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Almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Dodd still doesn’t see why masks are important.
Dodd, 45, admitted during the “Real Housewives of Orange County” reunion that her stance on protecting herself and others from COVID-19 hasn’t changed much.
“Well I hate wearing a mask,” she told Andy Cohen in a sneak peek from the upcoming reunion. “I think everybody’s on that with me. I will wear them because I have to but does your pants protect you from a fart? Like is it helping? Are the masks helping? I don’t know.”
Gina Kirschenheiter, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Shannon Beador looked disgusted by her admission.
“Kelly, I know Braunwyn did an interview when she said that you were not taking COVID seriously and there were a lot of people who expressed that on social media,” Cohen pressed her. “What’s your reaction to that?”
Without hesitation, she responded, “I said some things that I regret. I feel bad for anybody who’s lost loved ones. I think it’s horrific. I think it’s horrible. Did I take it seriously? Yeah, but I also was frustrated.”
Cohen then asked her how many trips she took during the first six weeks of lockdown. She did not say how many times she traveled cross country to New York, but she did say she went frequently to get business done with her now-husband, Rick Leventhal.
Dodd first came under fire in April for calling coronavirus “God’s way of thinning the herd.” She apologized for her remark shortly after and said on a December episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that she regretted saying it after her mother was hospitalized with COVID-19.
Then, in May, she compared coronavirus to the flu and quipped, “But how many people die on a daily basis? … Well, people are going to die! I’m sorry to tell ya.”
She also bragged that same month that she and her family were not wearing masks to dine at a restaurant because “no one is dying” in Orange County.
She didn’t apologize for making the false claim, instead taking to social media to say, “I was by no means minimizing deaths that have been caused by this virus, and I feel for their loved ones. However, Orange County has 133 deaths out of 3 million people — much lower than most.”
The first part of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” reunion airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.