** updated… received this info in an email in response to this post according the the new email:

Mimi morris is not joining and neither is she in talks to. She’s just friends with some of the wives in the network.
Emiy Simpson is not getting demoted to friend of.

Subject: Bling to the OC

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Anon please. We may have a firecracker addition to RHOC.There have been talks going on with Mimi Morris to bring her on to RHOC. With Bling Empire cancelled on Netflix, Bravo thought it would be a great idea to consider her for RHOC as she is rich, lives a lavish lifestyle in Newport Beach with her rich husband, yet is very quirky which would make her good for the show. Mimi would add to the diversity aspect to RHOC which has been lacking for the franchise. Bravo hopes to make Mimi Morris an anchor to the show and also bring on her friends in the future as they don’t want to rely on the Tres Amigas. Mimi is also friends with former housewife Gretchen Rossi so expect to see Gretchen back in the mix too if Mimi gets finalized as they want someone on the show to go at Tamra too. Season 17 had been like a return to form, so Bravo and Evolution would like to add on to that and keep on bettering the show like during it’s prime.

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