RHOC alum Tamra Judge says she told Bravo to 'f**k off' after they offered her 'humiliating' demotion and slashed salary

REAL Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge revealed that she told the show's producers to "f*** off," when they offered her a demotion on the series.

The 52-year-old reality television star explained to Us Weekly that she cried after the fall-out with the show bosses.

The TV personality announced her exit in January after 12 seasons as a Housewife.

She told Us that she knew “for the past couple years” that she needed a break from the Bravo series, but her decision to step away became more pressing after ex-husband Simon Barney was diagnosed with cancer.

“I had said that I was going to just retire. I was just going to be at the reunion [and] just say, ‘You know what?’” she recalled.

However, she says that people talked her out of it.

“People told me there … They’re like, ‘Listen. Don’t do that. You don’t know what the future holds. Just don’t make any rash decisions. You’re super emotional.’ So I didn’t say anything.”

She says that she moved forward with planning to stay on the show, despite her personal struggles.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, gosh. OK. This is happening. This is going to be really hard for me to go on and film. It’s going to be difficult.’ So I’m going in my head, going, ‘Oh, s**t,’” she told the publication.

Judge – who joined in the third season of the show – explained she then took a shock call from a producer.

“I had gotten a call and I was camping and the producer said, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s up?’

"And they’re like, ‘Well, the network has decided to go in a different direction.’ And I’m like, ‘What?! OK, well I thought we start filming in a couple days.’

"And they’re like, ‘Yeah.’ And they even said, ‘We’re shocked. We’re completely shocked at this.’”

She went on to explain her surprise at the decision, which saw her offered a demotion and substantial pay cut.

“’They know that you said you’d never become a friend, so they want to give you a limited role,’” she told the publication.

She continued, “And I’m like, ‘No, thank you.’ That’s not what I said. I said, ‘F off!’ And then I just took a week or so and I just absorbed it. … I cried and I was scared.”

Tamra said that executive producer of the show Andy Cohen supported her in turning down the change.

“He said, ‘Listen, just take a year off. Right now, everything’s so heavy. I don’t even think if you were on the show you’d be good TV,’” she noted. “And he said, ‘Let’s revisit this the following season.’”

She told Us that she would like to return to the show and left the door open to return.

“I always wanted to go out on my terms, and yeah, I’m a little bummed about that, but whatever,” she acknowledged.

At the time, RadarOnline.com reported that her pay was being reduced from $900,000 a season to $20,000 per episode, with only three shows to film.

“Tamra got her pick up contract letter last, after the other ladies, and it had major conditions in it. She was even more than demoted to a friend role. She’d have very little camera time. And it meant she would earn next to nothing in reality TV terms," they reported.

“She would go from $900,000 a season to $20,000 an episode for just three show appearances, which would add up to $60,000 total. It was humiliating. So Tamra walked away,” their source said at the time.


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