Kelly Dodd Refuses To Let Boyfriend Rick Leventhal Appear On 'Real Housewives Of Orange County'

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Nov. 12 2019, Published 6:18 p.m. ET

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Kelly Dodd is trying her best to keep her boyfriend Rick Leventhal out of the Bravo spotlight. The Real Housewives of Orange County star revealed she's not allowing the journalist to film scenes for the reality series.

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Kelly, 44, and Rick, 59, started dating in July 2019 after meeting at a party in the Hamptons thrown by Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer. The two have taken many romantic trips to New York and Orange County together and they are even thinking about getting engaged soon.

Rick recently shared a snap on Instagram of him and his ladylove sharing a kiss. He lovingly captioned it, “Miss you already @kellyddodd.”

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One follower took to the comments and advised the mother of one to keep him off of the show. The fan wrote, "Keep him OFF the Housewives and you’ll be fine…We don’t need the 'pot stirrer' Tamra Judge or Icky Vicki Gunvalson around him.” Kelly replied back, "Agreed." Another fan said, “Don’t screw it up Rick,” to which he responded, “Not a chance.”

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Rick has also stood by his girlfriend amid her legal battles. On November 1, news surfaced that Vicki, 57, was suing her costar for defamation. The Fox News reporter and Kelly were spotted hanging out on eastern Long Island hours after the announcement. Vicki filed a lawsuit claiming Kelly made several negative comments on the Real Housewives of Orange County that could damage her reputation and her business.

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"You prey on older people," was one of Kelly's comments. "You are a con woman," was another. "You engaged in 'fraud,'" was the third, according to court documents obtained by AMI. Vicki believed that Bravo and its parent company, NBC Universal would not edit out the comments in the episode.

Vicki voluntarily withdrew her suit against her castmate on November 5. “She has spoken to the producers and has resolved the issues amicably," a source told People. A separate insider dished to Us Weekly that same day and said, “Vicki withdrew her suit against the network, production company and Kelly. No scenes were edited out. Their confrontation will still be seen in an upcoming episode. And Vicki is planning to attend the reunion.”

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The season 14 reunion of RHOC was filmed on November 8 and it was reported that Kelly and Vicki got into an explosive fight on set. "Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson got into the most epic feud during the RHOC reunion. It’s by far Vicki’s best reunion to date. There was a lot of yelling and finger pointing when it came to these ladies especially," a source revealed to

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