high-risk by default, so I also wanted to have a peaceful pregnancy with positive influences. Consistent positive influences are harder to find on RHOC!”
Edmonds, who is married to former MLB player and current Fox Sports broadcaster Jim Edmonds, was introduced as a full-time cast member on season 10. She admitted that she’s sad to leave behind her OC and Bravo families, but that they have all been very supportive. She also said the experience on the show left her with fond memories — including being introduced to her “soul sisters” Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge.
“Finally, I know this is what I must do. I must focus on my family and my pregnancy,” she concluded her blog post. “I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week’s episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion…But I guess it’s time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts. Oh, the irony!”
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