The Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd, a.ok.a. Kelly Leventhal, is weighing in on Optimistic Beverage ending its affiliation along with her.
After posts went viral over the weekend that includes Kelly’s remarks about COVID-19, the beverage firm introduced on Sunday, Jan. 31 that it’s “now not related” to the TV persona, though she stays a minority shareholder.
“Kelly was an endorser of the model,” a Optimistic Beverage spokesperson tells E! Information. “She’s going to now not endorse the model. They’re now not related to her, her likeness or her opinions. They don’t align with these of the model. Kelly stays an fairness accomplice at the moment.”
After the information broke, Kelly took to Twitter to want the corporate properly and share that she is targeted on new alternatives.
“I am glad I may assist put Optimistic Beverage on the map and want them properly,” she wrote. “I am additionally actually enthusiastic about my subsequent enterprise within the magnificence trade, which is my actual ardour. Keep tuned!”
Optimistic Beverage Head of Model Zach Muchnick said that feedback Kelly revamped “the previous few months” contributed to the choice to half methods along with her.
“Our core values of wellness, group, variety and inclusion needs to be mirrored by our model and anybody related to it,” the exec stated in an announcement shared to Instagram on Jan. 31. “It has change into clear over the previous few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our main targets, so efficient as we speak, we’re now not affiliated with Kelly Dodd-Leventhal.”
CEO Shannon Argyros additionally posted an announcement to Instagram that day that learn, “We welcome all folks—nonetheless they’re and no matter they’re obsessed with—to Optimistic Beverage. However there should at all times be an underlying layer of respect. Sadly, we really feel Kelly’s stance is now not congruent with our core values. We respect her contributions throughout our affiliation, and she is going to at all times be part of Optimistic Beverage’s historical past, however we don’t align along with her opinions or international views whereas we uphold our personal values.”
On Saturday, Jan. 30, the 45-year-old actuality star posted on her Instagram Story pictures and movies of her and the group eating at two eating places, together with Billy’s on the Seaside in Newport Seaside, Calif., the place that they had lunch and drinks.
“No one’s carrying a masks!” an unidentified man yells in a single video, because the group cheers. They then elevate a toast, saying, “Tremendous spreader!”
Following some public criticism, Kelly deleted that individual clip. She then stated in one other video displaying her in a automotive with two ladies, “I am not an excellent spreader as a result of there’s nothing to unfold as a result of all of us obtained the vaccine and we do not have it, so there’s nothing to unfold about tremendous spreaders.” She added, “The sheeple are mad!”