Heather Dubrow teases that “The Real Housewives of Orange County” season 17 was “difficult” to film amid Tamra Judge’s Bravo return.
“It was a tough season for me,” says Dubrow, 54, on Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast as he promotes his new interactive network, The HD Network, recently launched on Falon Fatemi and Mark’s Fireside platform. Cuban.
“I really hope it’s the way I remember it and I hope that in the end there can be some resolution for everyone,” adds the reality star. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
As Page Six exclusively reported last week, the 55-year-old Judge, who got his orange back after a two-season hiatus, went “nuclear” on Dubrow as cameras rolled.
Insiders told us the two “butted heads” throughout most of production, but tensions really boiled over during an explosive cast trip to Mexico.
While abroad, our sources say Judge instigated a “gang” in Dubrow, resulting in a “nasty” confrontation.
Although Dubrow was reticent about the details of her on-screen interactions with Judge, the former sitcom actress expressed her gratitude for being able to retire to the comfort of her family after filming stormy scenes.
“These shows are hard to make, they really are,” he says of his unscripted work. “But every time I was going through a difficult time, I was very aware of the fact that… I can go home to my husband. [Dr. Terry Dubrow] and my children.”
The mother-of-four, who shares 19-year-old twins Max and Nick, Kat, 16, and Ace, 12, with Terry, 64, says on “Virtual Reali-Tea” that her home life is “very fulfilling.” ” and “so solid,” making difficult moments with her co-stars bearable.
“When things are annoying and challenging, I can handle it,” she says.
Heather and Judge star in season 17 of “Orange County” along with veterans Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and newcomer Jennifer Pedranti. Meanwhile, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum Taylor Armstrong, who now lives in Orange County, has jumped franchise and serves as a “friend” to the cast.
In a trailer that was released on TuesdayHeather and Judge appear to be at odds over a broken promise.
“You and I promised each other,” Heather tells Judge in a disappointed tone.
Before any disagreement, Heather insists she supported Judge reprising his role on “RHOC.”
“I was excited for Tamra to come back,” she tells us. “Tamra is… ‘Orange County.’ She really she is and she’s been on the show for so long and she’s added so much to the show. And I think she’ll keep doing it as long as she’s on.”
While Judge’s apparent feud with Heather will play out in season 17, the show’s next installment will also spotlight the latter’s business collaboration with Fireside co-founders Fatemi and Cuban.
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“I’m just trying to make sure you’re happy, Mark!” Heather tells the 64-year-old “Shark Tank” businesswoman in the preview.
HD Network allows fans to interact with Heather through virtual HD parties, fashion and beauty giveaways, private training and her first series “Night Cap,” which premiered on April 18.
“When Falen Fatemi and Mark Cuban approached me about their new platform, this really cool, cutting-edge interactive technology… I was so blown away by its connectivity,” she enthuses. “I’m interested in a lot of different things and I’m really interested in creating communities.”
While the champagne enthusiast hopes to give fans a closer look at her lavish lifestyle, she’s just as excited to engage in meaningful conversations.
“First, when you think about lifestyle, you think about…champagne and design and all these different things,” she says. “We’re going to have all those conversations, but also deeper conversations about parenting, about the world we live in, about friendships and relationships.”
Season 17 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” premieres Wednesday, June 7 at 8 pm ET on Bravo.