Meghan Edmonds: I Will Never Replace LeAnn


The devastating news broke last week that Jim Edmonds’ first wife LeAnn, who fans have seen on the show, had passed away from her battle with breast cancer. Jim’s current wife Meghan who is the newcomer on the Real Housewives of Orange County took aside from the drama in this week’s episode and dedicated her Bravo Blog to LeAnn and opened up about her and the daughter she shared with Jim-Hayley that Meghan is now raising. She also talks about her relationship with her husband Jim.

“This has been an emotionally taxing week for my family and me. On Tuesday, July 22, LeAnn Huntley Edmonds-Horton lost her battle to colon cancer. Not only was she the mother to two of my stepchildren, Lauren and Hayley, she was my friend. For LeAnn to embrace me as she did is a true testament to her character and her willingness to work together for the sake of her children. LeAnn’s personality was captured perfectly on camera: accommodating, sweet, and overall a lovely person. There are many people who are affected by her death but Lauren, Hayley, and LeAnn’s parents are the ones who are affected significantly beyond anyone else, and I ask that you allow them to grieve as they see fit because even though life goes on and smiles and laughter exist, the pain in their hearts is constant.

I will never replace LeAnn and nor will I ever try but I hope that I can take her example and love her girls with even an ounce of the love she exhibited. I am truly blessed to have had LeAnn in my life and she lives on in my beautiful stepdaughters.

As evident from this episode, you can see that the women are questioning why I am without my husband half of the time. I understand that this is a unique situation but I love my Hayley and Jimmy and we were willing to sacrifice a few months of seeing each other part-time in order for Hayley to graduate high school in California while being close to her ailing mother (who was undergoing chemo at the time). It is not a perfect situation but it was always temporary and done out of the love we have for our family. I don’t see the need to judge this negatively, if I was viewing my situation from an outsider perspective, I would think I would be in awe of the sacrifice we made on behalf of our marriage for the long term emotional health of our child.

In memory of LeAnn, my stepdaughter, Lauren, and I have teamed up to create a Hashtag Hat that says #cancersucks in LeAnn’s favorite colors, purple and light blue. These will be available soon on shop.meghankedmonds.com, with proceeds directed to the organization “Fight Colorectal Cancer,” a charity that donates $.93 of every dollar directly to fund colorectal cancer research. This was chosen by LeAnn’s parents who have continued LeAnn’s legacy of including and embracing me in their family. On behalf of LeAnn’s family, we hope that you all remember LeAnn with fond memories of her on the show and hope that you can celebrate her life for the wonderful person she was.”

Our prayers are with LeAnn’s family.

Photo Credit: Bravo

  • Sherry

    LOL nobody even cares enough to comment on her!

    • sidewinderVX

      You did.

      The post has been up for like a hot second.

      • RealSandra

        How true! 😉

  • sidewinderVX

    Her relationship with Leann was awesome, it was cool to see a very different dynamic in a situation that could have been very different, pity we wont get to see more.

    Really cool she gets to use her platform doing something that will help her stepdaughter work through her loss.

  • Rain

    Ah , the entitled pink giraffe is back !

  • Sally

    I’m still not sure how I feel about Meghan but the blog was well written. A tough situation for her and her step children, and her husband!

  • starr

    So sad, Wishing them comfort & peace during this difficult time.

  • Judge Judy

    Of course she will never replace Leann. In fact, she herself will probably be replaced soon.

    • Queenie

      TRUE!!! 😀


    and she can never replace the REAL mom, Leann…

    Meghan is NOT a good choice for HWOC…

    • Milivanili

      crazy lady… you.

    • Shirley

      Thanks Shannon!

  • Shirley

    Meghan is like a bull in a China shop. I like that she doesn’t back down to the mean girls (Shannon and Vicki) but I wish she could learn the art of refinement. Judgey eyes? That makes the other person defensive. I’m sure you can either let the look slide or not say everything you think without a filter.

    • Krista

      She IS the mean girl…..with zero accomplishments.