Real Housewives of Orange County Returns for Season 8, Introduces New Cast Member Lydia McLaughlin

Entertainment Feb. 19, 2013 AT 9:00AM

The Real Housewives of Orange County is getting juicier! The Bravo reality show will return for an eighth season premiering Monday, April 1, at 8 p.m. EST, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.

Previous cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow will return for new episodes. The season also welcomes a new star, Lydia McLaughlin. Along with her husband, McLaughlin owns and operates a high-end magazine highlighting the glamorous life of Southern California.

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"If she's friends with Alexis, maybe she's not my kind of people," Dubrow says of McLaughlin, a self-proclaimed devout Christian.

Tamra Barney, Heather Dubrow, Gretchen Rossi, Vicki Gunvalson, Alexis Bellino, Lydia McLaughlin
Tamra Barney, Heather Dubrow, Gretchen Rossi, Vicki Gunvalson, Alexis Bellino, Lydia McLaughlin
Credit: Alex Martinez/Bravo

Original Housewife Lauri Peterson also makes a surprising return, and reveals shocking information that rocks Rossi's world. Rossi, meanwhile, is ready to start a family with boyfriend Slade Smiley. "Now is the time to start having lots of sex and have babies," she laughs.

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Barney, meanwhile, is frustrated over fiance Eddie Judge's reluctance to set a wedding date. ""Stop asking me when we're going to get married," he tells her. "I don't need the pressure."

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The eighth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County premieres Monday, April 1, at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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