Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge welcomed Real Housewives of Beverly Hills executive producer Alex Baskin to their podcast earlier this month, where Teddi questioned Alex about why she was fired.
Just over three years after she took to her Instagram page to share that she’d been axed after three seasons, Teddi, 42, asked Alex about the decision.
“Why did I get fired?” Teddi asked on the November 10 episode of Two Ts in a Pod as Tamra, 56, said, “Oh, sh*t.”
“Oh God. That’s tough,” Alex admitted. “In yours, I think there was a strong audience reaction to you. So I do think that was part of it. Not gonna deny that. And I also think that you were self-conscious.”
Right away, Tamra of The Real Housewives of Orange County agreed, telling Alex, “She’s very in her head.”
Although Teddi wasn’t kept around for the 11th season, Alex said that he and his team actually appreciated what Teddi brought to the show.
“The production always had your back, was a big fan of yours because you would say things that other people were thinking and wouldn’t say,” he noted, before adding, “I think it felt like then, on that show, you weren’t comfortable in your own skin. … I think that was the issue.”
“Yeah,” Teddi replied.
In October 2022, one month after confirming her exit from RHOBH, Teddi explained why she believed she was cut from the show.
“I think it’s because you didn’t see a lot of me, other than in drama this year,” Teddi told Us Weekly on their Getting Real with the Housewives podcast. “If you only see me when I’m in an argument, it’s hard to see the whole picture. I wish we could have seen more of the fun stuff but it’s a TV show.”
Years later, on for Melissa Gorga’s On Display podcast, Teddi gave another reason, suggesting producers didn’t like how much she changed during her time on the series.
“I think my very first season, I started out — this is gonna sound, I’m just gonna be blunt with you, I’m gonna be completely honest — I didn’t have much money,” she said. “I dressed differently. I did everything differently. I couldn’t get glammed, none of that stuff, because you know how much you get paid your first season as a Housewife.”
Teddi also admitted to sending an angry text to producers weeks prior to getting the boot.
“At the end of my season, I was mad. I texted, the quote I texted was: ‘I’ve trended on Twitter every single week from hate and you aren’t giving me anything else but the negative. Please, I’m doing the work, I’m showing up. I need you to show my life in some other capacity,’” Teddi recalled on her podcast. “And ultimately, the goodbye happened two weeks later … I was completely surprised.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.