Vicki Gunvalson Returning As Full-Time Housewife For Season 15 Of 'Real Housewives Of Orange County' After Demotion
Vicki Gunvalson got her orange back! The reality star is set to return as a full-time cast member on Real Housewives of Orange County for the upcoming season 15. Vicki was demoted to a "friend" of the cast for season 14, and she declared at BravoCon 2019 in November that she would not appear on the hit Bravo show in the future if she was in a diminished role.
Vicki, 57, was an original cast member on the franchise when it kicked off back in 2006. She appeared as a full-time housewife on every subsequent season until season 14, when producers demoted her and cut her from the opening credits. Vicki issued an ultimatum at BravoCon 2019 and insisted that she would quit the show if she was not bumped back up to a full-time role. "I’m never coming back reduced again. Let’s just say that. I’m either in all the way, or out,” she said during a panel discussion.
"Vicki is going to be coming back as a full-time housewife next season. She gave Bravo an ultimatum. She said she would only come back if she were full-time, and they agreed," a source told RadarOnline.com.
Vicki filed a defamation lawsuit against costar Kelly Dodd shortly before the reunion in November. She claimed that Kelly made several comments while filming that had the potential to damage her reputation and her business. However, she decided to withdraw that lawsuit days later after she reportedly amicably resolved the issue with producers. Vicki and Kelly reportedly had a blowout fight at the reunion over their legal drama.
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"One of the reasons Vicki dropped the lawsuit was because she negotiated a deal that she would return to the show. She was told that she could have her old job back. Her episodes did very well this season, and that’s the deal she brokered," the source continued.
Vicki's reunion antics reportedly made producers realize that they couldn't afford to have her quit. "Vicki really brought the heat with her full-fledged meltdown. They really want her to be a part of the show, and she forced their hand," the source explained.
It remains to be seen whether Kelly will stay on the show, as she's been hinting at moving to New York City since her engagement to boyfriend Rick Leventhal on November 13.
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