After thirteen years of being the OG of the OC, it looks like Bravo has officially demoted Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson from full-time cast member to a “friend” of the show. Now, the question is – will Gunvalson accept the network’s low-ball offer?
The Housewives franchise began in 2006 with RHOC, and Gunvalson has been a full-time cast member since day one, making her the original Real Housewives star.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) February 12, 2019
According to Radar Online, the rumors that Bravo has demoted Gunvalson are true, and the 56-year-old “did not take the news well.” In fact, she hasn’t accepted the offer, yet. So, it’s possible she might refuse the demotion and leave the show completely – just like Kenya Moore did last year with Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Insiders say that Gunvalson does not have much time to decide. As a rule, the ladies get less than a week to accept or leave, and there isn’t much negotiation. So, Gunvalson is up against the clock.
Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis was the first person to break the shocking news of Gunvalson’s demotion. Last week, he revealed on his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live that he heard the rumor from his Housewives friends. And, RHOC star Kelly Dodd called in to let Lewis know she had heard the same thing.
90% confident that Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted to a friend on #RHOC. The beginning of a new era for Orange County?
— RHFanclub (@fanclub_rh) February 8, 2019
“Well, I cannot confirm nor deny. However, that’s the word on the street,” said Dodd.
Insiders say that last season’s reunion was a major factor in Bravo’s decision. As fans know, Gunvalson accused Dodd of using cocaine, a claim she vehemently denied.
When you add Gunvalson’s reunion behavior to the fact that she no longer has an organic storyline with the cast – plus no one wants to film with her – then Bravo’s decision makes a lot of sense.
RHOC recently started filming Season 14, but Gunvalson has been out of the country. This past weekend she shared some pics of her romantic getaway to The Bahamas with boyfriend Steve Lodge.
Vicki Gunvalson is going nowhere you guys. Bookmark this tweet. #RHOC
— Housewives Fanatic (@hwivesfanatic) February 5, 2019
The couple looked happy as they posed against a background of beach and palm trees, and she doesn’t seem bothered by the rumors.
Vicki Gunvalson did post a short message about the situation on Twitter, writing “Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor. I am in negotiations.”
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County will return to Bravo later this year.