Is the Real Housewives marriage curse for real? Heather Dubrow seems to think so.
“A lot of people feel like some women come on the show because they know their marriage is in trouble,” the Orange County star tells ET. “They're looking for a way out, or looking for something for themselves.”
The franchise has seen its fair share of divorces. Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Lynn Curtin, Jeana Keough, Luann de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Jules Wainstein, Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Camille Grammer, Yolanda Hadid and Adrienne Maloof are just some of the stars who have split with their husbands after appearing on the Bravo series.
Heather says the curse might strike again in Orange County now that Kelly Dodd has joined the cast.
“I think there's a lot of red flags with Kelly and her marriage,” Heather admits. “Unfortunately it sounds like the makings of a typical Housewives marriage.”
On a recent episode, Kelly confessed she and her husband, Michael, had been through marital troubles.
“Before I got married, Michael was perfect,” Kelly said. “And then when we got married, he became like Hitler. He was a control freak. I felt like he was controlling every aspect of my life, and then we filed for divorce but we weren't legally divorced.”
Kelly and Michael were separated for two years -- she was even engaged to another man! -- before getting back together. Kelly told her co-stars she decided to “suck it up” and keep her family together, because it was “easier.” When Shannon Beador asked Kelly if she loved Michael, she didn’t answer Shannon directly. Instead she said, “He's a really nice person, you know what I mean?”
“I was sad to hear Kelly talk about her husband the way she did,” Heather admits. “As far as I'm concerned, most things are forgivable. But to compare your husband to Hitler? I'm not sure how you recover from that one.”
“Maybe this is her past history,” Heather adds. “Maybe that's not what her intention is for the future.”
Kelly did clear up her comments in her Bravo blog, writing that her "deep respect and love" for Michael did not come across in the episode.
"Unfortunately, divorce brings out the worst in people and despite
forgiving each other, deep-harbored resentments occasionally bubble up, which
was evident in my discussion with Tamra," Kelly shares. "Since Michael and I reconciled, we do
our best to wholeheartedly work on our marriage."
As for future episodes, Heather suggests fireworks might be coming between her and Kelly.
“We have some interesting interactions this season,” the Consult Beaute founder teases. “She's certainly not like anyone we've had in our group before… and, I'm being delicate.”
The teaser for season 11 shows Heather in tears. The ways it’s edited makes it look like Heather is crying about her marriage, but the Heather Dubrow’s World host says that’s not the case.
"It has nothing to do with Terry,” Heather reveals. “Here's a little game for you: it’s the dress … Look at my dress. Re-watch the supertease … You know I don't re-wear things on the show, so there you go.”
Heather can be seen in the trailer wearing the leopard-print dress at a dinner where Kelly appears to explode.
“You're a freakin' c**t is what you are,” Kelly hurls at Heather.
Heather wouldn’t say if Kelly’s use of the c-word brought her to tears, but did say she never expected what came next.
“I will tell you this: I had a visceral reaction to the events of that evening that I could never have predicted,” Heather shares. “I could not have predicted the events, or my response to them.”
The teaser also shows Heather having it out with Vicki Gunvalson that night. Vicki and Kelly have become fast friends, which sent up more red flags for Heather.
“I think that it's very difficult to find someone, after 11 seasons, that has not seen the show, heard of the show, known about the show,” Heather says. “As we go along, we keep talking about that, because some things are questionable.”
“Kelly was talking about how everyone ganged up on Vicki,” Heather offers as an example. “But at the boat party, everyone was cordial … so for Kelly to make the comment that everyone was being mean to her and ganging up on her, when that was her only source of reference? That seems hanky to me.”
Watch how Kelly and Heather’s friendship, or lack thereof, unfolds every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET when The Real Housewives of Orange County airs new episodes -- only on Bravo. For more Heather right now, check out the video below.