June 17, 2021 | 11:52am
Kelly Dodd places all the blame on reality-TV rival Braunwyn Windham-Burke for their exit from “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
Dodd shared a series of explosive texts Thursday calling out her former co-star after Windham-Burke messaged her saying, “I hope you’re okay, I know we’ve been through hell and back but I’m here.”
“This was your fault,” the disgruntled Dodd, 45, told Windham-Burke, 43, in the series of texts that she herself leaked on Instagram. “We’d still be on the show if you didn’t make things so dark and ugly and brought all that political ‘woke’ BS.’”
She added, “Your lies about me, calling me a racist and a homophobe were horribly destructive and your phony storylines didn’t help either.”
In a statement to Page Six, Windham-Burke didn’t deny that the text conversation with Dodd happened but did note “the part of the text she so graciously cut out ‘I wish you nothing but the best and hope you have a beautiful life.’”
“Only Kelly Dodd would post screenshots of her own texts that make her look wildly immature,” Windham-Burke told us. “I guess that’s what being bitter is like, and I tried to empathize with her, as you can see,” she added. “I’m a big believer in growing and changing, and second chances (or in this case 10th or 11th chance). At the end of the day, it’s just a tv show and we are still neighbors.”
Windham-Burke, who has seven kids with husband Sean Windham-Burke, denied Dodd’s accusations in the text exchange that she created “phony storylines.”
“Well I’m still sober and still gay, like I said if you ever want to talk I’m here,” she told Dodd, according to the screenshots.
She also told Page Six that she “will never stop or be ashamed for standing up for communities who are hurting.”
Dodd didn’t just share the texts but also ripped into Windham-Burke in her Instagram caption sharing them, saying she couldn’t believe her former co-star had the “audacity” to text her.
“She said she was fired from the show because we all didn’t like her because she’s gay,” Dodd wrote. “Not because she’s a horrible person. Not because she treated everyone like s–t and made no effort to be friends with us.”
Dodd continued: “Not because she went on a press tour and made horrible accusations about us calling all of us homophobes and racist, Not because she’s a terrible mother. Not because she’s a horrible person to her husband. The only reason she was fired is because she is gay. What a f–king nut job classic narcissist!”
This isn’t the first time Dodd and Windham-Burke have been at odds.
In December, Dodd accused her co-star of being placed in a psychiatric 5150 hold, which Windham-Burke denied, stating at the time, “That’s a lie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
A source close to “RHOC” exclusively told Page Six on Thursday that only Dodd is responsible for her own exit.
“Kelly should take accountability for herself being fired instead of pointing fingers at everyone else,” the insider claimed.
Dodd drew much criticism from fans over comments she made about the COVID-19 pandemic, including a quip that it was “God’s way of thinning the herd” — for which she later apologized. She also drew the ire for wearing a hat with the slogan “Drunk Wives Matter,” which many believed poked fun at the Black Lives Matter movement.
As revealed earlier this week, Dodd and Windham-Burke were not asked to return for the upcoming Season 16. Neither was newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. Former cast member Heather Dubrow, however, is returning to the show.
Dodd initially appeared to take the news of her ouster well, tweeting to her followers, “The next five years will be even better. I am so grateful for all the love and support and so excited about the future.”