Which Real Housewife inspired the entire series?

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Can you believe The Real Housewives first premiered waaaaaay back in 2006? The show gave us a glimpse “behind the gates” of the largest gated community in America — Coto de Caza, but who knew new the entire series was based on just one family?

Jeana Keough appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now? where she revealed a little known fact: The Real Housewives of Orange County was inspired by her family.

“The producer, Scott Dunlop, wrote the show about my family,” she said. “He was my next door neighbor.”

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After the show premiered, Jeana explained that residents of Coto de Caza hated the show. They felt the series tarnished their reputation as an upstanding community and they even tried to shut down production.

Jeana left the show after five seasons but has remained part of the RHOC to this day.

As she explains it, the RHOC became a “not so favorable” experience for her and admits that leaving the show helped “save her soul.”

But it’s not all bad for the Playmate turned Housewife. The reality show made Jeana Keough a household name in the world of real estate.

When asked why she thinks The Real Housewives of Orange County became such a hit, Jeana responded with a surprising answer, “Back then, the writers strike was on so we became hugely successful for lack of anything better on TV.”

Don’t forget to catch new episodes of Oprah: Where Are They Now? when it airs on Saturday nights at 10/9c on OWN.



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  • Alisson Leech

    Jeana is so vain!

  • Courtney

    Jeana stop acting like the show is because of you! I can’t stand Jeana! She needs to also stop saying she was in Playboy because the first thing we all think is WOOF! She acts and looks like an evil witch. The ego on her is disgusting! Worst housewife EVER!

  • Drbzy

    All I remember of her was her piece of sh!t son and husband who very clearly wasn’t interested in being on camera (which ultimately led to divorce).

    • Alisson Leech

      Her husband hated her! Lol. Colton, I think was super horrible.

    • LoLo

      The camera’s didn’t lead to her divorce. She said in season one that he lived in a separate room & they were already separated.

  • savannah

    Clearly I’m of the unpopular opinion here…but I always liked Jeana. Take Meghan & Kelly and give us back Jeana and Alexis.