Vicki Gunvalson is spilling some MAJOR tea following her departure from the Real Housewives of Orange County.
On the March 5 episode of her new podcast, Whoop It Up With Vicki, the former OG of the OC opened up about her departure from the show, behind the scenes secrets, her future with Bravo, and so much more!
“You film hard for four months,” Vicki revealed. “You have Sundays and Mondays off but every other day they have access to the calendar.”
According to Vicki, the RHOC cast would film various one-on-one or two-on-one scenes during the weekdays and then on the weekends they would film group events. During the group events, producers would allegedly tell each of the Housewives what their co-stars were saying about them behind their backs and encourage them to confront each other.
“[They’ll say], ‘Kelly said this about you,’ and then when you get to the all-cast party, you have to go confront her,” Vicki explained. “The producers have an incredible way to create a story… How they got us to pit each other up against each other was very interesting.”
“It’s not that we have a script to follow, because we don’t. We just go on our own emotions,” she continued. “Bravo knows I’m emotional. If someone talks bad about my children, my company, my integrity, I’m going to go ballistic. I’m going to bring out a can of whoop-a** and I’m going to defend myself. That’s when you see me screaming.”
She went on to explain that producers would create storyboards for each cast member.
“There must have been 20-40 people typing out every single word we [said] and [creating] a storyboard from our own reality. That’s how they created our story,” Vicki explained.
While Vicki insists her drama with Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windhamd-Burke was real she also says that producers fueled it as well.
Vicki says that Braunwyn was told by RHOC producers, “When you get to see Vicki for the first time, you should be upset with her about how she treated Kelly.”
“When she told me that they told her to be upset with me on how I treated Kelly, I was like, ‘You weren’t even part of that situation. You don’t know how Kelly treated me.’ That’s how they can pit one up against one another without you even knowing,” Vicki revealed.
She also says that producers encouraged Kelly to call her a “pig” because they knew it would upset her. Producers have denied this claim.
“I gotta believe Kelly was asked to keep calling me ‘Miss Piggy.’ I asked her off-camera, ‘Do you really think I look like a pig?’ She goes, ‘No, they wanted me to say you look like Miss Piggy,’” Vicki said.
Meanwhile, Vicki then opened up about her departure from RHOC and how she’s had some serious FOMO since season 15 started filming.
“It’s been a really crazy ride. This is my first season, starting this week, that I am not on in 15 years. So, I’ve got FOMO,” Vicki confessed. “That’s how I feel. [Tamra Judge] also got the big old boot. So, we’re both there for each other through this but we are both feeling really super left out.”
Vicki admits she really believed she was going to be asked back as a full-time Housewife for season 15 because of her upcoming wedding to Steve Lodge.
“I thought that they were going to want to pick up my wedding this year but they had other plans,” she shared.
“Steve wants to get married next month on a cruise ship,” Vicki admitted, adding that nothing is confirmed yet at this point. “Everything is all changed now … I thought I was going to get married on the show.”
Despite the disappointment, Vicki says she’s doing okay following her exit from RHOC.
“Tamra’s good. We’re good. It’s just a FOMO. It’s really… Bravo, the network became a part of my life. I love them. I still think I’m employed when I wake up in the middle of the night I keep thinking, ‘I’m going to start filming tomorrow.’ But there’s no cameras coming over,” Vicki confessed.
Speaking of doing good, Vicki also reveals that she’s been approached by Bravo to do a new show.
“Bravo did approach me with a new show. So, I’m entertaining that. It looks like I’ll be going on that. [It’s] really exciting who’s going to be on that with me,” Vicki teased.
The former OC Housewife says she’s in “super good standings” with Bravo, Andy Cohen, and her former RHOC producers. Vicki goes on to say that Andy recently told her she really wasn’t fired from RHOC since she will be on “another show” soon.
“He says, ‘I didn’t fire you. You’re going to be on another show just stayed tuned. There’s a lot of stuff coming up for you. We just needed to shift it up,’” Vicki concluded. “That’s a tough pill to swallow for somebody that created this show and created the franchise. I’m really still struggling with it but it’s only been a month since the news broke.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County are expected to return to Bravo for season 15 in mid-to-late 2020.