Jeana Keough is leaving Real Housewives

Update: Jeana admitted she left the show over money.

The Real Housewives of Orange County will return on Bravo in early November, and Jeana Keough, one of its final remaining original housewives, will leave during the season.

She’ll be replaced by Alexis Bellino, who Bravo describes in a press release as “a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom with a body that defies all logic that she is indeed a mother of three small children.” Her addition to the cast was first announced in July.

And although Jeana will be returning, it’s not clear for how long she’ll be on the show. Her departure was rumored and fueled by her Twitter posts, and now Bravo spins it this way: “Jeana Keough’s real estate business has been hit the hardest, and she makes the decision to turn her focus away from the ladies to concentrate more on her work and family.”

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of OC Premieres Thurs, Nov. 5… [Bravo press release]

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