For weeks rumors have been swirling that Vicki Gunvaslon was retiring from the Real Housewives of Orange County and now we know the rumors are true.
On Friday, the OG of the OC announced that after 14 years on RHOC she would be leaving the show ahead of its fifteenth season.
“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want [to] thank all of you for your support, for your love and for “whooping it up” with me along the way. I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering and inspirational. My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on “Whoop it up with Vicki”. I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget,” Vicki wrote on Instagram.
Moments after the news broke, Andy Cohen wrote touching tribute to Vicki on social media.
“I remember the first reunion I did with Vicki Gunvalson. Occasionally our eyes would meet as I grilled the other women, and she would wink at me optimistically and effervescently as both of her deep dimples shone. She kept winking at me Year after year, and it always made my heart smile. Vicki is an original, who remained her authentic self from her Family Van-freakout through her last reunion. It’s so hard to remain exactly who you are after being on television for so long, but Vicki is one of a kind. Thank you for everything, @vickigunvalson – what a ride. And it’s not over. (This pic is actually from the Season 3 Reunion, and I always really liked it..) #RHOC,” Andy shared.
Meanwhile, Real Housewives from across the country are reacting to Vicki’s news. Several left sweet comments on Vicki’s Instagram post.
I think Vicki’s OC storyline has been dwindling for several years but she just such an integral part of the franchise that I honestly can’t imagine the show without her. I think RHOC will thrive with some new blood and I’m excited to see how the franchise will transform moving forward.
No matter how you feel about Vicki – she was great reality TV and became a part of our lives for the past 14 years, which is one hell of a run. Congrats Vicki and thank you for allowing us into your lives. We wish you nothing but the best.
The Real Housewives of Orange County are expected to return to Bravo for season 15 in mid-to-late 2020.