11/05/2013 10:30 am ET

Lydia McLaughlin Leaving 'Real Housewives Of Orange County' After One Season


Another one bites the dust: "The Real Housewives of Orange County" cast member Lydia McLaughlin makes her exit after just one season on the California-based reality series.

"It's bittersweet," McLaughlin told Us Weekly of her RHOC departure. "I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you're not going to end up with -- it's hard, but overall you know you're doing the right thing."

The 32-year-old mother of two joined the cast in Season 8. She was known for her unabashed honesty, her Christian values and her weed-smoking mom. Although producers asked her to come back, she says it was never her intention to stay a "Housewife."

"I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife. That's never really been a dream of mine," she told the magazine. "I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives -- I've always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it that I probably wasn't going to be doing it again."

McLaughlin is not the only RHOC star that will be gone next season. Back in September, Star magazine reported Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino were both fired from the show due to lackluster plot lines during Season 8.

"Neither will be returning for Season 9. The feeling is both of their journeys on the show have come to an end," a source later told E! News. "Bravo is constantly looking at the casting and dynamics and it felt like time for a change." Adding that producers are currently meeting with new women to join the cast.

As for McLaughlin fans, it seems the mother of two would still be interested in sharing her life on the small screen... with a show of her own.



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