Vicki Gunvalson is responding to the reports stating she has just been demoted to a ‘Friend’ status on the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and her response appears to indicate there might be some truth to this rumor.
Jeff Lewis, the host of Sirius XM Radio Andy show, Jeff Lewis Live, broke the shocking news on his show on Friday, stating sources close to the show confirmed to him that Vicki has been demoted to a part-time housewife. It didn’t help matters that Vicki’s co-star Kelly Dodd also called into Jeff’s show and appeared to confirm the demotion when she revealed she had heard the same thing.
On February 9, Vicki took to her Twitter page and responded to a story about the news.
“Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor. I am in negotiations,” wrote Vicki.
The problem with Vicki’s non-denial is that the contracts for the new season have already been sent out by Bravo. In fact, Kelly has already signed her contract and is scheduled to return as a full-time housewife. Additionally, all of Vicki’s castmates have confirmed their return within the last two weeks, meaning Vicki is the only cast member not confirmed for season 14.
See, most housewives find out about their demotions or firings when contracts go out. Therefore, this suspicious hold-up with Vicki might be an indication that she isn’t happy about something in the contract production sent out to her.
In another tweet to a fan, Vicki repeated the claim that she was still in negotiations.
Awe thank you. I’m in negotiations
— Vicki Gunvalson (@vgunvalson) February 9, 2019
Page Six reported last month that filming was scheduled to start this week, meaning if filming hasn’t already started, it will be starting any day now.
If Vicki did receive an offer to become a part-time cast member, the question now remains if she plans on signing it, or if she’ll simply choose to walk away.
Meanwhile, during her phone call to Jeff on his show yesterday, Kelly stated that it is time for the RHOC ‘OG’ to bow out gracefully following 13 seasons on the Bravo hit series.
“Why would you want to succumb yourself to being embarrassed about getting demoted? Allegedly. I cannot confirm or deny,” said Kelly on February 8. “Why would you continue to go on? It’s embarrassing. She has a job. She has something to fall back on. Why is she so dependent on wanting to be in the spotlight?”
According to Kelly, Vicki confronted her via text messaging and she responded to Vicki with a “pig emoji.” Vicki then allegedly proceeded to share the text messages with their Bravo bosses, in hopes that they would fine Kelly.
“She sent it to production. She sent it to Bravo,” revealed Kelly. “I didn’t get fined. A conversation that she and I are having privately, why are you sending it to my superiors?”
If Vicki does choose to return, she can expect to get the cold shoulder from Kelly.
“I don’t want to stoop down to her level anymore. If she is going to film with me, I’m going to walk away, I don’t want to engage with her,” Kelly stated. “I have nothing to say to that woman.”
UPDATE – Kelly just responded to Vicki’s comment about being in “negotiations” by throwing a bit of shade, as she confirmed filming has already begun on the new season of the RHOC.
“We’ve started filming,” Kelly wrote on February 9 under a post by the BestofBravo Instagram page, after they shared a screenshot of Vicki’s tweet.
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