‘RHOC’: Bravo Refuses to Confirm Vicki Gunvalson’s Status for Season 15 Amid Reunion Drama
For the first time in the history of the show, Vicki Gunvalson was demoted to a part-time cast member in season 14 of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Despite her demotion, Gunvalson stirred up more drama than most of the cast and strengthened her case for coming back as a full-timer in season 15. So, what are the chances that Gunvalson gets her orange back in 2020?
Vicki Gunvalson is set for a big ‘RHOC’ comeback
Season 14 of the RHOC just wrapped up with an emotional three-part reunion, so it will be a few months before Bravo makes any casting announcements for season 15.
But according to All About The Real Housewives, Gunvalson has already snagged her full-time status for the next season and would not take no for an answer.
Back in November, the OG of the OC revealed that she will not be returning to the reality series unless she is a full-time cast member. Producers apparently heard her loud and clear and have already agreed to offer her old spot back.
“I’m never coming back reduced again. Let’s just say that. I’m either in all the way or out,” Vicki Gunvalson shared.
An inside source added that Gunvalson was not bluffing when she gave Bravo the ultimatum. Not wanting to see Vicki Gunvalson walk, producers reportedly agreed to her terms and are looking forward to her return next year.
But Bravo refuses to confirm her status, with another insider claiming no casting decisions have been made for season 15.
What about Gunvalson’s lawsuit?
The source added that Gunvalson agreed to end her lawsuit against Kelly Dodd if she was brought back full-time.
As fans will recall, Gunvalson sued Dodd for defamation after she referred to her as a con-woman on the show.
Gunvalson claims that the comments hurt her various business ventures in real life. She was seeking an unspecified amount of money for damages when she dropped the case.
Dodd and Gunvalson, of course, have been butting heads ever since last season’s reunion. At the time, Vicki Gunvalson accused Dodd of using cocaine and their relationship has never been the same.
Again, it should be noted that other sources claim that Bravo has not made any casting decisions and will not do so until they are further away from the reunion. We cannot confirm that Gunvalson has won her old spot back, but it is clear that she will not return as a friend.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke slams Vicki Gunvalson
While we wait to hear more on the casting front, RHOC star Braunwyn Windham-Burke just blasted Gunvalson on social media.
Taking to Twitter, Windham-Burke slammed Vicki Gunvalson for constantly telling everyone that RHOC is her show. The reality star took offense to the comments and poked fun at how Gunvalson was demoted.
“Vicki, if it’s your show what aren’t you holding an orange,” she wrote. “She has you holding it while she adjusts her crown. She’ll have it back now. Thanks.”
One of Gunvalson’s long-time friends, Cory Larrabee, took to her defense and assured Windham-Burke that Gunvalson would be back to claim her old spot on the show next year.
“She has you holding it while she adjusts her crown,” he fired back. “She’ll have it back now. Thanks.”
Vicki Gunvalson responded by liking Larrabee’s post and telling everyone that Windham-Burke has let the fame get to her head. If both Gunvalson and Windham-Burke return next season, it’s going to be pretty fun watching them go at it.
Inside Gunvalson’s reunion drama
Despite only being a friend in season 14 of the RHOC, Bravo invited Gunvalson to the reunion taping. This was partly due to Gunvalson’s long-time status on the show and partly because she had a lot of beef to settle.
At the top of Gunvalson’s list was her legal battle with Dodd and Bravo. After being introduced by host Andy Cohen, Gunvalson explained why she did not want the network to air Dodd’s comments about her.
“Anybody that goes after my business, I’m the CEO of a major corporation, and I insure thousands and thousands of people,” Vicki Gunvalson explained.
Gunvalson added that any claim that she participated in fraudulent behavior could have destroyed her reputation in the insurance industry. She also clarified that she asked a judge about getting a restraining order against Dodd, not a lawsuit.
Earlier in the evening, Gunvalson pitched a fit because producers kept her backstage while the rest of the cast started the reunion without her. This was a completely new experience for Gunvalson, and it did not go over well with the crew.
Bravo has not commented on the reports surrounding Vicki Gunvalson’s future on the series.