'The Real Housewives of Orange County' Adds New Cast Member, Keeps Jeana Keough
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
There's a new drama-starter in town and she comes in the form of Alexis Bellino. The 32-year-old socialite has signed on for the fifth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, joining cast members Tamra Barney, Lynne Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi and Jeana Keough. Yes, that's right Jeana Keough! After months of rumors regarding a contract dispute between Bravo and original O.C. Housewife Jeana, the network has finally announced that Keough will return for season five.

Viewers can expect a lot of diva drama on the new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County since Bravo describes the newest addition as a "spicy blonde who unabashedly lives life on her terms."   

Alexis is a stay-at-home mom who resides in the exclusive enclave of Newport Coast, California with her husband, Jim Bellino, a self-made entrepreneur. She has three young children, 3-year-old James and 20-month-old twins Melania and Mackenna, with Jim. Originally from the small town of Hannibal, Mo., Alexis "keeps herself busy by being the best wife and mother she can, and when she does have a free moment, she likes to work out to keep herself looking and feeling her best."

When we last saw The Real Housewives of Orange County, Jeana Keough jumped back into the dating game with a true Texas gentleman, Allan. Vicki Gunvalson was shocked with the news that her daughter, Briana, aspired to become an army nurse. While Lynne Curtin did her best to motivate her teenage daughter, Raquel, to get a job, and offered to pay for Raquel to return to school.

The wives gathered for an end-of-summer party at The Cliffs Restaurant in Laguna Beach, which reunited O.C. cast members both old and new. Vicki flaunted her new Rolex, while Jeff, Gretchen Rossi's fiancé, surprised Gretchen with a hot red Harley Davidson motorcycle. Tamra Barney, on the other hand, celebrated a belated birthday in style with some serious bling, a diamond tennis bracelet from her husband Simon.

Production for the new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is already underway.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Bravo
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