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Real Housewives Casting Secrets

October 28, 2013 03:00 PM by Suzy Kerr

Ever wonder how the Housewives on The Real Housewives franchise land their dream jobs of drinking, shopping and fighting with other people for a living? Wonder no more, because series creator and Bravo boss Andy Cohen is spilling his casting secrets for the hit reality shows in a new video on his blog.


The hiring process starts with Andy and his team reviewing submissions to see who would be a good fit for The Real Housewives (i.e., who’s going to stir up the most drama). Decisions made on potential cast members rely a lot on these submissions; however, Andy, the production crew and other staff members also will occasionally go back and court former Housewives to gauge their interest in returning to the show. Andy says he never likes to see anyone go, and he’s always trying to get previous cast members to come back.

Take Lauri Waring-Peterson, for instance. Andy’s been pushing for the former Real Housewives of Orange County star to make a comeback on the show, but she ain’t having it. While Lauri put the kibosh on fully returning to the show, she did make an appearance as a part-time Housewife. No word on why Lauri wasn’t up to a full-time gig, but maybe she was busy bailing her son Josh out of jail or something.

But what about those former Housewives who are always rumored to be coming back, like Danielle Staub, who starred on seasons one and two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Andy didn’t name anyone specific, but he did point out that some people just shouldn’t be offered a second chance. He says he and his staff will talk it out, and if everyone thinks it’s a terrible idea to bring someone back, there’s no way it’s happening.

So what do you think about The Real Housewives of Wherever? Do Andy and his crew need to be a little pickier in their casting selections, or are they doing just fine as it is? Tell us in the comments!

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Topics: Bravo Reality TV Shows, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives Of DC, The Real Housewives Of Miami, The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, The Real Housewives Of New York City, The Real Housewives Of Orange County |

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  1. Avalis Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Casting decisions for the Real Housewives franchise are highly arbitrary or politics-driven. For instance, the de-casting or dismissal of Ana Quinones from the Real Housewives of Miami. It’s obvious this decision came about after Ana took on Lea Black during last season’s reunion show. Ana didn’t cut Lea any slack and launched a preemptive strike against her after it was rumored that Lea was up to no good with Ana. The end result is that Ana is no longer on the show. It’s quite obvious that the confrontation with Lea cost Ana her spot on the show and it is all based on who carries more weight with Andy and his producers. Despite the fact that Ana is 100% more ethical and honest than Lea, it was she who got booted out. So this season, there is a surge of brown-nosing toward Lea from some of the remaining housewives, who quickly figured out what was good for them. This show has ceased to be true or spontaneous, if it ever was. It’s never been more apparent than in this season of the RHOM and I can honestly say I’m no longer interested.

  2. Fabian Says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I agree with the first comment that was written. At times, arguably, the casting is politically driven. Another example can be seen on the Real Housewives of Orange County and Real Housewives of Atlanta. In RHOC, Vicki is obviously the top housewife (arguably the top housewife of all the franchises seeing how she’s the longest standing housewife), and she has shown her displeasure towards Gretchen in various interviews, from reunions shows, to her appearing on Watch What Happens Live. She even made a comment to Andy telling him that if Lauri returns full time, that he better “call her first.” It’s safe to say, Vicki does have some sort of influence, how much influence, that is up to debate. But it’s somewhat safe to say that Gretchen’s dismal is no coincidence. Regarding ATL, Sheree, along with Nene and Kim, was an original housewife. In ATL, Kim and Nene were the top housewifes, and Sheree always had Kim’s support (somewhat securing her spot on the show, besides being able to stir up drama). After Kim decided to leave the series for own successful spin-off, Sheree had already been clashing with Nene (as seen in the season four reunion). Witn Nene being the top housewife now on ATL (something she even proclaims), I’m sure Nene had some influence behind her dismal. Nene more than likely gets some sort of kick being an original housewife, a title she undoubtedly will not want to share (hence being happy with Sheree’s “firing”). Bottom line, the top housewives of each franchise, from Vicki, to Nene, to Lea Black, has some sort of influence. How much, that is up to debate.

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