UPDATE: We haven't received official confirmation from Bravo yet, but it's looking more and more like the rumors are true about Gretchen and Alexis leaving the show. In fact, both Us Weekly and E! Online are now confirming the speculation.
"Alexis and Gretchen were fired," a source tells Us Weekly. "They just had run their course. Gretchen has been on the show a long time, and it was the same old story."
Meanwhile, E! doesn't necessarily blame Gretchen or Alexis but says that Bravo just likes to keep things fresh. "Bravo is constantly looking at the casting and dynamics, and it felt like time for a change," a source tells E!.
So it looks like this really is goodbye. Sadness!
Original story: Brace yourself for some truly stunning Real Housewives of Orange County news! New reports say that two of the show's stars have been sent packing.
Star Magazine reports that both Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino have been fired from the show and will not return for Season 9. Say it ain't so!
Reportedly, producers have recently been making casting decisions on Season 9, as production on the new season is set to begin this month. Tamra Barney, Vicki Gunvalson, Heather Dubrow, and newbie Lydia McLaughlin have reportedly all been asked to return.
Sources say that producers felt Gretchen didn't have enough storyline. Indeed, there were rumors that Gretchen faked her engagement to Slade Smiley in order to give herself more presence on the show.
Similarly, sources add that producers felt Alexis hadn't been adding enough to Season 8. Plus, she had been rumored to have gotten fired after Season 7 but was reportedly brought back at the last minute.
So what do you think of the casting news? Alexis's departure might not be a huge stunner, considering she almost left last year. But we're seriously shocked that Gretchen might be leaving. If you ask us, she and Slade definitely added drama with the other ladies this season.
And does this mean we won't get to see Gretchen and Slade's wedding on TV? Bummer!
We'll miss you both, Gretchen and Alexis!