'Real Housewives' star Jeana Kough: I didn't feel appreciated by Bravo
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/05/2009
Jeana Keough claims her decision to leave The Real Housewives of Orange County three episodes into its upcoming fifth season was because she felt undervalued by both Bravo and her co-stars.
"I just didn't feel appreciated by the girls or the network," she told The Daily Beast in a Thursday report. "There's a lot of work that is involved -- it's an all-year-round thing with all of the shooting and the press, and it wasn't enough."
Keough -- who has appeared in every The Real Housewives of Orange County episode since the series premiered in 2006 -- said she is now working full-time in real estate.
In addition, Keough said fellow original cast member Vicki Gunvalson's refusal to let her borrow some much-needed money also put a strain on their relationship.
"I would have been borrowing money for a week when I didn't want to pay a $200 late fee for something and she knew I had a check coming," she explained to The Daily Beast.
"With Vicki, it's all about Vicki, but I've always forgiven her because she's got issues. She had a tumor in her ear and she's had nine brain surgeries. She once told me she came home and they took out a full cup of matter. She's high-functioning and she keeps her house immaculate, but her people skills are a little strange."
The Real Housewives of Orange County's fifth season will premiere tonight at 10PM ET/PT, and Keough isn't the only cast member dealing with some changes.
Tamra Barney has been arguing a lot with her husband Simon, as their two-story home remains on the market after originally being put up for sale in 2005.
"He did not want to come back this season, and I did," Barney told The Daily Beast. "He's very private and conservative. We're having a lot of financial problems, and he just didn't want to expose that. You could see the frustration on his face when we would film."
While Barney's husband didn't want to expose viewers to their financial hardships, the exposure from the show was also almost a problem for Gunvalson, who works in insurance.
"I almost lost a very large client of mine --a $2 million client -- because he Googled me and said he didn't like what he was seeing on the TV show," she told The Daily Beast. "I never tell my clients I'm on the show, and I hope they don't watch it, truthfully. They're over 65. They don't understand."
In addition, Bravo cameras were reportedly filming at Lynne Curtin's home when she was served with papers warning her of an impending eviction -- and subsequent fifth-season episodes will see her moving out of her rental home due to a disagreement with her landlord over a security deposit.
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"We have to buy into these characters, and if they're going through a rough patch right now, I think it gives you more reason to root for them," Bravo programming executive Andy Cohen told The Daily Beast.