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The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8 premiere is less than a month away! Sadly, not all of the Housewives will be returning for the new RHoC 2013 season, however.

 

Turns out all the rumors and speculation are true: Alexis Bellino is leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.
 
The blonde reality star released a statement late last year, explaining her reasons for opting out of the show’s eighth season:

"After three seasons of appearing on The Real Housewives of Orange County, I have made the difficult decision not to return for Season 8," Alexis said.

 

"Although Bravo made me a very generous offer and I'm thankful to have had this experience, I will be leaving the show behind to focus on my family and other opportunities. I am so grateful to have gone through this amazing journey and to have met so many incredible fans. I hope this clears up any rumors and questions. My heart is at peace and I remain so excited for my future."

 

Though her former castmates have hinted that Alexis was actually fired, it sounds like the decision was 100% Alexis’s — although her husband, Jim, was never too fond of her being on the show. 

We'll miss you Alexis! And all the drama you brought to RHoC!

 

Source: Press release