On the former OG of the OC’s new podcast, Whoop It Up With Vicki, the two also discussed Vicki’s exit from the Real Housewives of Orange County as well as the future of the franchise.
As we already know, Vicki had an epic meltdown at the season 14 reunion. Vicki claimed that she was told she would be on set for 80% of the reunion but she quickly realized that wasn’t the case the longer she sat in her dressing room. After filming her reunion segment, Vicki was asked to return backstage which pissed her off to no end. Vicki then went ballistic backstage about not being present during the entire reunion.
“The reunion, everyone thinks I went Looney Tunes for no reason,” she said to Cohen. “[Fiance Steve Lodge] was in the dressing room and I said, ‘I can’t believe they’re removing me.’ You texted me after saying, ‘If I knew you would be so upset, I would have left you on the couch.’ I felt very alienated, I felt very insecure, I felt very sad, but Steve was in the dressing room saying you did everything you could do, shouldn’t have probably lost your cool but I couldn’t help it.'”
“I was so sensitive to the fact that I was part-time. I thought I was going to be on the couch until the very end and we would have fun together,” she continued. “Some people, they’re like why did you get so upset? People don’t know really what happened.”
Andy then explained his reasoning for not having Vicki present during certain segments of the reunion. According to Andy, there were “two things we were talking about that didn’t involve you that I thought you were not going to really want to be a part of.”
He also admitted that he didn’t think that Vicki would want to be present when he talked to Braunwyn Windhand-Burke about her marriage p and “all that stuff you felt was not lifting the show up” especially considering their history. Andy says he also didn’t think Vicki would want to be there when he talked to Gina Kirschenheiter about domestic abuse.
“There was a part of me that thought, also, we don’t have to put Vicki through this,” he told Vicki. “I think that was also part of the decision, that I don’t know if we ever talked about that. Just so you know. I wish that had gone down differently. The funny thing is Vicki, Bravo, you are such an integral part of everything we’ve built. Bravo is going to ask you to go to BravoCon and I’m gonna keep asking you to come on ‘Watch What Happens Live.'”
Throughout the interview, Vicki kept bringing up how Andy “fired” her from RHOC. Eventually, Andy asked Vicki how her kids, Michael and Brianna, reacted to her exit from the show.
“She actually was sad for me, she knew how much I loved it and she said, ‘Mom, I’m sad for you but thank god you have your business, thank god you saved money,” Vicki said of Briana. “Many people in my situation may have sold their business, then get fired from Housewives like I did — thank you Andy — and they don’t have anything.”
Vicki also revealed that former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel reached out to her after she was fired. Since then the two have talked “multiple times” on the phone.
“She said, ‘Listen, girl, you’re gonna be fine. You’re a smart woman,” said Vicki. “She also emailed me on some advice on how to look at it through different glasses. She also said one thing I found very profound, she said, ‘You always want to leave the party before it’s over.’ I keep thinking about that.”
Vicki then admitted that it was “hard” for her when RHOC started filming for season 15 and she wasn’t apart of it.
“I don’t want to be forgotten,” she said. “I’m super sad, I hope the legacy I started will carry on.”
Andy ensured Vicki that she was “great” on RHOC even despite her lack of evolution.
“The thing I love about you is you actually have not changed,” he told her, “You are still the same person you were when you were cast.”
Andy clarified that his comment wasn’t mean as a dig. Instead, Andy insisted that unlike other Housewives Vicki’s behavior didn’t get “more sophisticated” every season.
“I think it’s part of the reason you remained on the show for so long,” he told her. “A lot of people go on the show and they totally change who they are and they become someone different. I think it’s good you have remained so organically who you are. Tamra was really good with that too. It might be an Orange County thing, but I think it speaks to your longevity on the show.”
As for the future of RHOC, Andy says he doesn’t see an endpoint for the franchise just yet but promised Vicki he would take care of it.
“If we continue to take care of it, hopefully, it will keep going and going and going,” he concluded.
The Real Housewives of Orange County is expected to return to Bravo for season 15 in mid-to-late 2020.
Thoughts on Vicki and Andy’s convo? Do you better understand Vicki’s reunion meltdown now?