Lydia McLaughlin RHOC Season 12

Lydia’s Returning to RHOC & Another Former RHOC Might Be Too!

Blasts From The Past!

Fans are anxiously awaiting the official announcement for the new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Even though the official trailer and announcement haven’t been released yet, Bravo is teasing us each day with juicy information.

Today, Bravo’s Daily Dish confirmed the news that former OC Housewife Lydia McLaughlin would be making a big return to the show this season. Fans may remember Lydia for bringing a younger and more positive vibe to the show in season 8. Unfortunately, after only one season Lydia decided to leave the show to focus on her family.

Lydia further confirmed the news on her social media today in classic Lydia style:

Besides Lydia, there is another former housewife that MIGHT be making some appearances in the new season.

According to, “Gretchen Rossi is returning for Season 12 as a ‘friend’ and she has already filmed scenes with Vicki and Kelly.

The source wrapped by saying, “It’s unclear what Bravo is going to use and what they are not going to use at this time, but Gretchen seems to get along well with everyone she has filmed with so far. Vicki is already pushing to bring her back as a full-time cast member for Season 13.”

Even though Radar and other sites including have reported Gretchen’s return, new information has just been reported by The Dirty that might really disappoint Rossi’s fans.

Gretchen is not back on the show”, multiple sources told The Dirty. “She did come to Vicki’s birthday party that was taped on camera, but she is definitely not back on the show.” 

Bravo has not confirmed or denied any of the rumors about Gretchen’s returning in any capacity, but we’re sure that we’ll find out in the coming days.

Whether Gretchen appears or not, the new season sounds like it’s going to AMAZING and we can’t wait!