Bravo hit the programming jackpot when, in 2006, they plucked five women from Orange County, Calif. and gave them their own reality show: “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
Five years later, the series — now expanded to include New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Beverly Hills — has never been a hotter property.
Most of the stars would sooner die than decline on-camera opportunities.
But a few have walked away from “Real Housewives” — and lived to tell the tale.
How well they’re living, though — that’s a matter of opinion.
De La Rosa -- one of the original Orange County stars -- left the show after two seasons, but not before the cameras followed her recording an album.
Her MySpace page shows that her latest single, 'U Can't Control Me,' is from 2008 -- and the domain of her 'official website,' jodelarosamusic.com, is for sale.
Frankel has her own Bravo docuseries about her wife as a mum and business woman -- and she recently sold her tequila brand trademark Skinny Girl to the tune of $100 million.
Wu-Hartwell put in two seasons on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' but dropped down to cameo status for season three.
She and her husband defaulted on their mortgage in 2009 and lost their Atlanta area home.
Snow, who appeared on the first season of 'Atlanta,' divorced her husband in 2010. She appears to be retaining management, but spending most of her time spouting Rev. Run type platitudes on Facebook.
In March, an Us Weekly article about Snow included this inscrutable sentence: 'Three years after her stint on Housewives, Snow is ready to impart her body confidence secrets to others through scripted TV dramas and yes, another reality series.'
Staub left 'New Jersey' after redefining drama over the course of two seasons. She'll appear on an upcoming VH1 reality show about reality stars trying to run a restaurant -- and she has a three-year stripping deal with Scores. We didn't even know stripping deals existed!
Manzo (sister of Caroline) left 'New Jersey' after two seasons. She's reportedly filming a party-planning show for HGTV.
All the D.C. Housewives are technically exes -- the series was cancelled -- but do you remember anyone besides Michaele Salahi?
Infamous White House partycrasher Salahi (and her husband, Tareq) are literally still milking the crashing incident. As in, this past Sunday they appeared on Australian TV gamely talking about it.
Salahi also apparently sang a song called 'Bump It' at some point, and someone recorded it, and now it's a thing, we guess.
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