Heather Dubrow is leaving "The Real Housewives of Orange County" after starring on the Bravo TV reality series for five seasons. On January 27, months after filming her final reunion special in Los Angeles, Dubrow confirmed the news with a statement.

In her statement to Bravo TV, Dubrow confirmed that after careful thought and deliberation, she has decided to move on from the series. "These past [five] years have been an incredible journey and I'm so proud to have been a part of such an iconic piece of pop culture," the 48-year-old wrote. Dubrow continued on, revealing that despite her decision to leave the show, she is grateful to Evolution Media and her NBCUniversal family for the opportunities they've given her and the experiences she's been a part of.

Could Heather Dubrow return to 'RHOC' during a future season?

In her statement, Dubrow seemingly left the door open for a potential return to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" in the future. Although she has decided to take another direction at this point for the sake of her career and family, the reality star and actress told fans that the "Real Housewives" creator, Andy Cohen, is open to hearing about a return at any point.

Dubrow joined the show in 2009 for season 7 with her husband Dr. Terry Dubrow, who stars on E!'s "Botched," and their four children.

Heather Dubrow will miss her 'RHOC' co-stars

In addition to her statement to the network, Dubrow opened up about her exit from the reality show o her PodcastOne show, "Heather Dubrow's World." "It wasn’t an easy decision," Dubrow explained to her listeners this week, according to a report by Entertainment Tonight.

"I felt like I was at a tipping point, and just… it was time. But, it’s all positive and I wish them all the best… I will miss the girls."

As Us Weekly revealed earlier this week, Heather Dubrow's co-star, Meghan King Edmonds, who welcomed a baby girl at the end of last year, is also leaving the series after joining the cast in season 10. The rest of the cast has not yet been spoken for.

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