Goodbye RHOC

Today is a bittersweet day for me.  After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat.

I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more.  As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I’m literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious.  Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public’s reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer.  But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!  After my first season I knew what to expect for round two, but even still, filming during IVF and then the beginning of pregnancy during my second season was difficult.  I was hormonal and tired all the time.  But my third season takes the cake: I had a newborn and had to hire a full time live-in nanny (my cousin) so as to allow me the flexibility to meet my obligations of continuous days and long hours of filming, traveling, etc. When I was home I was a full time hands-on mom (you didn’t get to see this) doing all the regular mom stuff including waking up at all hours to breast feed my baby – all while my husband worked his crazy baseball schedule around the US while I was learning how to be a first time mom.  Again, I was hormonal and EXHAUSTED.  My mind was often foggy as I filmed but I put on a great face and did it because I loved being a Housewife and was so grateful for my opportunity.  It was only after the season was filmed that I felt I was finally out of the newborn fog and I could look back on the past few months of season 12 with clarity.  I had no idea how exhausted I actually was until I wasn’t exhausted anymore!  Season 12 was a real challenge for me.

As I was filming the season 12 reunion I knew in my heart I was done: this wasn’t my place anymore.  (The funny thing is that going into the reunion I was so committed to coming back for season 13; just one more season before the twins were born.)  I was only 5 weeks pregnant when I filmed the reunion and I was already exhausted.  I knew that I was going to have a long pregnancy growing the twins and it would be next to impossible to film.  I could do it, but did I really want to?  Twin pregnancies must be treated more delicately than a singleton pregnancy and are high-risk by default, so I also wanted to have a peaceful pregnancy with positive influences.  Consistent positive influences are harder to find on RHOC!

I’m sad to leave RHOC, I’m sad to leave Orange County.  I wasn’t ready to make this decision for another year but I felt it was time now.  In October when I told Jimmy I was finished he urged me to take a couple weeks to think on it before I called Andy Cohen.  So I did.  And then over Thanksgiving Andy and I met up in our shared hometown of St Louis and I told him about our impending twins as well as my intent to leave the show.  He was completely understanding.  In fact, all of production has been nothing but understanding and supportive of me and my decisions every step of the way.  I have only praise for everyone behind the scenes from the tip top of the totem pole down to the production assistants doing coffee runs for the crew.  These people were my family for three years: cleaning up Girly’s Girl’s potty as she got too excited, punching in the code to my front door because I was in the shower, walking around in my robe with wet hair while getting ready to film.  One of my fondest memories was after I had done my embryo transfer with what would become Aspen I was laying in bed falling asleep.  I’d dozed off and woken up to a camera staring in my face with a camera operator behind it.  I remember smiling and feeling comfortable knowing I wasn’t alone.  This illustrates the extent to which the staff and crew became an almost constant part of our daily lives, almost like they were part of the family.

And lastly but not least importantly, I wanted to spend more time with my husband during baseball season and more time with my two young step kids who live full-time in St Louis.  So Jimmy and I have decided to dig our roots into the midwest as we begin to build our dream home for our rapidly expanding family.  We also continue to focus on K Hall Studio (based in St Louis) and my line, The King Collection.

Finally, I know this is what I must do.  I must focus on my family and my pregnancy.   I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week’s episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion.  I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can’t be lost.  They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me – what a gift to have found that on RHOC! But I guess it’s time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts.  Oh, the irony!

174 Comments
  1. Good for you on this decision. I think it’s a good one and I would do the same. To be public is a different vulnerability

    1. Awe will miss seeing you in the show but it’s for the best !

      1. I did not know you were having twins!!!! I guess I am behind the curve, but I am so thrilled for you and Jimmy. This next chapter of your life is going to be exciting & wonderful. All the best, it was a pleasure getting to know you these past three years! You will be missed!!! Xoxo

    2. I am so happy for you.I will miss you and your smiling face. Amazing that you being the youngest are often the voice of reason for the other ladies!God Bless you ,Jimmy and your babies.

    3. Wow good luck to you I just watched the first season with your 1st pregnancy and I can’t believe how your husband acted on the show You have got to be embarrased. Just watching his gestures is enough to make me sick to my stomach on how he treats you. I don’t know how you put up with such a selfish man who only cares about himself. God bless you

  2. You will be missed but we completely understand. You will be so busy when the twins arrive. Hope that you will make a few appearances so that we can see the new babies. Best of everything to you – praying for you and your family.

  3. I really loved watching u and open up about ur ivf journey all the best with the rest of the pregnancy and good luck for the future

  4. Sad to see ya go! You were one of my fave housewives. It was nice to have a younger housewife on the show that us 30-somethings could relate to.

  5. You were a breath of fresh air on RHOC … You had sass , backbone and you were real! But it’s understandable and honorable putting your family and yourself first and it’s a respectful decision … You’ll be missed Meghan

  6. I will miss you, you are one of my favorite housewives. I too went through infertility in the 80’s and 90’s and was financially unable to do IVF. So happy for your new life and enjoy seeing you on instagram, don’t give up on that!

  7. Awwww Meghan! I have tears! You were undoubtedly one of the more sincere housewives and I hate to see you leave but I’m also extremely happy for you and your family.

  8. Thanks for bringing class to the show and representing St Louis so well on a national platform while bringing greater awareness for the city, its virtues and devotion to work, community and of course family. Much love to you and your family.

  9. Sad to see you go, but best choice for your future and littles. You don’t need the unnecessary stress of bitter souls anyway. Love you, MKE!! 🙂

  10. I’m so sad that you won’t be on the show, but thrilled that you are planting roots back in STL! Now I actually have a chance to run into you and your adorable family! Best wishes to you all!

  11. Oh my gosh! I’m so sad your leaving, you were my favorite! 🙁 I totally understand your reason, family first but I’m sure going to miss you! Keep us updated on your facebook page please! Best wishes to you.

  12. You will be missed! But so happy for the fun and excitement your future with your growing family holds! Thank you for showing real time first mom struggles. I was a brand new mom won maternity leave watching this season and seeing you breastfeed in public and confidently gave me continued motivation and support.even if it was just virtually! Thank you! And best of luck to you and your beautiful family!! Xoxo

  13. I will miss seeing you on the show! After your first season I started following you on Insta, saw a different you after that season! Have fun with the twins, mine just turned 26.

    1. If you watched the show you would see she did not have the nanny do everything 24/7. What a crap comment.

  14. Awe you will be sadly missed on RHOC but welcome back to the Midwest. I always felt this weird connection when I watched you because my brother’s girlfriend knows your family haha. Anyway, the show definitely won’t be the same without you but I am glad you are following your happiness and what’s best for you and your family.

  15. I’m going to miss you and your family so much.I do understand family comes first.God bless you and can you share pics when you can?I only wish you the best,although I’m upset but I understand.

  16. We will miss you! It has been a privilege to be a part of your journey becoming a mommy! Thank you for sharing this gift with us! We love you

  17. Good on you, Family is the most important thing ! All though i will miss you on the show as you have become one of my all time favorite housewives!! Wishing you and your family happiness and health!

  18. I wish you could still do commentary without having to be part of the cast! You’re such a breath of fresh air to that franchise.

  19. You are such a loser and riding Edmonds to fame. Jim Edmonds is a legend, you are a basic blonde, can’t wait until he leaves you for something better

  20. Congrats on your decision! We will miss you, but your life with your precious babies are more important then a dysfunctional group lol. Just saying. God bless!

  21. How absolutely Adult and selfish (In a good way) of you. Many of us who watch, this is a guilty pleasure for us. We don’t NEED it. But we understand the need if family first! You have never been more relatable then you are now! Best of everything Mrs. King!

  22. I will miss watching you on the show but I am very happy for you and your family. I hope you continue to share on Instagram

  23. It is such a bummer to loose a housewife like you! You are sensible and you aren’t scared to speak your mind. Good luck with your future and never listen to negative people who don’t really know you.

  24. I know you've given this a lot of thought and I applaud your decision to put family first! I can't imagine trying to care for 3 little ones plus 2! Honestly, I think I've had my run with RHOC. So much affluence and so much pettiness! says:

    Pat

  25. Good for you, family first. You will never regret spending time with your precious babies. It would be an understatement to say twin pregnancy is different. My twins are 10 and that pregnancy was such a rollercoaster. Take care and good luck.

  26. Good for you! You were a breath of fresh air your now last season and I really enjoyed you but I respect your decision and think it’s a good one! Enjoy your children. It’s the best thing in life!!!!

  27. Good for you! We will miss you! But, I am happy for your family. Keep the pictures coming so we can still be included on the boys! Good luck in St. Louis!

  28. I think that is a great decision. Thinking about you and your family.. You will be missed. You where one of the real ones

  29. Good for you girl. You were way to level headed to be around those ladies all the time anyways. Congratulations on your new additions.

  30. Congratulations on the twins……this must be so exciting for you and Edmond. I have to say you are one of my favorite Housewife on RHOC. I do hope you can make an appearance along with Edmond and the kids
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  31. Wonderful news for you and your husband. Also a very good decision to leave the show. I have stopped watching due to all the drinking and fighting that goes on. God bless you and your family.

  32. So happy for you. Glad that you get to enjoy your pregnancy and be drama-free. And then get to enjoy your growing family. I’m Midwest and in TV Sports…and there is no place that I would rather be. Welcome home!

  33. And just like that, you are my favorite Housewife from Orange County! Good for you, Meghan! Best of luck to you,, Jim, and your entire family.

  34. I respect you for your decision. I did not like the way you were treated last season. WOW Twins! I was never able to have children so, I love hearing your happy story. Be Well! Family First!

  35. Meghan I went through IVF with my oldest and middle boys. I don’t know how you did it filming. It was a roller coaster. Best of luck to you and your family.

  36. Glad to hear that you are leaving that whole set of “Mean Girls”!!! You are a higher strand of class, than those hipacriticalback stabing women. Best of Luck! on whatever journey you diced.

    1. Thanks for your elegance grace beautiful soul and spirit of the best way to be the best you! I too am a stepmom of 2 daughters who have a Mother

      1. Who I can Now say is very ungrateful for the precious gift (s) she allowed me to bme to get a P as it in the lives of the beautiful young women they me to share with them and I will never not make sure that even thou she is anything BUT A DECENT PERSON, She uses the now 32,&30 yr old to m addto have a part in the

  37. Good for you!! Your tag line was TRUTH! don’t know how you did it this long I like all the shows but sometimes I just can’t stand all the screaming and yelling congratulations on the twins, Jimmy is awesome w/babies*jealous:)

  38. You have truly made my dreams come True! I cannot stand watching you. You didn’t add anything to the show. Please don’t bore us and beg Andy to come back. You’re such a condescending little twat and the biggest hypocrite. Nobody will miss you.and soon you will.all.but be forgotten.

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  40. Bwhahahaa…. you aren’t coming back because you weren’t asked to come back. The fact that you would try to insinuate that you had a choice is pathetic. The best thing for you to do is focus on helping Jimmy stay faithful. Maybe wife #4 will be nice to your children.

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