A source told the outlet that James — who originally signed on to be a full-time cast member — said some not-so-flattering comments about Terry's surgeon skills — and Heather was not having it.
"Nicole was brought on by Heather but only filmed for a few weeks," the insider detailed about the alleged bubbling feud. "A big storyline that will play out (but is also the reason why she's no longer on the show full time) is that Nicole was unhappy with the breast augmentation Terry performed on her many years ago."
"It started circling around through the group, and Heather found out because Shannon was telling everyone but her," the source dished. "Cue the fight between Heather and Shannon."
The outlet claimed that filming for the new season wrapped up in early October but James had not filmed with the rest of the group for several weeks prior to the end of the season.
"For them to have a Housewife accusing Terry of such a nefarious, scandalous thing could affect their other show that makes them money," the source explained — noting that both RHOC as well as E!'s Botched – which stars the physician – are both produced by Evolution Media.