It’s been almost a decade and a half since the start of The Real Housewives as a franchise, and while there have been a number of various cast members who have come and gone, Vicki Gunvalson was one of the constants. She was there from the beginning on The Real Housewives of Orange County, and she’s been there every step of the way … until now.
In a new post on Instagram, Vicki officially confirmed that she is departing the Bravo series after fourteen years, and is now looking forward to some other ventures — ones that will include a podcast. Vicki’s absence will be felt on her original show, but there’s no indication that the franchise itself will be over anytime soon. It’s been able to develop a loyal following over time thanks to the investment that you form with some of the women — you follow their lives, and that is one of the reasons why doing this show can be so demanding. If you are a Housewife, you have to be okay with being fully accessible — and Vicki was that for many years.
While we’ll take some time to see what the future holds for Vicki, one thing feels clear — The Real Housewives franchise as we know it won’t quite be the same. Nobody else knew or understood these shows in an onscreen way more than she did.
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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 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. #bravo #rhoc #whoopitipwithvicki @westwoodone @bravo @whoopitupwithvicki