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Things on RHOC were a little too trashy for Gretchen Rossi's taste

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Gretchen Rossi speaks up on Twitter amid nasty chatter about her morals

For five glorious seasons, Gretchen Rossi was a regular on the Real Housewives of Orange County, and since then, rumors that she'll return have tantalized fans. Recently, Rossi was spotted hanging out with RHOC cast member Vicki Gunvalson, with whom Rossi feuded basically the entire time she was on the show (largely because of Rossi's fiancé Slade Smiley), and rumors again surfaced that Gunvalson was trying to get Rossi back on the show. After a fan tweeted that Gunvalson probably wants Rossi back because of her lack of morals, Rossi took the opportunity to clarify why she left RHOC in the first place.

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"Last time I checked," wrote Rossi, "I have a lot of morals, and that's part of the reason I left the show." According to Rossi, between the fakeness of the show's cast and the demands of shooting, her family life and business were suffering, so leaving made sense for lots of reasons, especially since Rossi wanted to concentrate on developing her cosmetic and handbag lines, and her plans to start a family with Smiley.

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In addition to spending time with Gunvalson, Rossi is apparently close with many members of the RHOC cast, including new member Kelly Dodd. Rossi sang Dodd's praises on a recent episode of Andy Cohen's Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live, saying she's a fan of Dodd and thinks she's a great addition. "I love that she won't put up with any of the other women's lies or manipulations," she tweeted.

Even if Rossi won't be back on RHOC any time soon, it looks like she and Gunvalson are definitely up to some reality shenanigans of their own — the two seem to have cooked up a spin-off show for Fox, which also includes Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' former cast member Adrienne Maloof.

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