Casting shake-ups are a fairly frequent occurrence in the Real Housewives universe.
Much less common, on the other hand, is a case like Vicki Gunvalson’s.
Vicki was demoted to “friend” status for the 14th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, but she’s managed to remain such an essential part of the group dynamic that she’ll likely be returning to Bravo in a full-time capacity very soon.
But Vicki’s not looking for her old job back, mind you.
No, she’s got a “secret project” in the works with Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge — the same Tamra Judge whom she just roasted for being a thirsty try-hard after she made out with Braunwyn Windham-Burke.
Don’t worry, we’ve sorted out all the backdoor deals, frenemy alliances, and unexpected makeout sessions for your convenience.
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The Dynamic Duo
Vicki Gunvalson is plotting a comeback. And despite the rumors of discord among the longtime friends, it seems Tamra Judge is assisting her in her efforts.
Despite the fact that she’s been with the show from the very start, Vicki was demoted to “friend of the housewives” status for Season 14.
Wait … Why?
We may see more of this as some of the Housewives series get deep into their second decade. After all, it’s not like Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase are still on SNL, right? Andy Cohen is basically the Lorne Michaels of reality TV, so expect a lot more hiring and firing in the years to come.
Vicki might not be thrilled with the decision, but she’s been a good sport about it. She’s even stated that she understands the need for casting shakeups, telling Us Weekly that she feels bringing back old cast members doesn’t “serve the show.”
What’s Done Is Done
“They all left for a reason and recycling probably won’t work unless they were a cornerstone of the show to begin with,” she told the tabloid.
A Team Player
But that’s just it — Vicki was/is one of the cornerstones of the show, and she’s proven that time and again in recent months by gamely contributing to the drama that’s made the series such an enduring sensation.