Tamra Judge is speaking out about her exit from Real Housewives of Orange County, and according to Tamra -- she almost quit the show last season.

"I think that it could have been handled a little bit differently," she told Jeff Lewis on his Sirius XM show.

"I was going to say I wasn't coming back at the reunion. I had just found out about Simon days before the reunion. I was a mess. I was crying in my dressing room. I was like, 'I can't go out there.' Everyone's like 'what's wrong?' and I'm like 'I just can't do this.'"

Tamra revealed that her ex-husband's recent cancer diagnosis helped her make her final decision.

"I was going to tell everybody then that …it's going to be too hard for me to go back. With Simon going through treatment and the kids and how are they going to deal with it. At this time he just found out and hadn't started treatment and I didn't know what to expect. And so (husband) Eddie's like, 'just go do it.'"