Will Vicki Gunvalson be allowed to attend the upcoming Real Housewives of Orange County reunion taping next week after filing a defamation lawsuit against the Bravo network and Kelly Dodd yesterday? A new report is shedding light on that while also revealing why Vicki decided to drop Bravo from her suit.
After learning that Kelly called her a “con woman” who preys on old people and accused her of engaging in “fraud,” Vicki filed a lawsuit and insisted the allegations were false. Then, after revealing the comments could be detrimental to her career if they were aired on the reality show, she removed all parties, aside from Kelly, from the case.
On November 1, after Vicki filed her case under the name “Jane Roe” and demanded Kelly’s accusations be removed from the future RHOC episode, Radar Online revealed that Vicki attempted to get a restraining order request against NBCUniversal, Bravo TV, and MGM, which owns Evolution Media (company that produces the RHOC). However, a judge reportedly denied the restraining order and Vicki’s attorney then filed documents to have them removed from the case entirely.
While Vicki is no longer suing the companies associated with RHOC, she is still suing Kelly and because of that, she will allegedly be banned from attending the upcoming reunion.
“Vicki will not be allowed at the reunion if she continues her suit against Kelly,” a source explained.
According to Vicki, Kelly’s comments could be taken as fact by viewers of RHOC if they are ultimately aired on a future episode. In her documents, Vicki requested that Kelly’s remarks be edited out of any future scenes of RHOC and said that the network “will suffer no harm to their popular TV program by removing a fraction of an overall episode.”
According to a second report shared by Us Weekly, Vicki likely learned that Kelly’s disparaging comments would soon be airing on the show because the reunion is set to be filming on Friday, November 8, and all cast members of the series received the final episodes ahead of the taping so they are able to react to the full season.
“That’s likely how Vicki saw [Kelly’s comment] was included,” an insider said.
Vicki possibly being barred from attending the RHOC reunion comes as no surprise as it’s been long rumored that the Bravo network allegedly frowns upon Real Housewives suing each other as they feel this would lead to cast members being fearful of speaking their minds in addition to leading to a possible endless amount of lawsuits. It’s also been rumored that the network would likely fire any current housewife who sued another current housewife. The last time this happened was when Adrienne Maloof, of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, sued Brandi Glanville. Adrienne ended up not returning to the show the next season after skipping the reunion for that season.
The Real Housewives of Orange County season 14 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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