Taylor Armstrong Joins Real Housewives of Orange County, Becoming First Housewife to Carry Franchises

Taylor Armstrong

Taylor Armstrong

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Taylor Armstrong hasn’t “had enough” of it Real Housewives still.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills The alum, 51, is returning to the popular Bravo franchise — this time, as a cast member The Real Housewives of Orange County!

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that Armstrong is joining the series for the upcoming 17th season. When she does, she’ll make history as the first Housewife to make the jump to franchises since she premiered in 2006.

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SANTA MONICA, CA: In this picture released on June 5, Taylor Armstrong attends the 2022 MTV Movie &  Television Awards: DESCRIPTION at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and aired on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

SANTA MONICA, CA: In this image released on June 5, Taylor Armstrong attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and aired on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Rich Polk/ (Getty Images for MTV)

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Armstrong was one of its founding members RHOBH when it premiered in 2010. She remained on the show as a Housewife for the first three seasons and has since made numerous guest appearances.

In front of RHOBHIn the Season 2 premiere, Armstrong made headlines when she filed for divorce from her husband of 6 years, Russell, citing physical and verbal abuse. Russell committed suicide on August 15, 2011, exactly one month after announcing their separation.

Since then, Armstrong has become an outspoken advocate for survivors of domestic violence, speaking on the issue at engagements across the country.

She married attorney John Bluhe, 64, in 2014. They now live in Orange County with Kennedy, her 16-year-old daughter from her marriage to Russell.

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Armstrong returned to reality last June on Peacock’s The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club. She starred in the series with her ex RHOBH Brandi Glanville costar ex RHONY Housewives Dorinda Medley and Jill Zarin, Real Housewives of Atlanta alums Phaedra Parks and Eva Marcille, and RHOC legends Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge;

The Real Housewives: Ex-Wives Club

The Real Housewives: Ex-Wives Club

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Armstrong will be in good company with Judge in his new season Orange County — the CUT Fitness founder confirmed her return on July 20.

of the judge RHOC The encore comes a year after Heather Dubrow (who starred on the show with Judge in seasons 7–11) returned to the series for season 16.

Returning favorites Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson rounded out the returning favorites last season. The most recent additions Dr. Jennifer Armstrong and Noella Bergener recently confirmed their exit from the show after just one season.

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Produced in its 17th season RHOC expected to launch later this summer. No premiere date has been announced yet.

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