Why Did Lydia McLaughlin Return to RHOC Season 12?

Lydia McLaughlin is no stranger to being on The Real Housewives of Orange County, so after taking a break from the show for four years why did she decide to return to season twelve? She’s explaining how she came to the decision in a brand new interview right before the premiere tonight.

“The first time I could play dumb and say I didn’t know what to expect,” she told US Weekly. “But this time I knew what it was like, and I still went for it. I’d describe this season as, ‘I’ve lost my mind.’ It’s a wild ride!”

Lydia describes this season’s antics as shocking. “I would come home after filming and say to my husband, ’Today was the craziest day ever! I can’t believe any of this happened!’”

That includes conflicts with castmates Tamra Judge and ­Shannon Beador. “You’ll see a lot of shifting of friendships,” she adds. “Tamra and I had a bond, but I don’t get along with her best friend Shannon. I wear all my emotions on my face and I don’t think before I speak, so you’ll see exactly how I react!”

“There are some huge personalities,” McLaughlin explains. “Everyone’s lives are so full of drama, but also entertaining enterprises. Personalities clash, people are forgiven and then they’re not. There are ambulance rides in the middle of the night, surgery and also so much fun. There is a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. I think this is going to be the best season yet.”

Are you ready for the premiere of RHOC?

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  • Sophia

    I always found Lydia incredibly boring; I am not looking forward to seeing her back on the show. I wonder why they keep bring back people in the Housewives franchise. Can’t they find anyone else to do the show?

  • timhun

    From watching the preview when she was talking to Shannon I’m hoping she grew a backbone. Time will tell.

  • Cin

    Happy she is back. I like Lydia and especially her Mother!!!

    • Sunshine

      Hi Cin!
      Hope you are doing well!
      So love Lydia’s mom, but there may not be enough fairy dust in the world to help this last stop on the crazy train!

  • puzzlenutty

    Just watching the promos for this season it looks like it’s going to be the most artificial, forced season ever. They all seem to be just trying too hard.

  • starr

    I like Lydia & her mom. They are too good for this horrible group. Personally, Lydia should not have returned.