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Alexis Bellino reportedly not returning to 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/18/2012 

Alexis Bellino has reportedly decided to leave The Real Housewives of Orange County after appearing on the show for three seasons.

"Alexis was really tired of being bullied and chose home and family life over celebrity," a source told Us Weekly. "[She] wanted to go back to her simple life in Orange County."

Bellino, who has a five-year-old son James and four-year-old twin daughters Melania and Mackenna, had reportedly begun contract negotiations with Bravo to star in another season of The Real Housewives of Orange County but had a change of heart in the process.

However, a Bravo representative told Us, "We have not yet made any announcements about a Season 8 pick up or casting."

Bellino and her husband Jim Bellino had openly discussed in July the alleged verbal abuse Alexis had reportedly endured from fellow Housewife Tamra Barney, whom they said they were considering taking legal action against.

"The Real Housewives of Orange County is a reality show that is meant to entertain and engage audiences with the lives of its cast members," the pair said in a statement obtained by Us.

"This vicious and malicious attack on our family will no longer be tolerated. We have continually tried to take the high road, however, if necessary, we are prepared to defend ourselves against these unfounded, slanderous and defamatory remarks to the fullest extent of the law."

According to Us, Alexis had also failed to get along with fellow co-stars Gretchen Rossi and Heather Dubrow during The Real Housewives of Orange County's most recent seventh season.

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