The Real Housewives of Orange County may be tainted with fabricated drama but there's one thing about the show that's keeping it real and grounded: the bad economy. Quite noticeably, the third season of the Bravo docu drama has made a different turn from the lavish lifestyles of the previous seasons. No more gigantic jewels to be given away as gifts and no more yacht buying. Still, Vicki has managed to live life at large thanks to her successful insurance business. But for most of the housewives of Orange County, a little downsizing has to be made to make ends meet.
Whether it's Gretchen having a garage sale or Tamra doing her own housework, "the downsizing we're seeing on camera is not just for show." And according to The Real Housewives of Orange County executive producer Douglas Ross, "All of them have been very much affected by the economic situation."
If you've been following The Real Housewives franchise, you're well aware that several cast members have already been involved home eviction controversies. And the fifth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is no different. Soon, we'll see Lynne's family get evicted from their Laguna Beach home.
"We try to treat it as gently but as honestly as we can," Ross says. "We happened to have been there with our cameras ... as part of our normal schedule when they were served the eviction notice. It's one of those great reality TV moments that happened to be caught because we were in the right place at the right time."
While money is a sensitive subject for most people, the cast members of The Real Housewives of Orange County don't seem to mind exposing their financial woes on national TV.
"It helps people across the nation because they realize it's not just them," says Jeana, who left the series this season to focus on her family and her finances.
Catch The Real Housewives of Orange County every Thursday on Bravo.