Friday, December 21, 2007

Real Housewives of Orange County: The Side You Never See

The Reality series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, follows the upscale lives of several women who live in the swank community of Coto de Caza, California.

In its third season the cast is minus a character, the husband of Jeana. Matt Keough was rarely around the large square foot mini-manse while Jeana coped with raising two sons and a daughter along with a very successful career in real estate.

Keough was usually "away." At times it was mentioned that the ex-major league pitcher was in "Vegas" or coaching. The new season had Jeana learning how to be single again after a long marriage to Matt. As for Matt, no mention of where he had gone but then again when he was there, he always made himself scarce after scowling at everyone.

Keough was arraigned for a violation of parole stemming from a 2005 DUI hit and run conviction. For more info check out the OC Register.

Evidently this wasn't Keough's first brush with the law as Keough's arrest and arraignment happened shortly after he had spent 7 weeks in the Newport Beach City Jail.

No mention was made on the show of an incident in 2005 of a family fight and DUI crash involving Keough. Whenever Keough was featured on the show he was usually shown stalking off to another room. Viewers wondered how Jeana could stand her marriage. Keough also spent time at the Betty Ford Clinic and Sober Living.

We're not sure why the producers of the hit reality show decided to exclude this information about Jeana's husband. It may have been out of some respect for Jeana and her family's privacy or it may have been a decision that a drinking problem was too much a "bummer" for the show's ambiance.

Keough is in OC jail without bail. His family has asked the media to leave the family alone.

Jeana's and Matt's troubles showed there is a grittier and more dysfunctional side to Real Housewives. That perhaps, no matter how much glitz, Jeana and the other Housewives are just as real as the rest of us.

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