Vicki Gunvalson knows exactly why she was fired from the Real Housewives of Orange County after 14 seasons.
The OG of the OC appeared on former RHOC co-star Kelly Dodd’s podcast, Rick and Kelly Show, and revealed why she believes she was fired from the OC Housewives franchise.
According to Vicki, Bravo kicked her to the curb because she got “too expensive” for the network after fourteen years.
“I did get expensive,” Vicki admitted. “I’m okay with that – I’m worth it.”
“The ratings were the best they’d ever been when we [meaning her and Kelly Dodd] were on [the show],” she added.
Vicki notes that Bravo gets what they pay for and that cheap Housewives equal horrible ratings.
“You get what you pay for,” she quipped. “So you pay for a new girl coming in, less than $50k. I don’t even know what the new girls are coming in at anymore.”
Kelly added: “That’s why the ratings aren’t there. It’s cheap talent.”
The OG OC Housewife then confessed that she misses the show and that it hurts to see Tamra Judge back on the show without her.
“But I miss it. I know they are filming right now. I think it’s two weeks in. Tamra just got back from Italy, and it hurts. It stings a little bit,” Vicki explained.
One Bravo fan on Twitter quickly noted: “The ratings were dropping with both of them still on. Vicki became stale, and Kelly became stale and toxic. I’d rather have no housewives shows than giving loud idiots platforms to be loud and idiotic.”
Meanwhile, Love Andy C added: “I’ll admit, VG was definitely phoning it in towards the end.”
I’ll always have a soft spot for Vicki on RHOC because she is the OG of the OC, but she had no storyline on the show after the whole Brooks Ayers cancer scam/drama. I think Bravo should have made her take a season or two off, then brought her back onto the show. While I’m sure Vicki’s salary was large, I think Bravo would have continued paying it if she had kept brining great storylines season after season.
RHOC is set to return for season 17 in late 2022 or early 2023.