Gretchen Rossi left The Real Housewives of Orange County years ago. But why? After appearing on the Bravo series in a full-time role for five seasons, Rossi quit ahead of season nine and ever since, rumors of her potential return have swirled. Although fans may never get to see a Rossi return on the show, she speaks of the series frequently and earlier this week, she discussed why she decided to quit.

Following a fan's tweet, which suggested Vicki Gunvalson wanted Rossi to return to the show because she has "no morals," shedefended herself. "Last time I checked I have a lot of morals and part of the reason why I left the show," she wrote. Gretchen Rossi also confirmed she was asked back to The Real Housewives of Orange County for season nine but declined to return. Instead, she continued to focus on her growing handbag line and line of cosmetics.

Gretchen Rossi has friends in Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd

While Gretchen Rossi's relationship with Gunvalson was strained during season eight, mainly due to comments Gunvalson made about herfiance, Slade Smiley, the two women have made amends in the years since Rossi left reality television and in recent weeks, they appear to be quite close. In fact, over the 4th of July weekend, Rossi and Gunvalson spent time with one another -- and Kelly Dodd, the latest addition to The Real Housewives of Orange County.

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Earlier this week, after Dodd appeared on Andy Cohen's late-night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, Rossi revealed she was a fan of the new cast member. "[I]love Kelly! Think she's one of the best additions to [The Real Housewives of Orange County]....I love the fact that she won't put up with any of the women's lies or manipulations," Rossi wrote on Twitter.

Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are still together

Years after their relationship began on Bravo, Rossi and Smiley are still together and planning to get married and start a family together in the near future.

As fans will recall, Rossi and Smiley got engaged during season eight.

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