‘RHOC’: Vicki Gunvalson Backtracks Call To Boycott Season 15 and Provokes Fan Reactions

Vicki Gunvalson announced earlier this year she was retiring from The Real Housewives of Orange County after 14 years. The OG of the OC had been reduced to a “friend of” role in season 14 and was not offered her orange back for season 15. Amidst her exit, she told a fan on social media to boycott the new season as she would not be in it. After weeks of making that statement, Gunvalson is clearing up her comment.

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Why did Vicki Gunvalson leave ‘RHOC?’

As production for season 15 of RHOC was ramping up, contracts for the Housewives were being reviewed. At the end of January, Gunvalson announced that she had departed the Bravo reality series.

“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Gunvalson wrote on Instagram. “It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want [to] thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way.”

At the time, she told fans she was not going to be gone from the limelight completely as she was launching a new podcast.

“I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering and inspirational,” she continued. “My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop it up with Vicki. I hope you will join me on my new journey, so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget.”

Call to boycott ‘RHOC’

Gunvalson has close interactions with her fans on social media. After a fan asked her about the new season, the insurance maven told the fan to boycott the new season of RHOC since she was not going to be on it. Weeks after the incident, the star is now backtracking her statement.

“I love Bravo, but they don’t love me, so when somebody said something about the show is going to go down without you I’m like, ‘Just boycott it!'” she said in the latest episode of her podcast Whoop it Up with Vicki. “I don’t really mean for them to be boycotted. I meant for — The truth is, I don’t really believe that the show is going to be strong without us. If the ratings are down — This was my comeback on it. It was 10 or 11 or 12 o’clock at night after I got done working and somebody said, ‘The show is not going to be the show without you and Tamra on it,’ and I said, ‘Just boycott it then.’ And it came out.”

Fans react to Vicki Gunvalson’s clarification

After Gunvalson offered clarity on her remarks, fans had a lot to say.

“What about those of us that boycotted because of her? I may actually tune in this season,” a fan said.

“The reason I’m watching is cuz she ain’t there,” a viewer commented.

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“She is so obsessed with being on the show,” a Twitter user mentioned. “I wonder if she thinks this will bring her back? Trying to hurt viewership, freaking on camera, and suing Bravo, I’d say her fate is sealed.”

“Can we just boycott Vicki or permanently social distance from her?” another fan tweeted.

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