'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills': Why Teddi Mellencamp is Leaving

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) fans may have only just got over the drama of Denise Richards' exit from the Bravo show, but another cast member is also leaving. Teddi Mellencamp, who has been on the show since 2017, announced that she would not be appearing in the upcoming season in an Instagram video.

The RHOBH cast member, the daughter of musician John Mellencamp, revealed she was out of the franchise in an Instagram video, captioned: "You heard it here last. Yes, it's true, I am not coming back to #RHOBH. Thank you to @bravotv, @evolutionusa, @bravoandy and all of the amazing women for the support (and the shade) for the past three years. Back to the shadows I go."

In the video, Mellencamp went into more detail about why she would not be returning. "I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed. Of course, when I got the news, I was sad. It feels like a breakup, almost."

Previously, Real Housewives impresario Andy Cohen revealed that it is he who ultimately decides whose contracts are renewed and whose are not from one season to another.

Speaking at the Tribeca TV Festival in 2018, the King of Bravo revealed: "It's usually a conversation. At the end of every season, we talk to the women about what they have coming up and whether they want to come back. What they see for the future. Then we also look at the show and say, 'How do we want to change the show?'"

He added that he makes decisions based on "what's best for the ensemble?" Adding: "How's it going to be different? Do we want to continue this conversation? Do we want to pivot into a new conversation?"

This is standard practice in the world of TV, even on shows that seem a million miles away from RHOBH like Deadliest Catch. Speaking to Business Insider, that show's producer Sean Dash said, "if somebody just doesn't deliver, they just begin naturally to fade because the edit bay, honestly, is a meritocracy. The best characters win out and the best stories win out. People who don't deliver just end up on the cutting-room floor."

Though he was not referring specifically about Mellencamp, Cohen revealed more about the decisions behind firings in a Paper Magazine interview. He said: "If they become a turn-off to viewers, for whatever reason—they appear too fake, they're not interesting, they're not entertaining...When people cross the line and it becomes unreal, that's when they are out."

There is some evidence that Mellencamp may not be popular with viewers. A Ranker poll of the best Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with around 35,000 votes, for example, puts Mellencamp last out of all the cast members.