'RHOC': Will Alexis Bellino Be Back for Season 8?
'RHOC': Will Alexis Bellino Be Back for Season 8?
Gina Pusateri
Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Alexis Belilno has been very vocal about her hesitation to return for another season of Real Housewives of Orange County ever since her fellow cast members staged a "phony intervention" against her on their trip to Costa Rica. Though her future on the show is uncertain, it's clear her husband Jim Bellino doesn't think it's the right decision for Alexis to return. And for those of us who know the Bellinos, what Jim says usually goes.

"I don't want her to do it anymore," Jim flat out told WetPaint Entertainment. "I absolutely do not want her on the show. But Alexis will do what she wants to do. It's completely her call."

Jim also described how hard it was for him to watch the scenes filmed in Costa Rica where his wife was "bullied."

"It rips my heart out. Bullying and attacking people to the level they went after Alexis is crossing a line. What was their goal at the end of the day? To make her cry? Give her a nervous breakdown? As her husband, it was awful to watch."

In addition to having hurt feelings over the way the other women treated Alexis, there have also been talks of a pending lawsuit. The couple released a statement to US Weekly this week about how the next step may be to take legal action.

"The escalation of Tamra Barney's attacks has reached the level that we have been advised to take legal action," the statement read. "To be clear, Tamra's most recent statements are completely false. While her motivation may be to elevate herself by hurting others, the law does provide boundaries outside of which even she may be held liable. The vicious and malicious attack on our family will no longer be tolerated. We have continually tried to take the high road, however, if necessary, we are prepared to defend ourselves against these unfounded, slanderous and defamatory remarks to the fullest extent of the law."

Besides the fact that the statement sounds too well-written to be coming from the Bellinos, it fails to point out which of Tamra's comments were so defamatory and how they were harmed by them. Can someone sue someone else for calling them "Jesus Jugs"?

"'Jesus Jugs' doesn't just cross the line, it catapults over it," Alexis wrote of Tamra's reunion insult in her Bravo blog. "That comment has offended Christians everywhere. How does she decorate her home in crosses yet make a remark like that without an ounce of guilt? Then she is promoting Jesus Jugs wine glasses on her Facebook page? So now it's blasphemy along with defaming Jesus and monetizing on what He sacrificed for us."

So maybe Jesus is the one with the legal case here...

Nonetheless, Alexis's future on the show is still unclear. While Bravo's already put out a casting call for next season, it's also rumored they're lobbying for Vicki Gunvalson's daughter, Briana Wolfsmith Culberson, to fill a vacancy on the show. Now we'll just have to wait and see who will be leaving behind that vacancy.

Gina Pusateri
Contributing Writer

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