While Vicki Gunvalson’s demotion may have shocked fans, she isn’t the first Real Housewife to get reduced screen time.
After joining the cast, several stars of Bravo’s popular franchise were forced to step aside. (Fun Fact: Brandi Glanville is the only Housewife to go from “friend” to “full-time” without being part of an original cast.)
Vicki, for her part, was named a “friend of Housewife” after starring onThe Real Housewives of Orange CountyFor 13 seasons. Us WeeklyThe news broke in July 2019.
After months of speculation about O.G., the shocker arrived. of the O.C.’s role. Vicki denied rumors that she hadn’t signed up for season 14.
“Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor,” she tweeted at the time. “I am in negotiations.”
Months later, an insider shared his story UsVicki was not in the official cast photo.
“The RHOCThe cast took official photos of themselves for the next season. Vicki was not included in the group cast photos and they shot multiple options,” the insider told UseMay 2019.
Days before news of Vicki’s demotion broke, Andy CohenThe details behind the casting of reality shows are discussed.
“If they become a turn-off to viewers, for whatever reason — they appear too fake, they’re not interesting, they’re not entertaining — [then they’re no longer a fit],” Cohen told Paper magazine in June 2019. “When people cross the line and it becomes unreal, that’s when they are out.”
When asked what the network looks for in a Housewife, Cohen said “someone who’s funny and unique and interesting to watch.”
“There’s a fine line between people who are desperate to be on reality television, and people who you want to watch on reality television,” the Andy Cohen Live: Watch What Happens host explained. “The Venn diagram of desperation and watchable, it’s a very slim thing in the middle where it overlaps, and you’re like, ‘That’s the bullseye, that’s NeNe Leakes, that’s Vicki , that’s Bethenny [Frankel].’”
Scroll down to see which Housewives were demoted throughout the years.