AceShowbiz - Tamra Judge shared how she decided to exit "The Real Housewives of Orange County". In an interview with Us Weekly, Tamra revealed that she knew "for the past couple years" that she needed a break from the Bravo reality show.
"I had said that I was going to just retire. I was just going to be at the reunion [and] just say, 'You know what?' " the 52-year-old said. "And people told me there. They're like, 'Listen. Don't do that. You don't know what the future holds. Just don't make any rash decisions. You're super emotional.' So I didn't say anything."
With that, Tamra was convinced to stay on the reality TV show despite personal struggle as her ex-husband Simon Barney was diagnosed with cancer. "I'm like, 'Oh, gosh. OK. This is happening. This is going to be really hard for me to go on and film. It's going to be difficult.' So I'm going in my head, going, 'Oh, s**t,' " she explained.
However, she later received a call from the show's producer. "I had gotten a call and I was camping and the producer said, 'Hey, we want to talk to you.' And I'm like, 'What's up?' And they're like, 'Well, the network has decided to go in a different direction,' " she recalled.
"And I'm like, 'What?! OK, well I thought we start filming in a couple days.' And they're like, 'Yeah.' And they even said, 'We're shocked. We're completely shocked at this,' " she went on saying.
According to Tamra, the producer told her, "They know that you said you'd never become a friend, so they want to give you a limited role." Upon hearing the plan, the TV star said, "No, thank you." She added, "That's not what I said. I said, 'F**k off!' And then I just took a week or so and I just absorbed it. ... I cried and I was scared."
Following her exit, Tamra is now focused on her Vena CBD products, from soaking salts to cooling creams. "It's been keeping me busy, that's for sure. And it's something we're super passionate about and we just feel really fortunate that it's taken off," she shared. "It's an amazing product and, really, that's all that people want is just a really good product that will work!"