Vicki Gunvalson 'Crushed' By RHOC Demotion As Insiders Claim 'It Was Just Time To Let Her Go'

Vicki Gunvalson 'Crushed' By RHOC Demotion As Insiders Claim 'It Was Just Time To Let Her Go'
Credit: Source: Bravo

Vicki Gunvalson did not see her demotion coming , and insiders say that the (former?) Real Housewives of Orange County star is “absolutely crushed.” Rumors started to swirl a couple of weeks ago that Gunvalson had lost her spot on RHOC , but it wasn’t until Bravo started filming without her that people began to believe that the OG of the OC had gotten the ax.

After thirteen years of starring on the hit reality show, Bravo unexpectedly reduced Gunvalson’s status to “friend,” and insiders say that the 56-year-old probably won’t accept that role; however, she is currently in negotiations.

“She’s been demoted, but she hasn’t agreed to take the offer,” a production source told Radar Online.

The insider said that Gunvalson doesn’t have much time to decide what she wants to do. The ladies in the Housewives franchise typically have less than a week to accept or deny an offer from Bravo, and “there aren’t a lot of negotiations.”

Gunvalson made her debut on RHOC when the very first episode premiered on March 21, 2006. Since then, the insider says the show “has been her whole life,” and “she is the O.G. for a reason.”

Now, Tamra Judge will be “the longest standing housewife.”

The speculation is that Bravo demoted Gunvalson because she doesn’t have an organic storyline with the rest of the cast, and no one wants to film with her anymore.

“When you added that on top of the cocaine drama with Kelly [Dodd], it was just her time to go,” says the insider.

The remaining cast of RHOC has already started filming, and there will be a newbie joining them for Season 14. Braunwyn Windham-Burke of Laguna Beach, California, is the new face this season, and according to her blog Barefoot in Heels , she is a “globe-trotting mom to seven amazing kids.”

Windham-Burke is married to Channel Stars CEO Sean Burke.

In addition to Windham-Burke, the cast will include Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson, who are both returning for their second season. And, veterans Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, and Tamra Judge will also be back for more drama.

It remains to be seen if Vicki Gunvalson will appear as a “friend” of the show.

Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County will premiere later this year on Bravo.


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  • Jo
    Jo Feb 16, 2019 8:23 PM PST

    Bravo needs to keep Vicki and definitely get rid of Kelly. Without Vicki, I won’t be watching anymore. Sad.

  • Bertie Obryant
    Bertie Obryant Feb 19, 2019 9:20 AM PST

    Vicki did it ---- the Hail MARY pass and she scores!!! haha We all knew in our hearts she would be BACK !!! YIKES !!!! Lets keep that petition going world wide every country and every state that vicki is still on bravo !!! Ok vicki one more year get engaged --- get married and get gone !!! In the year 2020 we are FREE of vicki !!! Vicki free zone !!!

  • Sandy
    Sandy Feb 16, 2019 9:06 PM PST

    She aged out maybe? Now we have Kelly, OMG. Truth is Vicki was not bringing anything to the show lately however, Kelly brings more than a fan wants to see. I liked these shows but I am tired of invented drama to stay on a show. I have a strange feeling that I am over it with these housewives shows.

  • Frank
    Frank Feb 16, 2019 2:42 PM PST

    Lol!!! "She hasnt agreed to take the offer" like she really has a choice. Obviously this show is her life and she wants to remain relevant in her "Reality world" I think at this point she'll take whatever bone they throw at her. Wrap it up vic, its time to find another way to stay relevant.

  • Sharon humphrey
    Sharon humphrey Feb 16, 2019 9:51 PM PST

    Vickie is too old for the show. Nothing in common with other women

  • B
    B Feb 16, 2019 3:09 PM PST

    Get rid of kelly,keep vickie.Kellys a ticking time bomb of trouble w zero class.

    • Mia F
      Mia F Feb 16, 2019 4:17 PM PST

      And That's Exactly Why they're Keeping Kelly! It's 'because' She's a ticking time bomb of trouble w Zero Class! U see, like her or Not, it's quite Obvious that All Housewife Shows LOVE the Drama! (Drama Sells!). And if u don't have any drama to bring to the table anymore, ur Out! Ur Fired as Fast as u were Hired! (btw- I Don't like Kelly either). 😠

  • Beth ewalt
    Beth ewalt Feb 16, 2019 10:14 PM PST

    I am so relieved that Vicki gunvalson is no longer going to be on the show, insecure much?, clingy, gossipy, and Incredibly overbearing she has gotten on my nerves year after year, the show is a guilty pleasure for me however she is just guilty and a real displeasure, they needed to get rid of her a long time ago she is irrelevant oh, she is so fake and phony, and she just lies so badly and so blatantly

  • Linda
    Linda Feb 16, 2019 3:35 PM PST

    That’s too bad because I like Vicki, too many new faces!

    • Led Zeppelin Girl
      Led Zeppelin Girl Feb 16, 2019 11:27 PM PST

      I totally agree with Jt, I couldn't have said it better myself. Everyone hates Vicki...Didn't anyone notice that when Tamra and Eddie opened their gym Tamra got in shape, had a contest and her own contest...and won!! Who enters their own contest?! And wins!! Good to see and hear a lot of ppl not watching anymore bc it is time to stop this stupid franchise. It's not what it used to be. Vicki's better off. Lisa Vanderpump would be better without it too. Lisa's my favorite, she's classy and professional and certainly doesn't need the Houswives franchise for anything. Lisa's classy...the rest, classless!! I stopped watching this franchise about 2 years ago and still know what's going on. Cohen will drag it out bc it's what made him...another LOSER!!

      • Hate_Gunvalpig
        Hate_Gunvalpig Feb 17, 2019 8:38 AM PST

        Her own contest? It wasn't her contest. Muscle Mania is a national bodybuilding company that's been around for 25 years.

  • Darla Kriner
    Darla Kriner Feb 16, 2019 11:00 PM PST

    I have watched the show for years, and Vicki should stay and Kelly D. Should leave. She starts trouble.

  • Jt
    Jt Feb 16, 2019 5:00 PM PST

    Faithfully wouldn’t miss an episode of ALL the housewives shows’, now, don’t remember last episode of any of the housewives shows I watched or even glanced at on U TUBE.. THEE ONLY THING I CAN IMAGINE WATCHING WOULD BE TO SEE IF THE JUDICE FAMILY DIVORCES After joe judice is deported. But, I’m sure I can catch the results of that situation , on the front page of any rag paper ( enquirer,star,etc.) while checking out my groceries at the supermarket. Sorry bravo, you had a terrific run, but your 15 min. Of fame is over. Hope you bounce back with something new and exciting. But , your housewife franchise is dead. So PLEASE, for the love of God, burry it already and let it Rest In Peace. Which will give us peace , by not having to see,or hear any mention of anything, HOUSEWIVES RELATED. HIRE SOMEONE FRESH,INNOVATIVE, & CREATIVE . Give us something new to watch. Housewives is over, it’s tired, it’s boring, its Monotonous, it’s played out and old...... just like the cast ! Sorry😪

  • Michele
    Michele Feb 16, 2019 11:51 PM PST

    I am thrilled to learn she's going to be gone, even friend is too much. I had resolved myself to no longer watch this season if she returned. Vicki is rude, tacky, judgmental and treats everyone badly, her boyfriend is along for free ride, clearly his verbal and body language show little interest. Thank you Bravo for giving us what we want while tuning in, I'm hopeful she'll turn down friend offer and disappear, she can live large in her other income. Bye bye Vicki

  • Paula
    Paula Feb 16, 2019 6:56 PM PST

    I stopped watching my home state show (New Jersey) because of the low life lying jail birds, never watched DC, Beverly Hills is loosing it’s charm, Atlanta and OC are hanging by a thread but New York still peaks my interest. I still am amazed that the OG from the OC has customers. I have always thought that she was too high strung of a behavior for me to want to buy insurance from her. Could never be her client. I think this was a true REALITY check for her. She needed to be pushed off her high horse.

  • Katherine Sinibaldi
    Katherine Sinibaldi Feb 17, 2019 12:00 AM PST

    I refuse to watch it since Kelly Dodd came in. I like the drama but she's way too much for me. You choose her over Vickie? Now I'll go back to Monday Night Wrestling....

  • Brenda
    Brenda Feb 16, 2019 7:54 PM PST

    Get rid of Shannon or the two new girls don't get rid of vicky

  • Dean
    Dean Feb 17, 2019 12:18 AM PST

    Ya know I don’t think Kelly Dodd was the only reason for Vickie’s demotion. Frankly, I thought she should have been gone a long time ago but something about her crazy, cooky side will be missed.

  • Jilly
    Jilly Feb 16, 2019 8:05 PM PST

    Fire Vicky and Kelly..lose Boring Gina and Emily..hire back Gretchen ,Lauri, and Jeannie, keep Tamra and Shannon...Now thats a show again!!

  • Nancy
    Nancy Feb 17, 2019 2:30 AM PST

    This is nuts. I agree with some comments that the franchise wants only those that bring drama. What they fail to see is that they are garbage.Kelly is one of them. She's promiscuous & vulgar.Tamra has no shame always exposing herself, & her pity party. Shannon can't stop talking abt her stupid ex, and acts like a moron. So yes the Housewives are probably toast. However Vicki would not have been my pick! Peace ✌

  • Pnut
    Pnut Feb 16, 2019 3:18 PM PST

    Personally I think all the housewives are going to go down. I used to not miss and now I can't remember the last time I saw it. I don't like any of the new Ocs boreing. Sometimes when a decision is hard for us to make. It gets made for us. Vicki is pretty well off I would say. Nothing that will hurt her financially.

  • Lori Farrell
    Lori Farrell Feb 16, 2019 6:08 PM PST

    I personally hope that Vicki doesn't come back. Her character has run the course and I have no interest in her story anymore. I have watched the show since the start too. Also I will not miss listening to her winy daughter.

  • Danelle Janeke
    Danelle Janeke Feb 17, 2019 11:30 AM PST

    I Love Vickie and am VERY DISAPPOINTED IN BRAVO for letting her go!!!!!!!!!! Kelly Dodd is the one that needs to go!!!!!!!

  • Mark M
    Mark M Feb 17, 2019 7:47 AM PST

    Mia F you are absolutely right! It's all about the drama. It's my guilty pleasure.

  • TShellnut
    TShellnut Feb 17, 2019 6:18 AM PST

    They need to let Kelly go, she is miserable to watch and listen too! I doubt I watch it if Vicki is gone.

  • Sonjia Smith
    Sonjia Smith Feb 17, 2019 3:19 AM PST

    No Vicki is no saint, but quess what neither are the rest, who in the world could stand Tamara in the beginning, she had the worst mouth, nasty attitude ever, still do , now she has accepted the Lord, Kelly omG, such a mean person, I will admit she didn't deserve that from Vicki, having that man over her house, but getting rid of the OG's that's terrible, as much as I enjoy some of the crazies, Vicki will be missed, & i'm not watching, as to the other RH if you get rid of the OG's , in my opinion you taken out a chunk of a series, you wanna take something off, take Kim & her rude family off, I had it with her for sure when she came back on the RHOA, she was terribly horribly, nasty on the show, & ya'll want to remove Vicki, I really used to like her, but her appearance hurts now, I say there should be no more air time for them, no real respect for anyone but themselves, i'm out

  • Chessie
    Chessie Feb 16, 2019 7:43 PM PST

    The Cancer/Cocaine fiasco's kind of "sealed Vicki's fate" Many brave souls batteling Cancer were

  • Debbie
    Debbie Feb 16, 2019 4:22 PM PST

    If VICKI is gone im not watching anymore,i cant stand Kelly,she has fought with everyone on the show....VICKI had been part of the show since the beginning,& after she fights back she has to go...well i will not watch !

  • Karlea
    Karlea Feb 16, 2019 2:58 PM PST

    Totally agree with you Frank. I have never liked Vicki. Can't stand her..

  • Jilly
    Jilly Feb 16, 2019 8:02 PM PST

    Fire vicki and kelly..lose the boring ones..Gina and Emily..hire Lauri, Gretchen and Jeannie back..keep Tamra and that is a good show people would watch again.

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