Real Housewives of Orange County, Jeana Keough, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, Lynne Curtin

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Oranges come and go, but being a Real Housewife is forever. 

It's hard to believe that 2006 was the special year pop culture fans were first introduced to the Real Housewives of Orange County. But thanks to the bravery and openness of Vicki Gunvalson, Jo De La Rosa, Jeana Keough, Lauri Peterson and Kimberly Bryant, a new reality TV franchise was born with no signs of slowing down. 

Tonight, season 13 kicks off with both familiar and fresh faces—welcome Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson. And as you likely could have guessed, fans are excited for a season that includes reconciliations, surprises and plenty of drama.

In celebration of premiere night, we decided to check in with some of our favorite former cast members to see what they've been up to since leaving the show. As it turns out, much of the cast stays in touch even as cameras disappear.

"I think the first comment anyone says when they see me and they hug me thinking I was their friend is ‘Oh my gosh. I'm sorry. I feel like I know you. How's Vicki? How's Tamra? Do you still see the girls?' Luckily I can say every few months, I catch up with somebody, somewhere," Jeana shared with E! News ahead of tonight's premiere. "We all still see each other and it's kind of like a sorority. Once you're in it, the fights get forgotten."

In fact, many former cast members admit to still watching the show on occasion to keep up with their friends.

"[My friend] Emily is on the show this season and I think everyone is going to like her," Lizzie Rovsek revealed to us. "I watch it from time to time and I'm definitely going to watch this season to be supportive of my friends."

And while nothing can truly prepare you for reality TV, much of the cast looks back positivity on the show through its highs and lows. "Make sure you're strong," Peggy Tanous advised anyone joining the franchise. "Make sure your family is strong and they stay the most important thing."

So what are you waiting for? Whoop it up and go behind the gates and inside the lives of some of our longtime favorites in the gallery below

Jeana Keough

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Peggy Tanous

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Lizzie Rovsek

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Quinn Fry


Gretchen Rossi

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Lauri Peterson

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Tammy Knickerbocker

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Alexis Bellino

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Jo De La Rosa

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Kimberly Bryant

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And while we certainly care about each cast member, we're only looking at people who exited the show before the start of season 10. Trust us, we miss you Heather Dubrow, Peggy Sulahian, Meghan King Edmonds and Lydia McLaughlin.

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. only on Bravo. And watch E! News tonight as we catch up with Jeana, Peggy T and Lizzie from beautiful Orange County.

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