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'RHOC' Newbie Nicole James Allegedly Demoted After Feud With Heather Dubrow During Filming Of Season 16

Oct. 29 2021, Published 5:35 p.m. ET

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The Real Housewives of Orange County season 16 looks to be more dramatic than ever.

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According to Radar – after igniting a feud with both Heather Dubrow and her plastic surgeon husband Dr. Terry Dubrow — new cast member Nicole James has reportedly been demoted during the filming of the highly anticipated upcoming season of the Bravo show.

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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.

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"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."

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According to the source close to the drama — fellow cast member Shannon Beador then spread the information to the rest of the ladies before letting the television actress — who is making her big RHOC return — know about James' comments.

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"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."

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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.

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It is not clear whether James took the 'friend of' role willingly or whether she was demoted by the network. The highly anticipated season will also star returning housewives Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson — along with new girls Noella Bergener and Jennifer Armstrong.

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