Vicki Gunvalson gets real about Tamra Judge’s return to the Real Housewives of Orange County for season 17.
The OG of the OC shares her feelings about everything from Tamra returning to reality TV to her issues with the current OC Housewives.
According to Vicki, she was the first to learn about Tamra’s return to RHOC. Initally after learning of Tamra’s return, Vicki thought her phone was going to ring with an offer to return as well, but that didn’t happen.
“She [Tamra] said, ‘I want you to be the first to know.’ I started crying immediately,” Vicki spilled to OK! Magazine. “There was a buzz out there [about her return], but there was also a buzz out there about mine.”
“I thought my phone’s gonna ring next,” she confessed. “Then I asked her if she was asked for a friend or full-time role, and she goes, ‘They want me back full time.’ I thought, ‘Okay, well, I have to be happy for it,’ she really wants it really bad. She’s so good on TV.”
“I’m gonna miss filming with her,” Vicki said of her longtime BFF. “It was tough. It was good that we both got fired at the same time, but then I thought we’d be hired back at the same time. I don’t really know what [Bravo’s] long-term goal is. I just have to take it as it comes.”
As for her issues with the current OC Housewives, including Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow, Emily Simpson, and Gina Kirschenheiter, Vicki admits she has an idea of what’s missing.
“I still wonder what Bravo is seeing in their story,” she admitted.
“What is their story? What is their life, without the show — what do they do?” she notes of the current cast. “We’re supposed to be filming our reality, our reality that is not just going to dinner and fighting with the other women. Our reality is who we are as a person.”
“I just have never gotten into their life very well either. They shield it,” Vicki continues. “I’m proud of my career, and I’m proud of what I’ve built.”
RHOC is set to return for season 17 in late 2022 or early 2023.